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Democratisation and Human Rights in Latin America

This course provides an introduction to the democratization processes in Latin America, with an emphasis on political developments since the 1980s. It regards democratization as mainly a process of political and social change stirred by the social movements and their rights-based struggles, and also addresses its economic and cultural aspects.

This course is at a Bachelor's level. It is always offered during the spring semester and is compulsory for students who follow the Bachelor program in Latin American Studies, but can also be taken as a free-standing course. Teaching takes place in English. You can read more about this course below.

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  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    This course consists of lectures and seminars. The student should prepare for each lesson by reading the course literature; the readings for each session are detailed in our online platform (Athena) at the start of the course. Complementary material will be posted on our learning platform during the course. During the lectures, and especially during the seminars, the student is  expected to participate actively and contribute to the discussion. The student is also expected to prepare some specific tasks for the seminars. To achieve the learning objectives, you will, amongst other things, discuss how the different dimensions of a process are interwoven (political, social, economic, cultural, legal), and how each of these dimensions takes specific forms in Latin America.


    This course is examined through oral presentations and a written assignment.  The oral part will be based on a group presentation at the end of the course. Both the oral presentation and the written examination are in English. Assignments must be written and presented in your own words and based on your own reflections on the subject, showing a personal and critical approach to the subject. Quotations from the reference literature that illustrate your reasoning must be stated correctly with quotation marks and the source. For general information about cheating and plagiarism, see also Stockholm University's rulebook on rules for examinations and guidelines for disciplinary matters at Stockholm University.


    Magnus Lembke

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • More information

    Learning and collaboration platform: Athena

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