Programme Latin American Studies

The Master programme in Latin American Studies is entirely oriented to the study of present-day Latin American societies.

Programme information

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By focusing to the main social, political and cultural issues the region is facing today we offer an academic training directed to deal with major challenges Latin Americans are experiencing at the present. The programme is fully taught in Spanish: this allow us to deal with very recent approaches, publications and data coming from Latin America. The Master programme in Latin American Studies has a strong research orientation as all students have to carry out a two-month research in a Latin American country.

The programme has three tracks:

  • The track ‘Public Policies in Latin America’ explores recent state initiatives directed to deal with a series of problems in the fields of poverty, inequality, public security, and education, among others. A selection of specific policies are analyzed in detail, looking at their formulation and implementation, achievements, and limitations. Also attention is given to the reactions and alternative proposals to these state initiatives coming from social movements and non-governmental organizations.

  • The track ‘Cultural analysis’ studies the impact of globalization in present-day Latin America and its various cultural manifestations, including the analysis of images, texts, music, architecture, fashion, and the like. Also attention is paid to the ways Latin Americans are dealing nowadays with their cultural identity and how they position themselves vis-à-vis the Western culture as large.

  • The track ‘Language Variation and Bilingualism’ looks at different ways the Spanish language is spoken and used in the several Latin American countries, due to historical processes as well as a result of the ethnic composition of each society. In addition, attention is given to new forms in the use of Spanish among the youth, influenced by new musical forms (like the Reggaeton), the use of the social media, and the influence of ‘Spanglish’ coming from Latin American immigrants living in the United States.


Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course description

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Latin American Studies section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application, enrollment and examinations

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the departmental Teaching Committee
  • the departmental or institute administration ór Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

Contact and staff for Latin American Studies

Last Modified: 01-12-2016