The Pro-Seminar sessions are composed of lectures given by local and Harvard faculty traveling to the region. Students will be evaluated on their performance and receive a grade at the end of the semester.

  1. General Objectivesharvard_drclas_14_12_2016_15_23_27_943-1
  • Understand Chile’s most pressing social problems
  • Examine the political and economic effects of globalization on Latin America.
  • Understand the region’s current cultural/political situation.

Past Pro-Seminar Topics:

  • Changes in Contemporary Chilean Politics: protests, constitution, education and health
  • The Extraction Development Model and its Disadvantages
  • Social Politics and Inclusion: Education, Poverty and Health
  • Sustainable Development and the Environment
  • Social Movements
  • Regionalism
  • The Fight for Indigenous Rights
  • Memory, Human Rights and Transitional Justice
  • Immigration
  • Women’s Rights
  • Urban Sociology: Territory, Segregation and Inequality
  • Culture: film, theatre, music and art
  1. Methodology

The Pro-Seminar sessions will take place twice a month and consist of multimedia presentations given by professors and experts. Students will ask, discuss and comment with the faculty and their peers on the presented topics.

Students are also responsible for maintaining a semester-long journal, where they can write about reflections on a topic from class, a personal experience, a cultural encounter, or one of the ProSeminar sessions.

  1. Evaluation

The final grade of the pro-seminar will consist of:

  • Attendance and participation – 25%
  • Journals – 25%
  • Final Research Presentation – 25%
  • Final Research Essay – 25%

At the end of the semester, students will present a Final Research Project, an individual project of a presentation and final essay through which the students can reflect personally on their study abroad experience and explore certain themes in depth.