Latin American history: from the independence wars to the present

Course Dates: 13/09/22 - 06/12/22
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Keeley Street
(Re)discover the troubled but exciting political and socio-economic history of Latin America, between dictatorship and democracy, boom and recession, and gain a deeper understanding of the current situation in the continent’s different countries.
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Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £130.00

Course Code: HAH43

Tue, day, 13 Sep - 06 Dec '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The aim of this course is to give students the key elements to understand the political and socio-economic evolution of Latin America since the independence. Studying past trends will in turn provide the tools to comprehend the current situation in the various countries of the continent.

What will we cover?

- The independence of the Spanish colonies
- From the era of the caudillos to the Liberal dictators and oligarchic republics of the late 19th-early 20th century
- The political consequences of the socio-economic transformation of Latin America in the early 20th century
- The consequences of the Great Depression in Latin America: populism and dictatorship (2 weeks: The rise of populist leaders in Latin America’s more developed economies + Personal dictatorships in the less developed economies)
- Latin America during the Cold War (3 weeks: Latin America at the beginning of the Cold War + The Cuban Revolution and its consequences + The adoption of the National Security Doctrine and its implications + Guerrillas and counter-revolutionary regimes + The Bureaucratic Authoritarian regimes of the Southern Cone + The civil wars of Central America)
- The 1980s: transition to democracy and debt crisis
- The 1990s: the neo-liberal turn and its implications
- The “pink tide” and the Latin American decade
- Latin America at present.

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

- Analyse the factors that led to the independence of Latin America
- Assess the consequences of the integration of Latin America into the world’s economy in the late 19th-early 20th century
- Explain why populism emerged in several Latin countries in the 1930s-40s and its legacy
- Analyse what led to the adoption of the National Security doctrine and its political consequences across the continent
- Assess the challenges faced by the new democratic regimes in the 1980s and 1990s
- Analyse the internal and external factors that led to the rapid growth of most Latin American economies between 2003 and 2013
- Identify the key challenges Latin America faces at present.

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

This is an ‘introductory’ level course and does not assume any previous study or reading
although you will need a good standard of English to keep up with the course. As with all of our history and politics courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen and to think about views with which you are not familiar or may not agree, are more important than any previous knowledge or experience in the subject matter.

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

The course will be a combination of lectures and group discussions. Classes will be supported by PowerPoint presentations and handouts. Learners will be asked to read a couple of articles at home to prepare the discussions in class. These will be available on the website for the course.

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

No other costs. Please bring a pen and paper or the digital equivalent for your notes.

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

HAH42 Jamaica: People, culture and society
HAH71 Memories of authoritarian regimes in 20th Century Latin America
HWH68 Plants, people, politics and profits: the Brazilian Amazon through the lens of ethnobotany
HWH95 World War II: Collaboration and resistance across the globe
HWH96 The Global Cold War.

Sebastien Ardouin

After under- and post-graduate studies in Politics and History in both France and the UK, Sébastien settled in London. He has been teaching at the City Lit since 2001. Over the years, he has covered many different subjects, including politics, history, economy and culture of Latin America, French modern history, European history, global issues and current affairs. In his classes, Sébastien hopes to give learners the skills, tools and information that can help them not only to make sense of the world we live in but also to understand the origins of the key issues we face.

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.