Minor and Bachelor courses

Minor Latin American Studies

Course lecturer: CEDLA staff
Time period: September 2020 – 29 May 2021
Course load: 30 EC

The minor combines several of our Bachelor courses to give the student a broad oversight of the field of Latin American Studies. The minor can serve as a preparation for the CEDLA/UvA Master’s Programme in Latin American Studies.

Brazil: Democracy, Citizenship and Culture

Course lecturers: Dr. Fábio de Castro and Prof. Dr. Kees Koonings
Time period: February – March 
Schedule: Tuesday 13.00 – 17.00 hours
Course load: 6 EC

This course addresses historical development and contemporary dynamics of the modern Brazilian society. As one of the largest countries and economies in the world, Brazil plays a major role in economic and social processes in Latin America and is an increasingly prominent player in regional and global politics. The recent (post-2000) socio-political development of Brazil is characterized by a ‘boom and bust’ cycle, not only in economic terms but also with respect to democracy, social justice, and international standing.

Gender and Social Inequality
in Latin America

Course lecturers: Dr. Julienne Weegels
Time period: February – March
Schedule: Monday 13.00 -15.00 hours & Friday 13.00 – 15.00 hours
Course load: 6 EC

Gender, class and ethnic relations in Latin America are being reshuffled and rapidly changing in the context of globalization, social transformations and political turmoil. The women’s movement received a new impetus as millions of women took to the streets to protest gendered violence. Restructuring labour markets, economic challenges and increasing (re)migration flows have produced additional effects and demands in the daily lives of women and men, but have also offered new opportunities. 

Visual Culture in
the Hispanic World

Course lecturer: Dr. Arij Ouweneel 
Time period: 5 April - 20 May
Schedule: Monday 13.00 – 15.00 hours & Thursday 13.00 – 15.00 hours
Course load: 6 EC 

This course explores moving and non-moving images like fiction films, documentaries, television series, YouTube clips, paintings, statues, and street art, made in a Latin American country or Spain through the lenses of the Psychology of Art. Over the past decades, the cognitive sciences have gained considerable ground in the study of (moving) images. Instead of identifying “discourses” or “texts,” it proved more fruitful to investigate cognitive simulations encoded in memory.

Research in Latin America

Course lecturer: Dr. Julienne Weegels
Time period: 6 April - 28 May
Schedule: Tuesday 16.00 - 18.00 hours & Friday 11.00  - 13.00 hours
Course load: 6 EC


In this course students learn about doing research, through learning by doing. They will learn about research design and methodology, but also conduct a small research of their own. The course can be seen as a preparation for their internship and/or research in Latin America. Throughout the course, attention will also be devoted to interdisciplinarity, ethics, reflexivity and particular challenges to Latin American research. 

Latin America Today

Course lecturer: Dr. Christien Klaufus
Time period: 9 September - 14 October
Schedule: Wednesday 10.00 – 14.00 hours
Course load: 6 EC 

Students that have finished this course are expected to be able to:
• Describe major contemporary socio-political and socio-cultural processes in the region;
• Explain and use core concepts from the interdisciplinary Latin American studies literature;
• Apply knowledge about Latin American socio-political and socio-cultural processes to broader development debates, for example with regard to social movements, violence and insecurity, new cultural manifestations, matters of social inequality and gender, etcetera.

Politics and Protest:
The Latin American State and Social Movements

Course lecturer: Prof. dr. Barbara Hogenboom
Time period: 7 September - 23 October
Schedule: Monday 14.00 – 17.00 hours & Friday 11.00 – 14.00 hours

Course load: 6 EC

The course deals with the causes, consequences and limitations of political turmoil and change in Latin America, with an emphasis on democratization, development policy and mobilization around 'old' and 'new' social and political issues, such as participation, human rights and justice. It also looks into revolutionary idea(l)s and emancipatory movements that have affected society and politics. In order to understand recent events, we also need to look at dynamics of the past that continue to influence politics and protest: dictatorships and democracies, political legacies (authoritarianism, elitism, populism), social inequality, politicized state institutions and economic dependence on foreign capital.

Challenges for Development

Course lecturer: Dr. Fabio de Castro
Time period: 5 November - 10 December
Schedule: Thursday 10.00 – 13.00 hours
Course load: 6 EC


After finishing this course, students are expected to be able to: Describe some major challenges for development in the region, and different perspectives on how these could be effectively addressed; Explain and use core concepts from the academic literature on development issues; Search for, assess and reflect on different non-academic sources of information on Latin American development, including information and studies from regional and international organizations (e.g. ECLAC, IDB, UN, World Bank, ILO), national governments, NGOs and/or private sector/business institutions.

The Identity of the City
in Latin America

Course lecturer: Dr. Christien Klaufus

Time period: November – December

Schedule: Tuesday 13.00 – 17.00 hours

Course load: 6 EC


In this course students will explore the workings of urban identity formation and its roots, making use of geographical, sociological and anthropological studies. In the introductory part an overview will be given of Latin American urban studies and the history of urban development in the region. The attention will subsequently shift towards contemporary social movements, socio-spatial segregation, violence, urban policies and urban governance. De course rounds up with attention for the everyday experiences in the city, as well as with urban imaginaries on TV and in the cinema. 

Spanje en Latijns Amerika
door de eeuwen heen

Course lecturer: Dr. Arij Ouweneel (coordinator)
Time period: 7 September - 12 Oktober
Schedule: Monday 13.00 – 15.00h & Wednesday 13.00 – 17.00h  
Course load: 6 EC

Deze inleiding in Spaanse en Latijns-Amerikaanse Studies behandelt culturele en maatschappelijke kernthema’s uit de opleiding aan de hand van belangrijke periodes uit de geschiedenis van Spanje en Latijns-Amerika. De historische kruisverbanden tussen Spanje en Latijns-Amerika worden per week aan de hand van die thema’s besproken. Elk overkoepelend weekthema wordt in aparte hoor- en werkcolleges in specifieke onderwerpen uitgewerkt.

Master's in Latin American Studies (MLAS)

In the advanced Master's in Latin American Studies you will study social transformations through a multi-disciplinary lens, including a broad range of social science disciplines. You will design your own research plan, do field research in this exciting region and become a critical academic. The Master's in Latin American Studies is research-driven, small-scale and internationally oriented.  +INFO

Registration and Participation

UvA students
Students of the University of Amsterdam can register for our courses in SIS. For more information on registration for courses at

the UvA, check here.

Other students
Bachelor students that are enrolled at other Dutch universities can participate in our courses for free. These students should first register themselves as ‘elective course student Spanish Language and Culture’ at Studielink. For more information on registering for electives, please check here.

Others interested to participate in our Bachelor courses may attend the lectures of the course as auditor under certain provisions. Those interested should send an email to secretariat@cedla.nl, indicating their special interest in the course and a brief account of their academic background. Please note that students are given priority to register for our Bachelor courses. Any remaining spaces are available for others on a first come, first served basis. Those who have indicated their interest in the above mentioned way, will be informed of their registration two weeks before the start of the course. The cost for attending a Bachelor course is €150,- in total. Payment details will be made available once the student has been accepted to the course.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CEDLA secretariat. We are open on weekdays from 10.00 to 17.00 hours

Telephone: +31 20 525 3498
Email: secretariat@cedla.nl