The Latin American Experience: Cultural Diversity and Intangible Heritage in Peru is a three-credit course that has both on-campus and overseas components. Students will learn about a wide range of topics including the history of race politics and debates over national belonging in Peru. They will also explore the benefits and challenges associated with the recent promotion of cultural heritage and diversity by NGOs, grassroots organizations, the government, and international cultural policy entities as a potential engine for economic development. The participants will also learn about different musical traditions through live performances and discussions. At the end of the program, students will have a foundational knowledge of Peruvian history, culture, society, education system, economic condition and current social and political state.
Students may benefit from the program in the following areas of Intellectual and academic growth, career enhancement, personal growth, development of cross cultural skills and acquisition of new perspectives on world affairs, and receiving self-awareness of the culture in the US and in other countries.