Socio-economic analysis of Latin America

ldvlp2630  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Socio-economic analysis of Latin America
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Piccoli Emmanuelle;
Main themes
This course aims to give the students analytical tools to understand the main social and economic issues in Latin America, taking in account the actors' logic, at local, national and international level and in a long-term perspective.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 - Ability to understand the main social and economic challenges in Latin America. - Ability to put into question generally accepted ideas on social identities in Latin America and making the students aware of the socio-cultural heterogeneousness of this sub-continent.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
First, we address chronologically social and economic issues of Latin American countries (social and economic organizations of the colonies, extraction of raw materials, neoliberalism, development policies etc.). Afterwards, we analyze current socio-economic issues (indigenous populations and mining extraction, changes in the Amazon region, drug trafficking, urban growth and violence, etc.)
The course will contemplate Latin American countries in general, with a special focus on the Andean region (Peru, Bolivia).
Teaching methods
The course contains lectures and participatory workshops. The students have also to read selected papers.
Evaluation methods
The evaluation will be an oral exam on the lectures and the compulsory papers. We will also discuss a critical note on a movie about socio-economical issue in Latin-American countries.
In case of a second exam, the teacher decides on an appropriate examination procedure.
See details on the course's Moodle.
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Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in Population and Development Studies

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General

Master [120] in Anthropology