This course aims to give the students analytical tools to understand the main social and economic issues in Latin America, taking in account the actors' logic, at local, national and international level and in a long-term perspective.
- Ability to understand the main social and economic challenges in Latin America. - Ability to put into question generally accepted ideas on social identities in Latin America and making the students aware of the socio-cultural heterogeneousness of this sub-continent.
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
First, we address chronologically social and economic issues of Latin American countries (social and economic organizations of the colonies, extraction of raw materials, neoliberalism, development policies etc.). Afterwards, we analyze current socio-economic issues (indigenous populations and mining extraction, changes in the Amazon region, drug trafficking, urban growth and violence, etc.)
The course will contemplate Latin American countries in general, with a special focus on the Andean region (Peru, Bolivia).
The course contains lectures and participatory workshops. The students have also to read selected papers.
The evaluation will be an oral exam on the lectures and the compulsory papers. We will also discuss a critical note on a movie about socio-economical issue in Latin-American countries.
In case of a second exam, the teacher decides on an appropriate examination procedure.
See details on the course's Moodle.