Please see our website for more information. India is the world's largest democracy with a rapidly growing economy, vibrant IT industry and service sector, and burgeoning middle class, and it is poised to become an influential world power. Despite its impressive economic growth, social hierarchy, inequity, and poverty remain enormous challenges for this country of more than one billion people. Live and study in Jaipur and witness the daily dichotomy of traditional and modern characterizing much of contemporary India. In Jaipur, students begin thematic coursework, language study, and the Field Methods and Ethics course while enjoying access to academics, professional associations, and grassroots organizers working in areas such as community development, natural resource management, and poverty alleviation through state-led social security provisions and livelihood development. Jaipur presents itself as a wealthy and regal city containing clean, stately, tree-lined streets; traditional and contemporary architecture; heritage palaces and forts; five-star hotels; and a thriving tourism industry. However, the largely rural and agricultural state of Rajasthan is among the underdeveloped regions in India, and Jaipur, the state's capital city, reflects this reality. Rural and urban youth throughout the region struggle with problems ranging from life-threatening droughts to gaining admission to prestigious universities. Organizations supported by concerned urban citizens are seeking innovative ways to address issues of poverty, social justice, and sustainable development in Rajasthan's rural areas as well as among the urban poor. Gain direct exposure to some of the most inspired and important Indian experts working in the development and social change arenas. The program’s lecturers include policymakers and planners, academicians, development practitioners, NGO workers, researchers, Gandhi scholars, journalists, social workers, feminists, and development and social change activists. Study Hindi language. Students receive daily language instruction in Hindi in both large- and small-group formats. Students are encouraged to continue working on their language skills outside the classroom, especially with their homestay families, during excursions, and while completing the NGO workshop. Students with advanced Hindi skills may opt for tutoring. Acquire research and field study skills. Through the program's course on the ethics and methods of field research, students learn appropriate methodologies that prepare them to undertake primary research on critical issues and topics relating to social and political change and development. Students acquire research skills and approaches that are used for the Independent Study Project such as: Cross-cultural adaptation and skill building Project selection and refinement Appropriate fieldwork methodologies Field study ethics and the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review Policy Developing skills in observation and interviewing Gathering, organizing, and communicating data Maintaining a work journal Networking and resource mobilization Assigned papers provide an opportunity for students to test the tools introduced during the course while providing occasions for discussions on ethics and intercultural readings. Throughout the Field Methods and Ethics course, students work to develop their research topics for the Independent Study Project, and advance their initial ideas, assumptions, and drafts in close consultation with the program’s academic director. Independent Study Project Students spend the final four weeks of the program engaged in an Independent Study Project (ISP) conducted in Rajasthan or in another approved location in India. The ISP provides each student with an opportunity to pursue original research on a situation or topic of particular interest to them. Sample topic areas for the ISP include: The role of women in traditional seed supply systems Information technology and social change Bhopal as a lens for globalization and the role of transnational corporate ethics Jaipur’s solid waste management system Socioeconomics of water scarcity Communism in Kerala and its impact on human development measures Gandhi and the Khadi industry in contemporary India Dams, mining, and tribal displacement and conflict Food security and the public distribution system Impacts of globalization on traditional art and artisans in northern India Climate change, water, and biodiversity conservation Local governance and women’s empowerment Indian wildlife conservation and international NGO involvement The Right to Information Act and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme Primary education: a colonial legacy Microfinance, fair trade, and women's empowerment Students have conducted ISPs in the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, New Delhi, West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. NGOs often play a critical role in facilitating ISPs.
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. Prague (program base) Well known for its stunning architecture, this program brings students behind Prague’s historical façade. Students attend cultural activities, festivals, and art shows, which are off the beaten track and represent an alternative and creative culture. In Prague, students live with host families and take part in lectures and seminars on topics related to the history of the arts and social change in the Czech Republic. Students enrolled in the arts studio elective course will conduct independent creative work during this period. Students also may participate in civic initiatives that draw upon the creative legacy of Czech underground culture. These could include Car-free Day and European Mobility Week or arts events that raise awareness of marginalized groups, such as the multicultural festival Colorful Planet and the Babi Leto festival at Prague’s psychiatric clinic. Other cultural activities such as theater projects for refugees, contemporary dance, art, and photo exhibitions help broaden students’ understanding of Czech history and contemporary life. Choice of focus Through the program’s foundation seminar, students examine contemporary arts in the Czech Republic as well as the role art played as an agent of social change throughout the country’s twentieth-century history. Students are then able to delve deeper into these themes through the continuation course where students visit nonprofit organizations devoted to social change or, alternatively, students can enroll in the program’s Arts Studio course, specifically customized for students of visual and performing arts and creative writing. Educational excursions in different artistic and cultural contexts in central Europe During the first month of the semester, students participate in educational excursions to rural Czech villages in Moravia or Bohemia to learn about the art culture and social reality beyond Prague. Students interact with local residents, community leaders, and artists involved in initiatives for cultural revival and community development. Students also travel to the former Sudetenland to discuss Czech-German cultural relations and to Slovakia, Poland, to conduct comparative studies of these neighboring countries’ arts and civic initiatives. Independent Study Project During the final month of the semester, each student pursues an Independent Study Project (ISP). The project gives students a unique opportunity to critically examine a topic, situation, or community related to the arts or social change in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, or Poland. Artists, civil society activists, professors, and specialists help students in the development and implementation of their ISP, which may include daily work with an organization or school or a creative component in visual arts, creative writing, or film. Sample topic areas: Roma identity in the Czech Republic Slovak language laws and ethnic marginalization Artists working outside the official realm under communism The experience of Czechs and Germans in post-war Sudetenland. Creative projects have included: Sculpture and ceramic vessels inspired by the Celts of Central Europe A screenplay inspired by Czech absurdist literature A graphic design project inspired by Czech cubist architecture Creative non-fiction work and films drawing upon the social reality of life under communism Explore the Czech Republic's contemporary art scene and the role of art as a social change agent throughout the country's history.  Students study the country's communist past, its post-socialist transition, and the new challenges facing artists and communities today as a result of globalization and tourism. Site visits to artists' studios and theaters, NGO offices, and community centers expose students to the country's beleaguered arts infrastructure as well as the initiatives in place to protect and promote the arts and social initiatives. The program consists of three main components: An eight- to twelve-week homestay in Prague. During this period, students have lectures, participate in roundtable discussions with leading specialists in the arts and post-socialist society, visit NGOs and artist studios, and engage in the cultural life of Prague. This includes attending gallery openings and theater performances and joining Czech participants in visual arts, dance, and other arts classes. Fifteen days of educational excursions in the Czech Republic, Poland, and central Slovakia. The program also includes an excursion to the former Sudetenland. A final four-week period during which students focus on an Independent Study Project (ISP). Each facet of the program exposes students to different perspectives on the role and evolution of art throughout Central European history and the impact of post-socialism on the contemporary arts scene.