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Unit information: Nationalism and National Identity in Argentina, 1810-1955 in 2015/16

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Unit name Nationalism and National Identity in Argentina, 1810-1955
Unit code HISP20046
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Williams
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces students to the history of Argentina from the period of independence (1810) to the years immediately following the fall of Peronism (1955). Students will explore the ways in which a sense of national identity was fostered and developed over the course of the nineteenth century, examine the principal debates concerning nationalism, and consider the ways in which cultural, economic, right-wing and left-wing nationalism have shaped the country’s political history and culture in the twentieth century.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will:

  • be knowledgeable about a significant cultural, historical or linguistic subject related to the language they are studying;
  • be skilled in the selection and synthesis of relevant material;
  • be able to evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of source materials, usually in a foreign language, at a high level;
  • be able to respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style and at an high level of complexity;
  • be able to transfer these skills to other working environments, including study at a foreign university and on work placements during the year abroad.

Teaching Information

1 weekly lecture hour and one weekly seminar hour

Assessment Information

1 essay 50% and a 2 hour exam (50%)

Reading and References

  • Nicholas Shumway, The Invention of Argentina (Berkeley and London: University of California Press, 1991).
  • Sandra McGee Deutsch and Ronald H. Dolkhart, The Argentine Right: Its History and Intellectual Origins, 1910 to the Present (Wilmington, Del.: SR Books, 1993).
  • David Rock, Authoritarian Argentina: The Nationalist Movement, its History and its Impact (Berkeley and Oxford: University of California Press, 1993).
  • Monica Esti Rein, Politics and Education in Argentina, 1946-1962 (Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1998).
  • John A.Britton (ed.), Molding the Hearts and Minds: Education, Communications, and Social Change in Latin America (Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1997)
  • Mariano Ben Plotkin, Mañana es San Perón: A Cultural History of Perón’s Argentina (Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 2003).