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Cultures & Flavours of Latin America (UNIB20019)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeUNIB20019
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Cultures and Flavours of Latin America is a subject designed for students interested in a general cultural introduction to the field of Latin American Studies.

In this subject students will learn about the history and politics of Latin American countries, their food, wine production, cultural expressions such as music and film, and their relationship with the rest of the world.

This subject uses a discipline-based methodology involving experts from diverse fields of study such as Cultural studies, Film Studies, Music Studies, Economics, Agriculture and Food studies.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to

  • L01 identify historical and cultural realities which have shaped Latin America through time;
  • L02 develop their own criteria to understand Latin American reality in the contemporary world by relating this subject to their own disciplines and fields of study
  • L03 produce original guided research on multidisciplinary projects about Latin American issues
  • L04 connect Latin American to Australian and Asian realities in the global sphere.

Generic skills

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • develop an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts;
  • acquire an international awareness/openness to the contemporary and historical Latin American culture;
  • learn how to contextualise judgments and knowledge;
  • learn how to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through assignments, tutorial discussions and class presentations; and
  • gain skills in public speaking and confidence in self-expression through tutorial participation and class presentations.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Annotated bibliography (1000 words) due in week 3 (25%)
  • Report (500 words) due in week 6 (10%)
  • Report (500 words) due in week 7 (10%)
  • Report (500 words) due in week 9 (15%)
  • In-class written task (500 words) due in week 11 (15%)
  • Essay (1000 words) due in week 12 (25%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorMichelle Carmody
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours. 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial/workshop per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

Total expected time commitment is 170 hours across the semester, including class time.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 12 June 2019