Signature Seminar

Students in Argentina
Photo: Buenos Aires, Argentina; A. Bey

Contemporary Issues in Chile and Latin America: HST 406 / IRP 334 / LAS 334 / PSC 428 (SPA 334 fall only)

Required of all undergraduates participating in the program, this traveling seminar provides a contemporary overview of the historical, political and social development of Southern Cone countries — Chile and Argentina — using Chile as a continuous comparative reference.

Two main aspects will be described and studied in depth: the dictatorships and diverse processes of transition to democracy in these Southern Cone countries during the past 40 years, and the shared and differing historical legacies, national identities, and cultural expressions of the countries selected.

Program Dates & Itinerary

In the fall, this seminar runs from mid to late July and is taught in Spanish.

In the spring, this seminar runs from mid to late February and is taught in English.

This seminar involves travel from Santiago, Chile to Argentina. Program includes walking tours of Buenos Aires, a tango class, and immersive museums and lectures in each city.

Course Information

This seminar carries three credits listed in History, Political Science, Latin American Studies, International Relations, and Spanish (fall only). Designed to provide a broad overview of culture within the Southern Cone, the seminar introduces you to important political, sociological, and environmental issues in the region—themes that you will pursue through various courses during the semester.


Dr. Mauricio Paredes is the Director of the Syracuse University Santiago Center and a scholar on Chilean internment camps, nationalism, and U.S. involvement in Chilean politics. His teaching focuses on human rights, political memory, and Latin American dictatorships.

Eligibility & Admissions

All undergraduate students accepted for a semester in the Santiago Center programs will participate in this required seminar. PAIA graduate students might be eligible to petition for credit through the Maxwell School.