Diplomacy and power: actors in South America

This module provides an advanced introduction to the central issues of Diplomacy and Power as related to South America. 

Latin America is a region defined by language as much as geography. This module will investigate the powers of South America, the conflicts and rivalries that dominate the region. 

You will engage with relations between the region’s powers and with the United States, Mexico, and the other nations with interests in Central and South America. To do this, you will investigate how these powers relate to each other and the United States using the themes of diplomacy and power as crosscutting investigatory tools and addressing discourse around natural resources, migration and demographics, society and state.  

Topics covered

  • Colonial Legacies: Anglo and Latin influence
  • Brazil and Argentina
  • Mexico
  • The Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Regional Organizations: Organization of American States

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of the nature of South America's diplomacy and politics.
  • demonstrate a sound grounding in both theoretical and empirical approaches and tools to debates in South America's diplomacy and politics.
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of issues in South America's diplomacy and politics in historical and contemporary contexts with implications for global policy and governance developments.
  • show a clear understanding of the diplomatic and political landscape in South America, by showing a command of the reading in both formative and summative assessments. 


  • E-tivity 1 – Access and Socialisation 0%
  • E-tivity 2 – Library Information retrieval 5%
  • E-tivity 3 – Literature critique (directed) 5%
  • E-tivity 4 – Essay Proposal 15%
  • E-tivity 5 – Literature critique (bespoke) 5%
  • E-tivity 6 – An essay to be electronically submitted as final assessment 70%