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Theoretical Approaches to Modernities in Latin America


Admission requirements

Be enrolled as a student of the Master's Program in Research in Latin American Studies. This course can be followed by students who have a good command of the Spanish language, or a passive domain of Spanish with active Portuguese proficiency.


In this course specially designed for the researchmaster, the student will be introduced to Latin American critical thinking. Latin American modernity has had, obviously, a particular course. The form it has acquired historically is linked on the one hand to the transformations that European colonialism and neocolonialism imposed on it, even violently. On the other hand, this modernity has been linked to the insertion of the zone in the world market in its different phases, and has had a dependent development modality and, therefore, an unequal impact. Culturally, modernity has also been an ideal for Latin American elites and many state processes are linked to the diverse interpretations of this ideal. There is no single model of modernity, let alone 'modernization'. In this course we will study the Latin American peculiarity of living the modern, emphasizing the current debates that try to define it.
We will study theoretical approaches on different Latin American social, cultural and political practices based on critical Latin American essays that are fundamental for the field of study. These were intertwined with certain thematic axes from which the following fundamental concerns can be distilled: the question of national and continental, rural and urban, tradition versus modernity, state and revolution, memory and identity , the subjects and civil society.

Course objectives

Cultural studies.
The ability to analyse and engage in the international academic debate on Latin America and Modernity.
A thorough knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects of Latin American studies.
A thorough knowledge and understanding of central research questions and debates in the field of Latin American studies.
Build an argument that leads to its conclusion in a clear, coherent, and verifiable manner
Reflect on theoretical, social and ethical aspects in the debate on Latin American modernity
The ability to give persuasive oral presentations;
To write a well-founded written report of the state of the art in their research field of Latin American modernities.


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Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

  • Research

Assessment method


Two written tasks (40%)
One presentation (20%)
A final work (40%)


The final grade is the final average of the sum of the previous ones and must be equal to or greater than 6.0 to be considered approved.


The resit takes places if the final grade is lower than 6.0. This resit consists of an improved version of the final work within a predetermined period.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Literature for the course will appear on Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in Engels and Nederlands

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte

Registration Contractonderwijs

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For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher: Dr. G. Inzaurralde

Onderwijsadministratie: Reuvensplaats

Studiecoördinator: Tim Sanders


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