LACS Courses

LACS 499 Internship : Latin American and Caribbean Studies 

Internship with an approved host institution or organization.

Pre-requisites: Permission of the Program Advisor

Restriction: Open to U2 and U3 students after completing 30 credits of a 90 credit degree program or 45 credits of a 69-120 credit program, a minimum CGPA of 2.70 and permission of the program Internship Advisor. This course will normally not fulfill program requirements for the seminar or 400 level courses. 

LACS 497 Research Seminar: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

LACS 497 is a required course for the LACS Major and Honours programs.

Restriction: Open to Program students and to others with permission of the Program Adviser

An interdisciplinary research seminar on topics of common interest to staff and students of the Latin-American and Caribbean Studies Program.

Winter 2018 LACS 497 Course Outline


LACS 498
Honours Thesis

LACS 498 is a required course for the LACS Honours programs.

Prerequisite: LACS 497 and permission of the Program Adviser.

This course is required of all students pursuing an Honours Program in Latin-American & Caribbean Studies and may be taken by others with written permission of the Program Adviser.

This course is designed to allow students to pursue interdisciplinary research projects under close supervision.

Students must submit the LACS 498 Honours Thesis Approval Form to the ISID office for approval.


LACS 498 (3 credits) is required of all students pursuing an Honours Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. It cannot be taken by students pursuing other programs. The course shall be taken during the student’s last academic year of study at McGill either in the Fall, Winter or Summer term.


Students are responsible for finding a supervisor who is willing to direct their research project. They are also responsible for selecting and defining a topic, preparing a problem statement, a research plan, and a completion schedule that must be approved by the supervisor. The supervisor shall be a faculty member at the rank of assistant, associate or full professor at McGill University. Students are strongly encouraged to find a supervisor willing to supervise their research project at least one semester before the semester in which they will take LACS 498 starts.


LACS 498 can only be taken with permission of the Program Adviser. The student shall notify the Program Adviser in writing of the following: (1) name, status, and degree program of the student; (2) supervisor’s name, rank, and academic affiliation; (3) title and focus of the project; and (4) a brief description of the Research Project. Students will not be allowed to register in LACS 498 unless this information is received at least at least 48 hours before the end of the add/drop period of the semester in which the Research Paper is to be written.


The above-mentioned information will be sent to the Program Chair. The LACS Program Chair will approve project proposals as long as they are clearly within the field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and conform to these guidelines. The ISID office will keep a record of approved projects but will leave the responsibility for follow-up and completion with the student and the supervisor. Any changes to topic and/or supervisor must be communicated to the LACS Program Adviser and the LACS Program Chair.

Level of Effort

The effort required for the Research Project should be roughly equivalent to the total work involved in a 3-credit course, i.e., approximately 10 hours/week for one semester. If the Research Project builds on work already completed in other courses or field assignments, then it should represent the equivalent of work for 3 credits beyond such previous work. The field of inquiry may build on issues and themes addressed in other courses or research undertaken by the student, but under no circumstances will work already submitted for other courses be accepted. The Research Project should be 20-30 typewritten pages, double-spaced with endnotes and bibliography.


Two copies of the research essay will be submitted to the LACS Program Adviser by the last day of classes. One copy will be submitted to the supervisor for evaluation; the other will be given to the LACS Program Chair for evaluation by a second reader. The Research Paper will receive a single final grade agreed upon by these two readers.

Human Subject Research

Course-based research projects that require students to conduct human subject research must receive ethics review and approval. These projects differ from research in that the intent is for the student to become more knowledgeable about the research process, rather than to contribute to generalizable knowledge. The results of the data are not intended for publication or presentation outside the classroom. The review of these applications may be delegated to the Research Ethic Board (REB) departmental representative and do not normally have to go to the regular REB for review. This review may not be used for projects carried out as part of a faculty member’s own research. Course projects that involve more than minimal risk, or involve minors or other vulnerable populations, must be reviewed by the REB. Course projects which results will be used outside the classroom must be reviewed by the REB. No research project, including student research may begin before approval has been obtained from the REB. No research project will be granted retroactive approval. For more information, visit the Research and Ethics Board Website.

Submission Deadline and Grades

The deadline for submission of term work (i.e., the final paper is submitted to your supervisor for evaluation) is the last day of classes of the term in which you are registered for the course. This is a Faculty of Arts regulation.

Last day of classes

Grades are due one week after end of classes and will be submitted by the thesis supervisor on Minerva. If there are any problems regarding the grade submission, please contact the ISID office at (514) 398-4804.