Diploma de Extensión en Chilean Studies

Chilean Studies
Chilean Studies 2023


Fecha y hora

11/04/23 al 1/12/23 - 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: $1.000.000; 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 talks by distinguished speakers, 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 10-28 and September 11-22).  

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

The Chilean Studies program includes the following modules:

1. Chilean Society

The Chilean Society 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 (10 sessions)

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 discussion of cultural texts.  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 (15 sessions)

3. Early Chilean History 

The Early Chilean History module provides students with an overview of major historical eras and events, 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 of the module is to help students contextualize present structures and institutions in Chile within their historical dimension. 

Instructor: Daniel Stewart (5 sessions)

4. The Social History of Chile

The Social History of Chile module provides a social history of the 20th century.  It provides an overview of Chile's main social, cultural, and political characteristics, emphasizing processes of social change: a country primarily rural and traditionally Catholic experiences urban growth, the diversification of its politics, and the flowering of its own art, music and literature.   

Instructor: Azun Candina (8 sessions)

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.  Additionally, the module introduces students to the main components of Mapuche language, medicine, food, family structure and philosophy.

Instructor: Karina Manchileo (7 sessions)

Translator: Anthony Rauld

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 Chileanness.

Instructor: Luis Le-Bert (6 sessions) 

Translator: Anthony Rauld

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 (10 sessions)

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 and reform the Chilean economic model, albeit with limited success.  

Instructor: Hassan Akram (8 sessions)

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 (8 sessions)

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 (7 sessions)


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