Terrorism and State Terror in Latin America - HISP5630

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module explores the difficult experiences of terrorism and state terror in Latin America through films and documentaries. Between the 1970s and the 1990s Argentina, Chile, Central America and Peru lived through extreme instances of insurgency and state sponsored violence. The course will examine the tensions in society brought by these experiences as well as the efforts to come to terms with these memories. The main texts that will accompany this course will be the reports produced by the different commissions that sought truth and redress from the 1980s to the present.


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

Indicative Reading List

Chanan, M. (ed.) (1983). Twenty-five Years of the New Latin American Cinema. London: British Film Institute
Hart, S. (2015). Latin American Cinema. London: Reaktion Books Ltd.
Martin, M.T. (1997). New Latin American Cinema. Detroit: Wayne State University Press
Monaco, J. (2009). How to Read a Film: Movies, Media and Beyond. New York: Oxford University Press
Shaw, D. (2003). Contemporary Cinema of Latin America: Ten Key Films. New York and London: Continuum
Zubieta, A.M. (2008). De memoria; Tramas literarias y políticas: el pasado en cuestion. Buenos Aires: Editorial Buenos Aires

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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

1 Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of 20th Century Latin American history and culture, particularly regarding 1970s and 1990s Argentina, Chile,
Central America and Peru;
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 in relation to 20th Century Latin America;
3 Demonstrate their ability to analyse, criticise and assess logical arguments in detail, and to study and reach original conclusions independently;
4 Research, plan and present a chosen topic relating to 20th Century Latin American history and culture with confidence and accuracy;
5 Demonstrate their ability to read Spanish texts fluently and quickly in their original native language.

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

1 Contribute original ideas and arguments to academic discussion with confidence whilst acknowledging and respecting the contributions of others;
2 Communicate their own ideas clearly and coherently to both specialist and non-specialist audiences alike;
3 Take responsibility for their own personal and professional learning and development using scholarly reviews as well as both primary and secondary sources;
4 Reflect on their own learning, plan their use of time, and identify appropriate directions for further study;
5 Demonstrate their ability to plan and write an articulate and original piece of work and to organise it around a coherent 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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