America's wars: Interventions in Latin America

Course Dates: 15/11/20 - 22/11/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Tutors:

Uncover a dramatic history of coups, revolutions and covert ops. In this two part course, we will look at how successive US administrations intervened in the countries to their south since the second world war.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

Uncover a dramatic history of coups, revolutions and covert ops. In this two part course, we will look at how successive US administrations intervened in the countries to their south since the second world war. Amongst others, we explore America's interventions in:

- Cuba
- Chile
- Nicaragua
- Guatemala
- US interventions after the Cold War: the war on drugs and "soft coups".

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

PART ONE
- The 1954 US intervention in Guatemala
- The Cuban Revolution
- Left-wing guerrillas and US counter insurgency
- The Pinochet coup in Chile and the military regimes of the 1970s

PART TWO
- The Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua
- "Rollback": Reagan's wars in Central America
- US interventions after the Cold War: the war on drugs and "soft coups".

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate knowledge of the key US interventions in Latin America
- Discuss US foreign policy in light of its policy towards Latin America
- Analyse how the domestic politics of the two regions have interacted over time.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and requires no particular skills. All that is required is an interest in the subject, and an open mind.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught online, through tutor presentation and class discussion. There will be no compulsory work outside of the classroom.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

None.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look at out America's Wars series: https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/americas-wars.

Reviews
Tutor Biographies
Jack Gain Tutor Website

Jack Gain teaches courses on Latin American history and US foreign policy at City Lit. After becoming interested in Latin America at university, he went on to complete a Master's degree in Latin American Studies at the School of Advanced Study in 2010. His personal involvement in solidarity activism led him to focus on the Central American solidarity movement of the 1980s. His dissertation on that subject was specially commended by the judges of the Blakemore Prize. "Latin America was the place where the US first projected power beyond its own borders. It's not a region that we learn much about at school here in the UK. But its history gives us a uniquely insightful way of understanding US foreign policy — as well as being fascinating in its own right." Jack's teaching at City Lit focuses on the ways in which US foreign policy and domestic politics overlap and on bringing to life the voices of those overlooked by conventional histories. "Studying history gives you a powerful tool for understanding the world around you." Away from City Lit, he also works in the Library at Queen Mary University of London as a library assistant and writing tutor.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HAH26

Sun, day, 15 Nov - 22 Nov '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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