Teaching plan for the course unit


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General information


Course unit name: Latin America

Course unit code: 570433

Academic year: 2017-2018

Coordinator: Josep Llados Masllorens

Department: Department of Economic History, Institutions and Policy and World Economy

Credits: 5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 125


Face-to-face learning activities



-  Lecture with practical component



Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


Basic competences
— Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.

— Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgements.

— Capacity to communicate conclusions, judgements and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.


Specific competences

— Capacity to identify and fully understand the specific problems that affect the many parameters of which our complex global realities are composed.

— Capacity to identify and evaluate the relationships between the different areas of complex global realities in order to make recommendations and take appropriate decisions.

— Ability to select data and empirical information, to create them from previous sources, to analyse them in a constructive and creative manner, to summarize them in a relevant fashion and to generate critical assessments, so as to support opinions, argue for decisions and proposals.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— To study and interpret economic concepts, the economic environment and the main players in relation to the economic activity in Latin America.

— To analyse and describe macro and socio.economic data in Latin America and the Caribbean.

— To apply the knowledge acquired to the understanding of economic, political and social diversity in Latin America.


Referring to abilities, skills

— To place and access resources and materials on economy, history and politics in Latin America, and assess them critically.

— To integrate knowledge acquired in a written assignment of a case study.

— To communicate information, ideas and results of personal research in a clear and unambiguous manner, orally and in writing.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

— To become interested in news and events taking place in Latin America, and relate them to knowledge acquired in this and other subjects of the bachelor’s degree.

— To develop an entrepreneurial spirit and to promote interest in professional development in Latin America.

— To participate in class debates, on solid arguments and respecting the opinion of others.



Teaching blocks


1. A walk on the dark side of international economics and economic geography

2. General outlook on the region: main facts and figures

3. Productive specialization, international trade and insertion in the global economy

4. Agreements of regional economic integration

5. Labour market, human capital and productivity

6. Income distribution, inequality and poverty

7. Corporate structure and foreign direct investment: transnational firms in the context of global value chains

8. A review of macroeconomic policies, financial balance and economic development

9. Analysis of the performance of the economic functions of the public sector

10. Environmental agenda and management of natural resources



Teaching methods and general organization


The key element of the methodology is active participation by students. For this reason, attendance to class is essential as well as participation in activities proposed by the lecturer.

The main activities are the following:

— Lecture, with the support of audiovisual material.
— Practical sessions and use of databases.
— Group work.
— Debate on material proposed by lecturers.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


Attendance and participation are highly important for the evaluation process. The official assessment of learning outcomes is based on continuous assessment, with the lecturer assessing each student’s evolution and learning outcomes.

It means that the final grade is broken down as follows:

— 50% is based on a final paper prepared during the course about one economic topic referred to one specific country in the region (max. length 4 000 words).

— 25% is based on the presentation and discussion in class of a summary sheet of the most important socioeconomic aspects of one of the countries in the region.

— 25% is based on attendance and active participation in class discussions, activities and practical exercises proposed by the lecturer. 


The main criteria considered in the evaluation of both participation in class activities and the final paper are:
— The soundness and adequacy of the topics chosen (for discussions and the paper).
— The rigour and clarity of arguments.
— Solid documentary and/or bibliographic support.


Examination-based assessment

Students who do not pass o participate in the continuous assessment process have the opportunity to assess the course in a final examination on the date established by the Master’s Coordination Committee.



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


CEPAL: Panorama de la Inserción Internacional de América Latina y el Caribe.

Informes anuals, disponibles en línia a: http://repositorio.cepal.org/handle/11362/8

  During the course guidelines and resources for each activity are provided. Also specific bibliography for each topic is given to cover the semester.