Research in Latin America

Course lecturer: Dr. Annelou Ypeij
Period: 5 April - 31 May, Friday
Time: 11.00-13.00
Course load: 6 EC
Maximum number of participants: 25
Course ID: 137221006Y

In this course students learn about doing research. They will apply this knowledge in the research practice and train research skills. The course can be seen as a preparation for their internship and/or research in Latin America. The focus will be on 1) the design and executing of qualitative research; 2) the collecting of data by means of archives, interviews, and participant observation; 3) the analysis and reporting. The course will start with a theoretical part in the form of lectures based on the transfer of knowledge. Then, the focus will increasingly switch to the research practice in the form of a research lab and the training of research skills. The course will fall into the disciplinary field of Latin America Studies. During the research lab students will work in a team, set up a small research (in Amsterdam or the Netherlands and related to Latin America Studies), execute all stages of the research and write a small report on it.


This course is part of the learning line about academic skills and research that runs through the whole bachelor program. It starts in the Propedeuse year with two modules about academic writing. In the second year it, includes a course on the Philosophy of Science followed by the present course. In the third year, students write a Bachelor thesis based on literature research and if so desired research in Latin America. It is recommended, but not required, to follow this course after courses on academic writing and the Philosophy of Science.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
- theoretical and practical understanding of doing research in Latin America;
- knowledge regarding research strategies and -process, methodology, relation between theory and research, ethical standards and reflexivity.

Students will train:
- competences related to the design, data collection and reporting of a research;
- specific research techniques such as archive research, interview technique, participant observation and coding and analysis of data.

Students will develop the following attitude:
- curious
- analytical
- research-minded
- collaborative

Alan Bryman (2016) Social Research Methods, fifth edition , Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Jane Richie and Jane Lewis (eds.) (2003) Qualitative Research Practice. A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers, London: Sage.
More material will be announced.

Form of instruction and assessment
Lectures, research lab and an excursion.
Grading based on several individual assignments (50%) and the research report that the students write jointly (50%).

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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