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Core Course

Centre of Latin American Studies


Research Methods and Frameworks

Social Science Research (TBC)

Friday, 18 October 2019, 14:00 - 16:00, Room 204, CLAS

Pedro Mendes Loureiro

This seminar will provide participants with an introductory understanding of what social science is, and why it matters. The discussion will hinge on the relationship between evidence, theory, analysis and finding, which is central to all rigorous and defensible research. We will discuss epistemology, or 'how we know what we know'. This means clarifying the interconnections between how to identify a problem, how to formulate a research question, how to gather data as evidence, and how to make a diligent argument as a logical extension of evidence. 

Key issues

  • Identifying social problems
  • The role of theory
  • Developing research questions
  • Gathering data and evidence
  • Relating a defensible finding


Academic Writing for Postgraduate Research 

Joanna Page

Workshop 1: Improving Clarity and Fluency in Writing Style
Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 10:00-12:30, online

In this session we will work through a series of techniques that will help you to write more clearly, concisely, and effectively.

Workshop 2: Managing a Writing Project
Thursday, 26 November 2020, 10:00-12:30, online

By the end of this workshop, you should have a greater understanding of how to manage a writing project (such as an essay or a dissertation), from the initial planning stages through to submission.

Introduction to Film Theory and Analysis

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 11:00 - 13:00 - location TBC

Joanna Page 

This seminar will explore why and how theories of film and visual culture can be helpful in our analysis of individual texts and broader movements. We will explore how film theory has historically borrowed from structuralism, psychoanalysis, feminism and postcolonial studies before looking how these and other ideas are taken up in a range of different contemporary approaches. As this seminar is also designed to give a useful broader context for studying Latin American cinema, in the second part we will discuss some important trends and movements elsewhere with which Latin American filmmakers have established a dialogue, such as Soviet montage, Italian neorealism and the French nouvelle vague. Although part of the seminar will be lecture-style, we will also analyse a number of sequences together.

The seminar will provide a useful introduction to approaches to film and visual culture for those who have not formally studied it at undergraduate level; for those who have, it should extend your understanding of different approaches that you may wish to explore in your own research.