Time: Spring I997
Faculty: Jorge Gilbert: Library Building 2107 Ext. 6740
Enrolment: 15 students
Credits: 16 (equivalencies depend on student project).
This Field School to Chile has three general objectives. First it provides participants with an interdisciplinary curriculum which will allow them to study, research and experience firsthand a wide range of issues and concerns affecting Chile and South America at the end of the 20th century. Secondly, the Field School to Chile provides practical opportunities for intensive language study. Students will attend regular classes geared to their skill level with the goal of developing or deepening their knowledge of Spanish. Third, the Field School to Chile immerses participants in the cultural, socio-political and economic reality of a country struggling to overcome its condition of underdevelopment. Students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, conferences, and discussions with political and community leaders and grassroots organizations and to study the social, artistic, folkloric and intellectual life of the country.
In Spring 1997 the Field School to Chile will focus on the production of a series of video documentaries on Chilean life. The subjects of the documentaries will include poverty, popular culture, the status of women, artistic expression, environmental concerns of the people, and the particular struggles and issues facing different sectors of the population under Chile's current neoliberal model of economic development. The video productions will involve research, observation, and close collaboration with communities and groups.
Students interested in the field school with a background in video production, Latin American studies, political economy, communication, art, media, folklore, environmental or cultural studies can enroll in this program for Spring. However, you need to apply to this Field School to Chile no later than the second week of the winter quarter.
One of the oldest democracies in Latin America that was abruptly interrupted by a military coup d'etat between 1973 and 1990, Chile is rapidly trying to insert itself into a new international world order, under the leadership of an elected civilian government. The economy of the country is proudly exhibited by international organizations as one the most effective and successful in the Third World. Chilean exports have reached all markets around the world and investments in Chile's economy have grown significantly. Programs and projects at all levels are being developed by governmental, private, international and Non Governmental Organizations. For these reasons the country is changing very fast not only economically but, also, culturally and politically.
The first week of the quarter will be used to introduce the students to the culture, politics and geography of the country. Working groups will be organized to join different research projects according to the particular interests of the participants of this field school. Once in Chile, the group will visit governmental, non-governmental, private and church projects for development in urban and rural areas of the country. Trips to the Andes, rural, urban and mining sectors, the National Congress in the port of Valparaíso, and meetings with governmental authorities, political leaders and grassroots organizations will be held. Students will have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of the Chilean population to learn and evaluate the effects of the new economic and cultural changes. Classes, conferences and workshops about this and other topics will be available at the University of Chile and other educational and research institutions.
Students are expected to keep a personal journal documenting their experiences in the country, and to work in a group research project. To carry out their research projects, students can travel around the country, consult people, visit libraries and universities. The coordinator of the field school will facilitate this component of the program. Students will stay in Chile for four weeks (or more). Upon return the students will complete their video projects and research at TESC with the material gathered in Chile.
Participants in this field school are required to pay
a deposit of $150 (refundable in certain very specific circumstances) by
February 16, 1998. If students decide to travel to Chile, $100 will be
used to cover air fare.
Although knowledge of Spanish is not a requirement, it is highly recommended that the students take some provisions to gain familiarity with this language. However, this field school includes conversational Spanish classes at no extra cost to the students during the four weeks in Chile. Most of the activities described above will be enhanced by knowledge of Spanish. Lectures and workshops by the faculty will be in English.
The base price of this field school is approximately $1900 for four weeks.
Students are entitled to apply for financial aid and loans from the college. If you need financial aid for the program you must start this process no later than February 1st, 1997. After this date you will need to use personal funds to pay for your expenses. Financial Aid will reimburse you upon your return. For more information contact the campus Financial Aid Office as soon as possible regarding application for support for this field school.