Over a period of four weeks, the participant of this course will get to know the general aspects of the Colombian artistic culture involving the country’s conflict and peace process. Through lectures and in situ visits, the course aims to generate a firsthand experience about Colombian arts in relation to the country’s 20th century history, the period knows as The Violence and the signed of the Peace process in 2016.
During these four weeks, the participant will be able to consolidate and complement their competences in the use and understanding of Spanish. The initial Spanish competences will be analyzed, examined and classified based on a placement test made by the University of the Andes before the beginning of this course. Thus, through workshops (theoretical and practical methodology) and tutorials (personalized sessions), the Spanish component aims to introduce, contextualize, consolidate and familiarize the student with grammar, syntax and semantics in the Spanish language. At the same time, this program will contribute significantly to the experience of immersion in Colombian art, culture, history and politics.
As well, the participant will attend conferences about Social Sciences in Colombia and Latin America; the recent Colombian history in the political context of the last decades and the cultural imaginary. These conferences will have applicate workshops where the participants should contribute ideas, knowledge and observations related to their knowledge and impressions throughout their visit.
This summer course has being design by the School of Arts and Humanities and the Schools of Social Sciences – Universidad de los Andes.
Through case studies and in situ visits led by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the participant will have an introduction to Colombian art in the 20th century and how they had developed and been involved through the social conflict, Peace Process and as a community builder. Likewise, the participant will have an approach to the Colombian cultural heritage, the creation of social memory through its self-recognition and to the importance of its study in the historical moment the country is getting through. In addition, the discussion will be expanded in the context of the Social Sciences, through a conference and a workshop as a correlate.
Simultaneously, the Spanish classes – both conferences and flied visits – will allow the student to recognize the scope of his level of competences in Spanish, while guiding him according to an introduction or complementation of communication with an emphasis on effective orality. This aims to contribute as a cornerstone in the participant academic process and the personal development in the Spanish-speaking context through the visit to Colombia.
The course is designed with a mixed methodology in the interdisciplinary field of arts and peace studies, combining keynote presentations with open spaces for debate and discussion. Cultural visits and field trips will seek to promote applied learning and group discussions based on conversations between students and experts.
The course will be taught in English. For the field visits, there will be no simultaneous translation. For those field visits where the intervention is not carried out in English, there will be the support of undergraduate students from Universidad de los Andes, who will participate as language assistants (Spanish – English).