MSc in Latin American Studies

MSc in Latin American Studies

This is a nine-month programme which spans three academic terms.

The programme is intended to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of the main developments in Latin America since c1900 to the present. While the programme emphasises the specific features of individual countries, there is also broad comparative coverage of major trends such as authoritarianism and democracy, the economic cycle, the effect of international factors, the evolution of the Left and Right, revolutionary movements, and the effects of neo-liberal economic models. Find out more about our current MSc students and their experiences here

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These topics are addressed through taught classes for a number of academic disciplines (including History, Politics, Sociology, International Relations and Economics), individual preparation for a range of assessments, and a lively programme of seminars and conferences with visiting speakers. Students are asked to submit two portfolios of essays on subjects of their choice during the first two terms. These essays serve both as a focus for tutorials to review student progress, as well as preparation for the summative assessments.

Students will be required to take three assessments, and you may view the range of courses available for 2021-22 here.

The five disciplinary papers are:

  • Latin America since Independence
  • Introduction to the Latin American Economies
  • Sociology of Latin America
  • The International Relations of Latin America
  • The Politics of Democracy in Latin America

The number of optional papers on offer vary from year to year. Those for 2021-22 are:

  • Andean Politics
  • Cities and Citizenship in Latin America
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • The Politics of Brazil
  • Revolution and Counterrevolution in Cold-War Latin America

In addition to the three course assessments, students are required to submit a dissertation of 10,000 words. The preparation of this dissertation will allow students to develop a critical focus by examining a particular topic in depth. Click here to see the titles submitted by previous MSc LAS students.

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Watch our 'Why Study Latin American Studies at Oxford?' video to get a flavour of LAC student life.