International Civic Engagement in Mexico

Social Justice and Engaged Scholarship at UPAEP

Program Courses

Each course starts with an in-class component, which shifts to a field-based study experience for the subsequent three weeks; the program concludes with a debriefing session in Puebla. In addition, students participate in not-for-credit workshops that focus on the environment and native trade and industries. All students must enroll in one Spanish course and the civic engagement/social justice unit, which supports and includes fieldwork in La Preciosita.

Throughout the program, students will be assessed on written work as well as participation in lectures, group projects and their assigned daily activities with their host families.

UPAE SPLN 100 Intensive Elementary Spanish
UPAE SPLN 200 Intensive Intermediate Spanish

(3 credits)

No prior knowledge of Spanish is required. Students will gain a basic competence to participate in the program. The intensive Spanish Language courses (at a level commensurate with student ability) are taught for the first two weeks of the program while at UPAEP, with follow-up sessions in La Preciosita. The course is comprised of 40 hours of intensive classroom instruction and five additional hours in the field.

UPAE SOCE 310 Civic Engagement, Culture and Society in Mexico

(3 credits)

The lecture component of this course, conducted at UPAEP for the first two weeks of the program, is designed to assist students in understanding the structure of the program and community where they will spend the subsequent three weeks. Lectures will cover knowledge of Mexico; contemporary history; social concerns; indigenous groups; societal structure; migration issues; poverty, religion, education, economic development; economic crises and consequences; Mexico-US relations; free trade agreements; and Mexico and NAFTA.

Continuing reflective sessions and journaling are an important aspect of this course while completing the civic engagement unit in La Preciosita.  There are four main components of the community engagement segment:the placement, the reflective component, excursions, and workshops.