Sample Courses

Students enrolling at Pontificia Universidad Católica may find the following courses particularly interesting:

Women and Society in Chile
Mujer y Sociedad en Chile is a seminar style class designed specifically for exchange students that seeks to investigate the social construction of female identities, comparing the voices and representations of women and their social roles, their involvement in emerging political opinions, their access to education, and their increasing contribution to the arts from historical, artistic, and various literary perspectives from colonial times until the 21st century.

Intercultural Health
Salud Intercultural focuses on the concept of intercultural health in the context of globalization and the resulting cultural identification that individuals adopt--with a particular emphasis on the Mapuche tradition. Moreover, this class studies the diversity that exists among cultural approximations in order to understand and resolve health related issues.

Chilean Themes: 19th and 20th Centuries
Temas de Chile: siglo XIX y XX aims to provide a broad survey of Chilean history and culture beginning in the early 1800's and ending with the golpe militar of 1973.

Southern Cone Politics in Latin America (ICP5121)
Política en el Cono Sur de América Latina
 is aimed at students interested in Latin American politics, particularly focused on Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. This class is also allows students to develop a specific project on one of the countries mentioned above. Some of the subjects covered in this class are: authoritarianism in the southern cone, democracy and democratization, military autonomy and merging democracies in South America. Professor Alfredo Rehren is a political scientist whose current work focuses on issues of corruption in Latin America. He was a visiting researcher at Harvard during the 2003-2004 academic year.

Formation and Development of the Latin American Culture (SOL 113) 
Formación y Desarrollo de la Sociedad Latinoamericana familiarizes students with the modernization and development of Latin America using sociological interpretations.  Chile serves as the primary example.  This course will illustrate the process of change and social transformation in Latin America by analyzing the main economic policies, social trends, and cultural phenomena. A leading figure in Latin American sociology, Professor Guillermo Wormald Delpiano received his doctorate in Sociology from Sussex University in Britain.

Latin-American Culture and Society (PSB 408)
Cultura y Sociedad Latinoamericana works to help students understand the main political, economical, social, and cultural phenomena tied to the formation and development of Latin American societies. The course helps students develop a critical perspective on Chile’s national development processes, and its relation and interdependence within the development of Latin American countries. This class is taught Professor Jorge Carlos Gissi Bustos who has a doctorate in Social Sciences from Gregorian University in Italy.

Introduction to Comparative Politics (EAE285A)
The goal of Introducción a la Política Comparada is to provide students the tools needed for political analysis. Until not that very long ago, the main subject of comparative politics was the birth, breakdowns, and survival of a democracy. Lately, however, a big portion of regimes have maintained a level of democratic stability. This situation has led political researchers to ask new and subtle questions about the pre conditions for the consolidation of democracy, analyzing new characteristics for a democratic framework.

International Political System (ICP3301)
Sistema Político Internacional provides student with basic tools to understand the characteristics of the current international system, and know the essential elements of this system, the type of players involved, its structure, and ways that power can be expressed. This class will analyze in a critical way and from a Latin American perspective each one of these topics in depth.

Subjects on Chile and Latin America 20th century (IHT0106)
Temas de Chile y América siglo XX provides student with a view of different regimes that have governed Chile from 1891 through 1973. The class identifies differences between the rhetoric and the reality of the governments. The influence of the different political parties and the impact they had on the different regimes will also be covered in this course.

Precolombian Cultures (IHI1201)
Culturas Precolombinas is an introductory course on pre-Colombian culture in Latin America, which aims to identify the main American cultural areas, while drawing a parallel with the European Paleolithic period. Emphasis will be on the idea of the “height culture” in the Andean zone, Mesoamerica, and the Chilean aborigine culture. This course will also give students the tools to understand basic concepts of cultural anthropology and its relationship with different current aborigine cultures.

Chilean Anthropology (IHA 0011)
Antropología Chilena provides students with the tools to understand the logic and functioning of cultural elements of different societies, focusing specifically on indigenous Chilean cultures, their permanence along time and space, and their relationship with the non-indigenous world.  This course will sensitize students to the indigenous world in Chile, from its past to the present, using an anthropologic and ethno historic analysis.

Concentrators interested in the Social Sciences enrolling at Universidad de Chile may find the following courses particularly interesting:

Contemporary International Conflicts (EGELE516)
Conflictos Internacionales Contemporaneos provides the students with a general outline of the international conflicts which have had an impact on the development of international relations since the creation of the UN, and explores the understanding of these conflicts from a Latin American perspective. This class is taught by Professor A.M. Maklouf.

Latin American Politics (EGELE515)
Política Latino Americana analyzes Latin American society using a multi-disciplinary perspective. The interactions of the ideology of Latin American structures are analyzed along the processes of  systematic changes. This class is taught by Professor Raimundo Heredia.

Rural Anthropology (SAN504) 
Antropología Rural studies the anthropological approach to rural populations and how rural Latin American space has suffered in the past. Particular attention will be given to the Chilean situation and the experience of working in rural communities.  This class is taught by Professor Milka Castro.

Anthropology and Development (SAN808)
Antropología y Desarrollo studies the concept of ethnic development.  Anthropology will be applied to the Latin American and Chilean context with special attention to the processes of economical and social development. This class is taught by Professor Roberto Hernández.

The Political Economy of Chile and the World (EGELE518)
Política Económica de Chile y el Mundo analyzes the political and economical situation of Chile and around the world. It concentrates on the major economic and political transformations in the last few decades. This class is taught by Professor Hugo Fazio.

State and Politics in the 21st century (FG0025)
Estado y Política en el siglo 21 is aimed at getting students involved in the current debate over the big transformations that the State and Politics are facing in the 21st century. Different views, causes, and consequences related to this change are studied. Because of the nature of this class, many faculty from different disciplines lecture in this class.
This class is taught by Professor Eduardo Araya.

Theory and Chilean Social Structure (EGSOG201)
Teoría Sociológica y Estructura Social de Chile covers the study of conceptualization, interpretation and analysis of social structures, and policies and in the process help students understand the complex nature of social reality in Chile. This class is taught by Professor A. Meneses.

The modernization of the role of woman in the literary work of Chilean writer Marta Brunet
La Modernización del Rol de la Mujer en la narrative escrita por Marta Brunet examines the change experienced in the role of the woman from end of the 19th-century until the 1960s. It covers the change of the Catholic model that supported a passive role centered on the figure of the wife and mother, to the emergence of a world that demands the active participation of women in all aspects of modern life. This class is taught by Professor Eduardo Araya.

Theoretical Introduction to the Studies of Gender
Introducción Teórica acerca de los Estudios del Género studies material and symbolic dimensions of gender in Latin American society. This class is taught by Professor Kemy Oyarzún

Economic concentrators interested in enrolling at Pontificia Universidad Católica may find the following courses particularly interesting:

Economic Development in Latin America (EAE283A) 
Desarrollo Económico en América Latina is a graduate course on Latin American economic development, its structural characteristics, recent reforms and current challenges in economic policy. It focuses on the application of the macroeconomic analysis to real world cases. A goal for this class is that students develop the ability to understand the policy options and consequences that economic policy makers face. This course requires a basic understanding of intermediate macroeconomics and has been successfully completed by a number of Harvard undergraduate economic concentrators. Professor Felipe Larraín has a doctorate from Harvard University in Economics and was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government from 1997-2000.

International Economy (EAE240A)
Economía Internacional  works to help students understand and analyze the fundamental variables of international economy theory and the effects of these policies, as well as to analyze the fundamental variables of international economy’s monetary theory and the effect of these policies in the Latin American context. This course is conducted by Professor Fernando Ossa   who holds a doctorate in Economics from Cornell University.

Economy of Natural Resources (EAE295B)
Economía de los Recursos Naturales provides students with the tools to apply microeconomic analysis to questions regarding the use of the environment and natural resources. A theoretical and analytic framework allows students to analyze several real world environmental issues and policy questions, both in the Chilean and in the international context. There is a special focus on decision making, policy design, economic value of natural resources, and environmental impact. This class is taught by Professor María Soledad Valenzuela, Ph.D. in Agricultural Economy and Natural Resources from University of Alcalá in Spain. 
 
Latin America in the 20th Century (ICP2001)
América Latina en el Siglo XX examines a series of critical moments and issues in 20th century Latin America through different lenses, including economics and politics. The class is taught by
Matías Tagle Domínguez, who holds a doctorate in Historical Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

Economics   and Game Theory (EAE209E)
Economía y Teoría de Juegos applies game theory to everything from politics to movies, and from business to dating in the Latin American context! Taught by Business School professor Marcos Singer, it requires basic calculus. Professor Singer holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research and an MA in Engineering Sciences and Computing from Columbia University.

Economics concentrators interested in enrolling at the Universidad de Chile (UCH) may find the following courses particularly interesting:

Applied Economic Policy (EAME910) 
Política Económica Aplicada addresses Latin America’s major macroeconomic challenges, as well as development and income distribution issues in Chile and Latin America since 1982. This course integrates theoretical topics and applies them to the core economic challenges confronting Chile. This course focuses on the transition from the “problem” to the “solution.” The course is taught by Professor Joseph Ramos, the Department chair of the Economics Department, who holds a doctorate in Economics from Columbia University.

The Economics of Social Policies (MA-659/01- ME-659/01)
Economía de las Políticas Sociales examines the basis for and policies related to poverty alleviation and the reduction of the income gap. In this course, the factors and measures of poverty and wealth distribution will be discussed in the Latin American context, including an analysis of the two main policy areas   that have an impact on  equity objectives: education and health. This class is taught by University of Chile´s Vice Dean of Economics, Osvaldo Larrañaga, an expert on poverty policy.

Economic Development (EAME 920) 
Desarrollo Económico provides students with the basic theoretical foundations of the current debate on economic development in Latin America, with special emphasis on the Chilean case. The course is taught by two leading Chilean economic authorities: Ricardo Ffrench Davis, the author of a history of the last 40 years of economic policy in Chile and former head of research at Chile’s Central Bank; and Jorge Katz, a Latin American expert on innovation and technological change. In the course, Professor Ffrench-Davis emphasizes macro issues, while Prof. Katz focuses on micro issues.

Science concentrators interested in enrolling at Pontificia Universidad Católica may find the following courses particularly interesting:

Native Flora (AGC2281) 
Flora Nativa explores the main characteristics of Chile’s native flora, its biology, taxonomic classification, geographical distribution and economic relevance. The class includes presentations in class, lab work, and field trips. This class is taught by Professor Gloria Montenegro, former president of the Botanical Society of Chile, currently president of the consultative group for a foundation which does research in science and technology of natural resources.

Conservation and Handling of Wild Fauna (AGZ2020)
Conservación y Manejo de la Fauna Salvaje prepares the students to develop critical criteria and become familiarized with the different practices for conservation, handling and/or wild fauna control in the silvoagropecuaries ecosystems. This class is taught by Professor Cristián Bonacic who holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University.

Forest Ecology: Biodiversity, History, and Dynamic of the Chilean Forestry
Ecología de Bosques: Biodiversidad, Historia y Dinámica de los Bosques Chilenos analyzes the   history, flowering aspects, biological interactions, and the reproduction of the Chilean forests. This class is taught by Professor Juan Armesto, a well-known Chilean ecologist who holds a doctorate from Rutgers University.

Biogeography in Chile 
Biogeografía de Chile focuses on the main ecosystems in Chile including the Andean Mountains, Atacama Desert, the Mediterranean area, the forest and tundras. This course normally meets for two weeks during the semester in the experimental station of “Senda Darwin Foundation” in Chiloé, which is a large island with a vast diversity of species, located in the south of Chile. It provides students hands-on experiences in ecological inquiry along with educators, forest service personnel, and indigenous (Huilliche) community members. This class is taught by Professors Juan Armesto, Director of CASEB, and Carolina Villagrán, a specialist in Paleontology and Biogeography.

Ecology of Organisms (BIO459F) 
Ecología de Organismos analyzes and illustrates how animals and plants interact with natural habitats and how they adapt their physiological system to the environmental conditions. It also provides a new insight about physiological, behavioral, and evolutionary ecology. This class is taught by Francisco Bozinovic and Fabián Jaksic, both are well-known ecologists, who specialize in conservation issues.

Principles on Ecology and Environment (BIO143M)
Principios de Ecología y Medio Ambiente aims to provide students with the basic elements and principles of ecology, its main hypothesis, theories and paradigms. This class also gives a special emphasis to a global approach to the Ecological Sciences, highlighting the basic concepts of Human Ecology. This class covers the problematic involving the impact on the environment caused by the intervention or presence of men in the ecosystem.

Ecology of Population (BIO461F)
Ecología de Poblaciones explores the growth and demography of population, analyzing the spatial patterns in Biology and discussing adaptation, natural selection, and genetics of population.

Science concentrators interested in enrolling at the Universidad de Chile (UCH) may find the following courses particularly interesting:

Biological Conservation 
Conservación Biológica introduces the students to the conceptual bases of biology for conservation, including philosophy, theory and studies on conservation, and biodiversity with special emphasis on Latin America. Biological conservation is shown as a social and biological problem, where the multidisciplinary approach is critical.

Environmental Pollution 
Contaminación Medioambiental studies the main environmental pollutants including the atmospheric, water (superficial and underground waters), ground contamination, and also the study of toxic and dangerous waste in Chile, especially in the mining and forest areas. It then explores the biological, chemical and physical strategies to treat environmental pollution.

Ecology (CEC-814)
Ecología help students understand the factor which explain the distribution and abundancy of biologic organisms across time and space, ranging from individual to community and ecosystem. It explores the ecology of individuals and research protocols, niche theory, and principles of energy assignment. The course also examines population ecology, growth, and population regulation. This class is taught by Professor Ramiro Bustamante.

Globalization, Mining Industry and Copper 
Globalización, Industria Minera y Cobre examines in depth Chile’s most important export industry, through exploring the economic cycles of globalization in the mining industry in Chile.  The course examines the mineral, technological, and productive innovations of copper, and the activities of the private and public mining sector, as well as the tendencies of the global, Latin American, and Chilean economy and the possible future scenarios. This class involves leading mining specialists including Hugo Latorre, Sara Larraín, William Hayes, Juan Villarzú, Julián Alcayaga, Jorge Lavandero,  Carlos Tomic, Orlando Caputo, and Felipe Portales.

Seismology (GF40B) 
Sismología aims to provide students with methods of applied seismology and terrestrial and marine seismic. They work on digital seismic data acquisition, methods of refraction and reflection, basic interpretation, and elements of seismic migration and Terrestrial radar (GPR).

Volcanology (GL611)
Volcanología gives students information on the natural endogen forces and the expression of volcanic phenomena. Chile is within the “fire belt of the Pacific” and has an enormous amount of volcanoes from the north to the south and many of them are active. This class is taught by Professor Miguel Angel Parada  Reyes,   Ph.D. in Geology  from Tohoku University in Japan, and a specialist in Petrology, Geology, and Geochemistry.

Harvard College students interested in Public Health at Pontificia Universidad Católica may find the following courses particularly interesting:

° Nutrition and Public Health I (MNU4021)
This course exposes students to a detailed analysis of the characteristics of the evolution of infirmities and nutritional problems in Chile, Latin America, and the world. The class covers topics such as specific nutritional problems and their treatment, health programs, and demographic transition trends in nutrition and health. This class is taught by Professor Jaime Rozowski.

° Public Health and Nutritional Epidemiology (MNU6020)
This course proposes to deepen the knowledge of advanced epidemiology, the relation between nutrition and the evolution of chronic infirmities, current actions undertaken by international organizations, and economic factors that influence these actions. This class is taught by Professor Jaime Rozowski.

° Intercultural Health (ENF1126)
This course provides the student with conceptual and descriptive elements introduced by sociology and anthropology concerning society and culture to better comprehend the human begin and its relation with the social and cultural living environment. The course deepens the idea and dynamic of the social and cultural phenomenon that effects individuals, groups, and communities, with a strong emphasis on aspects relating to health.

° Nursing and Social Sciences (ENF1125)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with conceptual, descriptive, and analytical tools in the disciplines of sociology and anthropology that will help them to understand an individual’s relations with social groups and cultural phenomenona while emphasizing health-related issues. The course also includes onsite observations that will allow students to put concepts learned in class to use.

° Nursing and Health in Community I (ENP1205)
This course introduces the students to the basic elements of demography, economy, and epidemiology in public health. The class uses the methodology of the nurse model, commonly referred to as ¨Participant Community.¨ It also delivers the necessary basis of what is family nursing and how to apply the above methodology in the family and community environment.

° Ecology of Population (BIO461F)
Ecología de Poblaciones explores the growth and demography of population, analyzing the spatial patterns in Biology and discussing adaptation, natural selection, and genetics of population.

° Principles of Ecology and Environment (BIO143M)
Principios de Ecología y Medio Ambiente aims to provide students with the basic elements and principles of ecology, its main hypotheses, theories and paradigms. This class also places a special emphasis on a global approach to the Ecological Sciences, highlighting the basic concepts of Human Ecology. This class covers the environmental problems caused by the intervention or presence of humans in the ecosystem.

Harvard College students interested in Public Health at Universidad de Chile (UCH) may find the following courses particularly interesting:

° Conceptual Bases of the Public Health
In this course students identify the main models and theories that accompany the development and practices of the public health and the processes of health and illness. They learn and understand the main concepts and elements that involve the public health systems from the perspective of the political health policies and organization.

° Updates and Projections in Health
This class offers an extensive and integral survey of the most current and prominent health problems, explaining their magnitude, characteristics, and importance in addition to identifying the ways in which they can be confronted. The contents of this class include concepts of health and illnesses, determining factors of the health conditions, and vital areas of health problems.

° Introduction to the Health Public Policies
This course aims to provide students with tools to analyze and discuss problems and solutions offered by the new health systems developed in Latin America, giving special emphasis to the Chilean public and private health systems.

° Demography I
In this class students will study the variables governing demographic change and the state of the population, considering the historic, epidemiological and demographic evolution of Latin America and Chile.

° Biological Conservation 
Conservación Biológica introduces the students to the conceptual bases of biology for conservation, including philosophy, theory and studies on conservation, and biodiversity with special emphasis on Latin America. Biological conservation is shown as a social and biological problem, where the multidisciplinary approach is critical.

° Environmental Pollution
Contaminación Medioambiental studies the main environmental pollutants including the atmospheric, water (superficial and underground water), and ground contamination. Students also study the effects of toxic and dangerous waste in Chile, especially in the mining and forest areas. It then explores the biological, chemical and physical strategies to treat environmental pollution.

° Ecology (CEC-814)
Ecología help students understand the factors that explain the distribution and abundance of biologic organisms across time and space, ranging from the individual to communities and ecosystems. It explores the ecology of individuals and research protocols, niche theory, and principles of energy assignment. The course also examines population ecology, growth, and population regulation. This class is taught by Professor Ramiro Bustamante.