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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 obviously had a particular course. The form it has acquired historically is linked on the one hand to the transformations that European colonialism and neocolonialism were imposing on it, even violently. On the other hand, this modernity has been linked to the insertion of the area in the world market in its different phases, and has had a dependent development modality and, therefore, an uneven impact. Culturally, modernity has also been an ideal for Latin American elites and many state processes are linked to the various interpretations of this ideal. There is no single model of modernity, and even less of 'modernization'. In this course we will study the Latin American particularity 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 to the field of study. These were intertwined with certain thematic axes from which the following fundamental concerns can be distilled: the question of the national and the continental, tradition versus modernity, the state and revolution, memory and identity, subjects and society. civil. This course offers the theoretical tools necessary to understand the socio-political and ethical aspects of the debate around Latin American modernities, so that in the next steps of the research master you will be able to study particular cases (especially in the Resistance and Revival course that will be given in block 2) from a broader and interdisciplinary approach.

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.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


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 Brightspace.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

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Dr. G. Inzaurralde

Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats

Coordinator of Studies: Tim Sanders


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