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Estado, Sociedad Civil y Políticas Públicas en América Latina


Admission requirements

To be registered as a student in a (Research) Master programme.


This course focuses on the main developmental strategies and policies which are currently deployed by several Latin American governments to deal with major problems such as poverty and public security, and in the field of education. A selection of specific policies are analyzed in detail, looking at their formulation and implementation, achievements, and limitations. Also attention is given to the reactions and alternative proposals to these state initiatives coming from civil society, including social movements and non-governmental organizations.

Course objectives

Learn to analyze a specific historical, social and cultural situation in a wider perspective (i.e. the relationship between state and civil society, from the perspective of both the formulation and implementation of social policies). This course also aims to deepen the students’ knowledge on various historical, political, social, cultural and technical aspects, which are determining factors at the formulation and implementation of public policies in Latin America. They have to apply their knowledge of some mega-discussion on public policies to their individual research topics.



Mode of instruction

Lectures and individual presentations.

Course load

Total course load 10 EC x 28 hours= 280 hours

  • 14 Hours of Classes

  • 104 Hours of reading and class preparation

  • 70 Hours for weekly assignments

  • 92 Hours for paper

Assessment method

1) Paper (50%)
2) Brief presentation of paper (10%)
3) Weekly house work assessments (30%)
4) Paper proposal (10%)

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

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.

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


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

A list of specialized articles on public policies which will be later announced 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

Contact information

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

Coordinator of Studies: M.A.G. van Leeuwen MA

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats.


Compulsory presence at lectures and presentations.