BA Latin American Studies (Including Year Abroad)

In Colchester

£ 9,250 + VAT


  • Typology

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location


  • Duration

    4 Years


About the course
Latin America is one of the most fascinating and complex areas of the world

Home to a rich diversity of indigenous people, as well as some of the world’s fastest growing economies, greatest environmental challenges, and richest cultural traditions, Latin America is an area of study that can surprise you, challenge you, and broaden your horizons

On this flexible degree, you study Latin America and the Caribbean from a range of perspectives which introduce you to contemporary issues of global importance affecting and related to the region, and the historical processes underlying these issues

You focus on the disciplines that appeal to you, and shape a research project which you carry out during a year at a university in Latin America

This degree is for you if you are eager to study humanities or social science at university, and would like to give your studies an extra challenging and original dimension

You can explore a broad range of interests throughout your course:
Contemporary Latin American art, culture and society
The economic and political history of Latin America
Indigenous issues in Latin America
Caribbean literature
You also add a language to your portfolio, through either learning Spanish from scratch or developing existing skills in Spanish and/or Brazilian Portuguese to a high level, spending your third year at a university in a Latin American country

Based within our Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC), Latin American studies can give you knowledge of the many ways to understand key areas of the Latin American experience




Colchester (Essex)
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Wivenhoe Park, CO4 3SQ


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Course programme

Example structure
Studying at Essex is about discovering yourself, so your course combines compulsory and optional modules to make sure you gain key knowledge in the discipline, while having as much freedom as possible to explore your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are just a selection of those available. The opportunity to take optional modules will depend on the number of core modules within any year of the course. In many instances, the flexibility to take optional modules increases as you progress through the course.
Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current first-year students, including details of all optional modules.
Year 1
Introduction to Contemporary Latin America
Introduction to Latin American History: From 16th Century Conquest to 19th Century Modernization
The Enlightenment
Skills for University Studies
Advanced Spanish (optional)
Spanish / Italian / Romanian to Portuguese Conversion (optional)
Year 2
Proficiency Level Spanish (optional)
Advanced Portuguese (optional)
Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action (optional)
Doing Interdisciplinary Research for a BA Dissertation: Approaches, Methods, Practice (optional)
Art in Latin America (optional)
Final year
Mastery Level Spanish (optional)
America: Centres and Margins, Borders and Boundaries (optional)
Spanish and Latin American Art, Film and Music (optional)
Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism (optional)
Year abroad
On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.
Taught through one-hour lectures and classes of about twenty students
Your language classes involve lectures, classes and language laboratory sessions
Undertake original research on your year abroad
Assessed through a combination of written coursework, presentations and end-of-year examinations
Modules may involve other forms of assessment such as oral presentations
Study abroad time is assessed by coursework and examinations
Your internships are assessed through a portfolio

Additional information

You draw on multiple perspectives in order to reach a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit, opening up exciting possibilities to discover the Latin American region "The Latin American Studies course allowed me to study different subjects whilst also incorporating my interests in different cultures In my second year I took an anthropology module which really challenged my perceptions of indigenous cultures and anthropology as a field Our teachers really inspired us, and were very enthusiastic about the topics they were teaching " Emma Santos Clewley, BA Latin American Studies with Human Rights '15 Study abroad Your education extends beyond the University Campus You spend your third year at one of the Latin American universities with whom we have an exchange agreement, and you pay no extra fees for your year abroad Most of our students go to Mexico, Colombia, Argentina or Brazil, although agreements also exist with partners in Uruguay and Peru and we actively seek to develop new partnerships with universities in other countries You generally spend two terms (semesters) at a university, taking modules relevant to your studies in the language of the country, or spend your second term (semester) gaining practical work experience as an intern This provides you with the opportunity to conduct your own original research, based entirely on your own interests Our students’ recent research projects have investigated: The role of cosmetic surgery in transforming the bodies and lives of Colombian Women How science, dance and revolution characterise the Cuban School of Boxing Hurricane and tropical storm preparedness in Santa Clara and Central Cuba Public Memorialisation in Argentina and the Ex-D2 Memory Museum The Obama effect: Changes in Cuba-U S relations Studying abroad allows you to become fully immersed in Latin American life, to broaden your degree academically and socially, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature,...

BA Latin American Studies (Including Year Abroad)

£ 9,250 + VAT