Courses - Faculty of Arts


Latin American Studies

Stage I

LATINAM 101
15 Points

Introductory Portuguese Language

An introduction to spoken and written language, for students with no prior background in the language or limited fluency.

Stage II

LATINAM 200
15 Points

Special Topic: Brazil in Global Cultural History

An introduction to Latin America’s largest country from Indigenous First Nations to European conquest and Afro-Brazilian resistance and settlement, to Brazil’s current rise as a cultural an economic global power. Through a multimedia and interdisciplinary approach, the course addresses Brazil’s growing influence on the world stage, placing its culture (music, cinema, literature, visual arts, sports), environment, economy and geopolitics in historical context.

Prerequisite: 15 points from SPANISH 103, 105, 200, 201, 277, 278, 319, 321, 377, 378, or approval of Academic Head or nominee

LATINAM 201
15 Points

Latin American History and Culture Through Film

A journey through five moments of Latin American history and culture, from its creation as a region imagined through the gaze of colonialism, through the development of an independent, revolutionary Third Cinema, to the present when globalisation is critiqued from the periphery.

Prerequisite: 15 points from COMMS 100, FTVMS 100, 101, 112, MEDIA 101, SPANISH 103, 105, 200, 201, 277, 278, 319, 321, 377, 378, or 45 points in BGlobalSt courses

Restriction: LATINAM 303

LATINAM 202
15 Points

Study Abroad (Latin America)

A minimum of four weeks of study at an overseas institution approved by the Spanish and Latin American Study Abroad Adviser.

Prerequisite: Programme Coordinator approval

LATINAM 210
15 Points

Visual Cultures and Industries in Latin America

Follows transformations in Latin American visual cultures and culture industries since the 1930s, from the liberal to the neoliberal era. Throughout this history, who controls visual media production and how does this control relate to democracy? Have recent alliances between Indigenous groups and social movements to introduce new Media Laws successfully widened participation and challenged corporate media ownership?

Prerequisite: 45 points in BA courses or approval of Programme Coordinator

Restriction: LATINAM 310

LATINAM 216
15 Points

Music, Politics and Social Change

A theorised study of the history of twentieth-century social movements in Latin America through its poetry and music, largely as expressed in popular forms. The major focus is on the political and cultural manifestations of these expressions as they respond to and instigate social change.

Prerequisite: 15 points from SPANISH 103, 105, 200, 201, 277, 278, 319, 321, 377, 378

Restriction: LATINAM 301, SPANISH 216

Stage III

LATINAM 301
15 Points

Music, Politics and Social Change

A theorised study of the history of twentieth-century social movements in Latin America through its poetry and music, largely as expressed in popular forms. The major focus is on the political and cultural manifestations of these expressions as they respond to and instigate social change.

Prerequisite: 15 points from LATINAM 201, SPANISH 202, 306, or 30 points at Stage II in BGlobalSt courses

Restriction: LATINAM 216, SPANISH 216

LATINAM 302
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 15 points from LATINAM 201, SPANISH 202, 306

LATINAM 303
15 Points

Latin American History and Culture through Film

A journey through five moments of Latin American history and culture, from its creation as a region imagined through the gaze of colonialism, through the development of an independent, revolutionary Third Cinema, to the present when globalisation is critiqued from the periphery.

Prerequisite: 15 points from LATINAM 216, 301, SPANISH 202, or 30 points at Stage II in BGlobalSt courses

Restriction: LATINAM 201

LATINAM 304
15 Points

Study Abroad (Latin America)

A minimum of four weeks of study at an overseas institution approved by the Spanish and Latin American Study Abroad Adviser.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II from the BA schedule or approval of Academic Head or nominee

LATINAM 306
15 Points

Latin American Icons: The Political Economy of Otherness

An examination of the ways in which Latin America, as a place and a people, has served as a site of otherness and exoticism providing economic and symbolic capital for the consumption and pleasure of colonial, neo-colonial and neo-liberal powers. Latin American cultural studies texts offer students a way to read against the grain established by this process.

Prerequisite: 15 points from LATINAM 201, 216, SPANISH 201, 202, or 30 points at Stage II in BGlobalSt courses

Restriction: SPANISH 306, 729

LATINAM 310
15 Points

Visual Cultures and Industries

Follows transformations in Latin American visual cultures and culture industries since the 1930s, from the liberal to the neoliberal era. Throughout this history, who controls visual media production and how does this control relate to democracy? Have recent alliances between Indigenous groups and social movements to introduce new Media Laws successfully widened participation and challenged corporate media ownership?

Prerequisite: 45 points at Stage II in BA courses or approval of Programme Coordinator

Restriction: LATINAM 210

LATINAM 320
15 Points

Latin American Knowledges

An examination of new knowledges produced in Latin America that have influenced socio-political theory and global epistemological paradigms but are subalternised as art, culture, or politics. Therefore this course will examine the link between theory and practice in the creation of new knowledge.

Prerequisite: 15 points from LATINAM 201, 216, POLITICS 234, SOCIOL 210, SPANISH 202, or 30 points at Stage II in BGlobalSt courses

Restriction: SPANISH 720

LATINAM 325
15 Points

First Nations in Latin America

Analysis of the representation of first nations of Latin America in the context of struggles for self-determination under colonialism and in modern nation-states. Topics include: Latin American indigeneity, indigenous belief systems and mestizaje, nineteenth-century genocidal wars and foundational fictions celebrating modernisation, testimonials, written and visual texts of the last decade. Focuses on the study of self-representation and the role of mediators.

Prerequisite: 15 points from LATINAM 201, 216, SPANISH 201, 202, or 30 points at Stage II in BGlobalSt courses

Restriction: SPANISH 306, 725, 729

LATINAM 350
15 Points

Directed Reading and Research

Supervised research projects.

Prerequisite: 75 points in Latin American Studies at Stages I and II, and approval of Academic Head or nominee

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