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    Vassar College
   
 
  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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INTL 110 - International Study Travel

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)


Normally the study trip takes place in the spring semester break. Enrollment for the trip is made early in the first semester. The course, which is taught in conjunction with the study trip, provides a systematic multidisciplinary introduction to the social cultural, religious, historical, geographic, political and economic aspects of the place of travel. The precise disciplinary focus of the trip varies depending on the faculty leading the trip and teaching the course. Language instruction is required when appropriate.

Topic for 2017/18b: Mexico Today: An Exploration through Material, Expressive, and Culinary Cultures. Through the mediums of food, expressive, and material cultures this course explores the making of a modern Mexican nation and national identity, and the challenges posed by regionalism, out-migration, globalization, and neoliberal policies. Among questions students address are: What are the impacts of urbanization and migration upon food production and consumption? How has migration affected the division of labor around food, especially as it relates to women’s roles? What is the relation between cultural sovereignty and the Mexican state? How are governmental mandates regarding tourism and cultural production, for example, negotiated at the local level?  Colleen Cohen and Leslie Offutt.



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