Geography, Regions and People in Latin America, 7.5 credits

About the education

Latin America is a vast region spanning parts of North America, the West Indies and most of Central and South America. The course focuses on understanding the geography of Latin America and its sub-regions, such as the Andean countries, the Southern Cone, the Caribbean and Central America, including Mexico. The course does also analyse the cultural and national features behind the conformation of the region, its sub-regions and its respective nation-states. All this is connected to the economic and geopolitical elements which have impacted on the developments of these geographical spaces. The aim of the course is to deepen the knowledge of how regions, peoples and landscapes take shape and how they change.

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