Postgraduate course

Latin American History and Cultural Studies

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Objectives and Content

SPLA323 is a specialised course in Latin-American history and culture. It includes participation in seminars as well as independent work on a topic related to the field of history.

Learning Outcomes

Students will develop a critical and independent attitude towards analysis of problems in Latin-American history and culture as these are expressed through the study of a specific topic, thus facilitating further specialisation in the field. Students will become capable of formulating research questions, planning and carrying out works of research and development, and will become familiar with recent research in their field. They will become capable of participating in debates within their own field in international fora.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is recommended that students complete SPLA313 before starting SPLA323.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

SPLA303 (10 credits)

Access to the Course

The course is open to students enrolled in the Master¿s programme in Spanish language and Latin-American studies at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Topics addressed in the course may vary from semester to semester. Teaching consists of lectures and/or seminars and individual supervision of a term paper. Lectures/seminars are given either over a period of 12 weeks (2 hours per week), or in concentrated blocks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

During the time in which the course is taught, students are to give two oral presentations related to the material on the reading list. Topics are to be selected following discussion with the course instructor, and the objective is for students to gain practice both in presenting and in applying selected theories on a specific problem situated in the field of history. This coursework must be approved by the course instructor in order for students to be eligible to take the exam.

Coursework is valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

Assessment in the course is based on an oral examination. During the oral examination, students must first give a 20-30 minute presentation of a topic specified by the course teacher 14 days prior to the examination. Following the presentation, the student and the assessors will discuss the contents of the presentation, in addition to other topics relevant to the presentation. The final grade is based on both the presentation and the following discussion.

Grading Scale

The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a failing grade.

Reading List

The reading list (ca. 550 pages) includes historical primary sources as well as relevant secondary literature.

As a rule, students are to adhere to the course reading list given the semester the course is taken. However, alternative reading lists may be approved following an application to the course instructor(s) which argues for the alternative reading list. In semesters where no teaching is given, the reading list from the previous semester is to be used.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.


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Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

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