|The Construction of Chilean Identity: Socio-economic, Political, and Educational Reforms
|Up to Four Weeks – July 3, 2017 to August 4, 2017 (may be subject to change)
|Faculty and administrators from U.S. community colleges and four-year public/private institutions in the fields of social sciences, arts, and humanities
Chile is a leading economy in Latin America, whose national identity has evolved throughout its history, from the pre-independence colonial period to the present day.
The seminar will aim to provide a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of Chilean society, culture, values, and institutions, by highlighting the social, economic, political, religious, and ethnic contexts that have influenced reform processes and social movements from the past to the present day.
In examining the historical construction of Chile´s identity, the seminar will center on underlying issues, such as the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state and how religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by, the development of Chilean democracy. The seminar will also address the main reform processes undertaken in the last two decades.
One of the current reforms that the seminar will specifically examine pertains to Chile’s education sector, as it continues to be the leading economic and social concern, especially in light of the fact that over the past two decades the number of students attending higher education institutions has quadrupled.
The education system as a whole is under scrutiny in Chile and is being reconsidered by society in general. In recent years, students and other stakeholders have put forward in the public agenda urgent demands for an inclusive education, of better quality and equity. But quality and coverage remain as the main underlying issues of the educational sector today.
In light of the above, the education reform being proposed would become the most comprehensive reform ever to take place in Chile and would address the main concerns of Chilean society nowadays – i.e., quality and coverage in education. The government considers the above-mentioned structural problems as the main barriers that prevent Chile from attaining full development and social justice. Therefore, the aim is to provide nation-wide, quality assured access to educational opportunities, which, in turn, will increase the quality of life and take social justice one step further.
* The final list of place may vary.
"Seminar is contingent upon the availability of funds, quality of applications, travel alerts, or identifiable concerns."
Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.