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BALatin American Studies (Including Year Abroad)

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Overview

Latin America is one of the most fascinating and complex areas of the world. Home to a rich diversity of indigenous people, as well as some of the world’s fastest growing economies, greatest environmental challenges, and richest cultural traditions, Latin America is an area of study that can surprise you, challenge you, and broaden your horizons.

On this flexible degree, you study Latin America and the Caribbean from a range of perspectives which introduce you to contemporary issues of global importance affecting and related to the region, and the historical processes underlying these issues. You focus on the disciplines that appeal to you, and shape a research project which you carry out during a year at a university in Latin America.

This degree is for you if you are eager to study humanities or social science at university, and would like to give your studies an extra challenging and original dimension. You can explore a broad range of interests throughout your course:

- Contemporary Latin American art, culture and society
- The economic and political history of Latin America
- Indigenous issues in Latin America
- Caribbean literature

You also add a language to your portfolio, through either learning Spanish from scratch or developing existing skills in Spanish and/or Brazilian Portuguese to a high level, spending your third year at a university in a Latin American country.

Based within our Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (CISH), Latin American studies can give you knowledge of the many ways to understand key areas of the Latin American experience. You draw on multiple perspectives in order to reach a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit, opening up exciting possibilities to discover the Latin American region.

Programme structure

Year 1

Introduction to Contemporary Latin America
Introduction to Latin American History: From 16th Century Conquest to 19th Century Modernization
The Enlightenment
Co-Curricular Employability Module (Year 1)
Advanced Spanish (optional)
Spanish / Italian / Romanian to Portuguese Conversion (optional)

Year 2

Proficiency Level Spanish (optional)
Advanced Portuguese (optional)
Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action (optional)
Doing Interdisciplinary Research for a BA Dissertation: Approaches, Methods, Practice (optional)
Art in Latin America (optional)

Final year

Mastery Level Spanish (optional)
America: Centres and Margins, Borders and Boundaries (optional)
Spanish and Latin American Art, Film and Music (optional)
Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism (optional)

Career opportunities

As a graduate in Latin American Studies, your year abroad can develop your confidence, independence, maturity and other invaluable life skills. Fluency in the Spanish or Portuguese language can open up exciting career paths around the world as politics and commerce become increasingly global.

This provides excellent preparation for areas which might include international development organisations, banking, branches of the Civil Service, journalism, tourism and non-governmental agencies, arts administration, translation and interpreting, as well as various other professions.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of organisations including:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The BBC
Human rights organisations
Development NGOs
International law firms

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States