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Wisselleerstoel Chileense Studies


Admission requirements

To be a registered student of any Master programme at Leiden University or other Dutch University, and to have a good command of the Spanish language.

This course can be done for 5 or 10 ects. Please consult with the teacher.


Each year a Chilean Visiting Professor comes to Leiden to teach about a key issue in contemporary Chilean society. In the period February-March 2014.
Prof. Claudio Fuentes (Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile) will teach a course entitled ‘Chile: Cambio político, memoria y movimiento social’.
Chile combines continuity and change. This course explores historical patterns of political continuity (party cleavages, constitutional frameworks) along with social change. This course will specifically explore long-term cycles of political change; the military coup and its political and social consequences; key aspects of the transition to democracy; the rebirth of social movements; and politics of memory and justice in contemporary Chile.

Course objectives

To learn to look at contemporary social and political issues from a long-term historical perspective; understanding both the elements of continuity and change within Chilean politics for the last 50 years; learning to connect present-day social and political issues to its historical roots in the past.


The course consists of twelve lectures on Wednesdays (11.00-13.00 hrs; Van Wijkplaats 2, room 003) and Thursdays (11.00-13.00 hrs; Van Wijkplaats 2, room 003), starting on Wednesday 5 February 2014. Look at blackboard for full information.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and working group activities.

Assessment method

Participation in discussions and the writing of a paper.


Blackboard will be used to post all the necessary information about the course (programme, time tables, announcements, etc.). Also announcements will be posted on interesting activities (such as Conferences, workshops, expositions, etc.), which are related to the themes analyzed during the course.

Reading list

List of publications will be posted in due course at Blackboard.


Register via uSis.