Courses are held in Spanish, Portuguese, German and English. Participants can choose to write their term papers and their Master's theses in any of these languages.
Applications for the Master's programme must be addressed to the Application and Admissions Office during the period 15 April to 31 May for enrolment in the following winter semester.
The aim of the programme is the acquirement or consolidation of academic and interdisciplinary knowledge and competences with professional relevance, which enable a future occupation in a wide field both inside and outside of academia. The Master's programme is modularised, with each module comprising two courses. It consists of a central area of studies, a specialisation area and an elective area.
The central area of study serves the development and treatment of new interdisciplinary questions and the consolidation of knowledge about the region “Latin America” as well as the conveyance of specific theoretical and methodological knowledge and capabilities that are necessary for the academic investigation of the topics of the MA. Within the framework of the interdisciplinary modules that are thematically related to the research conception of the LAI, the students acquire access to various problem statements concerning the Latin American continent.
The students have the choice between the following specialisation areas:
Specialisation Area A: Representation and Entanglement
Questions of representation and entanglement are of central importance for the processes of societal transformation and cultural dynamics in Latin America. These are based on societal heterogeneousness and structures of power. In Specialisation Area A, actor, image and discourse-led actions in the past and present are examined. At the same time, the culturally diverse Latin American academic traditions and epistemic productions are dealt with alongside the specialist traditions of historiography, and literary and cultural studies. Representations and entanglement in their transregional and constantly changing dimensions will be analysed on the basis of theoretical and methodological approaches that build on the close link between the approaches of cultural studies and social sciences in the humanities, social and cultural anthropology as well as Latin American literature and cultural studies. Research in this profile analyses the local appropriation and production of ideas, discourses, institutions, media practices and strategies of representation in their entanglement in view of global-historical interdependencies.
Specialisation Area B: Transformation and Development
In this specialisation area, students exam the complex processes of societal change and cultural dynamics that characterise the development of Latin American societies and their complex inclusion in transregional and national processes as well as in global structures in the past and present. Here, the perception of Latin America as a “crisis continent” and at the same time a “laboratory of modernity” represents a special focus.
Besides an understanding of the varying methods of the social sciences and a critical examination of various developmental and transformation theories, Latin American academic traditions and knowledge production receive special attention. The treatment of the problems of transformation research and the examination of the meaning of global economic and social developments for international and respective national policies is carried out on the basis of social, economic and cultural expertise as well as transdisciplinary cooperation. At the same time, the programme emphasises the reception and application of theories and methods of gender studies.
Specialisation Area C: Brazil in World Context: Literature, Culture and Societies
The students that choose this area will have a regional focus on Brazil. Brazil plays a special role in Latin America because of its greater size and cultural area, unique language and specific historical formation. This specialisation area aims at a better understanding of Brazil and the Caribbean through studies of social and economic processes, cultural dynamics, and development in a regional and global context.
Specialisation Area D: Gender Relationships, Lifestyle, Transformations
The specialisation area "Gender relations, Ways of life, Transformations" offers the foundation for the historical and contemporary understanding of gender relations in Latin America while taking into consideration the theoretical and methodological approaches of interdisciplinary gender studies. Against the backdrop of gender-specific problems that account for the socio-economic and cultural heterogeneousness of Latin America, the area focuses on questions of democratisation and violence (inter alia developmental policy, law and public spheres, social movements, ways of life and praxes) interculturality (ethnicity, hybridity and transnationalism) and representation (body and discourse).