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Latin American International Relations


Admission requirements

Not applicable


This course examines the foreign policies of several Latin American countries. A series of historical, strategic and geopolitical factors are explored which are crucial to understand the international policies followed by these nations. In addition, attention is given to key diplomatic initiatives deployed in the past decades in the field of economic and political cooperation among Latin American countries, assessing their achievements as well as their current problems.
The course also explores the ways Latin American countries are positioning themselves vis-à-vis important foreign actors, such as the United States, the European Union and China.

Course objectives

To obtain knowledge and insights about the actors and factors that are determinant in the formulation of Latin American foreign policies.
To obtain insights in the ways economic, strategic and political objectives become intertwined in the foreign policies of the Latin American countries.
To obtain insights in the manners in which the Latin American countries interact with key foreign actors such as the United States, the European Union, and China.


Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction

This course will consist of lectures and group presentations.

Course Load

Total course load for the course (number of 5 EC = 140 hours).

  • Lectures: 26 hrs;

  • Preparation assignments: 30 hrs;

  • Preparation lectures (reading literature): 84 hrs.

Assessment method


2 written examinations with open questions (40% per exam = 80%);
1 group presentation with individual written report (20%).


2 written examinations with open questions (40% per exam = 80%);
1 group presentation with individual written report (20%).

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average


Re-sit: Only the written examinations can be re-taken. Students re-take only the part that was insufficient.

Exam review

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.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

Gianluca Gardini and Peter Lambert (eds) Latin American Foreign Policies: Between Ideology
and Pragmatism (2013). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN-13: 978-1137361769, and selected articles
in Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in Engels and Nederlands

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Dr. S. Valdivia Rivera

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


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