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Optional Modules

Centre of Latin American Studies


This module examines a set of contemporary and topical concerns in Latin America, drawing on fascinating recent studies of the region. Viewed through prevailing struggles with capitalism, development and security, the module seeks to assess how concerns over the economy, inequality and violence translate into the lived, everyday experience of citizens, and how, in turn, these are taken up and represented in scholarly work. Reading for each weekly session will centre on a major piece of recent scholarship, situated during the seminar in a larger contextual and regional fabric. With some emphasis on ethnography, and drawing from anthropology, sociology, politics and urban studies, the module identifies and investigates a number of urgent ‘sites’ and themes that have been particularly pressing for citizens in recent times, and which point to new directions in the discussion and critical study of Latin America.

Teaching will mainly be carried out by Dr Graham Denyer Willis, University Lecturer in the Centre of Latin American Studies and the Centre of Development Studies. The module is also borrowable by students on the MPhil in Development Studies and the MPhil in International Relations and Politics. 

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