The Chilean Studies Diploma is designed for foreign residents and international students who seek a deeper understanding of Chilean culture and history. The program includes 9 modules (see below), as well as six talks (given by special guests) and a final project workshop.
All classes are in English (except two modules, which are translated simultaneously into English). Students attend four sessions each week as they advance through several modules at a time. Two vacation periods (2 weeks each) are contemplated. Students are encouraged to apply what they are learning to their final project: a multimedia project related to a particular Chilean cultural form or practice.
The Chilean Studies programs includes the following modules:
I. Intercultural Communication
The Intercultural Communication module provides basic knowledge about Chilean institutions, cultural practices, and organizations in order to facilitate a better understanding of Chilean society, but also to provide a foundation for the themes and topics that are covered in the other modules. Topics discussed include an overview of the Chilean political constitution, the basics of the Chilean political structure, a panorama of organized religions in Chile, the Chilean education system, gender roles, among others.
II. Chilean History and Culture Through Literature and Film
In the Chilean History and Culture Through Film module, students watch, analyze and comment on documentary and feature films that deal with Chilean recent history. Students participate actively in the analysis and in the discussion of films and novels, applying what they have learned about Chilean history, culture, literature, and about film, to the discussions that take place in each class.
III. Chilean History
The Chilean History module provides students with an overview of the major periods or epochs that make up Chilean history, including the colonial era, national independence, the rise of the Chilean Republic, the War of the Pacific, the so-called “pacification” of Mapuche territory, the nitrate era, and the ratification of the Constitution of 1925, among others. The main objective is to help students contextualize contemporary Chilean culture and society by connecting with Chile’s past.
IV. Social Inequality and National Crisis in Chile
The module Social Inequality and National Crisis in Chile provides a sociological perspective on the processes and events that have led up to the “estallido social” of 2019, as well as an overview of Chilean society today as it moves into a new era—where fundamental social and structural changes are slated to take place.
V. The Mapuche of Chile
This module provides an overview of Mapuche culture and history, as well as the most important manifestations of Mapuche political and cultural resistance. The module also seeks to contextualize the current tensions between Mapuche communities and the Chilean state. Additionally, the module introduces students to the main components of Mapudungun, the Mapuche language. The areas related to Mapuche culture covered in this module include: Mapuche medicine, history, politics and resistance, food, the urban Mapuche, Mapuche philosophy, and the family.
VI. The Music and Popular Culture of Chile
The Music and Popular Culture of Chile module provides an overview of Chilean popular music and culture. The course provides a unique perspective on Chilean history and culture by focusing on the way that different cultural influences came together to take root in this part of the world during the colonial period. This Chileanness is explored across time and space by the instructor Luis Le-Bert, a Chilean singer-songwriter (lead singer of the mythical New Song movement band Santiago del Nuevo Extremo), using a highly phenomenological, experimental, and performance-based pedagogical style, providing students with an invaluable experience they will never forget. The module includes various musical expressions and traditions that have marked Chile during its recent past and present, as well as a variety of cultural manifestations of popular art: murals, food, paintings, theatre, folk dances, religious festivals, etc.
VII. Chilean Literature
The Chilean Literature module introduces students to the main literary voices of Chile, including renowned figures such as Blest Ghana, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Roberto Bolaño, Diamela Eltit, Vicente Huidobro, José Donoso, Hernán Rivera Letelier, Pedro Lemebel, Isabel Allende, Maria Luisa Bombal and Nicanor Parra.
VIII. The Political Economy of Chile
This module discusses some of the main aspects of Chile's political economy and how the country's government policies have changed over time. Some of the topics covered include: the neoliberalization of the economy, Chile's wealth and income distribution, the regional variations of the Chilean economy, the centralization (and decentralization) of economic and political power, and the environmental impact of Chile's extactivist model. The module also explores how social/political movements have sought to challenge the Chilean economic model.
IX. Chile and The Environment
This module provides students with an overview of Chile's rich ecological and geographical diversity, as well as the impacts brought about through climate change and economic development. The module contextualizes the many different environmental conflicts that have affected communities throughout Chile in recent history, and explores the political and social dimensions of these struggles. The module also provides a perspective on the future regarding Chile's environmental policies in the context of Chile's constitutional process.
Martes y viernes 10:15-11:45; 12:00-13:30
Total de horas del diploma: 141 horas
Inglés Avanzado (B2*)
*establecido con entrevista personal
Prof. Anthony Rauld y Prof. Claudia Flores
Miércoles 16 de enero de 2019