Power And Marginality In Latin America HISP4026

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course discusses a selection of texts which expose paradigms of power in Latin America, assessing their aesthetic portrayal as well as their place in cultural history. It also considers the debate regarding the portrayal of power and marginality in Latin America using various key texts.


20x1hr seminars over both semesters as scheduled in MyCampus.


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Spanish or Hispanic Studies, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.

Excluded Courses





Time-limited assignment to be completed over a 4-day period at the end of semester 1 (1,500 words) - 50%

Semester 2: Essay (2,000 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ discuss a selection of texts which expose paradigms of power in Latin America, assess its aesthetic portrayal as well as its place in cultural history;

■ consider the debate regarding the portrayal of power and marginality in Latin America and consider texts whose sources are both non-fictional and fictional.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ read and critically assess a specific body of writing which deals with the question of power and marginality;

■ engage with and critically analyse the ideas linked to power paradigms in Latin America;

■ discuss critically the aesthetics of texts that deal with the different extremes of hegemony and marginality which are produced in Latin America.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.