Lima & Ayacucho: Understanding Contemporary Peru (Summer)
The Lima & Ayacucho: Understanding Contemporary Peru program will not be offered in 2013.
This program offers seven weeks of instruction in two strikingly diverse Peruvian cities. It provides a combination of experiences both on the coast and in the highlands, and a fascinating introduction to the historical and contemporary realities of the nation.
The program starts in Lima, Peru’s capital, where students enroll in an intensive Spanish-language course or a course on contemporary Peruvian literature. Students then travel to the Andean city of Ayacucho to take a course on Peruvian political history. Students live with Peruvian families in both cities and enjoy excursions to Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
The first three weeks of the program are spent in Lima, Peru’s capital. Courses are taught at our partner institution the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Peru. The second three weeks are spent in Ayacucho where courses are held at the Universidad Nacional de San Cristóbal de Huamanga. A final week is spent in Cuzco and the surrounding area. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.
Elective Courses taken in Lima
Students may choose one of the following courses:
CAS LS 304: Composition and Conversation in Spanish II (4 credits)
(Prerequisite: CAS LS 212, fourth-semester college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.) Development of skills in spoken and written Spanish. Grammar review, vocabulary building, frequent compositions. Readings will include texts related to contemporary Peruvian life. Taught in Lima at the Universidad Católica.
CAS LS 452: Topics in Latin American Literature and Culture: Contemporary Peruvian Literature (4)
(Prerequisite: CAS LS 350 or equivalent, or permission of program director.) Analysis of various twentieth-century Peruvian literary works: novels, essays, and short stories. Special attention will be paid to the representation of Peru’s multifaceted social and political realities. Taught in Lima at the Universidad Católica. Syllabus
Required Courses taken in Ayacucho
Students are required to take these two courses in Ayacucho:
CAS PO 280: Peruvian Politics During and After Shining Path (4)
(Formerly CAS PO 465.) This course provides a broad overview of the dynamics of politics since independence and places it in the larger context of Latin America’s alternation between authoritarianism and democracy. Shining Path’s emergence in Ayacucho and its growing capacity to spread nationwide are analyzed. Written assignments may be completed in English or Spanish. Taught in Ayacucho at the Universidad Nacional de San Cristóbal de Huamanga. Syllabus
CAS IP 400: Local Agency Affiliation (2)
Participation in the daily routines of a government agency or non-governmental organization in Ayacucho. Each student is affiliated with an organization as part of their program of study. Among the concerns of these organizations are human rights, women’s issues, nutrition, education, health, resettlement, microcredit, microdevelopment, and reconstructing civil society. A written report is required. Syllabus
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Program Faculty & Staff
The Boston University Peru program is administered by staff in both our Boston and Peru offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Peru. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Peru, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.