Democratization in Latin America: Citizenship, institutions and rule of law, 7.5 credits

About the education

The course departs from the notion that Latin America, during the 20th century, experienced two waves of democratization. A main theme of study are the reasons as to why different countries took alternative roads to democracy. The main focus here is dedicated to those processes of democratization which were initiated in the late 1970s and 1980s, as well as a number of deficiencies in these processes with regards to the institutional structure of the state and the defense of citizenship rights. Moreover, the course discusses innovative reforms enacted recently in various countries in order to create and strengthen local forms of participatory democracy.

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