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BALatin American Studies with Human Rights

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Overview

Latin America is one of the most densely 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 as an area of study that will surprise you, challenge you, and broaden your horizons.

Our course gives you the opportunity to study the unique combination of Latin America and human rights. Based within our Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (CISH), you also have a broad mix of humanities and social science topics to choose from, including modules covering history, sociology, literature, film, philosophy, and art history.

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.

At Essex we are actively engaged in debates about the meaning of justice in the UK and beyond. Our Human Rights Centre is a recognised international leader. Through our work with the United Nations, governments, human rights organisations and corporations all over the world, we bring a global outlook to our teaching.

At Essex we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law. We are Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and we are ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World [University] Rankings [2016] for law.

Programme structure

Year 1

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

Year 2

Human Rights Organisations: International and Regional Institutions
Social Dimensions of Human Rights
America: Centres and Margins, Borders and Boundaries (optional)
Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action (optional)
Proficiency Level Portuguese (optional)
Proficiency Level Spanish (optional)

Final year

Selected Issues in Human Rights
Mastery Level Portuguese (optional)
Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism (optional)
Brazil in Focus: Business, Culture and Society (optional)

Career opportunities

As a student 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. An understanding of human rights in a global context will also be invaluable for a wide range of employers.

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