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Latin American Studies
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Study programme

The programme consists of two introductory courses, your research project, thematic courses and/or a tutorial. The student’s research project forms the core of the programme. You will design your own research or collaborate with a staff member in their research project.

Programme structure

The Master's programme in Latin American Studies comprises 60 ECTS:

  • Introductory courses – 12 ECTS
  • Thematic courses (restricted-choice elective and tutorial)– 12 ECTS
  • Research project: writing of the research proposal and methodology course – 6 ECTS
  • Research project: field research of 2,5 months in Latin America   - 6 ECTS
  • Research project: writing of the thesis – 24 ECTS
  • Introduction to Latin American Studies
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  • Latin American Studies: Deepening the Debates
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  • Research on Latin American Societies
  • Interdisciplinary Methods
  • Restricted-choice electives
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  • Free-choice electives
  • Master's Thesis
UvA Course Catalogue: Latin American Studies
  • Introductory courses

    These courses introduce key subjects and approaches in contemporary Latin American Studies from different disciplines.

    Research project: research proposal & methodology

    You will spend over half of the ECTs and time of the Master’s working on your research project, which can be considered the core of the Master’s programme. For your research project, you will focus on one specific topic on which you will conduct research in Latin America and which you will write your thesis on. You are encouraged either to conduct research in accordance with your own interests and academic background or to work on one of the staff members' research projects. The research project has three stages.

    During stage 1 you will prepare for your stay in Latin America. You will take Thesis Course 1, in which methodological principles and tools from different disciplines are presented, discussed and applied. At the end of Thesis Course 1 and in preparation for your field research, you will present your research proposal to the other students and the teaching staff.

    Research project: 2,5-month field research in Latin America

    During stage 2 of your research project, you will spend 2,5 months in Latin America to independently conduct research in the field. During the field research, you will collect secondary material, conduct interviews, surveys and perform observations.

    Pre-PHD track

    Students who have shown exceptional promise and who have concluded the programme with good results are encouraged to join LASP. The LASP is the interuniversity Latin American Studies Programme and prepares students for a research career. The pre-PhD-track is not accredited.

  • Thematic courses

    Restricted-choice electives

    Students choose one of the following two courses:

    Socio-Environmental Changes in Latin America
    This course deals with current debates on the effects of economic activities, political decisions and social conditions on the environment in Latin America.

    Memories Need to Swim: Heritage and Myth-Making in Latin America
    You will discuss memory mediators, such as films, urban public space and popular artworks, in relation to contemporary identity construction and cultural production.

    All students must follow a tutorial (see below), too. However, they may also take an elective course elsewhere instead.


    In your tutorial (Lectura Guiada), you will individually study literature on a theme or development in Latin America under the supervision of a staff member, which will increase your academic expertise. The theme of the lectura usually ties in with your research project.

  • Research project: writing your thesis

    In the final stage of your research project, you will write your Master’s thesis. You will have individual meetings with your supervisor, as well as attend Thesis Course 2. This course is designed to encourage and support you in processing your research material and writing your thesis once you have returned to Amsterdam.