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Art and Violence in Latin America (LK4B)


Admission requirements

Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese B1


This course deals with the relationship between cultural expressions - especially art, literature and cinema - and the different forms of violence in society in Latin America. How are these expressions related to what is happening in society? Violence can be systemic or subjective, economic or symbolic, political or social. How to understand the Latin American link between economy and violence? Spanish-American texts, urban art, photography, representations, and films react in different ways to violent events that occur. It is about how to find meaning, for example, between the violence of economic and political power and the potentiality or impotence of images. Some writers stray from reality and write books that seem to have little to do with what is going on around them. Others seem unable to say anything about the events with words: they are looking for new forms and / or (a new) aesthetic order. For example, we look at the representations that react in the present to the legacy of the memory of the dictatorships in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay or Guatemala. We examine the description of class violence in a Mexican film and the violence of oblivion in an Argentine film, or how a Uruguayan writer composes a story where revenge is consummated without actions. Or we investigate a police story without a detective and without a culprit. The ultimate goal of this course is to address Latin American violence in a more complex and versatile way.

Course objectives

The ultimate goal of this course is to address Latin American violence in a more complex and versatile way.
Learn to read, watch and think critically
Develop film, text and image analysis techniques.
Knowledge of political and cultural concepts in the Latin American debate

The skills you will encounter in this course are:
Presenting and writing Culture analyzes
Solving problems (recognizing problems-analyzing, solution-oriented thinking)
Analytical thinking (analytical skills, abstraction, evidence)
Project management (planning, demarcation, result orientation)
Responsibility (ownership, self-discipline, responsible attitude towards own project, acknowledging mistakes)/
Commitment (dedication, motivation, proactive attitude, own initiative)
Self-regulation (independence, insight into own goals, motives and capacities)
Oral communication (speaking skills, listening)
Written communication (writing skills, structuring, summarizing)
Collaboration (teamwork, support, loyalty, keeping agreements, attendance)
Flexibility (dealing with changes, eagerness to learn, adaptability)
Critical thinking (asking questions, checking assumptions)
Creative thinking (resourcefulness, curiosity, thinking out of the box)
Integrity (honesty, morals, ethical behavior, personal values)Intercultural skills (communication with different cultures)


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Written examination with essay questions

  • Take home examination

  • Paper

Paper (maximum 10 pages): 40%;
Take-home exam: 40%
Participation: (May include: presentations, discussion forum and class participation): 20%


To complete the final mark, for the course is established by determining the weighted average


Resit by means of a paper (100%)

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

The study material can be found on Brightspace in a special folder with copied texts.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on this website

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Dr. Gabriel Inzaurralde

Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats

Coordinator of Studies: Tim Sanders


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