The program, “Environment and Society in Mexico” is based in Oaxaca City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Oaxaca is a beautiful colonial city located in the Southwestern state of Oaxaca, home to the largest concentration of indigenous peoples in Mexico. Oaxaca is an ideal site from which to study how indigenous people draw meaning from, use, and manage their natural resources.
Students will earn 3 URI credits for SOC or APG 329: Contemporary Mexican Society; APG 470: Problems in Anthropology; or SOC 497: Field Experience in Sociology.
- Classes will be held in the field; journaling and multicultural dialogue; and essay
- No Spanish language requirement. Basic Spanish recommended.
Coursework will be supplemented with cultural activities and excursions including:
- Visits and stays in indigenous communities
- Stay at a permaculture (sustainable living) project and learn to farm sustainably
- Stay at one of the largest indigenous-controlled ecotourism projects in Mexico
- Meet indigenous women who operate successful businesses with the support of microfinance
- Cooking class that synthesizes the interconnections among indigenous cultures, external influences, local products, and food preparation
- Engage with the cultural, historical, artistic, and culinary richness of Oaxaca
Mexico is a federal republic in North America. It is bordered by the United States, Guatemala, Belize, Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico is comprised of 31 states and a Federal District, its capital and largest city. It is the fifth largest country in the Americas and has an estimated population of over 120 million people.
Accommodations and Meals:
Students will stay in double or triple-occupancy rooms. Some meals will be provided.
Pre-Screening Student Information Sheet:
Program Fee: TBA
Program Fee Includes:
- 3 URI credits
- Some meals
- Excursions and cultural activities
- In-country transportation
- Health insurance
NOTE: All fees subject to change.
AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED
Application Deadline: April 1, 2016
Final Payment Due: June 1, 2016
For more information, please contact:
Department of Sociology/Anthropology
URI Faculty-Led Programs
37 Lower College Road
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