The master’s programme of Latin American Studies has three disciplinary tracks. You choose your focus at the start of your course.
Public Policies in Latin America
If you choose for Public Policies in Latin America (modern Latin American history), you will have the chance to study the fast changing nature of current state-civil society relations in this region. Special attention is paid to such issues as the formulation and application of public policies dealing with problems in fields such as education, citizens’ security, poverty alleviation, indigenous groups, gender issues, health, and environment, and the ways civil society interacts with these initiatives.
Students can conduct for instance fieldwork research on specific programmes implemented by state agencies as well as by local governments, NGOs, and citizens’ initiatives in several Latin American countries. By conducting interviews with citizens, policy-makers, and experts on the specific topic of study, you will obtain a unique experience in Latin America.
Cultural Analysis in Latin America
Cultural Analysis in Latin America studies Latin American culture through literature and media in the broadest sense of the word. You will explore the ways present day modernization processes in the region affect Latin American culture and identity. You will study a variety of literary and communication resources and mechanisms, from short novels to mass media, and will learn to analyze their current impact on the region.
Students can conduct for instance research on specific cultural expressions one can find in the Latin American cities, from graffiti to blogs, from mass cultural events to neighborhood actions to keep their local identity. Also archive research can be done to cultural journals and the ways how specific current cultural topics are treated by films and television.
Language Variation and Bilingualism
In this linguistics track, you will study a series of current issues related to language variation and language change in the Spanish language as spoken in Latin America. The emphasis is on the processes of cultural and social change, such as urbanization, migration and media influence.
Students can conduct for instance research on linguistic issues related to the existing social and cultural segregation which characterize most Latin American societies. You do so, for example, by exploring the main different in accent and pronunciation between well-to-do Latin Americans and people from the popular sectors. Also field work research can be conducted on the field of bilingualism. A research topic could be: what has been the impact of the current revival of the use of native languages in some Latin American countries on the century-long dominance exerted by the Spanish language?
The aim of the MA in Latin American Studies is to ensure you graduate with state-of-the-art knowledge about key academic issues that are currently under discussion in Latin America in the fields of modern history, literature or linguistics. In addition, you will have learned how to carry out independent research in a Latin American country, and how to develop this research into an academic piece of work in the form of a written dissertation.
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Last updated February 29, 2016