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Latin American Studies Program
5053 Academic Quadrangle, (604) 2913518 Tel, (604) 2915799 Fax, www.sfu.ca/las
- Graduate Program Director
J.A.C. Brohman BA (Car), MA, PhD (Calif)
- Faculty and Areas of Research
M. Escudero - Spanish literature, 17th century colonial literature, Latin American modern theatre
G. Otero - economic and political sociology, Mexico, North America
A. Hira - economic development and policy, international relations, political economy and political science
- Associated Faculty
R.E. Boyer, History
J.A.C. Brohman, Geography
R. Clapp, Geography
M. Gates, Sociology and Anthropology
This program offers an interdisciplinary course of study and research leading to a master of arts degree in Latin American studies. It draws from approaches associated with both the social sciences and the humanities, exploring the interrelationships between cultural, socioeconomic, and political dimensions in the Latin American development process. It places a particular emphasis on contemporary Latin America as well as current trends toward globalization while recognizing the importance of understanding colonialism and the origins of the nation-state. Although most students will focus on the 20th century, the program welcomes students whose research interests encompass earlier historical periods.
Areas of Study
- Latin American Economy and Society
Topics will be drawn from the following themes: national and world economic structures, processes, and policies; development theories and strategies; agrarian structures and environmental sustainability; labor markets, the informal economy and poverty; macroeconomics; the fiscal crisis and trans-national finance; neo-liberalism, free trade areas, and trans-national investment.
- Latin American History and Culture
The historical genesis and transformation of Latin American cultures; ethnicity, race, class, and identity; gender and sexuality; Latin American literature and visual arts; and popular culture.
- Latin American Politics and the State
Political regimes, state structures and processes; policy formation and political conflict; political parties, social movements and ideologies; democracy and human rights; global versus local influences in national political processes.
Admissions will be conducted on a biennial basis. Applicants must satisfy the Latin American studies graduate program committee that they are well prepared academically to undertake graduate level work in Latin American studies. see "Graduate General Regulations". for additional University requirements. As well as these, the program requires:
- · a sample of the candidate's scholarly work, preferably with a Latin American focus (i.e. an undergraduate paper previously submitted as part of a course requirement)
- · a short statement of purpose detailing interests and goals in Latin American studies
- · proof of reading and speaking competence in Spanish or Portuguese equivalent to the successful completion of three college level courses (i.e., SPAN 102, 103, 201). At the discretion of the Latin American studies graduate program committee, proof of competence in another language of Latin America and the Caribbean may be accepted in exceptional circumstances.
- · If applicable, a resume of previous relevant course work and/or employment will be considered. Background may include specialized training, exposure to interdisciplinary studies of Latin America, and/or first hand field experience.
Acceptance into the MA program is conditional on the availability of a senior supervisor who may be selected only from Latin American studies and/or associated faculty.
The student must complete the following minimum requirements.
- · The following four courses: LAS 800 (offered biennially); SA 857 (or equivalent with approval of the supervisory committee) and two courses, one of which must be an LAS course (LAS 815, 825 or 835). The other can be an LAS directed readings course (only one directed readings course allowed) or one graduate course in another department or university that is designated by the program with full Latin American content, or more broad graduate courses in related disciplines that focus on Latin America. Credit for the latter is subject to supervisory committee approval. Students with deficiencies may be asked to complete more courses.
- · Prior to commencing thesis work, students defend a written thesis prospectus in an oral examination. The prospectus will normally be defended by the end of the third semester in the graduate program.
- · Students complete a thesis giving evidence of independent research and critical abilities. It will be judged by the candidate's examining committee at an oral defence. The thesis may be written in English or Spanish.
Other Graduate Latin American Content Courses
The following may be acceptable in the MA program. Permission may be required from the departments in which these courses are offered and some courses may require prerequisites.
GEOG 770-4 Geography, Development Theory and Latin America
HIST 845-5 Latin America to 1825
HIST 846-5 Latin America since 1825
In addition, more broadly listed courses may be acceptable if focused on Latin America. However, credit is subject to their designation as full content Latin American courses by the Latin American studies graduate program committee. Some are:
CMNS 845-5 Communication Knowledge Systems and Development
ECON 855-4 Theories of Economic Development
GEOG 740-4 Geography and the Third World
POL 839-5 Government and Politics of Developing Countries
SA 850-5 Advanced Sociological Theory
SA 870-5 Advanced Anthropological Theory
Students seeking admission to a Latin American studies doctoral program may apply under the Special Arrangements provisions of the Graduate General Regulations section 1.3.4 (page 298).
- LAS 800-5 Approaches to Latin American Studies
An annual interdisciplinary seminar taught by selected Latin American studies faculty examining core theoretical and substantive themes in Latin America.
- LAS 815-5 Latin American Economy and Society
- LAS 825-5 Latin American History and Culture
- LAS 835-5 Latin American Politics and the State
- LAS 851-5 Directed Readings in Latin American Studies
Directed readings in a selected field of study under the direction of a single faculty member. An annotated bibliography and a term paper is required.
- LAS 898-0 MA Thesis
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