The Latin America Studies minor module (30 credits) is composed of three content defined units (modules), with each including two or more thematically linked courses.
This module offers students an overview of the historical development of Latin America. It is designed to offer the fundamentals of Latin America’s historical development as well as current historically-oriented, culture-scientific, and cultural anthropological research, including ethno-historical and inter-cultural case studies. Discussion will be global and historical in perspective. Theories and methods will prepare students for analyses of gender-specific, cultural, and socio-economic differences.
This module prepares students to conduct historical analysis of Latin American social phenomena, with emphasis on understanding the historical development of gender-specific, cultural and socio-economic differences.
Additionally, the preparation will enable students to develop alternative perspectives on other empirical realities.
The module consists of a lecture, a pro seminar and tutorials, to be attended in a time frame of two semesters.
This module introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and theories of development and under-development in Latin America, including critical approaches from the perspective of non-European societies, and from the perspectives of economics, political science and sociology.
Topics to be discussed include development politics and strategies (especially economic and sociological approaches) and the global dimensions of Latin American social processes, including international actors, organizations and institutions (especially in the context of trade, finances, environment, and international juridical systems).
Students will learn how to conduct theoretical and empirical investigations, to analyse results of different development approaches, and to consider gender issues, including the relationship of development and gender conditions, hierarchical divisions of labour, gender constructions and equal opportunity policies.
The module consists of a lecture, a proseminar, and a tutorial which together must be completed in no longer than two semesters.
This module introduces students to the discussions of social, economic and political crises and conflicts of the 20. and 21. century in Latin America.
The emphasis is on social, economic, and political crises, conflicts, and problem constellations and to the end of preparing them examine contemporary Latin American societies in the global context.
Topics to be examined include different forms of political authority (e.g. military dictatorships, authoritarianism, populism) and violence; migration, economics and cultural exchange from a transnational perspective; and social transformation processes with special consideration of gender specific, socio-economic and cultural difference. Students will also study and apply relevant theoretical and methodical approaches to their investigation of social transformation processes and with special consideration of cultural, socio-economic and gender specific differences.
The module consists of two seminars, which must be visited during two semesters.