Application Deadline: September 30, 2014
Limited Seats Available.



Info Sessions

  • Tuesday September 23rd, 2014
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Rosa Parks Room, Davis Center
  • Wednesday September 24th, 2014
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Rosa Parks Room, Davis Center

Course Tracks in Oaxaca Study Abroad

This program provides students with an intriguing and empowering study abroad experience. Over the past eight years, more than 150 students have participated in this innovative program and returned to the University of Vermont rejuvenated and inspired to create change in both their own lives and throughout the world.

Students can select from one of three course tracks:

This is the course offering for the 2014 Oaxaca Semester Abroad Program and is subject to change for the 2015 program.

Core Courses

All students participating in the Oaxaca Semester Abroad program will complete the first portion of the program as one cohort.

Course-tracks-1_1Spanish Solexico Language and Cultural Center (3 credits)
Professor: Norma Aguilar-Gaytan

All students will participate in a Spanish language course offered at the Solexico Language and Cultural Center in Oaxaca. Upon arrival in Mexico students will have the opportunity to take a placement test to see which level of Spanish will be adequate to meet their needs. Language courses are focused on conversation and immersion in the Mexican culture.

One week community based Service Learning Experience (2 credits)
Professor: Jonathan Treat, MA

This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate theoretical and practical anthropological issues through supervised research and service in different villages in Oaxaca, Mexico. Students will be divided into groups with each group living one full week in a village in the valley of Oaxaca, working on a community-based project of interest to people in that village. Students will live with families in the village and the tasks that they perform each day will be determined by community members in conjunction with an academic supervisor.

 

Course-tracks-1_2Community, Culture, and Place Oaxaca, Mexico(3 credits)
Professor: Oliver Froehling, MA

Oaxaca Mexico has been described in a myriad of different ways: as a state with indigenous characteristics, as a primary tourist destination with its quaint colonial capital, as one of the most underdeveloped places in Mexico, as a haven for alternative collective practices, or, since 2006, as the home to Mexico’s next revolution, etc. This course surveys how “Oaxaca”, as a place, is constructed by multiple agents embedded in multiple networks, exploring the multiple layers and connections of different groups that together make up the place called Oaxaca. As such, we will place emphasis on communities, government agencies and collective actors as agents in controlling and shaping their place through various means of territorial control, within connections and networks created through professional associations, NGOs, social movements, circuits of capital and symbolic circulation. This course will draw on geographical and social theory in order to provide students the tools to make sense out of complex phenomena. The course will use lectures, field visits, assignments, and interactive techniques in the classroom in order to facilitate learning.

Course-tracks-1_3Oaxaca Field Study Seminar and Independent Project (3 credits)
Professor: Jonathan Treat, MA

The purpose of the Field Study seminar is for students to explore a topic of personal interest that will create new learning and understanding of community, culture and place, the themes of the semester long study in Oaxaca. Students will identify an area of focus and develop a specific topic, develop a plan that will guide the study, and acquire skills to successfully carryout their study. This is an opportunity for students to take ownership of their learning and focus on their particular interests. Students will publish their work on a public WIKI and present their studies at a student-run seminar. Community partners in Oaxaca will provide consultation, feedback, and resources. Students will meet for weekly seminars as well as individual appointments with the instructor.

Following the completion of the first three courses, students completing the various tracks will break apart to complete the following courses:

 

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Arts and Sciences

Anthropology of Music in Oaxaca (3 Credits)
Professor: Sergio Navarette

Focusing on the concept of music as culture and is using a theoretical framework to understand the ways music and society influence each other, this course will give a general overview of Mexican music history, using mapping of folk music to understand the contemporary scene of music practicing in rural and urban Oaxaca.

Botany of Oaxaca (4 Credits)
Professor: Michael Sundue

At the southern tip of the North American continent, Oaxaca harbors unique botany, whose heritage can be traced across continents. The Oaxaca Botany Course is an opportunity to explore the geography and ecology of these plants as we learn to spot characters and identify them, as well as explore the different indigenous perceptions of the forests and their plants.

 


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Food Systems Track

Tropical Farming and Gardening in Oaxaca Mexico (2 credits)
Professor Vern Grubinger

This two week course emphasizes field experience to explore food production, marketing, and historical and contemporary factors affecting Oaxaca’s food systems. This course will further explore the role and relevance of different scales of farming, the effect of external forces on local agriculture, and different approaches to improving the food system in Oaxaca. The course will consist of field visits to various sites in and around Oaxaca.

Professors: Cynthia Belliveau, Ed.D. and Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D.

This part of the course will examine how the Oaxacan food system influences the health and nutritional status of the people of Oaxaca. We will further explore the food environment in both rural and urban Oaxaca as a way to understand the nutrition transition in Mexico. Finally, we will compare and contrast food assistance and nutrition interventions in both the US and Mexico that are designed to ameliorate nutrition and health disparities.

 

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Global Health

Global Health in Oaxaca
(3 Credits)
Professor: Burton Wilcke

This 15 week semester program takes a multidisciplinary approach to learning about interrelated Global Health themes in the unique and diverse state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The in-class coursework and field experiences focus on four interconnected public health fields—Infectious Diseases, Nutrition, Built Environments, and Climate change, with a focus on making links between these topics.

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Nutrition and Health in Oaxaca (2 credits)
Professor Jean Harvey-Berino

This part of the course will examine how the Oaxacan food system influences the health and nutritional status of the people of Oaxaca. We will further explore the food environment in both rural and urban Oaxaca as a way to understand the nutrition transition in Mexico. Finally, we will compare and contrast food assistance and nutrition interventions in both the US and Mexico that are designed to ameliorate nutrition and health disparities.

Field based Experience (1 credit)
TBD

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