AMERG008 (A and B): Globalisation and Latin American Development: Latin America in the Twenty-First Century

Course convenor: Dr Graham Woodgate


This is a team taught interdisciplinary course. It takes as its central concern the ways in which Latin American development is bound up with global processes. It examines, from different disciplinary perspectives, how Latin America has positioned itself in relation to changing historical and economic circumstances, and considers what is new about the present phase of globalisation. We identify the institutions, practices and arenas through which global processes are mediated, and analyse how Latin America is affected by them and what role its states, economies, and civil societies play within them. Particular attention is paid to how the effects of globalisation are present and contested within international, national, local and micro level institutions.

The main questions that the course will address are posed from within and across different disciplinary approaches including economic, environmental, political, and social theory. Part I provides an introduction to the course considering historical, contemporary and theoretical dimensions of development and globalisation; Part II considers the impact of international economic regulations and development institutions on Latin America. In Part III we analyse how globalisation is transforming state power and politics in Latin America, before Part IV examines some of the ways in which Latin American societies have been affected by globalisation. The final substantive element of the course – Part V – is concerned with the impacts of global climate change on Latin American development.

This course is assessed by a 4,000 word essay.

Introductory reading

  • Aart Scholte, Jan Globalisation: A Critical Introduction, 1999
  • Beck, U., What is Globalization? Polity Press, Cambridge, 2000
  • Chang, H-J., Bad Samaritans. Rich Nations, Poor Policies and the Threat to the Developing World, Random House, London, 2007
  • Cohen, R. and P. Kennedy, Global Sociology 2000
  • Corbridge, S. ed. Development Studies: A Reader 1995
  • Dicken, P., Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy 2007
  • Escobar, A Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World 1995
  • Gwynne, R., and Kay, C. (eds.), Latin America Transformed: Globalisation and Modernity, 2004
  • Held, David et al, Global Transformations, 1999
  • Held, David et al, The Global Transformations Reader, Polity 2000 
  • Hirst P. and Thompson, G., Globalization in Question, (2nd ed.) 1999
  • Hopkins A. G., (ed.), Globalisation: World History 2002
  • Lechner and Boli, (eds.), The Globalisation Reader, Blackwell 1999
  • Rahema M and V. Bawtree The Post-Development Reader 1997
  • Rapley, J. Understanding Development Theory and Practice in the Third World Boulder, 2002
  • Rich, Patricia, Latin America: Its Future in the Global Economy, 2001
  • Roberts, J. Timmons and Nikki Demetria Thanos (2003) Trouble in Paradise: Globalization and Environmental Crises in Latin America. Routledge, London.
  • Rosenau, James Distant Proximities: Dynamics Beyond Globalization 2003
  • Schuurman, Frans Globalization and Development Studies Sage 2001
  • Sen, Amartya Development as Freedom 1999
  • Tandanico, R. and Menjivar, L., (eds.) Global Restructuring, Employment and Social Inequality in urban Latin America, 1997
  • Weaver, F., Latin America in the World Economy, 2000
  • Wood C and B Roberts eds. Rethinking Development in Latin America 2005