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Unit information: From Football to Farandula: Latin American History 1916-2010 in 2016/17

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Unit name From Football to Farandula: Latin American History 1916-2010
Unit code HISP20086
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Brown
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit explores Latin American history in the twentieth-century. It explores the profound changes in Latin American culture and society from 1916 to 2010 century, focusing on the processes of revolution, dictatorship and democratization, nationalism and globalization. Themes will include the use of sporting events for political ends, the role of Latin America in the Cold War, and the representation of Latin America in the rest of the world. The concluding part of the unit will explore the role of mass media in mediating Latin American society in the twenty-first century, with regard to football, television and celebrity culture (farandula). Students will explore 3 key texts in detail, and come to analyse them according to their political and historical contexts. Students will be expected to be proficient in Spanish as source material will be in Spanish.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit, students will 1. gain an understanding of the global, international, national and local historical processes that shaped the course of Latin American history in the twentieth-century; 2. be able to analyse cultural texts and historical events through a historical approach that privileges close reading and historical contextualisation; 3. be able to draw out major themes from Latin American history, comparing chronologically and across the continent; 4. be able to express these skills in advanced written form.

Teaching details

1 weekly lecture plus 1 hour seminar

Assessment Details

Two summative 2,000 word essays (50% each) testing ILOs 1-4.

Reading and References

Matthew Brown, From Frontiers to Football: Latin American History from 1800 to the present (Reaktion, 2014) José Moya, ed., Oxford Handbook of Latin American History (OUP, 2012)