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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

ANTH 3000 - Central America: Culture and Politics

Hours: 4
This course introduces students to issues in Central American cultural and political change, organized around a 2-week trip to either El Salvador or Guatemala. The class will study the roots, experience, and aftermath of civil war and violence in the region, with special attention to the repression of indigenous communities. Contemporary challenges facing Central American nation will be explored as well, including economic globalization, rapid cultural change, youth gang violence, and the daily out-migration of hundreds of people heading north. In their travels, students will have the opportunity to hear from and converse with indigenous and community leaders, local politicians, ex-combatants in the civil wars, labor organizers, returned migrants and others, putting a human face to the socio-cultural and historical processes we study.
Prerequisites: ANTH 1000 or permission of instructor.