The US and Latin America: from the Sandinista Revolution to Trump
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
Uncover a dramatic history of coups, interventions and revolutionary struggles. This course unravels the key themes of US-Latin American relations from the 1970s up to Donald Trump's Presidency, brought to life by film clips, photography and primary sources.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua and the Central American Crisis
- The Debt Crisis of the 1980s and the rise of Neoliberalism
- After the Washington Consensus: the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela and the 'Pink Tide'
- The War on Drugs
- Latin American migration to the US
- Trump’s agenda for the Americas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate knowledge of some of the key events in modern Latin American history.
- Discuss US foreign policy in light of its policy towards Latin America.
- Analyse current news stories about US relations with Latin America.
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 reasonable standard of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lectures, small group work/discussions, larger class discussions will be supplemented by video, articles and other
sourced reading materials (including governmental and advocacy group reports, etc.). You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading outside of
class meetings and participate in in-class discussions. You may also have the opportunity to explore more resources for discussion in classroom-based activities – including possible use of computers during in-class small
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
None. Pen and paper for taking any notes during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further information on History and Politics courses can be found on the City Lit website, www.citylit.ac.uk.
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.