Which factor – cultural traditions, ideology or socio-economics – has most significantly impacted
the development and identity of modern Latin America?
Latin America and the Caribbean have a distinct historical relationship to the rest of the world
based on their experience of conquest, colonization, and settlement.
The influence of North American and European export markets along with the landowning
structure of the 17th and 18th centuries have created numerous internal tensions, particularly
Despite the perception that Latin America and the Caribbean have been creative and developed
many innovative responses to their social and political situations in the form of many social and
Latin America and the Caribbean continue to be interdependent not only on each other but on
the rest of the world, however new markets are emerging giving Latin America a new position
in the global market.
Unit 1: Impact of Geography
How have geography and environmental factors influenced the development of modern day
Unit 2: Foundations of Traditional Society
How have the cultures of Latin America been influenced by spirituality and religion over
What role has colonization and the hierarchical structure played in the development of Latin
Unit 3: Development of Modern Latin America
How did the nations of Latin America confront the problems of societal stratification?
How did the United States and European influences affect the growth of modern Latin
Unit 4: Contemporary Issues
Case Studies: Using your knowledge of the development of Latin American societies, how
have the cultural traditions, history and geography of Latin America impacted its role in the
modern global community?