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Latin American Studies

Graduate Certificate

Admission to this program has been suspended effective Fall 2020.

This program may be of interest to those seeking certification of Latin American expertise, whether they are completing a separate masters or doctoral degree, or as a standalone program. Students commencing this certificate as a standalone program may apply to transfer into a master's program after completing 12 units. In this case, they will receive the higher degree only.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program has been suspended effective Fall 2020.

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. In addition, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to apply.

Courses taken to satisfy the requirements of a diploma program cannot be applied to satisfy the requirements of this graduate certificate program. For information, and to be admitted, contact the Latin American Studies program coordinator.

Program Requirements

This progam consists of course work for a minimum of 14 units.

Students must complete the following courses with a minimum of a B grade

IS 815 - Theories of Latin American Development (4)

A synthetic introduction to historical and contemporary theories of development in Latin America. Topics include political economy of development, sociological theories of development, an introduction to neoliberalism, and the contemporary experience of globalization and development in Latin America. Students who have taken LAS 815 or SA 815 for credit may not take this course for further credit.

IS 835 - Social and Political Change in Latin America (4)

A general overview of social and political change in Latin America, including revolutions, independence, transition to democracy, and contemporary social movements. Theoretical approaches may include social-movement theory, democratic theory, etc. Students who have taken LAS 835 or SA 835 for credit may not take this course for further credit.

and one graduate research methods course, such as

ECO 621 - Graduate Seminars in Research Methods (3)

An examination into the general philosophical foundations of science, the nature of scientific disputes, and the relevance of these to ecology. Topics covered include the following fundamental concepts: science, the scientific method, reliable knowledge, poor science, hypothetical-deductive approach, hypothesis testing and experimental design. Prerequisite: ECOR 9100 - Concepts of ER & the Physical Environment; ECO 611 - Concepts of ER & the Biological Environment; ECOR 9110 - Planning & Monitoring for ER.

HSCI 841 - Qualitative Research and Analytical Methods (3)

Qualitative research represents an important approach within the health sciences and makes unique contributions to the understanding of health experiences and outcomes, as well as the impacts of public health programs and interventions. This course will provide students with a strong foundation regarding qualitative methods through a comprehensive overview of diverse types of qualitative research and key approaches to analyzing qualitative data. The theoretical and philosophical foundations underlying qualitative approaches will be covered, as will key methods including ethnography/participant-observation, qualitative interviews, and focus group discussions. Qualitative research designs, research ethics, and institutional ethics review will be discussed. Instruction regarding the use of qualitative data analysis software will be provided. The course will also highlight the potential of qualitative methods to contribute to interdisciplinary or mixed-methods research focused on health experiences and outcomes. Applied learning opportunities will be emphasized to help prepare students to conduct future qualitative health research.

IS 830 - Analytic Approaches for International Studies (4)

Introduces key methods in international studies, critically assessing them as concepts and as tools for helping understand the world around us. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MA in International Studies Program. Undergraduate course work in methods is highly recommended.

POL 803 - Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science (5)

A survey of the principles and techniques of qualitative research design, methods, and data collection tools needed to conduct systematic qualitative political science research.

SA 856 - Qualitative Sociological Research Methods (5)

Examines approaches to qualitative methodology and research design in Sociology and Anthropology including epistemological and ethical debates surrounding the practice of qualitative methodology and research design in diverse contexts. Students will investigate research methods applicable to their graduate research projects. Students from other departments and faculties may enroll with permission of instructor.

and one of the following courses with the approval of the LAS coordinator*

GEOG 620 - Selected Topics: Economy, Environment and Development (4)

Geographic perspectives on selected topics in economy and environment in Canadian and international contexts.

GEOG 640 - Selected Topics in Social and Urban Geography (4)

Geographic perspectives on society and the city in Canadian and international contexts.

HSCI 891 - Special Topics in Health Sciences (3) **

Special topics in areas not currently covered within the graduate program offerings.

IS 801 - Politics, Institutions and Development (4)

'The quality of institutions' is now said to exercise a crucial influence on the prospects for development, and the course interrogates this claim both through analysis of different paths of economic growth and change across the developing world, and in regard to public administration and development management. It examines development policies and institutional theories, the politics of institutions and state formation, and the relationships between political systems, institutions and patterns of development. Prerequisite: Graduate students enrolled in the MA in International Studies, or permission of the instructor.

IS 809 - Selected Topics - Economic and Social Development of Selected Regions (4)

Examines the specific development experience of a selected region, taking account of the historical context, of state capacity, development strategies and of the political economy of development - as well as of the particular problems of development across different sectors of the economy, and the outcomes in regard to poverty and levels of well-being.

* All of the courses must have substantial Latin American content. With the approval of the LAS coordinator, a student may take an alternative course if a research paper is written on Latin America.

** Students are only allowed to receive credit for HSCI 891 - Special Topics in Health Sciences: Experiential Learning in Global Migrant Health course.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within six terms or within the time limits of their master or doctoral program.

Other Information

Second Language Requirements

Students are required to demonstrate Spanish or Portuguese language proficiency by taking a faculty administered exam, or by obtaining a B grade in an upper division Spanish or Portuguese language course.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.