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Study Programme

The Faculty programma Minor Non- Western Studies offers two courses with special attention to Mexico. Both of them are taught in Dutch.

Non Western Studies II: Regional Specialisation Latin America / Mexico

History, society and politics of Latin America, with special attention to Mexico. In this course the focus will lay on the social, political, economic and cultural developments in the modern history of Latin America (after 1800). It will form the backdrop of a more specific study of the history of Mexico. The course will concentrate on a comparative study in which processes of nationalism and nation-building will be analyzed. In the 19th century items like caudillismo, wars, instability and the relationship between church and state will be focused on. For the 20th century democratization, globalization and neo-liberalism are central concepts.

Non Western Studies III Regional Specialisation Latin America / Mexico

a)Cultural identity is shaped to a large extent by language and the history of a language. Where language contact occurs, there is almost always a dominant language (superstratum) and a subordinate language (substratum). In other words, there are clashes between different cultures. Spanish as it is spoken in Mexico is an interesting example because, from a historical perspective, it is a dominant language, while the many native Indian languages are subordinate languages.

b) The cultural history of Mexico is characterized by a continuous interaction between the need to establish and communicate its own identity and a simultaneous need to assimilate ‘other' cultures. This leads to tensions between the various national and ethnic identities and increasing foreign influences. It is interesting to explore why the search for a specifically Mexican identity prevailed in certain periods, and why in other periods the supranational factor was dominant.