What is the course about?
To many, Mexico is a bit of a mystery; as famous for its tacos and beaches as its crime and corruption.
This course presents a digestible history of Mexico from its revolution in the early 1900s until today. The
course focuses on the way its key historical events have shaped Mexico’s unique trajectory, covering its
wars, social movements, political regimes, and its ever-changing international image and position in the
What will we cover?
- Revolution and civil war
- Nationalisation and international relations
- Agrarian reform and social movements
- Mexican international relations.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe the key events and actors involved in the Mexican Revolution
- Understand the various concepts at play during the period, such as nationalism and revolution
- Debate the role of social movements in Mexico
- Understand the relationship between state and non-state actors and organisations
- Explain Mexico’s position in the world today in terms of its social and political history.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required, although there will be some recommended readings, documentaries
or video clips to help you advance your knowledge. The recommended readings should be available from
most libraries, although you might wish to buy a particular text if you wish to explore a topic further. This
course is designed as an introduction and so does not assume any previous knowledge of the subject,
however, you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the lectures and readings. The tutor will
also support each learner in finding their own specific interests within the subjects discussed, which they
will be encouraged to explore independently. Intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and an open minded
approach to new subjects will be the most valuable tools in getting the most out of this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Sessions will be split into two parts. The first half will involve a lecture-style presentation, during which the
main topic will be explained in detail. The second half will involve group and paired activities, and will
invite the class to bring any questions forward and engage in an open debate about the session’s topic.
As the course progresses, learners will be encouraged to become more involved by bringing their own
presentations or interests into discussions. Each week, there will be an optional reading or video to watch
before the next session - these will be provided to you by the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should bring materials for note-taking during tutorials. You might wish to buy one or more of the
books on the recommended readings guide below, however, these and further readings will be made
available to you by the course leader during the course itself.
- Zapata and the Mexican Revolution by John Womack Jr., 1970.
- Mayan Visions: The Quest for Autonomy in an Age of Globalization by June Nash, 2001
- The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics, edited by Gilbert M. Joseph & Timothy J.
- A New Compact History of Mexico, Gonzalbo et al., 1974
- Mexico in World History, William Beezley, 2011.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Check out our range of History and Politics courses on our website.