The US and Latin America: from the Cuban Revolution to Trump's border wall

Course Dates: 01/05/19 - 03/07/19
Time: 19:40 - 21:10
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Jack Gain

Uncover a dramatic history of coups, interventions and revolutionary struggles. This course unravels the key themes of US-Latin American relations, brought to life by film clips, photography and primary sources. Tutor: Jack Gain.


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 across a series of historical episodes, brought to life through using film clips, photography and primary sources.

What will we cover?

- The 1954 US intervention in Guatemala
- The Cuban Revolution
- Resource nationalism in Latin America
- Left-wing guerrillas and US counter insurgency
- The Pinochet coup in Chile and the military regimes of the 1970s
- 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
group work.

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 can be found on the Build website,

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 5 item(s)

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My key learning was the complexity of the interconnections (cultural, political, economic) between the individual Latin American countries, and between the individual countries and the US. I understand how these layers of connection and complexity could be applicable in any field of science or the humanities.

The readings/film clips in the blog have been very valuable.
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Review by FB / (Posted on 19/01/2018)
The course has provided a good introduction to modern Latin American history, and of the relations between these countries and the United States. It has increased my knowledge of the political and economic development of individual Latin American countries, of which I previously knew little about. I will now be better able to understand the situation in the region currently when I read about it in the news. It has helped me to gain a different perspective on US politics and history and to recognise how the country has used its power to enforce its ideological and economic agenda abroad.
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Review by DM / (Posted on 19/01/2018)
Increased knowledge, ability to discuss US foreign policy, and analyse news stories.
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Review by KR / (Posted on 19/01/2018)
Basic understanding of the broad events of US and Latin American relations, with extensively detailed notes to revise specifics. In future, should I wish to investigate anything in this area further, I will have a solid foundation of where to start.
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Review by RK / (Posted on 19/01/2018)
Thank you - A very enjoyable and instructive course with excellent use of visuals and links to documentaries, articles and films.
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Review by AM / (Posted on 19/01/2018)

Book your place

Course Code: HH196

Wed, eve, 01 May - 03 Jul '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £66.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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