Course Title: Culture and Politics in Latin America

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Culture and Politics in Latin America

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Elizabeth Kath

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5084

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.15

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course provides you with an introductory overview of culture and politics in Latin America, followed by more focused case studies of Cuba, Brazil and Mexico. You will critically engage with a diverse array of contemporary Latin American themes, from the uncertain future of socialist Cuba to the historical transformations of Brazil’s famous carnival. Exploring socio-political issues as well as incorporating themes of music, dance and film, this course introduces you to one of the world’s most culturally and politically diverse and fascinating regions.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will

  • Analyse how selected Hispano-American cultural expressions relate to the periods in which they emerged
  • Locate and access resources on Latin American history, culture and politics.
  • Discuss and critically analyse issues dealing with the intersection of culture and politics in current Hispano American context(s)

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures including guest speakers, documentary presentations and an opportunity to interact with other students in face to face tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include essays and oral presentations.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.    

Assessment will include the following tasks: 

  1. Class Participation (15%), CLO2 and CLO3.  
  2. ‘Explore your local Latin America’ reflective piece (20%), CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, and CLO4. 
  3. Group presentation (25%), CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, and CLO4.  
  4. Major Essay (40%), CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, and CLO4.  

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: