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Early History of Latin America

From the Aztecs to Emiliano Zapata, and from the Incas to Túpac Amaru; from Columbus to Bolívar, and from Rio Grande to Patagonia, the Latin American past gathers a myriad of civilizations, historical figures and events. This course offers a journey through that rich and varied history.

Aztec Dancer in Mexico City Fuente:
Photo: Daniel Lloyd Blunk-Fernández on Unsplash

This course is at a Bachelor's level. It is offered during the autumn 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.

  • Course structure

    The overriding document for a course is the Syllabus. It can be found in the menu on the right. In this document, we clarify how we carry out the course in practice. The course description should provide good guidance, but is not comprehensive. Further clarifications in oral or written form are given by the teacher during the lessons. Do not hesitate to ask the teacher if any questions remain regarding the accomplishment of any task or assignment. To see who is the teacher of the course, and for information about the schedule and examination opportunities, please see the "Schedule" section below. Information about the bibliography used can be found under "Course Literature".

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of lectures and seminars. Some compulsory elements may be included in the course. All the teaching is in English.


    The course is examined by means of a written test. More information on the grading scale, the grading criteria and the requirements to pass the course can be found on the Syllabus.

  • 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

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