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Chile Visiting Chair 2019


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.

This course examines the period of the Unidad Popular, led by President Salvador Allende in 1970-1973. During that period the Chilean left attempted to establish socialism in the country through democratic means. The course explores the historical and political background of this political project as well as its mean achievements and shortcomings. Finally, the course will analyze the great influence the experience of the Unidad Popular still exert in the current Chilean political scenario.

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 students taking this course as part of their LAS Research Master are expected to formulate a research question that is strongly theoretically embedded and related in their case study to a key debate on Latin American Modernities (discussed in the ResMA core courses). To this end, ResMA students can request one extra individual meeting focused on helping them develop their theoretical framework accordingly.

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.

Exam review

The grades of the papers included a general comment by the visiting professor about the paper. Students who have extra queries about the paper, can contact the visiting professor within 15 days after having received the grades and the general comment.


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 Engels and Nederlands

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

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


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