Contemporary Latin American Studies


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


The objective of this module is:

  • To provide students with an understanding of the main issues and dynamics of contemporary political and social issues in Latin America
  • To enable students to understand the tensions generated by development policies in the region and to understand the multi-faceted challenges to contemporary citizenship
  • To allow students to engage with and apply a range of selected theoretical perspectives to concrete cases and issues


The module includes themes within:

  • Political changes and new challenges for Latin America
  • Contemporary Latin American development challenges
  • The politics of human rights in Latin America


The module will form the basis of further theoretical and practical work within the field in the project module of the semester.

Learning objectives


  • Possess basic knowledge and understanding of contemporary political, social and development issues in Latin America and the various approaches to the study of these


  • Have the ability to apply theories and understanding to concrete empirical cases and issues in Latin America


  • Can reflect on and analyse contemporary Latin American issues from a practical and theoretical perspective

Type of instruction

The module consists of lectures and seminars, possibly with exercises and student contributions.



Name of examContemporary Latin American Studies
Type of exam
Oral exam
The examination for Contemporary Latin American Studies is an internally assessed individual oral examination. The examination will take the form of a conversation between the student and the examiners about a question posed within the syllabus of the module.

Duration of examination: 20 min, including deliberations and announcement of result.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleContemporary Latin American Studies
Module codeDIRES006
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Politics and Society
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities