State-Building in Latin America - HISP3190

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module introduces Latin America through the lens of state formation. It examines the nineteenth century from the end of the colonial period and independence through to the decolonisation of Cuba. It has a particular focus on the cases of Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Topics include the recurrence of internal and external wars, tensions between the center and regions, the development of export markets and its links to the creation of stability, caudillismo, and the importance of ideology in state building.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Essay (2,000 words) – 45%
Mid-term Assignment (2,000 words) – 45%
Seminar Participation – 10%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Latin American history and culture of the 19th and 20th Centuries (particularly related to Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela);
2 Analyse a variety of textual media, synthesising information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of the subject, whilst expanding their knowledge of critical and cultural theory;
3 Demonstrate their ability to analyse, criticise and assess logical arguments, and to study and reach conclusions independently.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Contribute to academic discussion whilst acknowledging and respecting the contributions of others;
2 Communicate their own ideas;
3 Exercise some responsibility for their own personal and professional learning and development;
4 Reflect on their own learning and plan their use of time;
5 Demonstrate their ability to plan and write an essay and to organise it around an argument.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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