SIT Graduate Institute Intensive Field Courses

Intercultural Communication Course: Window on Oaxaca
: Oaxaca, Mexico
Dates: January 19–February 1, 2014
Credits: 2
Professor: Karen Blanchard
Course number: ICHR-5000-MEX

Students in this course will work together to build a comprehensive picture of a living community through interviews, direct observation, course readings, and other approaches. They will explore in depth one or more areas such as, but not limited to: the arts (graffiti, murals, music, etc.,); history—places and people; language (indigenous roots, Spanish, English); food (who eats what, where does it come from, who prepares it); economy (what do people do in this community, what type of work do people engage in, impact of tourism); education (who goes to school, where do they go, etc.,).

We will visit local NGOs (education, permaculture, women weaving cooperative, etc.,).

The field-based portion of this course (in addition to four formal class meetings on campus: two before the trip and two after) will be delivered in English primarily, but Spanish language competency is strongly recommended.  Students who are not proficient in Spanish must register for a fall semester language course or 1 week Spring I intensive course to gain the maximum benefit from this experience.  Students will live with families during at least one week of the program in Oaxaca.

Travel is arranged by the participants.  A number of students in the past have arrived early to the community to acclimate before the course begins, but this is not a requirement.

For further information contact:
Karen Blanchard
(802) 258-3322

Estimated cost: $1,975.00
Minimum enrollment 8 students/maximum enrollment 16 students

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