The course is part of the BA Latin American Studies program. It is open to students from other programs. Knowledge of the history of the region is recommended.
After a brief introduction to basic IR theories, the course examines a series of historical, strategic and geopolitical factors that are key to understand the development of Latin American international relations. It looks at how the Latin American countries have developed their interactions at the regional level, as well as at how these countries and the region are positioning themselves vis-à-vis important foreign actors, such as the United States, the European Union and China. The course pays particular attention to recent developments, such as the recent shifts in the political spectrum, the slowdown of the economy after a period of prosperity, the growing role of China, etc. These will be central to the seminar discussions. In addition, attention is given to key diplomatic initiatives deployed in the past decade in the field of economic and political cooperation and regional integration among Latin American countries, assessing their achievements as well as their current problems.
To obtain knowledge and insight about the actors and factors that are determinant in the development of the international relations of Latin American countries and the region.
To obtain knowledge and insight of the progress and difficulties experienced in the region, in the various attempts to achieve (economic and/or political) regional integration.
To obtain insights in the manners in which the Latin American countries interact with key foreign actors such as the United States, the European Union, and China.
To obtain insight in the ways economic, strategic and political objectives become intertwined in the foreign policies of the Latin American countries.
The ‘tranferable skills’ that are practiced in this course are:
Responsibility (discipline, responsible attitude, acknowledging mistakes)
Oral communication (presentation, listening)
Written communication (construction of argument, structuration, summary and synthesis)
Collaboration (team work, supporting, loyalty, meeting agreements, presence)
Critical thinking (asking questions, controlling presuppositions)
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Group research project (30%)
Take-home exam (70%)
The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
If the final grade (weighted average) is a 5 of lower, students are entitled to a resit. The resit for the gropu research poject entails a written report. The student may take a resit on the components for which she/he failed (the percentages remain the same).
Inspection and feedback
After publication of the results, the student may make an appointment with the lecturer to review and discuss the result of the examination.
A selection of articles, book chapters and other materials, to be found the University Library.
The final literature list will be made available on Blackboard before the start of the course.
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Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats
Coordinator of Studies: Tim Sanders
Attendance is mandatory for this course. A student may miss a maximum of three sessions. If that limit is exceeded, the lecturer may impose complementary assignments in order to guarantee the student meets the achieving levels of the course.