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Language Eligibility: For all levels of Spanish.
-Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
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Total contact hours: 180-225 per semester; 45-120 per summer session. 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit. 10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.
Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits per semester; 3-8 semester credits per summer session.
Final transcript is issued by the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.
Cuzco, Peru: Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola – Semester and Summer Course Offerings
Students will take 4-5 courses per semester or 1-2 courses per summer session. The number of U.S. semester credits earned is listed below, next to the course title. Students are not required to take a Spanish language course. To take electives taught in Spanish, you must be at the Advanced Spanish level.
Not all courses run every term. All students MUST get DOUBLE the number of courses approved by their academic advisor than they actually plan to take, in case of changes in availability. That way, if a course is full or cancelled, or if some of the courses you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll have back-ups that you can still get credit for.
Latin American Literature (3 credits): This course offers a journey through Latin American literature, from the earliest works of the pre-Columbian age to our own time. It invites students to delve into the magic of Latin American culture and traditions through their reading and critical analysis of some of the continent’s most representative examples of poetry and prose. Students attend literature related events and experience direct contact with the local literary scene. Taught in Spanish.
Healing and Shamanism in Andean and Amazonian Cultures (3 credits): This course introduces students to ancient and current traditional healing and shamanic practices and beliefs in the Andean and Amazonian worlds, focusing upon their origins in the pre Columbian period and their development over time. We will discuss traditional concepts of health and illness, the roles and status of ritual specialists in native societies, the importance of sacred and medicinal plants and other natural resources, and the interaction of ancient Andean heritage with the contemporary cultural context of modern Peru. Field trips will enable students to experience firsthand traditional healing and healing-related practices. Taught in English.
NEW! Institutions in Peruvian Society (3 credits): This course focuses on the main governmental, private and independent non-profit institutions within Peruvian society. Its content addresses the structure and function of social, political and economic organizations at all governmental levels. Students will gain a deeper understanding through field trips in the city and throughout the Cusco region, during which they will be able to compare local institutional frameworks with those of their home country. Taught in English.
NEW! Introduction to Volunteering, Service Learning, and Social Responsibility (3 credits): In essence, this course is intended to serve as an introduction for those students who come to Cusco for a volunteering or service learning experience. Its content addresses the legal framework for volunteering and service learning in Peru; vulnerable local populations and their needs; best practices for volunteering; governmental, non governmental and private organizations and their social responsibility initiatives. Students will be able to apply the lessons learned in class to their practical volunteering and service learning projects. Taught in English.
NEW! Cultural Heritage Conservation (3 credits): This course demonstrates to students the importance of cultural heritage in our contemporary world. They will study procedures and policies designed to conserve culturally significant buildings and landscapes. Topics addressed by the course include: heritage site registration and cataloging, UNESCO Heritage Conservation Charters, and principal restoration and conservation techniques. In Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, a number of conservation projects remain ongoing. Students will visit archaeological and historical sites, in order to see for themselves how such theoretical knowledge is applied in practice. Taught in English or Spanish.
NEW! Communication for Development (3 credits): One of the most important ingredients of social projects is the area of communication. This course takes a close look at the potential of communication resources in development projects, including policy design, creativity strategies and the mechanisms employed to convey a specific message to a target audience. The course shows students how, beginning with a situational analysis, they can select the most efficient communication methods and tools for the success of a given project. Taught in English.
NEW! History of Latin American Cinema (3 credits): This course introduces students to the world of Latin American cinema, from the early influence of the Italian neo-realist movement to contemporary expressions of the seventh art across many of the countries of this unique region. It will also help students to find in Latin American cinema clues for an understanding of different realities, and to construct meaningful comparisons with their own culture, while engaging in personal reflection. Taught in English or Spanish.
NEW! Communication Psychology (3 credits): The aim of this course is to help students comprehend our social environment through a psychological interpretation of different forms of communication. The course explores the role of language as the fundamental tool in the communication process, the use of linguistic signs, and the concepts of message, transmission and reception. Also, a critical review is offered of mass media content, through a deconstruction of the methods and strategies underlying psychological impact. Taught in English.
NEW! Economics and Sociology of Tourism (3 credits): This course discusses the effects tourism has had on Peruvian society and the nation’s economy, focusing specifically on the last thirty years. We will begin with a brief history of major archaeological discoveries and the development of tourist attractions, before examining how the resulting changes have affected local communities and Peru as a whole. At the end of the course, students will be encouraged to discuss the positive and negative impacts of tourism on Peru’s current social and economic situation. Taught in English.
NEW! Cultural Tourism in Cusco and Peru (3 credits): This course addresses the cultural aspect of tourism, which is remarkably rich in the Peruvian context. The aim is to equip students with the concepts that will help them to better understand this aspect of tourism, while introducing them to a broad range of cultural attractions: archaeological sites, museums, local customs and traditions, art and festivities. Students are guided towards a deeper understanding of cultural tourism through a number of field trips in Cusco and the surrounding region. Taught in English.
NEW! Participatory and Immersion Tourism in Peru (3 credits): This course analyzes the experience of tourism in Peru in terms of cultural immersion. It addresses the best known practices of cultural immersion, offering an insight into the life of those native Andean communities facing a future in which tourism will constitute a new economic resource. Students will be guided towards a better understanding of the differences between classic tourism activities and cultural immersion, discovering how tourism has been integrated into the life of Andean communities. Visits to indigenous communities form an essential part of the learning process. At the end of the course, students will be encouraged to propose improvements to cultural immersion activities, based on their own experience. Taught in English.
NEW! History of Peruvian Cuisine (3 credits): In this course students will learn about the importance of ancestral knowledge dating back to the varied and healthy diet of the Incas and earlier Andean cultures, the remarkable biodiversity of native crops such as corn and potatoes, and about cooking and food preservation methods. They will also gain insight into the impact of Old World influences following the arrival of the Spanish, and in the wake of a series of migrations throughout the 19th and the 20th centuries. Field trips will enable students to explore the rich cultural history underpinning Peru’s dynamic gastronomic tradition. Taught in English.
NEW! Gastronomic Tourism in Cusco and Peru (3 credits): Tourism in Peru is about more than archaeological heritage and the Amazon rainforest. Peru is home to a vibrant culture which has so much to offer the rest of the world, including its fascinating gastronomy. During this course, students will have a chance to discover the contemporary significance of Peru’s creative food culture, with its unique combination of styles inherited and adapted from both local and global sources. Peru’s major gastronomic festivals, such as Mistura, will also be discussed. Students will learn about the traditional Cusco dishes prepared during specific local celebrations. And, of course, direct cultural experience will constitute an essential component of the course. Taught in English.