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Economics Latin America


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


This course analyses the central issues of economic development in Latin America, including various topics such as the informal sector, remittances, regional economic integration, and the influence of China on the Latin America economy. In the final part of the course, an in-depth analysis will be provided for four key Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, to allow a comparative perspective.

Course objectives

This course has as objective to give students a thorough understanding of the specificities of economic development in Latin America, with special attention to different actors who influence the economy in various ways: the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises, which fulfil a foremost role concerning formal labour, while the informal sector plays an important role concerning another form of labour. Immigrants, abroad, have an impact as they are sending money to their families back home. It will also show the different ways of development in Latin America in a number of case studies. This will allow students to place economic development in a regional context.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Lecture and tutorials

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC x 28 hours is 140 hours, broken down by:

12 lectures: 24 hours
4 tutorials: 8 hours
Reading & self-study: 72 hours
Research & paper writing: 36 hours

Assessment method

Tutorials 30%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 40%

If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of retaking the full 70% of the exam material, replacing both the earlier mid- and endterm grades. No resit for the tutorials is possible.


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Weekly readings will be made available on blackboard. The course will use power point presentations, which will also be put on blackboard.


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. M.L. Wiesebron, email

For tutorials Latin America:

Economics Latin America