Internship and Service Learning Seminar

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Course Information
Service Learning
Internship Seminar
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Language of instruction: 
Contact Hours: 
Seminar 20, Internship 120

This course guides students from a sociological and organizational perspective and helps students in the design, execution and evaluation of their individual field work. Theoretical and methodological discussions complement students’ personal service experience in the Chilean cultural context. Special emphasis is placed on the analytical and comparative perspective between the Latin American reality and that of the United States. The objective of the course is to promote student acquisition and strength of professional and social skills through a service project. Through the service projects, students gain knowledge of the national reality of Latin America with a focus on poverty as a social phenomenon.

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the semester, students will be able to:

  • learn and analyze UNDP’s Human Development vision.
  • learn and analyze the poverty phenomena in Chile Na Latin America.
  • learn and analyze government and private sector responses to poverty issues in Chile.
  • describe and analyze the assigned organization.
  • design, implement and evaluate a work plan.
  • identify new learnings based on the students’ field experience.
Method of presentation: 

Theoretical content is be discussed through collective construction of conceptual maps, with guided conversation that focuses on student exchange of knowledge, abilities, experiences, doubts and reflections. Class discussions focus on student reflection of cultural and professional understanding through their placement work. Students submit reports throughout the semester on their field work experience. The internship professor supervisor routinely visits each student’s organization and maintains in contact with the respective coordinators throughout the semester.

Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Participation - 15%
  • Quizzes - 15%
  • Written exam - 20%
  • Supervisor evaluation - 25%
  • Final report on field work - 25%
Credit towards certificate: 
Service Learning

1. Service Learning and Internship: An intercultural service experience.
1.1 Student expectations.
1.2 What is a service learning project? What is an internship project?
1.3 Tools for field work: observation/reflection on the organization, the job search, and development of a work plan.
1.4 Personal/professional development: Social abilities.

2. Organizational Context
2.1 Definition, types and components of an organization.
2.2 Organizational culture.
2.3 Service Learning organizations: Organizational mission and group objectives.

3. Work Methods According to Target Groups
3.1 Vulnerable groups: Children, young adults, women, handicapped, senior citizens and the indigenous populations.
3.2 Clients: The perspective of consumer rights

4. View of the Social Reality in Chile and Latin America
4.1 Quality of life: Indicators.
4.2 Human development: Dimensions.
4.3 Poverty: A social phenomenon.

5. The Response to Poverty
5.1 Role of the state: Social politics.
5.2 Role of the private sector.

6. Citizenship
6.1 Concept.
6.2 Historical course of citizenship.
6.3 Current situation in Chile.

Required readings: 
  • Marcel, Mario. “Veinte puntos clave del debate sobre la Pobreza”.  Mensaje Nº 561, August 2007.
  • Olavarra, Mauricio. “Pobreza, Crecimiento Económico y Políticas Sociales”.  Editorial Universitaria, 2005. Perrone, Reynaldo and Martine Nanninni. “Violencia y abusos sexuales en la familia”  Editorial Paidos, 1997.
  • Rodriguez, Dario. “Gestión Organizacional. Elementos para su estudio”.  Ediciones Universidad Católica de Chile, 2001.
  • Sojo, Carlos. “La noción de ciudadanía en el debate latinoamericano”.  CEPAL Nº 76, April 2002. Tercer Estudio de Maltrato Infantil, UNICEF, 2006.