PSC424 Dictatorships, Human Rights and Historical Memory in Chile and the Southern Cone (Fall, Spring)

This course is taught in Spanish, with optional tutorials offered in English for students who need extra language support. Students who attend English tutorials or complete assignments in English are not eligible for SPA credit. This course focuses on the military coup of 1973 and the systematic implementation of violence and fear as an effective method of control over society and as a formula for stability during the military government of Augusto Pinochet. Within this context, marked by the pain and suffering of certain sectors of Chilean society, this course aims to study this time period and evaluate its significances and contributions to the configuration of social, political and economic aspects of Chile today, highlighting the role of U.S. foreign policy in the installation of the Pinochet government as well as the U.S. role in the issue of human rights in Chile. Includes site visits to a former public prison for political detainees and other historical memory sites and institutions in Santiago (these visits are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays).

Cross-listed with HST/IRP/LAS 424/PAI 624. Additional work is required of graduate students who register at the 600-level.

Department: Political Science

Location: Santiago

Credits: 3