Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this historically-based Latin American Studies core subject, the senses are engaged through popular culture. Music and food are examined to explore political, economic, social and cultural themes in Latin American history. Tango is employed to analyse Argentina, Samba to understand Brazil, and Son/Salsa to examine Cuba. The history of Latin Americans in the United States and U.S. foreign policy in Latin America are also investigated. We will especially look at the Cold War and the globalisation of neo-liberalism and culture in the 21st century. This subject will give students an historical understanding of Latin America, as well as some of the most important issues we face in the 21st century, including persistent poverty, conflict, racism, sexism and environmental degradation. This subject incorporates aspects of Aural History and Tasting History, or the use of music and food as a way of understanding history.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRalph Newmark

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed 60cp of level two subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify and assimilate lines of argument and evidence regarding Latin American political and economic histories, music and food
02. Analyse primary and secondary sources in reviews that demonstrate effective written communication skills
03. Write correctly referenced essays using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about Latin American history, society and culture
04. Demonstrate an understanding of continuity and change in Latin America, with particular reference to popular culture especially food and music

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Week 03-09, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRalph Newmark

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 3 - 9
Five 7.00 h lecture/workshop per study period on saturday during the day from week 3 to week 9 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Research Essay, 2,500 words Students will submit an essay plan before completing the final research essay. Students should devise their own essay topic. The final submission must be prefaced by a 100 word abstract and include an annotated bibliography.N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4
Document Review (Primary Source), 600 wordsN/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2
Document Review (Secondary Source), 1,000 wordsN/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2