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
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, bildutrapagaran.info.
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