,a href="http://www.sit.edu/cta" target="_blank">Please visit our website for more information. This itinerary is offered in the fall term. This program combines an innovative urban studies curriculum with fieldwork involving key actors and stakeholders — public agencies, planners, elected officials, NGOs, and grassroots organizations. You will spend time in four cities across the globe to better understand the interconnected social, physical, economic, environmental, and political systems affecting urban environments. In addition, you will complete an independent comparative research project on a topic of your choosing. Key Questions: Though human needs may be similar around the globe, why does a city's ability to satisfy those needs vary? How do people create a sense of place, of community, of urban identity? What historical and sociocultural contexts frame the opportunities, constraints, and uncertainties of urban life? What must be done — and by whom — to move toward ecologically sustainable cities? What are the opportunities for political action by individuals, community organizations, social movements, and local governments to shape city life?
D-440, Coquimbo, Coquimbo, Chile
Please visit our website for more information. Discover the political, social, and economic factors shaping educational systems and social change in Chile and Argentina. This program introduces students to the complex relationship between society and education and the multifaceted forces that affect educational policies and ideologies in two South American countries. SIT faculty, researchers from Universidad Alberto Hurtado, members of governmental and human rights organizations, and local experts lead students in lectures and seminars while also guiding them in field studies. Program components The program consists of three main phases: Five-week homestay in Santiago during which students have lectures and intensive language instruction Three-week period studying educational systems in Temuco, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina Four-week period when students complete an Independent Study Project Each phase of the semester exposes students to different perspectives on education and social change through interactions with a broad range of stakeholders – from students and teachers to policymakers and social activists. Santiago (program base) During the first five weeks of the program, students live with host families in Santiago. During this period, students attend lectures, seminars, and field studies by SIT professors and researchers from Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Universidad Arcis, Centro de Estudios Nacionales de Desarrollo Alternativo, and Instituto de Desarrollo Económico. Topics of study include: education and equity, human rights and indigenous education, popular education and labor unions, social change and social movements, and the impact of globalization on education and schooling. Intensive instruction in Spanish While in Santiago, students are immersed in Spanish language study through intensive language classes and interactions with host families. Students acclimate to Chilean culture and are introduced to the current social and political issues surrounding education and social change in Chile. Research and comparative study During the second phase of the program, students participate in educational excursions throughout Chile and also travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Students live with indigenous families in Temuco to learn about bilingual intercultural education and the conflicting relationships between the Chilean state and the Mapuche community. Students analyze this experience in light of their excursion to Buenos Aires where they examine Argentina’s educational policies firsthand. During each excursion, students visit classrooms, meet with teachers and students, and learn from community and civil society leaders. Independent study Students dedicate the final part of the semester to an Independent Study Project (ISP). Students have the opportunity to critically analyze a topic or situation related to the educational and social dynamics in Chilean, Mapuche, or Argentine communities. Students may choose to incorporate a guided practicum experience into the project as well. Students receive guidance from the academic director during the ISP period. Sample topic areas for the ISP include: Identity issues and intercultural education in rural Mapuche schools Education and cultural identity through children’s arts expressions Structural aspects of education English language practicum in a primary urban or rural school  The Penguin revolution and its effects School reentry in Buenos Aires Ethnicity in childcare in marginalized areas of Santiago and Buenos Aires  Gender roles in schools National identity in students Human rights Popular education and social change
Please visit our website for more information. Studying in Buenos Aires Each week, students have lectures and intensive language instruction, and visit academic institutions and community organizations engaged in health-related work. Buenos Aires is home to an impressive diversity of renowned institutions and highly engaged public and private actors working on health policy, research, delivery, and advocacy. Students meet with senior public officials — including at least one former health minister — and other relevant health policy actors to learn firsthand about health-related initiatives and current challenges. The city and surrounding metropolitan region (Greater Buenos) comprise more than 30 percent of Argentina’s population. The region is home to significant social and economic disparities and a range of health-related problems. These include the contamination of the Riachuelo basin in the city center as well as the presences of chronic diseases. It is a city of marked contrasts, where wealth and poverty coincide. Program Partnership with ISALUD Classes and other program activities take place at the headquarters of ISALUD, located in the city’s traditional San Telmo neighborhood. In addition to its role as a university, ISALUD serves as a think tank made up of many of the country’s top health policymakers; its graduates can be found in key roles related to health policy, practice, and advocacy throughout Argentina. SIT students will have their own meeting room on ISALUD’s campus and have access to ISALUD common facilities, including the university’s library and eating areas. Spanish Language Instruction with a Focus on Public Health The Spanish language course is designed to prepare students for successful, daily interactions with lecturers, healthcare practitioners, and host families. Emphasis is placed on increasing language skills in areas related to the program theme: public health, community welfare, and epidemiology. Language classes meet for three hours daily in small-group formats. The course incorporates in-class learning, roundtable discussions, oral presentations, field excursions, and group exercises. Independent Study Project Students spend the final four weeks of the program engaged in an independent research project. Projects are conducted in Buenos Aires or another approved location in Argentina. Engaging in primary research, students critically examine a topic related to the program’s theme. Projects should demonstrate a synthesis of the various components of the program, and the project should contribute in some way to a greater understanding of public healthcare in the context of Argentina. ISP advisors are recruited from the different educational and health organizations with which the program works. Sample ISP topic areas: Grassroots advocacy and healthcare services AIDS policy and care Public health consequences of environmental contamination Gender and reproductive rights Challenges to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals in Argentina Healthcare among immigrant populations