Gender and Social Inequality in Latin America

Course lecturer: Dr. Annelou Ypeij
4 February - 28 March, schedule Monday and Thursday at 13.00 - 15.00 &
Course load: 6 EC
Maximum number of participants: 35
Course ID: 137221026Y

In the last twenty years gender relations in Latin America have been greatly transformed within the context of globalization processes and reforms. Restructured labour markets, new economic opportunities and increasing (re)migration flows have meant new challenges and new opportunities in the daily lives of women and men. From an intergenerational perspective, many families experience upward social mobility, especially now that several Latin American economies have been growing. These social transformations have often led to a repositioning of women and men in relation to each other and renegotiating their relationships. Conceptions of femininity and masculinity are constantly being reconstructed and are acquiring new meanings.

This course investigates the dynamics of gender relations in Latin America, mainly in the urban areas and studies them at the intersection of class, ethnicity and sexuality. Concepts and case studies will be presented that will offer examples of daily experience. Themes that will be touched upon are: social mobility/poverty, ethnicity, femininities and masculinities, machismo, the nuclear and matrifocal family systems, migration, gendered violence and sexuality.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
- have become knowledgeable of theories and concepts pertaining to gender studies and Latin American studies, most notably around gender, masculinity, femininity, family systems, social mobility, machismo, ethnicity, sexuality and gendered violence;
- be aware of the ways in which gender influences the everyday experiences of people, their relations, their perceptions and their identities and that gender exists on an intersection with class, race, and ethnicity;
- have learnt how to identify, analyze and understand different facets of intersectionality;
- know how to apply the concepts introduced in the lectures, put into them into practice, and come to a gender analysis.

Students will train the following academic skills:
academic writing
- debating
- critical reading
- working in groups and presenting

Students will develop an attitude to think critically and intersectionality.

A propedeuse in humanities of social sciences

Kristin E. Yarris (2017) Care across Generation. Solidarity and Sacrifice in Transnational Families. Stanford: Stanford University Press (216 pages). More literature will be announced.

Form of instruction and assessment
Assessment will be based on the exam and a group presentation.

For the examination dates please consult the timetable on
Click here for the course description in the UvA Studiegids.

Registration and Participation

UvA Students

Students registered at the University of Amsterdam can register for the CEDLA courses through SIS.

Students registered at other Dutch universities
BA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register as a guest student Spanish Language and Culture (‘bijvakstudent Spaanse Taal en Cultuur’) at the University of Amsterdam in Studielink.

MA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register through our digital registration form.

Persons who are interested in our courses, but are not registered as students at a university, may participate in some courses under certain provisions. Those interested, should provide the secretariat with some information on their background, their background knowledge and their special interest in taking the course. Non-students can register for the courses through our digital registration form

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CEDLA secretariat. We are open on weekdays from 9.00 to 17.00 hours.

Telephone: +31 20 525 3498

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