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Research in Latin America


Admission requirements

Students should have a thesis supervisor at the beginning of the research stay.


This course consists of a short, or narrowly defined disciplinary research project in Latin American country. Through methods and techniques of the humanities and social sciences, the student will collect material to report about in the Master’s thesis. The thesis supervisor will guide the student with the research proposal, the selection of the location of the study, and the conduction of field-work in Latin America.

Under consultation with the thesis supervisor and the Board of Examiners, alternative research stays at Leiden University or data collection in the Netherlands are a possibility.

Course objectives

  • Students will deal with a different environment and culture, and learn to cope with a research practice that does not always correspond to the theories learned or the project on paper.

  • The ability to individually carry out academic research in Latin America by working with inter-views, observations, archive research, discourse analysis, statistical data or other methods to collect information.

  • Students will be able to conduct research and solve practical, methodological and content issues within a short timeframe.

  • At the end of the course, students will be able to report on the fieldwork conducted in the region.



Method of Instruction

Fieldwork in Latin America. During the research stay, the students are in contact with the supervisor by email at least once every two weeks to inform on the developments and/or problems.

Study load

  • Fieldwork in Latin America (120 hrs.)

  • Revision/preparation research proposal (48 hrs.)

  • Writing research report (112 hrs.)

TOTAL: (10ECs): 280 hrs.

Assessment method

The grade consists of two assignments:

  • Revised research proposal (Research Seminar Modern History) (40%)

  • Report research stay in Latin America (3.000-4.000 words), where the student presents the fieldwork results and preliminary findings (60%)

Re-sit: essay (5.000) words based on theoretical Research for your specific research topic.


Practical information on visa, requirements and contacts in Latin America will be posted on Blackboard

Readling list

Under consultation with the thesis supervisor.

Contact information

Public Policies: Prof. dr. P. Silva

Cultural Analysis: Dr. N. Timmer

Language Variation: Dr. P. González


Register via uSis.


The research training (usually) takes place in the period between 15 November (in the first semester of the academic year) and 15 May (second semester) for a period of six weeks, according to the research project. In principle, the fieldwork may take place in any Latin American country and location, in consultation with the thesis supervisor. Students can profit from the institutional contacts of LAS with partner universities in the region.
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