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Caribbean and Latin American Studies MA
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This MA offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the diverse societies of the Latin American continent and the Caribbean from a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective, encompassing not only the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking territories but also the Anglophone, Francophone and Dutch territories of the mainland and islands.
Students will gain a broad empirical knowledge of the diverse societies of Latin America and the Caribbean from the perspective of at least two disciplines, together with an awareness of the general patterns of differences and commonalities in the histories, politics, economies and cultures of the different linguistic territories of the region.
Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (15 credits each), three one-term (15 credit) option modules - or equivalent if a two-term (30 credit) module is selected (45 credits in total), and the research dissertation (90 credits). All core and option modules are 15 credits.
- AMERG006: Economic Policy and Social Development in Contemporary Latin America
- AMERG007 From Silver to Cocaine: The History of Commodities in Latin America
- AMERG012 Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
- AMERG014 The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Challenges to Democratisation
- AMERG015 The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice
- AMERG019 Society and Development in Latin America
- AMERG020 Political Economy and Social Change: A History of Latin America during the ‘long’ Twentieth Century
- AMERG034 The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Politics, and Society
- AMERG035 The Transformation of Cuba: 1990 to the present
- AMERG036 Latin American Economics: Beyond Neoliberalism
- AMERG037 Environmental Issues, Movements and Policies in the Americas
- AMERGTBC International Politics of Latin America
Students may select up to 30 credits from the following approved postgraduate modules offered by other UCL departments, or externally at other institutions
- ARCLG158 Maya Art, Architecture and Anthropology (15 credits)
- ARCLG201 Aztec Archaeology: Codices and Ethnohistory (15 credits)
- BENVGES1 The Political Ecology of Environmental Change (30 credits)
- BENVGES4 Urban Agriculture (30 credits)
- BENVGES5 Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South (15 credits)
- BENVGPU4 Gender in Policy and Planning (30 credits)
- BENVGSD2 Social Diversity Inequality and Poverty (30 credits)
- PUBLG014 The Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights (15 credits)
- PUBLG052 The Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights (15 credits)
- PUBLG063 International Human Rights Standards and Institutions (15 credits)
- SPANG009B The Works of Jorge Luis Borges (30 credits)
- SPANG019 Advanced Translation from and into Spanish (30 credits)
- SPANG021 The Conquest of Mexico (15 credits)
- The Americas in Comparative Perspective I: Historical Roots - Queen Mary, University of London
- The Americas in Comparative Perspective II: Contemporary Politics and Society - Queen Mary, University of London
- Imagining the Modern Caribbean Queen Mary, University of London
- Indian and Peasant Politics in Latin America Goldsmiths, University of London
- Social Anthropology of the Caribbean - Goldsmiths, University of London
- Popular Music in Context – King’s College
- Brazilian Populism, Culture and the State – King’s College
Some options may not be available every year.
All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a topic relating to the Caribbean, or Latin America and the Caribbean.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, independent reading and research. Assessment is through written assignments including essays and primary source analysis, and the dissertation.