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Chile Visiting Chair 2018


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. Also open for some senior bachelor students who want to specialize on Chile.


Each year an eminent Chilean scholar is invited to occupy this Visiting Professorial Chair at the Department of Latin American Studies (LAS). The Chile Chair focuses on the social, cultural, political and economic evolution of Chile, with special emphasis on the national reality from the 1980s onwards. This course examines the public policies on education implemented in Chile since the 1990s and their social and political impact among the population (including the students protest of recent years).

Course objectives

To be able to assimilate in a relatively short period of time a specialized account about a specific socio-economic, political and cultural subject that is currently taking place in Chile. To write a paper based partly in Chilean local sources about one of the topics which have been studied during the course. To make a structured oral presentation in public in which an in-depth analysis is made about a particular article.


Timetable MA LAS

Timetable ResMA LAS

Mode of instruction

Lectures and working group activities.

Course Load

10 EC: 280 hours in total

  • 24 hours for class attendance.

  • 76 hours for reading assignments and preparing an oral presentation

  • 180 hours for writing a paper.

Assessment method

  • Participation in class (20%)

  • Paper (6000 words) (80%)

The papers for the research master should pay more attention to the theoretical framework of their paper and relate the case study to a key debate on Latin American Modernities (discussed in the core courses). To this end, these students will get at least one extra individual meeting focused on theory and a more complex research question.

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.

In case of an unsatisfactory grade, the paper needs to be reworked.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

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


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Prof.dr. P. Silva

Coordinator of Studies: A.C. Wapenaar MA

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


Compulsatory presence (at least 9 of the 12 lectures).