Latin America Studies/Spanish
Language of Instruction: Dutch
The colourful character of Latin America society is due to the varying contributions of its members: the native Indians, the descendants of European conquistadores and the African slaves. The majority of Latin American countries have a political system with some degree of democracy. For their economies, however, they are greatly dependant on the USA which, through the application of IMF regulations and the war against drugs, dominates its southern neighbours. This explains why Latin American states increasingly look for support among themselves. Most Dutch people, however, are barely aware of these facts, and have little idea of the richness of Latin American culture.
The Bachelor’s Programme
The learning of the Spanish language permeates the entire programme. From the first year, the majority of courses are taught in Spanish. In addition to language learning, students take courses in literature, linguistics and the history of Latin America. Recent developments in the field of economy and politics are also examined, and students are provided with insights into the social structures of the South American continent. Moreover, an introduction to the language and literature of Brazil forms part of the curriculum. Brazil is the only Latin American country where Portuguese is spoken. In the end, students specialise in the fields of linguistics, literature or ethnology of Latin America. Students are encouraged to spend some time in the course of the programme studying in Latin America.
See for more information the department website (in Dutch) or the timetables (partly in English)
Following the basic programme, the Languages and Cultures of Latin America programme can be combined with one of the 'practical studies' or PraktijkStudies (International Management & Culture, European Union Studies, Journalism and the New Media, Book and Publishing or the Educational minor) or with other options and, possibly, an internship.