Centro de Español


En 2013 el Centro de Español de la UVM recibió la distinción de ser un Centro Asociado al Instituto Cervantes, de los cuales solo hay dos en Chile.
Al llegar a nuestro Centro, los estudiantes rendirán un examen escrito y oral para determinar el nivel apropiado a estudiar. Basado en los resultados, al estudiante se le indicará tomar clases de lengua española y electivos en español. Si el estudiante obtiene un nivel C1, podrá tomar clases de español avanzado ofrecidas en la carrera de Lenguaje y Literatura de la Universidad.
Todas nuestras clases son enseñadas basándose en el aprendizaje por experiencia. Nuestro objetivo no es sólo entregar las herramientas necesarias para aprender y expresarse en español, pero también brindar oportunidades para poner estas habilidades en práctica en el mundo real.

Marco Común Europeo de Referencia para las Lenguas

En el Centro de Español de la UVM usamos el Marco Común Europeo de Referencia para las Lenguas: aprender, enseñar y evaluar para ubicar a los estudiantes su nivel de español apropiado. Los niveles son:

A1: Principiante                                                              B2: Intermedio Avanzado               

A2: Pre-intermedio                                                 C1: Avanzado

B1: Intermedio                                                        C2: Bilingüe

Para entender cómo el Marco Europeo para las Lenguas se aplica al nivel actual de un estudiante, le invitamos a revisar el siguiente cuadro con su profesor de español para ver cuál es su nivel antes de llegar a la UVM.

Cursos de español

Estudiantes de todos los niveles de español (A1-B2), podrán elegir entre las siguientes asignaturas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (ELE):


Course Topics covered Contact hours ECTC US Credits
Español Comunicacional y Cultura Chilena Es curso se enseña completamente en español, el inglés sólo se puede usar para aclarar alguno conceptos o palabras específicas. El objetivo general es aumentar las habilidades para hablar, escuchar, leer y escribir en español desde un enfoque comunicativo a una complejidad media. El aprendizaje tiene lugar a través de la geografía, historia y cultura de Chile. Entrega al estudiante una visión general que le permitirá analizar, comprender, y comparar un país hispano como Chile con su propio país de origen. 124 8 10
Estrategias Comunicacionales: Gramatica y Composicion Este curso enseña el español a través de un enfoque comunicativo. A través de diferentes técnicas de enseñanza, los estudiantes serán capaces de aumentar sus habilidades en conversación, audición, lectura y escritura a un nivel intermedio y también aprender sobre la historia y cultura de un país hispanoparlante. 96 6 8
Ortofonía Este curso se enfoca en el desarrollo de habilidades idiomáticas para la producción oral del español estándar al nivel de manejo que se tenga este. Los estudiantes aprenderán a analizar los sistemas fonéticos contrastivos del español y su lengua nativa para eliminar la interferencia de esta última. 42 3 4

Cualquier estudiante con un nivel intermedio (B1) de español o superior podrá tomar uno o más de los siguientes electivos:

Course Topics covered Contact hours ECTC US Credits
Evolución Socio-económica de Latinoamérica. El curso explora la estructura del poder mundial y argumenta cómo esto se asimila cada vez más a la Edad Media. La creciente fragmentación del poder y la participación de los actores no estatales en el escenario global para generar una tierra llena de oportunidades para la región de América Latina con sus enormes reservas de recursos naturales (agua, petróleo, tierras de cultivo, la biodiversidad). El curso revisa los principales autores en este campo (Umberto Eco, Furio Colombo, ParagKhanna y Niall Ferguson, entre otros) y hace explícita la evolución de las capacidades y el potencial de la situación política, social y económica de Chile y la región, y propone “futuros posibles”. 56 4 5
Temas Contemporáneos de América Latina Este curso repasa y explica la seguridad política, económica, cultural, y de los distintos Estados de América Latina, destacando temas como la gobernabilidad, la organización política, la producción, los mercados, la distribución del ingreso y los conflictos intra e interestatales. El curso también examina las similitudes y diferencias entre la región de América Latina, Estados Unidos, Europa y Asia. 56 4 5
Latin American Literature El curso tiene como objetivo dar a los estudiantes una visión general de la narrativa y la poesía latinoamericana contemporánea, junto a un enfoque más complejo de la obra de autores como Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, el escritor colombiano Álvaro Mutis, y los chilenos Pablo Neruda y Vicente Huidobro , para proporcionar como ejemplo de la diversidad formal y temática del campo creativo americano en lengua española. 56 4 5
Latin American Film Los latinoamericanos buscan su identidad a través del arte. Esto les permite integrar su visión de sí mismos con su mundo. Este curso aborda la condición de América Latina no sólo a través de la historia, sino también desde el aspecto cultural y del cine en sí. A través del cine se puede ver temas multiculturales en el continente, teniendo en cuenta a cada país para conformar le modo en que América Latina se ha desarrollado una cultura propia. 56 4 5
Cultures in Contact Additional hours: 24 hours of volunteer work+10 one hour workshops.

Este curso introduce a los alumnos a estudios internacionales y chilenos de comunicación intercultural, enfocándose en el origen de las culturas para lograr una mayor comprensión de las diferencias y similitudes de cada una de ellas. Todo estudiante que participe en el programa de voluntariado, particpará en un taller de voluntariado cuyo objetivo es complementar su experiencia en cada organización que acoge a voluntarios internacionales.

32 4 5
Movimientos Sociales en Latinoamerica El objetivo de este curso es analizar la acción colectiva y el compromiso social para comprender las características especiales de las movilizaciones latinoamericanas. El interés de este curso es aprender sobre diversos movimientos sociales; cómo se desarrolla un discurso de la justicia global; así como para evaluar cómo diversos problemas sociales. Esto proporcionará la oportunidad de cuestionar las nociones de “revolución”, “ciudadanía”, y la “democracia”. Una vez que los estudiantes entiendan la base de cómo se crean los movimientos sociales, los estudiantes aprenderán a analizar los problemas contemporáneos que atraviesan América Latina. 56 4 5
Historia Sociopolítica de Chile en el Siglo XX Este curso se centra en la evolución sociopolítica de Chile, desde la guerra civil a la dictadura militar, teniendo en cuenta las grandes revoluciones en Chile, así como teniendo en cuenta las revoluciones Mexicana y Cubana, dos de las revoluciones más importantes de América Latina , a fin de comprender cómo las ideas revolucionarias comenzaron a circular en Chile a principios del siglo XX y cómo estas revoluciones comenzaron con la gente de los sectores más humildes de la vida para convertirse en grandes movimientos sociales. 56 4 5

Requisitos

No se requieren conocimientos previos de español para las clases del Centro Español, ya que contamos con los cursos que comienzan desde el nivel principiante. La UVM respeta los requisitos de la universidad de origen en relación al número máximo y mínimo de cursos y créditos que un estudiante debe realizar en el extranjero.

Invitamos a todos los estudiantes que conversen con sus jefes de carrera, y/o la oficina internacional de su universidad, sobre la cantidad de créditos que deben tomar mientras estudian con la UVM. Los estudiantes internacionales también deben hablar con sus jefes de carrera para entender cómo sus calificaciones y los créditos se convalidarán a la vuelta de su estadía internacional.

Semester in English


The ambition of the UVM with the Academic Semester in English program is to allow non-Spanish speakers students the opportunity to experience the Latin American and Chilean culture while earning academic credits in English-taught courses of their choice.

This program is designed for students enrolled, or interested in, one of the following academic areas: Business, Social Sciences, Humanities, Liberal Arts, and Environmental Studies. Each class has 64 contacts hours which are usually converted into 4 US credits/5 ECTS according to American and European standards.

In addition to the aforementioned English-taught classes, students are encouraged to take at least one Spanish Language and Chilean Culture course (please refer to page__ for course options) to discover specificities of Chile while improving their Spanish skills. The courses are offered at our in-house Spanish Center, which is accredited by the Cervantes Institute.

The following courses are available for students in the Semester in English Program:

Liberal Arts


Course Topics covered Contact hours ECTC US Credits
Travel Literature A land of encounter and finding, of retreat and loss, Latin America is the place where man finally stopped his wandering throughout the world. Finis Terrae, Land’s End. This continent has been described and recreated by many travelers, who along with giving a lucid glimpse of this region and its people; they also revealed much of their own selves. This course aims to approach these kaleidoscopic gazes of South America from a human scale: Latin America or a “nostalgia for the space”. 64 4 5
Post-dictatorship and Popular Culture in Chile This course is designed to offer the student a critical understanding of the complex trajectory of popular culture in Chile from the 70s to present day. This will be accomplished through the analysis of literature, art, and film, and music. The patterns of production and consumption of popular culture that this course treats can be divided into three general periods: The Revolutionary Period of Activist Art, The Allegorical Period of State Repression and Censorship, and the Period of Remembrance, Recognition, and Reconciliation. 64 4 5
Rebellion, Revolution, and Reconciliation in Latin American Literature and Political History Students in this course will learn to understand the political and literary history of Latin American rebellion and revolution arcing through Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives, from Cuba to Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua and Peru. They will also learn, within this historical context, the enormity of the task of “reconciliation” before Latin America in general and (in Bolaño’s conception) Latin American writers in particular. Finally, they will be able to apply this understanding in thoughtful analysis of Bolaño’s novel to the independent investigation of a particular revolutionary (and/or literary) tradition in Latin America. 64 4 5
Latin American Regional Scenario in the 20th Century Define and explain the concepts of political power, totalitarianism, ideology, dictatorship, democracy and national interest, to apply them to the Latin American reality. Identify the socio cultural elements that shape the Latin American Identities in order to explain the evolution and outcome of political and economic models applied in the region during the twentieth century. Explain the historical differences and similarities among the Latin American countries in order to develop a vision different from the usual stereotypes. 64 4 5
Freedom and Responsibility: A New Understanding of Ethics Through a simple methodological process that has however shown to be very effective, satisfying and useful for the students who have attended to it late semesters, this course aims to perform an unconventional approach to Ethics, trying to discover at a personal level first, and then inductively at a social level, its importance and relevance for everyday life, looking for its relationship with development of individuals and societies. Thus, the big question that we will have always present during the course, hence its title, is: Is there any significant relationship between Ethics and our individual and personal development, on the one hand, and between Ethics and our collective, social, national and international development and growth, on the other? Does ethical reflection have anything useful and meaningful to tell us on this respect? 64 4 5

Social Sciences


Course Topics covered Contact hours ECTC US Credits
Gender and Minority Studies Analysis of concepts and definitions of Gender in the context of Latin American Feminism. Study of psychological, anthropological, social and political dimensions of gender and their relation with power and social inequality. Research on gender-related experiences in Chile. 64 4 5
Indigenous Peoples in Chile General and critical overview of the historical relationship between the Chilean State and the indigenous people, specifically, the Mapuche nation, through the analysis of topics such as culture, identity, people, nation, ethnic group, social movement, modernity, environmental racism, globalization, autonomy. 64 4 5
Human Rights in Latin America This class will cover the various aspects that drew Chile towards a situation of political, social, economic crisis that generated the coup d’état of September 11 of 1973 and a long military dictatorship. Students will learn, from historical and theoretical points of view, how the national institutions in Chile were destroyed in order to establish a policy of denial of human rights. An analysis of the different tools, most of them apparently legal that permitted the perpetration of human rights as well as the impunity of the wrongdoers will be performed. Finally, students will examine, one by one, the specific landmarks of transitional justice utilized to reestablish truth, justice, and democracy in Chile. 64 4 5
Latin American Social Movements From silent revolutions to violent conflicts, Latin American social movements have changed the balances of power, shaped group identities, and created new cultural boundaries. From a social sciences lens, we will dissect these collective actions and analyze their structures, discourses, identities and orientations in order to gain a deeper understanding of their impact. The cases will range from Gender movements in Mexico, to Student’s movements in Chile, and Anti-Corruption movements in Brazil, among others. As the final component of this course, we will learn how to transform this knowledge and reflections into viable research proposals for social science publishing. 64 4 5
Social Inequality, Exclusion, and Democracy This course is based on different theories and studies of the Modern Democracy and the effects that globalization has on Civil Society and the act of Citizenship. New technology has produced effects on equality and inequality, all this reflect on the social implications of the social and political exclusion and the new ways to build our identity. 64 4 5
Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development The poorest are the ones hardest hit with environmental issues as they often depend directly on natural resources for their daily needs and livelihoods (for firewood, food and building material, fishing). Desperate for employment, poor people suffer the most unhealthy work environments. Without much choice as to where to live, they are more exposed to disasters such as floods and fire, and to toxic dumps, and polluted air and water. As their quality of life declines and their health deteriorates, these environmental issues render them even less able to make a living. Far from being anti-development, environmental policies can actually be used to protect the health and livelihoods of poor people, and increase their political and economic power. 64 4 5
Latin American History of Ideas One way to explain Latin American History of ideas is by dividing it into two main conglomerates of currents. One current where the traditions are directed at how best to implement ideas from the center, mostly referred to either Europe or the USA. The other current being critical of the first one and defending that Latin America must find its own roots and lead itself. This separation represents at first sight a political and theoretical divide. But what is more interesting is that it represents a much deeper divide in the Latin American mentality, something visible not just in the history of ideas, but also in general experiences. Apart from a short introduction which presents both sides and the 19th century, this course will focus on the identity tradition in the 20th century, partly because most of the intellectual reflection on this divide is found here, and partly because this is where we find the most original distinction from the traditional western mentality. 64 4 5

Business


Course Topics covered Contact hours ECTC US Credits
Multicultural Global Management With so many organizations operating in a multinational environment today, it is easy to assume that the increasing connection among countries, and the globalization of corporations, would result in cultural differences disappearing or diminishing. Yet, on the contrary, as economic borders come down, cultural barriers often go up, thus presenting new challenges. Learn techniques, through highly interactive methods, how you can excel, when you work for a global company or in a different country, with teams across continents. 64 4 5
Leadership: Essential skills to become an effective leader Leadership is a complex process by which the leader influences others to perform and achieve. This course provides the basis for understanding what leadership is and what leaders do to be successful. This is a highly interactive course based on the application of theoretical concepts of leadership to practical situations. Practical exercises, workshops and case studies will be used extensively during the course to develop the leader within each student. 64 4 5
Project Management People usually relate the word project management to the huge projects that most of the large companies run. This course will open a new door for you to think on. We shall discuss project management with a completely new perspective – with respect to our daily life. How can you become a master planner and execute flawless projects which can range from organizing a community event, to remodeling your house, to setting up a new business, to arranging for your mom-dad’s 25 anniversary. It is all about bringing out the manager in you! 64 4 5
Globalization Globalization made the world flat and the perfect example of this is the recent (2008-09) credit crunch and recession in the United States which demonstrated the extent of international economic interconnections. This course analyses the global economy – ‘Globalization’ in practice. It places the global economy in its historical context, and considers political and institutional factors. 64 4 5
Independent Patent Rights Knowledge of Intellectual property Rights (IPR) is a must whether you want to start your own business or climb the corporate ladder. No matter how good your business ideas or how good you are with your professional skills if you can’t protect your idea or skills they will turn into a waste. The course module is designed to introduce fundamental aspects of Intellectual property Rights (IPR) to the next generation students who are going to play lead roles in their respective industries. This course will cover important aspects of the IPR Acts, and real life case studies to demonstrate the application of the legal concepts in practice. 64 4 5
Globalization of Art and Its Marketing With the digital revolution, while on one hand everybody can create and show it to the entire world, on the other, in a globalized world, art is becoming like any other commodity or product exported and imported worldwide and plethora of other issues such copyright, intellectual property, loss of exclusivity, inter country laws et al have cropped up. In this course students will evaluate such issues and its effects on smaller artists and big art conglomerates. Marketing as “the” art form of the 21st century will be analyzed through the example of the artist Damien Hirst. Street art will also be one of the central topics of the course as an example of a counterexample of consumer culture, looking at both the renowned Bansky as well as the regional art in the form of the street art of Valparaíso. 64 4 5
Green Economy This course brings together participants from different countries and backgrounds, and provides opportunities for sharing experiences about sustainable development issues. It analyzes and discusses the main goals related to green economy, environmental education, and natural resource management. Participants will learn about different concepts and facets of these concepts, as well as challenges and opportunities to advance low-carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive development. 64 4 5
Management Skills, from Business Administration to Externalities & Crisis Management This course will explore basic concepts of psychology such as needs, thoughts, motivation, emotion and frustration in order to unveil the humane aspects of management. The concept of emotional intelligence and leadership which are central characteristics of a skilled manager will also be reviewed. This theory foundation will allow students to develop a holistic view of the management process. Strategies of crisis management will be learned and put into practice in simulation. 64 4 5
Negotiation Strategies Covering a variety of negotiation techniques used in business and personal life, the course aims to provide to students an understanding of what negotiation is and how it is practiced in Latin America. The course will incorporate a presentation of the general business context of Latin America and its communicational style. Students will get a better view of negotiation is made in the region, in particular in the areas of sensitivities and norms in offers & counter-offers. 64 4 5
International Marketing Strategies Understanding the Global Trade Environment through the development of skills on planning international marketing strategies. Developing soft skills to present international marketing projects. 64 4 5
Effective Business Communication Skills This course is designed to give students a comprehensive view of communication, its scope and importance in business. Will be addressed both verbal and written communication in applications such as telephone etiquette, email writing and building effective and persuasive presentations. Additionally, students will discover the cross-cultural factors and interpersonal skills that can modify the communication. 64 4 5

Requirements

For students whose native language is not English, is required to include certification that they have an advanced level (B2). This certification can be a written letter from the English department of their home university addressed to our office.

The UVM respects the home university’s requirements regarding the maximum and minimum courses a student should take while abroad.

We invite all students to talk with their academic advisors in their home universities about how many credits they should take while studying with the UVM in order to maintain their full-time student status. International students should also speak with their advisors to understand how their grades and credits will transfer back.

In general, we understand that US students must take between 12-16 credits per semester, while European students normally have to complete 30 ECTS.

Politics and Human Rights in Latin America


For many years Chile was known to the world over due to the systematic violation of Human Rights by the military dictatorship. Today, after two decades of democratic rule, the country’s economic success and political stability seem to attract the attention of international analysts, scholars, and students alike. Furthermore, Chile has become an example for many as a country to look to with regard to the appropriate and responsible path towards development.

However, several questions arise: What is the cost of this apparent success and stability? Can one really talk of Chile as being truly democratic? Has this apparent economic success reached everyone? Have human rights violators been held responsible for their crimes? Are human rights respected today in Chile?

In order to attempt to answer theses, and other related questions, this program analyzes issues such as the country’s political history, the role of political violence as a part of our political culture, the transitional process, democracy, political participation, women’s rights, and indigenous rights among others.
This program uses an interdisciplinary theoretical approach to help students to understand those processes that have produced profound changes in the country’s social, political, cultural, and economic structures. This program will also have students examine a handful of Latin-American experiences to understand their own models of development and specific democratic regimes.

It is a program that has been designed by a team of international experts on the various topics of study, and will be conducted entirely in English.
The methodology used in this program is in-line with the VIRV’s goal to provide students with an experiential learning experience. By offering students the opportunity to observe what they are learning in the classroom, they will take various fieldwork outings to museums, the National Congress, and a Mapuche community among others. The courses offered will be intensive in nature, with the each course containing 30 contact hours that will be taught throughout 14 weeks. The students will be expected to write a minor research paper on a topic related to politics or human rights in Chile. Each student will also have to give a presentation of their paper to the group and a panel of their teachers for their final evaluation.

Students participating in this program are also expected to perform volunteer work.

Politics and Human Rights Course Offering


Course Topics covered Contact hours ECTC US Credits
Political Thought Socio-Historical Thought Concrete Democracies Political Theory and Praxis: Violence and Social Change Chilean Identity and Culture 35 4 2
Politics Democracy in Chile Democracy and Political Violence Chilean Transitional Justice Transition and Reconciliation Political Participation in Chile: Pre and Post Dictatorship 35 4 2
Human Rights International Human Rights Legal Instruments Human Rights in the Post War Era Militarism in a Historical Context Dictatorships and Structures of Repression 35 4 2
Economics Neoliberal Model: Fundamental Period The Economic Model: Then and Now 35 4 2
Society Social Dimension of Development Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction Gender and Minorty Rights and Reality Social Movements 35 4 2
Reserch and Methodology Seminar Introduction to Methodology Research Design Field Study Techniques Final Research Paper Presentation 60 6 4
Volunteer work Volunteer Workshop 35 4 2

Students in this program are able to take at least one Spanish as a Foreign Language course as an audit course. The program’s courses are held Monday-Thursday.

Requirements

This program is designed for students with at least two years of university experience.
For students whose native language is not English, is required to include certification that they have an advanced level (B2). This certification can be a written letter from the English department of their home university addressed to our office.

*There is a minimum number of 5 students needed for this program to be offered. If less than 5 students sign-up for any given semester, students will be notified via e-mail.

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