Master programme in Latin American Studies, 120 credits

About the education

The Master's program in Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides in-depth knowledge of the region's economic, social, legal and political conditions from a perspective that emphasizes the importance of knowledge of the history, language and culture for understanding the social processes. The Program highlights the importance of seeing Latin America in a global perspective, and to understand the region based on its interaction with the rest of the world. In addition to the study of Latin America as a whole the opportunity will be given to focus on individual themes and geographical areas of the continent on the basis of their specific dynamics. Social and cultural theories are studied and applied on cases from region.

The program includes four semesters of full-time study, and consists of compulsory and elective courses, including at least 75 credits within the main field of Latin American Studies. Required courses outside the main area are Scientific Methods and Research (7.5 credits) and Advanced Academic English (7.5 credits). The possibility exists for field work or studies abroad as the student can choose to take the optional courses during the third semester at another university.

On the fourth semester a thesis of 30 credits will be written in Latin American Studies.

All teaching and assessment exercises in Latin American Studies will be in English. Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese is recommended.

The program prepares students for work in international organizations, governance, aid work, business, research and development projects, as well as media and journalism, which requires in-depth knowledge of Latin America.

Subject: Latin America Studies

Latin America is changing. New movements and ideas are gaining ground; patterns of trade are altered; poverty decreases. While the continent seeks a place in today’s globalized world, political and economic developments offer opportunities for previously marginalized groups to demand acceptance and rights. Progress notwithstanding, several of the countries on the continent continue to be marked by the inequality and instability that has plagued their pasts.

The interaction between past, present and current tendencies is at the centre of Latin American Studies. It is a multidisciplinary subject, whose methods and theories are primarily derived from the social sciences. Apart from the general study of the continent, students are given the opportunity to concentrate on specific themes and sub-regions. At advanced levels, the question of how the study of social sciences and the humanities can be enriched by examples and insights from Latin America is addressed.

The Institute of Latin American Studies is responsible for the courses. Research at the institute spans a multitude of subjects, such as economic integration, the interaction between gender-ethnicity-class, human rights, and social movements.

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Romance Studies and Classics