Exam Questions

  • What is Latin America? Is there “one” Latin America or many? Drawing on specific examples and particular texts where relevant, discuss the ways in which Latin America can be defined or described, and the problems (if any) inherent in such definitions.
  • What is the history and impact of modernity and modernization in Latin America? Drawing on specific examples and particular texts where relevant, discuss how the region has been affected by modernity (a concept you will have to define), and also perhaps the ways in which it may challenge (some) conceptions of modernization.
  • Discuss the relationship between technology and politics in Latin America. How has technology and technological change or innovation shaped the ways in which power is exercised, both from above and below? Examples of technologies that you may want to consider include: writing, the book, shipping, radio, cinema, photography, the Internet… Draw on specific examples and particular texts to illustrate your argument.