Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Culture and Business in Latin America and the Caribbean

Course unit code: 364582

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: José Alejandro Peres Cajias

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

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component





-  Practical exercises




Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study



CB3 - Ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within the field of study) to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.


CG9 - Capacity to interpret the evolution of the business environment and adaptations to change.


CG8 - Capacity to communicate in English and/or other foreign languages orally and in writing, comprehension skills, and mastery of specialized language.


CE11 - Understanding of the culture and business practices of different countries, as the basis for adapting to an interacting effectively with other geopolitical contexts.


CE2 - Comprehensive understanding of the international economic, legal and socio-political framework, and ability to use this knowledge to oversee international business decisions.

Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Study and adapt economic concepts to economic activity in Latin America. 
— Describe and analyse the main macroeconomic and socioeconomic trends in Latin America and the Caribbean region. 
— Use different economic, political and social indicators to evaluate business in the region.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Search, evaluate and make use of resources and materials on Latin American economics, history and politics. 
— Apply acquired knowledge into a written project structured as a case study. 
— Communicate information, ideas and research results in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

— Display an interest in news and important events occurring in Latin America and relate them to previous knowledge acquired in other subjects of the degree. 
— Develop an entrepreneurial spirit and encourage interest in professional development in Latin America. 
— Participate actively in class discussions with sound arguments and respect for the ideas of others.



Teaching blocks


1. A first snapshot: one or many regions?

2. Institutions, natural resources and dependency; Theoretical instruments to understand the region

3. A macro perspective on heterogeneity: international economic integration and economic complexity

4. A micro perspective on heterogeneity: from informality to the rise of multilatinas

5. The role of the state in the region: macro populism or developmental?

6. Afro-descendants, indigenous people and women: understanding the causes and consequences of inequality

7. Business opportunities in the digital economy

8. The tourism and food boom

9. Is biodiversity the new El Dorado?



Teaching methods and general organization


Active participation of students in learning activities is a key element of the course. For this reason, attendance and participation (either in class or online) in proposed activities is essential. 

The course combines different kinds of activities, but the most important are: 
— Lectures, supported by audiovisual materials. 
— Practical classes and the use of databases. 
— Group work. 
— Discussions on structured materials provided by the lecturer in advance.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


Continuous assessment

Attendance and participation are highly important for the assessment procedure. The official assessment of learning outcomes is based on continuous assessment. Therefore, the final grade is broken down as follows:

— A final paper prepared throughout the course on an economic topic of a specific country in the region (50%).

— Oral presentation and discussion in class of specific issues previously defined, typically based on the reading of papers (25%).

— Attendance and active participation in class discussions, activities and practical exercises proposed by the lecturer (25%).

The main criteria considered in the assessment of both participation in class activities and the final paper are: 
— The rigour and clarity of arguments. 
— Solid documentary and/or bibliographic support.




Examination-based assessment

Students who do not pass or participate in the continuous assessment procedure are entitled to a single final exam.



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


The lecturer will provide specific bibliography for each topic. This bibliography and the audiovisual learning materials will be located in the Virtual Campus.