Lima: Contemporary Politics Program (Summer)

Spend three and-a-half weeks in Lima, Peru investigating the political implications of natural resource extraction in Peru and the Andes. Why has natural resource extraction often brought economic stagnation, political turmoil, significant social unrest, and environmental degradation? This course examines the political factors surrounding the “resource curse”—the fact that abundant natural resources often lead to negative developmental outcomes.

The program will take place in Lima, Peru’s capital, where students will have the opportunity to engage directly with Peruvian students, scholars and various agencies and organizations with a stake in resource extraction debate.

Program Curriculum

All students enroll in one required course. The course carries four Boston University credits. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Required Course

All students are required to enroll in this course:

CAS PO 281: Natural Resource Politics in the Andes (4 credits)

The politics of minerals, oil, and natural gas extraction in the Andes. History of extractive industries: colonialism, foreign investment, nationalization, privatization. The resource curse and challenges of development. Resource-based conflict and current political issues in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.

Program Details

  • Previous college-level coursework in Spanish is desirable, but not required.
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Summer Term: Late May to Mid-June
  • Summer 2015 Tuition & Fees: $4,625
  • Cost includes tuition, housing, board, field trips, overseas medical insurance, and emergency travel assistance coverage. An estimated program budget, including cost of living expenses for Summer 2015 is forthcoming. Financial aid is available. BU Study Abroad arranges a trans-Atlantic group flight that is not included in the program fee. We recommend that students take this flight.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn four Boston University credits.
  • In Lima, students live with local Peruvian families. Breakfast and dinner are included. The classes will be held at a local partner university, and students will have access to its resources.
Application Deadlines
  • Summer Term: March 1

Download a description of the Lima: Contemporary Politics Program.

Program Faculty & Staff

The Boston University Peru program is administered by staff our Boston 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. There is a resident coordinator in Peru.