The course of studies "Latin-American History and Culture" is a supplemental program within the science of history and culture with the goal of transferring basic, orienting methodic knowledge of Latin-American area studies. The students have the possibility to conceive of Latin-America and the Caribbean in transnational entanglement boundaries within courses like "Iberian and Latin-American History", "Spanish and Latin-American Literature" and "Language Competence Spanish". These integral parts of the minor are treated within three equal sections.
The students gain the skills to apply central questions and analytical methods of the science of history and culture and to tackle foreign cultural texts and contexts on a scientific level. The students shall gain the skill to develop valid and relevant questions regarding topics of Latin-American history and culture after the prior discussion, analyze theory-driven and independent and appropriately contextualize within the epochal and factual connection.
In doing so they shall improve their competences in the Spanish language considering the scientific and subject language and thus be able to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Credits awarded abroad are recognized for the course of studies. The faculties of science of history, philosophy and theology cooperates within the ECTS program of the EU with universities in Spain amoung others. Students planning to study at a partner university will be assisted before their study abroad starts by the program's commissioner, Dr. Bettina Brandt. Prof. Christian Büschges and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Olaf Kaltmeier counsel the students regarding the study opportunities at Latin-American Universities with whom a twinning exists, e.g. in Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile and Peru. Through the DAAD-funded ISAP-exchange program it is also possible to apply to study abroad at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico.
The target audience for this program are undergraduates who are about to leave the university after finishing their bachelor studies as well as students who want to continue to postgraduate studies and beyond. The course of studies is meant for everyone looking for a job in text- and media-based fields of work, in intercultural communication and in the section of the transfer of Latin-American history and culture. It is primarily pointed at history students who want to broaden their competences in foreign languages and regional science.
This course of study is the successor of the prolific minor "Iberian and Latin-American History" which was an integral part of the faculty's magister-system. Through its placement at the department of Iberian and Latin-American history and the Center for InterAmerican Studies at the University of Bielefeld, the course of study takes place within a dynamic teaching and research environment (strengthened by the installment of a junior professorship in autumn 2010) and gains a lot out of the transnationalizing tendencies in teaching and research. The Latin-American research in Bielefeld participates in several research projects at the faculty and also a central part of the BMBF-funded "Research Network for Latin America". With the research-oriented historic Latin-America department, the University of Bielefeld plays a leading role in the German research community that culminates in this course of study. The program is an excellent preparation for postgraduate studies in history, InterAmerican studies, literature studies and media studies. Following postgraduate studies in history, it is possible to apply for a doctoral position in the history of Latin-America at the BGHS.
This course of study is an attractive supplement of minor subjects (e.g. evangelic theology, philosophy of the soul, linguistics of roman languages, literature studies, British and American studies, pedagogy). It also is an excellent addition to core subjects like history, philosophy, sociology, political science, English studies, pedagogy and social sciences.