Study Abroad Through Naropa: Andes & the Amazon

Course Descriptions: Naropa students may choose to do the program for 12-16 credits

ANT 250A Regional Seminar: Tradition, Change and Cultural Resistance (4 credits)

This course is designed to immerse students in the myriad cultures of the Andes and Amazon and their relationship to the land, both as manifest in their understanding of the natural world and agricultural practices. Through a combination of hands-on experiences, workshops, inspiring guest speakers, collaborative lessons, reading and writing assignments as well as independent work, students come to know this material well and the importance of it in the Andes and Amazon. This course moves briefly and broadly through a variety of important ancient civilizations, with a focus on their present-day impact. South America's colonial history is also examined and the role the region played in the Spanish empire and then the liberation of the region from Spanish rule. Moving thematically, we look at the effect of colonialism on the constantly-changing indigenous cultures. Finally, we study present day Andean culture, analyzing the effects of a variety of political forces while looking at racial and social conflicts that Bolivia and Peru have experienced. A special focus is placed on resource extraction and modern themes of sustainable development, human rights, and globalization. Students are required to complete various writing assignments throughout the course and will prepare a final research paper on a social issue of their choice.

ANT 211A Contemplative Intercultural Development and Leadership (4 credits)

The process of understanding self in relation to others in our globalized world is essential in the 21st century.  The purpose of this course is to carefully examine who we are through the experience of living, learning and engaging in the Andes and Amazon region.  Through both guided and organic processes, students examine global citizenship, develop effective intercultural and interpersonal communication skills and explore the depths of their internal landscape in relationship to the outside world.  From this wellspring of inner knowing, students discover their own authentic leadership capabilities and strengths as a responsible and curious citizen of the globe.

ISP 325A Independent Study Project (4 credits)

The Independent Study Project (ISP) offers each student the opportunity to conduct in-depth study on a subject of his or her choice. Students will be matched with two ISP Advisors; a program instructor who has experience and knowledge relevant to the student's ISP topic as well as a member of the local community with whom the student will study or apprentice. An ISP may involve either an academic focus of inquiry, or learning a skill which would require an apprenticeship.

Spanish Language I, II or III (4 credits) - SPAN 150, 250, 350

Language proficiency is an essential aspect of the program and daily language classes with an experienced Spanish instructor ensure that students are provided with the language skills needed to engage more deeply with the communities in which they are living and learning. With emphasis placed on conversational Spanish and practical language skills, the language lessons also include reading and writing skills, grammar and vocabulary development as well as market visits and other experiential activities. Besides formal instruction, students will develop practical skills and first-hand experience through participation in multiple extended home-stays totaling six weeks. Students enrolled in this course take an initial oral and written exam for placement into Levels 1, 2, or 3. Students are tested regularly and a written and oral exam is required at mid-course and at the conclusion of the course.