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Latin America in the Global Networks

Explore the main global challenges for Latin America and understand the complexities of the current international system

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Business and Management
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP)
Course dates
3 May - 17 July 2023

The course will provide a global and multidisciplinary vision (geoeconomic, geopolitical, and cultural) of Latin America through the combination of theoretical and practical sessions. This CIVIS course is divided into sessions with academic experts in the area, and a series of seminars with renowned specialists who will offer a perspective of the most important issues in the region. The practical activities will be carried out in teams to facilitate a multicultural environment in which students can apply the knowledge acquired in the theoretical sessions.

Main topics addressed

  • historical evolution and integration in Latin America
  • language and culture: spaces and networks
  • indigenous peoples and globalisation
  • Latin America geopolitics
  • Politics and political organisations in the region
  • Latin America economy
  • politics and thoughts for the 21st century
  • trade and financial flows and external imbalances

Learning outcomes

Following this course, students will be able to:

  • create brief presentations of assigned case studies (5 min. videos, by the end of May).
  • have active participation in debates and materials for structured class debates.
  • participate to intercultural teamwork (each team will be formed with 3 students) in order to write and present a short case study of some relevant aspect (to be proposed by the students and discussed with the supervisors) on the Region.
Dates:  3 May - 17 July 2023 Total workload: 75 hours

Format: Blended

Location: Madrid, Spain Language: English, Spanish B2/C1

Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university. 

Physical mobility

The physical mobility part will be running from 3-7 July 2023.

On 2 and 8 July, optional activities are offered for students' in anticipation of students' arrival and departure. These activities are not mandatory. 

2 July 2023

  • Welcome event in Madrid (optional)

3 July 2023

  • Introduction to the Course (Felix-Fernando Munoz)
  • Inaugural Conference
  • The French presence in Latin America: History and culture (lrini Apostolou)
  • Teamwork
  • Contemporary Populism in South America (Gilberto Aranda)

4 July 2023

  • Trade Flows and External Imbalances (Jorge Turmo)
  • Teamwork
  • Connecting America: Trade integration in Latin America (Dorotea Lopez Giral)

5 July 2023

  • Politics and Thoughts: Decolonizing the world. Critical perspectives in Latin America for global politics of the 21st century (Giovanni Ruocco)
  • Teamwork
  • Financial inclusion and financial vulnerability in Latin America-The Gender Gap (Maria Jose Roa)

6 July 2023

  • Politics and political organisations: Latin America compared to the United States (Marco Cilento)
  • Teamwork
  • The growing influence of China in Latin America (Angel Rodriguez Garcia Brazales)

7 July 2023

  • Indigenous peoples and globalisation (Mirian Galante)
  • Politics and language: spaces and networks (Laura Mariottini & Stefano Tedeschi)
  • Hackathon (Nadia Fernandez de Pinedo)
  • Wrap-up (Nadia Fernandez de Pinedo and Felix-Fernando Munoz)

8 July 2023

  • Guided tour: Museo de America, Madrid (optional)

Virtual part

The virtual part will be running from 3 May to 17 July 2023.

The virtual component consists of 6 online sessions (3 hours each) + 1 session (2 hours of visualisation of videos).

The sessions will address the following topics:

  • The French presence in Latin America: history and culture (16th-19th centuries)
  • Historical evolution and integration in Latin America
  • Politics and political organisations: Latin America compared to the United States
  • Politics and language: space(s) and networks
  • Politics and thoughts: decolonising the world. Critical perspectives in Latin America for global politics of the 21st century
  • The economy of LATAM and its role in global economic networks
  • Indigenous peoples and globalisation
  • Demography and migrations in Latin America
  • Geopolitics of Latin America
  • The growing influence of China in Latin America
  • Financial inclusion and financial vulnerability in Latin America: the gender gap
  • Contemporary populism in South America
  • Legal cultures in Latin America: a global historical perspective

Analysis and discussion materials (videos, texts, podcasts, MOOCs) and guidelines will be provided to facilitate group interactions, cohesion and debates during the sessions. Most of these materials will be produced by the teachers themselves. Online learning experiences will include varying degrees of interactions throughout the CIVIS-Moodle platform. The academic team will use the most innovative pedagogies in the asynchronous and synchronous parts to facilitate the acquisition of competencies and skills.

In the last week of the online format we will distribute the students in groups and the themes to elaborate the case studies that will be exposed and discussed in the face-to-face part of the course (3-8 July 2023). Students will work independently on online lessons, projects, and assignments at home (workload). Academics will review their learning progress, discuss their work, and provide tutorials.


This course is open to Bachelor's, Master and PhD students at CIVIS member universities enrolled in the following fields of study or related: . 

A B2/C1 level of English or Spanish is also required. 

For PhD students, a short note on their current research in connection to Latin America is required.

NB: Visiting Students - Erasmus Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for your selected CIVIS programme, you must be a fully enrolled student at your CIVIS home university at the time you will be undertaking the programme. Click here to learn more about the eligibility criteria.

Application process

Interested students should apply by filling in the online application form by 28 February 2023. 

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Europass format CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Level of languages

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Students will be assessed according to:

  • The participation in the online discussion and individual work (30%)
  • A brief presentation in a video (5 minutes) (Teamwork 20%)
  • A final essay: a case study prepared within the assigned work team (Teamwork 50%)

Blended Intensive Programme

This CIVIS course is a Blended Intensive Programme (BIP): a new format of Erasmus+ mobility which combines online teaching with a short trip to another campus to learn alongside students and professors across Europe. Click here to learn more about CIVIS BIPs.

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Félix-Fernando Muñoz

Félix-Fernando Muñoz (Coordinator of this CIVIS course) is Associate Professor of Economics and Director of Innovation at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is a member of the IBCgroup- and his research interests include the role of institutions in economic development, evolutionary economics and complexity.

Nadia Fernández de Pinedo

Nadia Fernández de Pinedo is Associate Professor of Economic History. Nadia is a member of the IBCgroup in charge of the collaboration agreement between the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2000-2020). Her work covers a wide range of consumption and distribution networks including 18th and 19th-century Spanish and Atlantic history.

Mirian Galante

Mirian Galante is Senior Lecturer at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her current research deals with analysing legal and judicial categories and practices, jurisdictional conflicts, actors in/of local justice and re-categorisation of the indigenous in Latin America (1770-1840), with special attention to New Spain. She teaches History of Latin America and Indigenous Peoples in Globalisation Processes. She participates in cross-disciplinary national and international projects, coordinates the Research Group on Interdisciplinary Studies on Latin America (GEISAL) and is the Secretary of the Association de Historiadores Latinoamericanistas Europeos (AHILA).

lrini Apostolou

Irini Apostolou is Associate Professor of French Cultural History, Department of French Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She studied at Paris-Sorbonne University, where she graduated with a DEA and a PhD in 2003. Her research areas include writing and iconography, Orientalism, Antiquarianism, History of French Art, Iconography, and French Cultural History. Irini has mostly worked on the 18th and 19th century in France. Irini was Associate Research Director, Guest Researcher, Fondation Maison Des Sciences de l’Homme Paris (April, May, June 2019). Currently, she is scientific coordinator in National Kapodistrian University of Athens for the program E-Belong: Sense of Belonging in Online Learning Environments Erasmus +Programme Key Action 226.

Laura Mariottini

Laura Mariottini is Associate Professor of Spanish Language and Linguistics at Sapienza Università di Roma. Her research interests are Diasporic linguistic landscapes, Latin American migrations’ stories, analysis of public discourses on Latin American migrants, linguistic and cultural mediation.

Gilberto Cristian Aranda

Gilberto Cristian Aranda is Associate Professor at the Institute of International Studies at the University of Chile and a researcher at the University of Alcala's Institute of University Studies of Latin American Studies. He holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from the University of Chile, 3 Master’s degrees, in Latin American Social and Political Studies from the Alberto Hurtado Jesuit University, in International Studies from the University of Chile, and in Human Rights at the International University of Andalusia, and has a bachelor’s degree in History and Journalism from the University of Chile. Gilberto's research topics are Latin American populism, regional integration, regional migration, religion and politics.

Angel Rodríguez García-Brazales

Angel Rodríguez García-Brazales is PhD in Economics and Business Studies from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM- with honours and a post-doctoral fellow at George Mason University. He has been Vice-Rector for Postgraduate Studies at the Autonomous University of Madrid and Seconded National Expert between 2016 and 2018 in the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission. He is also Director of the Escuela de Inteligencia Económica (School of Economic Intelligence) at UAM.

Giovanni Ruocco

Giovanni Ruocco is Associate Professor of History of Political Thought of Development at Sapienza Università di Roma. His research interests are the thought of Montaigne, La Mathe le Vayer, Naude, Rousseau, Sieyes, Moscow. From a historiographical perspective, he has deepened the concepts of modern State, Baroque, People, Biopolitics, Totalitarianism, Transition and Preventive War.

David Pretel

David Pretel is Lecturer in Economic History at Autonomous University of Madrid. He has been visiting scholar at the universities of Harvard, Cambridge, UCLA, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. David has held teaching and research positions at the European University Institute, El Colegio de México, and Pompeu Fabra University. He has edited The Caribbean and the Atlantic World Economy, 1650–1914 (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies series), Technology and Globalization: Networks of Experts in World History (Palgrave) and The Colours of Globalization: A History of the Natural Dyes of the Americas (Bloomsbury).

Marco Cilento

Marco Cilento is Senior Lecturer of Political Sciences and Academic coordinator of Interfaculty Educational Area “Sciences of Development Cooperation” at Sapienza Università di Roma. His research interests are Processes of Democratization, Comparative Political Systems, Post-Soviet Political Systems and Local Government.

María José Roa

Maria Jose Roa is PhD in Economics by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has been researcher in Ohio State University (USA), CIDE (Mexico) and Director of Research in CEMLA (Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos). Currently, she is an independent consultant specialised in household finance, financial education and financial inclusion, gender gaps, behavioural finance, natural and field experiments, and economic development. Maria Jose coordinates different research and consulting projects on these topics in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is also a member of the Research Committee of the OECD/INFE.

Stefano Tedeschi

Stefano Tedeschi is Associate Professor of Hispano-American Languages and Literature at Sapienza Università di Roma. His research interests are Intercultural Studies, Pre-Hispanic mythology in Latin American literature, Linguistic and Cultural Mediation.

Jorge Turmo Arnal

Jorge Turmo Arnal is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economic Analysis (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and PhD in Economics. He also holds a degree in Geography and History by Universidad de Zaragoza. Jorge is specialist in Macroeconomics and collaborates with the Escuela de Inteligencia Económica (School of Economic Intelligence) at UAM.

Manuel Burón

Manuel Burón is Lecturer of American History at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Manuel has been visiting scholar at Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina); City University of New York (CUNY, Nueva York, USA); Victoria University of Wellington (New Zeland), and Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH, México D.F.). He is a specialist in heritage and museums, indigenous communities, nation-building and imaginaries, in areas as diverse as Latin America and Oceania.