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Chile Visiting Chair: Assessing the Boric Government in Chile


Admission requirements

To be in possession of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. This course is also open to PhD students of Dutch universities working on topics related to Latin America.


During the last decade the Chilean student movement has rapidly evolved into a powerful political actor, seriously challenging the entire political and economic order. By 2021, the former leader of this movement, Gabriel Boric launched his candidacy for the Presidential elections, obtaining a comfortable victory in December 2021. During his campaign Boric promised a total refoundation of Chile’s political, economic and institutional landscape, announcing his goal to put an end to neoliberalism in the country.

The purpose of this course is threefold. Firstly, to explain the triumph of the radical left in Chile, after three decades of centre-left and right-wing governments. Secondly, to analyse the main features of the new Boric government both in terms of goals as well as performance in its initial phase. And finally, this course aims to assess the probabilities that the Boric government can achieve its objectives.

Course objectives

This course aims to provide an in-depth knowledge of the nature of present-day social and political developments in Chile. By this, students will obtain extra insights and skills in identifying the relationship between social and economic factors and its political expression. They also will make use of combined academic and journalistic resources to produce a paper about a very recent event.


Wednesday and Thursday, 15:00 - 17:00.

My Timetable

Mode of instruction

Lectures in campus (and some lectures online)

Assessment method

Writing a paper.

Reading list

The reading list will be provided during the first lecture.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte
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  • For substantive questions, contact the Chair coordinator, Prof. P. Silva at

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats


You are expected to be present in at least 8 of the 12 lectures.