To be registered as a student in a (Research) Master programme.
In the last decades the Latin American region has seen the proliferation and empowerment of social movements, ranging from the Zapatista Movement in Mexico in 1994 to the more recent social protests in Brazil, the Student Movement in Chile and ‘#’ movements such as #NiUnaMenos and #YoSoy132. The recent wave of social protest made once again clear that social movements are a recurrent and very often effective mechanism of citizen participation, that take the State a the focal point of their struggle. Amidst the economic slowdown and overall crisis from 2020, social protest continues to both resist weak and ineffective institutions, as well as to voice citizen demands.
The course first introduces the main scholarly debates on Latin American Social Movements. It then examines the tensions that characterize social movements’ relation with the State, as well as their strategic but often problematic use of new technologies. The course takes particular interest in assessing the potential and limitations of social movements for achieving social change and, ultimately, deepening democracy in Latin America.
To insert students in the main academic debates regarding Latin American social movements.
To have an understanding of the key tensions that characterize the interaction between State and Social Movements.
To understand the potential and limitations of social movements in achieving sociopolitical change in current issues in Latin America.
To assess the impact of social movements on the practice of democracy in the region.
To be able to apply the knowledge gained in a case study.
The transferable skills that are practiced in this course include:
Analytical thinking (analytical skills, abstraction and argumentation)
Project management (planning, delimitation of the study)
Oral communication (presentation, academic language, listening and providing feedback)
Written communication (academic writing, reporting on research results, argument structuration)
Critical thinking (discussion, critical assessment of sources)
Intercultural skills (research and interaction in an intercultural setting)
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Brief discussion of the appointed literature during seminar (pass).
Oral presentation on the progress of the case study for the writing of the paper (30%).
Final paper of 5000 words, written under supervision (70%). The paper may be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese or English.
The paper for the research master students should pay more attention to the theoretical framework and relate the case study to a key debate on Latin American Modernities (discussed in the core courses). To this end, these students will get at least one extra individual meeting focused on theory and a more complex research question.
The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
A resit is (in principle) only possible in the case that the final grade for the course is a 5 or lower. The components that have been evaluated as insufficient can be resit. The resit for the final presentation entails a short research proposal for the paper of ca. 1500 words. A revised version of the paper can be resubmitted as a resit in case of an insufficient evaluation.
The percentages of the components do not change in the resit.
Inspection and feedback
The lecturer will provid feedback on both assessment components (the oral presentation and the final paper). In addition, by the student’s request, it is possible to schedule a meeting with the lecturer to discuss the results of the examinations in more detail.
A selection of articles and book chapters. The final reading list will be made available through Blackboard before the beginning of the course.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats
Coordinator of Studies: Tim Sanders
Attendance is compulsory. In case the student misses more than three sessions, the lecturer may decide to impose complementary assignments, to guarantee the student meets the requirements of the course.