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Chile Visiting Chair 2020


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 a distinguished 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 comtemporary Chile.

Course objectives

Deze cursus heeft als doel de student in staat te stellen kennis te verwerven over en inzicht te verkrijgen in de huidige sociaal-economische, politieke en culturele processen die de Latijns-Amerikaanse ontwikkelingsproblematiek kenmerken vanuit een historisch perspectief. Deze cursus beoogt ook het kritisch and analytisch denken bij de studenten te stimuleren.


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

Information for Studeren à la carte:(

Information for Contractonderwijs:(


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).