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Latin American diasporas: Issues in language and identity


Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese.


Latin America is home to many diaspora communities, and Latin Americans can be found in communities across the world. Migration of this kind can lead to linguistic and cultural change. In this course we explore the relationship between language and identity in Latin American diasporic communities. Topics that will be discussed include language maintenance, multilingualism, individual and group identities, political and social issues. By criticially engaging with these topics, students will develop a deeper understanding of the intricate connections between language and identity in Latin America in its broadest sense, which in turn will foster appreciation for linguistic and cultural diversity.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Have a thorough understanding of a wide variety of Latin American diaspora communities, and how language and identity have helped to shape these communities;

  • Be able to critically reflect on key concepts related to language and identity formation in the Latin American diasporic context;

  • Have improved their communication skills and intercultural competence through the exploration of language and identity dynamics in Latin American diasporas;

  • Have actively engaged with case studies, discussions, and research to deepen understanding of the complexities and nuances of language and identity in Latin American diasporas.

  • Have formulated a clear research question based on appropriate literature, and set up, under supervision, a study of a limited size and formulate a reasoned conclusion;

  • Be able to present findings and arguments in a clear and coherent way in the form of a presentation and during in-class debates;

  • Be able to give and receive feedback to and from peers in a constructive fashion and use reasoned criticism to revise one’s own point of view or own argumentation;

  • Be able to take on board instructions and criticisms in a constructive way.


The timetables are available through My Timetable

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


  • Active Participation/cooperation in class

  • Essay, paper

  • Oral presentation


  • Active participation: 25%

  • Papers: 50%

  • Oral presentation: 25%


Final paper for all components.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Reading list will be made available via Brightspace.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website

Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange

For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats


Minimum attendance of 80% is required for students to be able to submit a final paper.