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Arts and politics in Latin America


Admission requirements

Not applicable


This course deals with the relationship between cultural expressions - especially art, literature and cinema - and society in Spanish America. How do these expressions relate to what is happening in society? Spanish-American texts, performances and films respond to the events there in different ways. Some writers turn their backs on reality and write books that seem to have little to do with what is happening around them. Others seem to be unable to say anything about the events with words: they look for new forms and / or (a new) order. We watch, for example, performances that respond to the dictatorship in Chile, the display of class differences in a Mexican film, and how a Uruguayan writer turns the classic detective into a story in which there is no longer a crime or murderer. The ultimate goal of this course is to approach the political and cultural reality of Latin America in a more versatile way.

Course objectives

Presenting and writing Culture analyzes
Learn to read, watch and think critically
Developing film, text and image analysis techniques.
Knowledge of political and cultural concepts in the Latin American debate


Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total study load for a course of 5 ECTS is 140 hours.
Lecture: 24 hours;
Self study: 58 hours;
Writing Final paper: 58 hours.

Assessment method

Assessment method

  • Paper (maximum 10 pages): 50%;

  • Take-home exam: 40%

  • Participation: 10%.


The final mark for the course is determined by determining the weighted average based on partial marks.


Resit by means of a paper (100%).

inspection and feedback

At the latest when the results of the interim examination are announced, it will be indicated in which way and at what time the post-examination discussion will take place. A follow-up discussion will in any case be organized if a student so requests within 30 days after the result is announced.


Blackboardwill be used for:

  • making study material available

Reading list

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


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

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte

Registration Contractonderwijs


For content information contact Dr. Gabriel Inzaurralde:
Dr. G. Inzaurralde

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


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