Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Sciences

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HUM 3513 Costa Rica Colloquium: History & Culture


CEA Partner Institution: Veritas University
Location: San José, Costa Rica
Primary Subject Area: Humanities
Other Subject Area: Sociology
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 48


A general survey of the complex heritage and social evolution of Costa Rica, examined through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary view focusing on the historical development and present day dynamics of economy, society, polity, natural resources and culture. Special attention will be given to topics such as cultural background, identity formation, social development and education the roots of present day crises, problems of peace and democracy, some artistic and literary trends, and the emergence and role of old and new ideological movements. Emphasis will be placed upon different topics during the course, according to students' backgrounds and expectations.

*To define culture from a theoretical point of view in order to create the frame-work for the analysis of Costa Rican culture, in comparison with the North-American one.
*To emphasize the importance of history in understanding the culture of present day Costa Rica.
*To discuss different aspects of Costa Rica?s cultural evolution, such as ethnic background, both pre- and post- Columbian, social and political organization, economy, language and literature, art, folkloric instruments, etc; giving statistical data of other countries as a matter of comparison.
*To discuss present day issues of all aspects of Costa Rican society obtaining a framework for understanding the Tico´s identity and values.
*To define and discuss briefly the heritage and social evolution of Costa Rica, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview.
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