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Politics and Society in LA This class introduces the student to the social and political realities of Latin America. Historical and geopolitical backgrounds are explored, so as to comprehend and analyze characteristics, trends, and cases, of the most rec
San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Year Round

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Program Description:
STUDY COSTA RICA is based in San Jose, Costa Rica, with offices in Miami, Fl. It was established in 1989 and with 22 years of experience in logistics, organization and execution of successful study abroad programs, STUDY COSTA RICA provides academic programs tailored to satisfy your specific needs. STUDY COSTA RICA promotes a new education, understanding diverse voices from many lands and cultures. We offer study abroad, service learning and research experiences for students, professors, scientists and artists, in selected and special locations. All persons from all countries and regions may be part of STUDY COSTA RICA´s programs, we want to learn and share. We practice and promote communication, peace, human rights, communal cooperation. Our programs combine scientific and technological knowledge with humanistic and critical perspectives. Our academic programs are active, constructivist and participative, and may include proposing solutions. In order to reach solutions and alternatives, we provide and help implementing the conditions required to develop habits, attitudes, knowledge and skills.

Politics and Society in LA This class introduces the student to the social and political realities of Latin America. Historical and geopolitical backgrounds are explored, so as to comprehend and analyze characteristics, trends, and cases, of the most recent period. Special topics included for this session are: New political tendencies in South America; crisis of democracy in the region; terrorism, drugs and US interests in Latin America. Art and Culture in LA This class introduces the student to Latin American main contemporary artistic and cultural tendencies,works and authors. Several art forms are considered,including painting, music and architecture. Interviews with artists and visits to exhibitions are included. The cultural debate is reviewed and studied. Environmental Issues in LA This course introduces the study of major environmental problems of the region, and the Latin American experiences in the use of its natural resources. Students work in case studies in conservation models or projects where balance between conservation and development is promoted. Topics such as urban growth, industrial and forestry development and environmental impact are explored. Costa Rica offers unique conditions and settings for this class. Contemporary LA Economy This class introduces the student to the specific economic characteristics, history,and tendencies of Latin America. Emphasis is laid on contemporary issues such as international trade, foreign investment,finance and international economic policies of Latin America, and relations between the economy and society in the region.

The programs are offered in collaboration with the Institute of Latin American Studies (IDELA)at the National University of Costa Rica. Any of these courses may be taken in two formats 5 credit hours registering for a semester program 3 credit hours registering for an intensive 25 days program. The Institute of Latin American Studies (IDELA) at the National University of Costa Rica (UNA), since 1973 is the leading Central American center for research and teaching about the region. Projects for 2012 include The Critical Analysis of Development, Latin America’s Geostrategy and Geoeconomy, Migrations and Human Rights, Peace Education, Critical Theories of Human Rights, Latin American Thinking, and Social Movements. The Institute offers two master programs, on Culture and Development in Latin America, and on Human Rights and Peace Education, and jointly with the School of Philosophy, the Doctoral Program on Latin American Studies with emphasis on Latin American Thinking. IDELA publishes Temas de Nuestra America(Topics of Our America), the Revista Latino-americana de Derechos Humanos (Latin American Journal of Human Rights), and the cultural journals Repertorio Americano(American Repertory) and Suplemento Cultural(Cultural Supplement). The faculty includes a sizable group of well known and young emerging scholars, as well as visiting professors from a variety of countries and with diverse interests. More than 60 graduate students are currently enrolled in their programs.
Setting Description:
These classes introduces the student to the cultural and socio-political realities and images of Costa Rica. Living in this country allows the student to intensely assimilate its characteristics and trends, and to grasp its main issues and problems. The faculty will introduce the fundamentals, and a group of additional speakers, including distinguished Costa Rican political personalities and academicians,providing unique insights on the matters discussed. Attention will be paid to fundamental issues characteristic of the country and the Latin American region.

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