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This subject is designed to provide students with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and professionally oriented understanding of Latin America, as viewed from the perspective of international relations. It gives students an overview of the salient features of Latin American history and culture combined with a practical, expert-delivered summary of current problems and opportunities in the region. In addition to the core lectures, guest presentations by senior Australian and Latin American diplomats and officials examine the region’s responses to globalisation and engagement with international institutions. Emphasis is placed on evolving relationships between Latin American countries, the United States, and Australia through case studies of national development, economic growth, and cultural exchange.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have gained understanding of how the cultures and histories of Latin America affect international relations;
- have developed a perspective of Latin America, past and present, within international diplomatic, political, and cultural contexts;
- have built the capacity to locate, critically interrogate, and analyse sources of information on contemporary Latin American politics and business;
- have learned how intensifying cross-cultural experiences, personal relationships, and human connections are shaping Latin America’s relations with the world;
- have improved academic skills for research, writing and communication;
- have gained a sense of how to apply academic knowledge of Latin America to professional contexts.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- understand how the culture and history of Latin America affects international relationsbe able to place Latin America, past and present, within international contexts;
- be able to critically interrogate and analyse sources describing contemporary Latin American politics and business;
- have a greater appreciation of cross-cultural experiences connected to Latin America;
- have enhanced their research, writing and communication skills;
- have increased their ability to apply their academic knowledge of Latin America to professional contexts.
Last updated: 14 July 2020