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Latin American Studies

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Latin American Studies
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Area Studies
BA T731
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
15/04/2017

A-levels: BBB

IB: 30 points. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

External Examiners

Dr James Scorer
Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LA440-5-FY or LA450-5-FY or LA340-5-FY or LA350-5-FY Compulsory with Options 30
02 CS200-5-AU or CS712-5-FY and Latin American option from list Compulsory with Options 15
03 CS261-5-FY Crisis of the American Idea Compulsory 30
04 CS241-5-SP or Latin American option(s) from list Optional 15
05 2nd year Latin American option or outside option (or Language option) from list Optional 30

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LA460-6-FY or LA360-6-FY or LA450-6-FY or LA350-6-FY or Latin American option(s) from list Optional 30
02 HR374-6-AU or Latin American option(s) from list Optional 30
03 Latin American Studies option(s) or outside option(s) Optional 30
04 CS831-6-FY or CS301-6-FY Compulsory with Options 30

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

This course aims:

P1. To provide students with an interdisciplinary programme of study of Latin American history, culture, society and politics.

P2. To develop students' analytical, problem-solving and transferable skills.

P3. To develop the intercultural skills necessary for students to live and work confidently in different cultures through a programme of study undertaken in Latin America.

P4. To enable students to achieve Proficiency level or Mastery level Spanish or Portuguese.

P5. To provide opportunities for students to acquire research and critical skills.

P6. To provide students with a foundation for further study or work on and in Latin America.



Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the key historical , cultural and social processes of Latin America.
A2 Students will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese language at Proficiency or Mastery level in written and spoken registers relevant to both 'real life' situations and to the formal study of language.
A3 Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the intellectual and cultural origins and development of contemporary society.
Learning Methods: A1-A3
Is acquired through core course lectures and classes in Year 1, through Latin American option modules in Years 2 and 3
Assessment Methods: Assessment is through examinations and continuous coursework.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Students will be able to identify accurately, and across a range of disciplines, issues related to Latin America of an intellectual and academic interest that require researching
B2 Students will be able to apply a wide range of relevant primary and secondary written, oral or visual sources, where appropriate in their original language.
B3 Students will be able to reason critically, identify, analyse and solve problems, using appropriate methodologies and theories.
B4 Students will be able to demonstrate and exercise independence of mind and thought.
Learning Methods: Skills B1. - B4.
Are obtained and developed through lectures, interactive classes and seminars in group discussion and through coursework.

All skills are developed by independent reading undertaken by students under the direction of lecturers and class teachers.

Intellectual and cognitive skills are further developed through written and oral feedback on coursework.

Students acquire and apply all these skills in researching and writing their capstone project.


Assessment Methods: All skills are assessed through the capstone project and in continuous coursework.

B2. - B4.
Are also assessed by examinations.

C: Practical skills

Learning Methods: C1-C4 are acquired through lectures and classes
Assessment Methods: C1-C4 are assessed through examinations, coursework and assignments


D: Key skills

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:


Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: crt@essex.ac.uk.