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Course Overview

In the twentieth (and twenty-first) centuries, Chile and Mexico experienced vast transformations, including votes for women, legalisation of divorce and adoption, earthquakes, revolution, a women president, military governments, dictatorship, tsunamis and, as a result of these events and more, new expectations for women's lives. This course examines these changes in Mexico and Chile, using a historical focus that puts women's lives and concerns at the centre of the story.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Patience Schell

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 3

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Spanish And Latin American Studies (SP) (Studied) or MA European Studies
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The histories written about women in Chile and Mexico are amongst the richest in Latin America. This course examines these histories across the twentieth century, discussing aspects of women's lives, in the 'public' and 'private' spheres, such as struggles for suffrage and the variety of women's work, as well as multiple forms of feminism and political activism. Using these histories, the course also questions why Mexico and Chile, in particular, have such a strong tradition of women's history.

Further Information & Notes

This course is not available as part of a graduating curriculum with SP40SC: Women Making History: Mexico and Chile in the Twentieth Century B. An advanced reading knowledge of Spanish is required.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 45% research essay (2,500 words); 15% group tutorial session; 40% arpillera plus an 1,000 word reflection

Resit: one 2,500 research essay (50%); arpillera plus 1,000 word reflection (50%)

Formative Assessment

The first written assignment has a formative as well as a summative role.


The above assignments receive CAS marks, which the Course Guide links to specific marking criteria, and written or verbal feedback in the form of tutors' comments is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is offered in tutorials. Tutors have office hours at which further feedback may be sought.

Course Learning Outcomes


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