The Legacy of Inequality: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America - LS562

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 5 15 (7.5) PROF N Sobrevilla Perea checkmark-circle


This module will provide an examination of the incorporation of indigenous and slave populations to political life in different Latin American countries from the colonial period to the present. It will focus on two main issues, namely the relationship between the state and indigenous populations as well as the process of abolition of slavery. These topics will be explored in a comparative perspective with an aim to understanding the legacies of unequal societies and their impact on current realities.


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Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

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

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Andrews, G.R. (2004). Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Restall, M. (ed.) (2005). Beyond Black and Red: African-Native Relations in Colonial Latin America. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press
Wade, P. (2011). Race and Ethnicity in Latin America. New York: Pluto Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module will:

Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of Latin American history and culture from the colonial period to the present;
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;
Use a range of established techniques to analyse, criticise and assess logical arguments, with the aim of reaching conclusions independently;
Research, plan and present a chosen topic relating to Latin American history and culture with confidence and accuracy;
Demonstrate their ability to read Spanish texts confidently in their original native language.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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