Admission to the MA International Relations.
This course examines state terror and its repercussions in Latin America since the mid-20th century, focusing on Argentina and Guatemala. We will engage with major questions surrounding violence, human rights, and cultures of resistance: What explains the continent-wide wave of repression in Latin America in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s? When and why did governments choose to use extreme force against their own citizens? To what extent were other states—particularly the United States—aware of or implicated in the violence? How have ethnicity and gender shaped experiences of political violence and human rights struggles? And crucial for our time, what have societies done in the wake of extreme state terror to remember and address these histories? The course will involve an interdisciplinary exploration of the multiple ways this period of violence and terror is being unearthed and the “memory work” being done by a new generation of Latin Americans who are recovering histories of opposition and remembering their protagonists.
By completing the course, students will
Gain knowledge about state violence, human rights, and “memory work” in Argentina, Guatemala, and Latin America more broadly
Develop a critical view of interpretive controversies in this field and an awareness of research methodologies
Improve discussion skills by taking part in and leading discussion
Conduct independent research on a topic related to human rights and memory in Latin America
Be able to communicate research findings through presentations and written work
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Active participation, including leading or co-leading one discussion
Short weekly reading responses
Active participation, including leading or co-leading one discussion: 20%
Short weekly reading responses: 20%
Research presentation: 10%
Research paper: 50%
If the final overall grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), students may resit the final paper. There is no opportunity to resit the other course assignments.
Course readings will be announced on the Brightspace platform.
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For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Huizinga