This is a two-week experience that begins with a one week stay in Chacala which is a rural fishing village with a pristine local beach on the Pacific Coast in Mexico. During this week students will take Spanish language classes for four hours each day from an experienced local Spanish language teacher. The classes focus on learning conversational Spanish that educators will need to work with families such as appropriate greetings, common phrases, and answering simple questions. The language teacher also supports students in practicing reading the books and delivering the lessons they have brought with them for their teaching experience the following week in Puerto Vallarta.
In this semester program you will study and practice photojournalism and documentary filmmaking/storytelling using the diverse people and places of London as your subjects. You will learn photography and filmmaking technique, aesthetics principles and applications, and visual storytelling from an award winning master professor, photographer and filmmaker in the field. The stories you create will focus on experiences during your time in London, those of distinguished US expats living in London, and those of guest presenters including distinguished British photographers and filmmakers.
You will learn about British film history and attend the prestigious BFI (British Film Institute) London Film Festival, where more than 300 films, documentaries, and shorts are screened from around the world. You do not need to be an expert in filming or in a film-centered disciplines. Instead you should want to learn more about documentaries and documentary “literacy” that you encounter in daily life.
Transitional justice is an emerging field of law and inter-disciplinary academic study. Latin America has been at the forefront of the transitional justice movement since the early 1980s, and countries such as Argentina, Uruguay, and Peru continue to serve as models for other societies seeking a peaceful post-conflict transition. Similarly, Latin American countries and regional institutions have been pioneers in the development of culturally specific human rights laws, practices, and institutions. The promotion of human rights, from both an international and domestic perspective, provides the foundation for all transitional justice movements. Therefore, combining the study of human rights with transitional justice is necessary. Teaching human rights and transitional justice requires an interdisciplinary perspective that includes an emphasis on law, politics, history, and culture. Latin America, and South America in particular, is a perfect setting for studying these important topics.
The goal of the program is for students to build a general foundation in the fields of international human rights and transitional justice, supplemented by case study approaches to the Inter-American human rights system, human rights law, and various transitional justice mechanisms (e.g. trials and truth commissions) undertaken by Argentina and its neighbors.