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BA Global Studies and Latin American Studies

University of Essex
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English
October 2021

Program description

BA Global Studies and Latin American Studies

BA Global Studies and Latin American Studies will equip you with a broad range of skills to become an active participant in a crucial time of change. You’ll study some of today’s most pressing issues from the migrant crisis to climate change, and you’ll acquire a global perspective to face contemporary challenges.

This interdisciplinary degree combines the breadth of Global Studies with deep engagement in Latin American history and culture. Latin America is one of the most fascinating and complex areas of the world, home to a rich diversity of indigenous people, as well as some of the world’s fastest growing economies, greatest environmental challenges, and richest cultural traditions. Latin America is an area of study that will surprise you, challenge you and broaden your horizons.

A core part of the course are modules from history and politics which explore international relations and global history, alongside Latin American Studies modules. You will study a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Economic and political history of Latin American
  • Indigenous issues in Latin America
  • Global technologies
  • Migration
  • Art and architecture and in social context

Language is fundamental to our thought, our relationships, and our civilisations. As part of this degree, you will add a language to your portfolio, through either learning Spanish from scratch or developing existing skills in Spanish and/or Brazilian Portuguese to a high level, and spending your third year at a university in a Latin American country.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject

BTEC: DDM, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including a Higher Level essay-based subject grade 5.

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.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

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

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

Modern Revolutions in Science, Politics, and Culture

Contemporary Challenges in Latin America

Colonialism to Revolution: Power and Politics in Latin America

Skills for University Studies

Spanish / Italian / Romanian to Portuguese Conversion (optional)

Advanced Portuguese (optional)

Year 2

  • The World in Question: The Social, Cultural, Political & Environmental Legacies of the Enlightenment
  • Crisis of the American Idea
  • Art in Latin America
  • Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action (optional)
  • Navigating the Digital World (optional)

Final Year

  • Global Challenges in Interdisciplinary Perspective: Water Conflicts, Water Cultures
  • Contemporary Art: 1980 to the Present (optional)
  • Domestic Politics and International Relations (optional)
  • Political Economy of International Development (optional)
  • State Fragility, State Building and Conflict (optional)
  • Fictions of Empire (optional)
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy (optional)

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Career opportunities

Our graduates are well-placed to address the complex issues which confront the modern world. You can gain a diverse set of skills as well as a wide-ranging knowledge of the world’s most current and significant problems.

Our course provides you with an excellent basis for going onto a career in media, education, politics, the Civil Service, international organisations such as the UN and NATO or non-governmental organisations, and many other fields.

Our Centre’s recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of desirable roles including an events co-ordinator for Age UK, a business provision manager for BT, an accountant in London, and an account executive for Bluesky PR.

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Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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