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Intro to Latin America

This past week I gave an Intro to Latin America lecture to year 3 Politics students at Cardiff University.

Now, this wasn't just on politics, but general knowledge of the region which, to be fair, I don't necessarily have. So, I gathered a bunch of data that's usually found separately, often per country, and made a bunch of maps and plots.

Then I gathered together some general info, literature, journalism, scientific contributions, and music (but I avoided cinema, that was too daunting).

This post is to post the lecture (please give credit if you use any of it), data, sources and, my favourite bit, the Spotify playlist.

Here's the full lecture (although it isn't fully annotated, so my apologies):

Intro to Latin America
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This is the csv file I put together all the data I used for maps/plots:

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Via Statista (with triple checks):

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

International Monetary Fund

DataReportal; We Are Social; Kepios; Meltwater

Supporting info from:

For any students looking at this page, always be sceptical of any sources and double check your data. Statista and Wikipedia are good jumping off points, they are not citable sources for essays or peer-review.

I tried my best to not bias the lecture with one country over another or even the playlist, but it might have leaned a little bit towards Brasil. I couldn't help it!

'The radical, committed to human liberation, does not become the prisoner of a "circle of certainty' within which reality is also imprisoned. On the contrary, the more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can better transform it.' – Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Playlist is here!

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