Diploma de Extensión en Chilean Studies

Chilean Studies


Fecha y hora

26/08/22 al 20/12/22 - martes , viernes - 10:15 hrs.


En línea (Zoom)

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Residentes extranjeros en el país, estudiantes o académicos internacionales, extranjeros con estadía temporal, diplomáticos, profesionales chilenos en el área de lengua inglesa, o áreas relacionadas.


Departamento de Lingüística


Arancel: $800.000; Matrícula: $50.000.-

Designed for foreign residents and international students who are interested in acquiring a deeper understanding of Chile, the Chilean Studies program provides an online* interdisciplinary exploration of Chilean histories, cultures, literatures, music, and films, as well as an overview of the country's politics, institutions, environmental policies, and social movements.  The program also incorporates an introduction to Mapuche culture and medicine.  Together, we explore a complex society that is undergoing rapid change.  Throughout the year, students also work on a multi-media final project, attend several talks by renowned guests, and visit cultural sites throughout Santiago.

All classes are in English (except modules 5 and 6, which are translated simultaneously into English). Students attend four sessions each week (Tuesdays and Fridays, from 10:15 am to 1:30 pm) as they advance through several modules at a time.  Two vacation periods are contemplated (July 11-29 and September 12-23).  

*Classes are live, recorded, and made available for student convenience.

The Chilean Studies program includes the following modules:

1. 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, and 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 Chilean politics, a panorama of organized religions in Chile, an overview of the main indigenous groups, the education system, gender norms and roles, among others.

Instructor: Claudia Flores

2. Chilean History and Culture Through Literature and Film

In the Chilean History and Culture Through Literature and Film module, students watch, analyze and comment on documentary films, feature films, and novels, which articulate important political and cultural themes that have marked Chile during the past fifty years.  Students are provided with crucial context at the beginning of each session before they participate actively in the analysis, and in the discussion of, key Chilean films and novels.  By the end of the semester, students will have gained a panoramic understanding of the recent past, and be in a better position to understand Chile's present.

Instructor: Anthony Rauld

3. Chilean History 

The Chilean History module provides students with an overview of the major periods and events 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, the ratification of the Constitution of 1925, industrialization, among others.  The main objective of the module is to help students contextualize contemporary Chile by connecting with its past. 

Instructor: Daniel Stewart

4. Social Inequality and National Crisis in Chile 

The Social Inequality and National Crisis in Chile module provides a sociological perspective on the developments and conditions that led to the social uprising of 2019.  The module also provides an overview of social and political relations today as Chile moves into a new era, where fundamental changes are taking place. 

Instructor: Francisco Ulloa

5. The Mapuche of Chile

The Mapuche of Chile module provides an overview of Mapuche culture and history, and of the most important manifestations of Mapuche political and cultural resistance.  The module also seeks to contextualize the historic tensions between indigenous communities and the Chilean state, and examines how Mapuche demands are being incorporated into the new constitution, which is currently being drafted by the Constitutional Convention.  Additionally, the module introduces students to the main components of Mapuche language, medicine, food, family structure and philosophy.

Instructor: Karina Manchileo
Translator: Camila Le-Bert

6. The Music and Popular Culture of Chile

The Music and Popular Culture of Chile module provides an overview of Chilean popular folk music and culture.  It provides a unique perspective on history and culture by focusing, in part, on the way different cultural influences came together during the colonial era to form a unique musical and cultural style.  Focusing on the way music (and art in general) has been produced and shared in Chile, singer and song-writer Luis Le-Bert takes students on a journey to explore the main tenets of Chileanness.  Incorporating a phenomenological and performance-based pedagogy, this module provides students with an invaluable experience they will never forget. 

Instructor: Luis Le-Bert 
Translator: Camila Le-Bert

7. Chilean Literature

The Chilean Literature module introduces students to Chile’s main literary voices from the mid-19th century to the present. Following key developments and authors, the classes focus on the relationship between literature and national/cultural identity, aesthetic experimentation, politics and social critique, writing and art during the dictatorship, and literary efforts to construct collective memory. Students will read and discuss the works of Alberto Blest Ghana, Vicente Huidobro, Manuel Rojas, María Luisa Bombal, Marta Brunet, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, José Donoso, Juan Luis Martínez, Rodrigo Lira, Raúl Zurita, Elvira Hernández, Diamela Eltit, Pedro Lemebel, Nicanor Parra, Roberto Bolaño, Elicura Chihuailaf, Jaime Huenún, David Añinir, Daniela Catrileo, Alejandro Zambra, Nona Fernández, and Alejandra Costamagna, among others. Readings include novels, short stories, and poetry, all provided in English translation.

Instructor: Thomas Rothe

8. The Political Economy of Chile 

The Political Economy of Chile module discusses some of the main aspects of Chile's political economy and how the country's economic 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 extractivist model.  The module also explores how social/political movements have sought to challenge the Chilean economic model.

Instructor: Patricio DeGregorio

9. Chile and The Environment

The Chile and the Environment 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.  

Instructor: Jessica Ulloa

10. Chilean Rock and Pop

The Chilean Rock and Pop module explores the musical landscapes of Chilean music of the last 60 years.  Students listen to and analyze some of the most important musicians, bands, and artists of Chile, and they study the contexts in which their songs and albums were produced.  In six sessions, students discover the different music scenes that have come to shape several generations, from the folk music sounds of the early 1960's to the urban music that is currently listened to on a variety of different online platforms.  

Instructor: Lucas Araya

Horas de clases

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

Formas de pago