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In many ways, Chile is illustrative of much of contemporary Latin America's struggles, challenges and political and economic development. This course in Santiago, the nation's capital and financial center, is Chilea unique opportunity to visit and learn a
Location:
Santiago, Chile
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Now the strongest economy in Latin America, it struggles to reconcile the history behind that: the strength of the economy and the economic well being of much of the population has its roots in the dictatorship; but the dictatorship was ruthless in its violations of human rights to silence opposition. We will study the variety of intellectual influences which were and are behind both of those movements: political philosophies, economic philosophies, liberation theology, Catholic social teaching and Human Rights theory.

In many ways, Chile is illustrative of much of contemporary Latin America's struggles, challenges and political and economic development. This course in Santiago, the nation's capital and financial center, is Chilea unique opportunity to visit and learn about a country that is the oldest democracy in Latin America but which experienced a government takeover which interrupted that democratic tradition. Chile has been rebuilding its democracy ever since against the background of that history.

Looking especially at the traditions of Chile’s deeply Catholic/Christian culture, its long history of democracy, its dictatorship under Augusto Pinochet and the circumstances immediately preceding the takeover, its emergence as the strongest economy in South America and its struggles to re-establish its democracy, the course explores central areas of thinking that have shaped contemporary Chile.
Setting Description:
Housing & Meals: Students will be housed with a homestay family for the duration of their time in Santiago. Families are vetted by BC and many have hosted our students before. Three meals per day are included in the cost of the program. Cultural Activities: Excursions provided as part of the program include: Course related: Visits to three memorial sites/museums related to Human Rights Violations in Chile. Service component: Santiago homeless shelter. Cultural non-course related: Day trips to Valparaiso (on the pacific coast) and to a local vineyard and community.
Cost:
$4,976 (estimated cost)

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