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Latin American Politics MSc
The Latin American Politics MSc provides students with an opportunity to develop their general and specialist knowledge of major issues in the politics of Latin America. Students engage with a range of theoretical approaches, and they can take options in the fields of comparative politics, international politics, political sociology and human rights.
Students will develop a detailed understanding of the political histories of major Latin American countries, key public policy issues, the challenges of democratization and democratic consolidation, and the domestic and international influences on political developments in the region. They will gain the key research and analysis skills necessary for professional development in the field of Latin America Politics.
Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (15 credit each), four one-term (15 credit) option modules - or equivalent if a two-term (30 credit) module is selected (60 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
- AMERG010: Politics, Society and Development in the Modern 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
- 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)
- PUBLG058 Democratic Political Institutions (15 credits)
- PUBLG059 Democracy and Constitutional Design (15 credits)
- PUBLG063 International Human Rights Standards and Institutions (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 in 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), so long as it contains substantial ‘politics’ focus.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, research skills training, and independent reading and research. Assessment is through essays, group and individual presentations, analytical exercises , closed book examinations and the dissertation.
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