First Nations in Latin America

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for LATINAM 325.


This course deals with the history of southern Abya Yala or Latin America through the writing, film and images of First Nations peoples or pueblos originarios about the world as they experienced colonialism, neocolonialism (from 1898), neoliberalism (from 1973), globalisation (from the 1980s) through the current era, when transnational indigenous discourse on plurinationalism, wellbeing and participatory democracy has offered powerful ideas for addressing the many crises we all currently face.

Texts include readings and films from regions such as Mesoamerica, the Andean region, Wallmapu (the Mapuche people) and some writing and film by indigenous peoples of Brazil.

Attendance at lectures is required and students should come prepared to discuss the assigned readings each week. There will be two to three articles or book chapters to be read in connection with viewing audiovisual material. Drawing on the various approaches covered, students will be expected to develop a research-informed essay on the topics introduced.

Availability 2023

Not taught in 2023




Coursework only


LATINAM 325: 15 points


15 points from LATINAM 201, 216, SPANISH 201, 202, or 30 points at Stage II in BGlobalSt courses


SPANISH 306, 725, 729