The MSc Latin American Studies offers you the opportunity to study the politics, international relations, culture, development and society of the region.
There are 19 Spanish/Portugese speaking nations in America with Hispanic populations growing in North America and contributing increasingly to a growing global economy. Understanding various cultural, societal and political dimensions of Latin America and its populations is a rising requirement.
The MSc in Latin American Studies at the University of Aberdeen offers you a truly interdisciplinary postgraduate degree, as you study Latin American culture, development and the politics and international relations of the region. You will benefit from staff expertise from both Hispanic Studies in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture and the Departments of Anthropology and Politics and International Relations. The MSc Latin American Studies is unique to a Scottish University and one of the few in the UK to have a wide interdisciplinary nature.
You will study core courses and a variety of electives. Ideally, you will come from a mix of diverse multidisciplinary undergraduate degrees to equip you to study further in Humanities, Visual Studies, Social Sciences, Anthropology and Politics and International Relations. You can take this programme as a Masters degree either full time or part time, or towards a PhD at Aberdeen.
The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning MSc programme which runs in September and January.
The are some of the optional courses, although they may vary from year to year. The courses will be those on offer in the various MSc/MLitt programmes in the Schools of Language and Literature, and Social Science.
This course provides an advanced introduction to Latin American Studies. It presents a variety of disciplinary approaches, including those of anthropology, history, literary and cultural studies, and politics and international relations. Through these, it illuminates a wide range of social, political, and cultural issues in the region. The course is divided into two parts: a) an overview of politics and international relations in Latin America, and b) an overview of cultural and social issues in Latin America. This is a core course of the MSc Latin American Studies. It is also available to students of other MSc and MRes programmes.
The course addresses the political processes by which human rights law is created and sustained (e.g. by exploring the main drivers of the change in human rights norms – like global civil society activism). Classroom discussions look into the ways in which international human rights law shapes controversial issues of international politics (like the problems of international development or humanitarian intervention). Two seminars are dedicated to ‘case studies’ on human rights politics: (1) the practice of human rights activism, and (2) the relevance of human rights for dealing with the social and political tensions generated by the oil industry in Nigeria.
This course lays the foundations for, explores, and critically analyses the main theoretical paradigms and debates in International Relations, and engages with the complexity of debates on concepts in IR. The theoretical topics to be covered include debates on the international system, cooperation, world order, conflict, development, representation and identity. Students will also be introduced to some of the main debates in epistemology and methodology that apply to the discipline.
This course provides the theoretical/conceptual underpinning for the MRes in Political essential Research. It examines some of the central theoretical approaches in the study of political science and international relations which will be used to critically approach an analysis of a number of contemporary issues. Issues to be addressed will include, but are not confined to, the debates surrounding: Globalization; the European Union; Nationalism and Human Rights. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to apply these theoretical approaches to the analysis of issues within their own field of interest.
This course introduces students to anthropological studies of the Andes region of South America. Its particular focus is on Andean technologies and uses of materials. Historically, approaches to working with materials in the region differed markedly from those found in Europe and the region remains interesting from a technological perspective. Four main technological areas are addresses: mining and metallurgy; the use of fibres (including for textual purposes); medicine and the body; and working the land. Course material includes contemporary ethnographic and historical studies and incorporates three relevant ethnographic films.
This course provides a more in-depth coverage of issues of culture and society in Latin America than the MSc core course Themes in Latin American Studies, although the course will also be available for students of other MSc and MRes programmes, pending approval of the course coordinator. The course will cover a range of topics from the anthropology of indigenous and non-indigenous societies to colonial and modern history and contemporary literature and film. This will also introduce students to a wide range of approaches to Latin American Studies, especially those of anthropology, of history, and of literary and cultural studies.
This course examines the current security conditions and challenges which face contemporary Latin America. This includes narco-terrorism, debt, populism and neopopulism amongst other things. The region’s different sub regions will all be examined with the international, domestic, cultural and ideological factors for the current security conditions being considered.
'Global Security Issues' is an elective, second semester module for the MSc Strategic Studies, Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.
Salient, specific facets of historical and contemporary national, international and transnational terrorism and the problems and challenges these different kinds of terrorism pose for national and international counter-terrorism strategies will be scrutinised. The debates on the different causes for terrorism (for instance religion, ethnicity, and ideology) and the different theoretical approaches to explain and understand the roots of terrorism will be examined. Specific facets of terrorism like (female) suicide bombers, ‘lone wolfs’ and ‘home-grown terrorists’, as well as the national and international strategies to counter terrorism, will be critically reviewed.
This interdisciplinary course focuses on substantive dimensions of globalization by considering recent changes occurring in the economic, political, social, and cultural realms of society. These themes are analyzed by considering recent empirical studies, which seek to clarify our theoretical understanding of globalization through advanced social scientific research. The substantive themes covered include global capitalism, the global division of labour, global governance, the changing role of the nation‐state, transnational social change, and cultural homogenization and heterogenization. Interconnections between these aspects of globalization are highlighted.
This course investigates the ways people think about, understand, and respond to violence. How do we know what counts as violence or a violence act? Why does legislation against violence often seem inadequate, perhaps especially in the case of gendered and sexual violence?
This course is divided into three sections. The first half of the course introduces students to the central mechanisms and processes by which the international community attempts to provide justice and peace in post-conflict contexts, before presenting in a series of lectures the complications and current challenges to post-conflict and justice as both an academic field and an area of practice. The course is particularly designed to inspire students to consider the complicated nature of post-conflict issues through a number of different case studies and perspectives.
The dissertation allows students to conduct a piece of original research on a topic of their own choice. This in-depth research can be on a topic within culture, society, politics or international relations of Latin America.
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
Assessment will be by a combination of coursework, written and oral examinations, where appropriate for each course. The degree of MSc shall not be awarded to a candidate who fails to achieve a CGS grade of D3 or above in the dissertation (IR5902), irrespective of their performance in other courses.
You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.
|Home / EU / RUK Students||Tuition fee for main award||£6,000|
|International Students||Tuition fee for main award||£14,300|
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Hispanic populations are increasingly contributing significantly to a diverse cultural
world. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world.
The MSc / PgDip Latin American Studies/Postgraduate Diploma is normally open to students with a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree classification or equivalent in International Relations, Politics, History, Human Geography, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Development Studies, Languages, Law or other cognate disciplines.
For candidates who do not meet these admission criteria, relevant professional experience (e.g. work for NGOs, the civil service, the military, the international media) and supportive references are taken into account. Prospective applicants who are unsure about their eligibility are encouraged to address an informal inquiry to the Programme Director.
References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. They are not usually required in order for a decision to be made but in certain cases applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector.
All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.
Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.
If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.
Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.
The ECSR has Associate Survey Agencies in more than 100 countries worldwide and can offer basic and applied research in form of quantitative and qualitative surveys as well as other empirical research tools in the social and economic sciences.
The New Europe Centre represents a group of researchers at the University of Aberdeen with projects from a number of different funding sources. We are committed to doing quality research in order to better understand the world around us.
The Centre for Global Security and Governance brings together academic experts, policy makers, and students to define, analyse, and propose remedies to the most pressing security and governance challenges the world faces in the 21st century.
The MSc in Latin American Studies will appeal to you if you wish a career in branches of media, human welfare and human rights organisations, the public sector and policy relevant research, including diplomacy and defence and development. Additionally, graduates may deploy their study of Latin America to engage in public advocacy, research and project management for non governmental organisations (NGOs) and regional and global institutions, such as Amnesty International, the EU or the UN, as well as forgecareers in the armed forces, international risk management and international corporations involved in trade and finance. It will be equally appealing if you wish to create a solid PhD research proposal in any oneof the disciplines or an area that overlaps them.
Careers can include branches of media, human welfare organisations and development.
You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.