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JAN 184: Tradition and Modernity in Mexico
Acapulco, Mexico; Cuernavaca, Mexico; Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico; Puebla, Mexico; Santa MarĂ­a Huatulco, Mexico; Taxco, Mexico; Teotihuacan de Arista, Mexico; Tepoztlan, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Jan Term 2018 11/17/2017 11/17/2017 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Course Title:
Tradition and Modernity in Mexico

Course Description:
In this course students will analyze the ways in which traditional folk cultures coexist with modernity in Mexico as they travel to visit famous archeological sites such as Teotihuacan, the colonial cities of Puebla and Taxco as well as the postmodern metropolis of Mexico City, where students will visit the Museums of Anthropology, National History, and Frida Khalo. The base city is Cuernavaca where students will attend classes at Universidad Internacional Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. During the first two hours of each day, Prof. Ramírez will lead seminar-type discussions in English. We will discuss the works of authors who have defined various notions of Mexican identity in the late twentieth century that have influenced profoundly how Mexicans see themselves in terms of culture and nationality, especially in relation to Americans and Europeans. Topics covered include race, class, and identity in the colonial and postcolonial era; modern Mexican identity during the NAFTA years; the impact of migration and modernity on indigenous communities as well as the effects of the recent war on drugs on Mexican society. From 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. all students will attend language courses according to their level. Once a week students volunteer at a nearby school, where they will work with indigenous children. With the exception of two afternoon trips, excursions will take place on weekends. All students will be housed in pairs with Mexican families who provide room and board. Four meetings scheduled prior to leaving on the trip are considered part of the course.

Division:
Upper Division

Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor. Students who enroll in this course must be in good academic standing at the time of enrollment. Not open to freshmen.  

Reading List:
Jorge Castañeda, “Mañana Forever: Mexico and the Mexicans”
Nestor García Canclini, “Citizens and Consumers: Globalization and Multicultural Conflicts”
Guillermo Bonfil Batalla, “Mexico Profundo: Reclaiming a Civilization”
David Fitzgerald, “A Nation of Emigrants”

Basis for Final Grade:
Active Class Participation      10%
Quizzes                                   5%
Daily Journal                          20%
Midterm Exam                        20%
Final Exam                              20%
Ten-Page Term Paper            25%
TOTAL                                  100 %