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Latin American Studies MA
This multidisciplinary degree provides a comprehensive range of specialist modules in the social sciences and humanities,attracting students from a wide range of backgrounds.
Students will develop analytic and critical perspectives in multidisciplinary aspects of Latin American anthropology, cultural studies and literature, economics, geography and environmental issues, history, politics and international relations, depending on their chosen areas of specialisation. They will gain key research skills, together with in-depth knowledge of current analytical debates in the field of Latin American Studies.
Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one core module (15 credit), five one-term (15 credit) option modules - or equivalent if a two-term (30 credit) module is selected (75 credits in total), and the research dissertation (90 credits). All core and option modules are 15 credits.
- AMERG004 Democratization in Latin America
- AMERG006: Economic Policy and Social Development in Contemporary Latin America
- AMERG007 From Silver to Cocaine: The History of Commodities in Latin America
- AMERG010 Politics, Society and Development in the Modern Caribbean
- AMERG012 Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
- AMERG013 The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution
- 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
- 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) (not available 2012-13)
- 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 research topic of their choice linked to the subject area of one of their taught modules.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, research skills training, independent reading and research. Assessment is through essays and term papers, group and individual presentations, analytical exercises, closed book examinations and the dissertation.