Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3180: Latin American Parties, Politics and Elections

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


1)      Introduction: Political Science and Latin American Studies

2)      The historical path: major political developments, 1950 – 2012

3)      The current "state" of democracy in in Latin America:

4)      Political Institutions and Institutional Design in Latin America:

5)      Parties, Politics and Elections

6)      Latin America in the Global System:

7)      Social Movements

8)      Case Studies

9)      Review Session

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities44Seminars led by the lecturer (22 weeks, x 2 hours each seminar).
Guided independent study155Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations
Guided independent study55Writing up 2 essays and a film review based on the topics/materials covered in class.
Guided independent study46Web-based activities – preparation for seminars and presentations.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

-          ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/BBC News – Latin America & Caribbean: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/latin_america/

-          Latinamerica Press: http://www.lapress.org/

-          MercoPress: http://en.mercopress.com/

-          Buenos Aires Herald: http://www.buenosairesherald.com/

-          LatinoBarometro: http://www.latinobarometro.org/latino/latinobarometro.jsp

-          Latin American Public Opinion Project: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/lapop/

Other Learning Resources

Videos: The Battle of Chile, Missing, State of Siege, Castro, Evita, The Revolution will not be

                        Televised, Our Brand is In Crisis, South of the Border, Even the Rain, Cuba Va: The   

                         Challenge of the Next Generation