2023-2024 University Catalog 
    
    Apr 14, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

CORE C177 - Peru


The Latin American country Peru evokes dramatic and conflicting images of spectacular natural settings, ancient ruins, cosmopolitan cities, shantytowns, street children, poverty and more. It is a country of extremes. Students are offered an interdisciplinary inquiry into this ecologically and culturally diverse land. Students begin by exploring the distinct geography and ecology of the central Andean region (rainforest, mountains, desert, and ocean) in order to understand how these features have shaped the societies that inhabit the region of present-day Peru. This involves analyzing the evolution and organization of Pre-Columbian societies, paying special attention to the Inca civilization. Students also examine the ideologies, institutions and practices introduced with the Spanish conquest and era of colonialism in order to understand their impact on indigenous society and their relevance to the state of underdevelopment that characterizes contemporary Peru. Special emphasis is placed on analyzing the diverse social, historical and cultural manifestations of Afro- and Asian-Peruvian communities, which have had a determining influence on the fabric of what today is called the Peruvian identity. Study of present-day Peru juxtaposes rural and urban life, the ties between the two spheres, and the crisis conditions that enveloped both ways of life until recently. Specific issues include the internal armed conflict, shantytowns and land invasions, indigenous and Afro-Peruvian resistance, among other compelling issues. Throughout the term, emphasis is placed on the many paradoxes of this intriguing land.

Credits: 1.00
Corequisite: None
Prerequisites: None
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: No Junior, Senior
Area of Inquiry: None
Liberal Arts Practices: None
Core Component: Communities


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