HIST229 - Rebels and Revolutions in Latin America

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 100-level units in History or Politics and International Relations
Teaching Organisation: 3 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent of on-campus lectures and tutorials, with the possibility of online discussions, museum assignments and film screenings.

Latin America is home to almost 10 per cent of the world’s population, and the region has a distinct history that is important for well-rounded historians to understand. As a region with growing trade and cultural ties with Australia, having a comprehension of the big themes of Latin American history, and the tools historians use to research that history, will better equip graduates to understand global challenges today.

This unit traces themes in Latin American history since the Spanish and Portuguese conquests. Through the use of case studies, the unit will explore historical issues of poverty, gender and racial inequalities, revolution, economic dependency, and external interference in Latin America. Much of the content of the unit will focus on issues confronting Latin America during the twentieth century.

The aim of this unit is to provide students with a clear understanding of how the legacies of Spanish and Portuguese colonialism have continued to affect the region to the present day.