HIS 2302 Contemporary Latinamerican History-3 cr. (48 hours)
A survey of the main events in Latin American History after its independence. Topics include the historical causes and effects of the independence, some of the main issues on social, economic and political problems and the main historical leaders in modern Latin America.
HIS 3290 Costa Rican Economic Development-3 cr. (Taught in English) (48 hours)
This course introduces the outstanding socio-economic and political features that have shaped and defined the history and development path of Costa Rica.
HIS 3293 Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine 4 cr. (60 hours)
Costa Rica's health care system is unique due to the fact that itīs socialized and has achieved excellent health indicators. The course focuses on the history and development of the public health care system within the context of the Costa Rican sociopolitical and economical situation. It also gives a strong emphasis on how the system actually works and points out not only the strongholds of the systems, but also itīs weak points. A third objective, of fundamental importance in order to understand this system, is the study of Costa Rica as a tropical country. Students will learn about the prevention and transmission of relevant tropical diseases.
POL 2500 Human Rights in Latin America - 3 cr. (Taught in English) (48 hours)
A particular emphasis will be given to the case of Costa Rica, giving the students an opportunity to explore the development of human rights in the following areas: women's rights, children's rights, HIV/AIDS, the CAFTA agreement and labour rights, indigenous groups and human rights, disability and age issues, and the prison environment.
POL 3100 Costa Rican Tradition: Peace and Democracy - 3 cr. (Taught in English) (48 hours)
The general objective of this course is to discuss, with students, the social, economic and political issues of the process of construction of peace and democracy in Costa Rica and Central America (1948-2005).
HIS 3260 European History and Ethnical Conflict-3 cr. (48 hours)
This course covers main events in 20th century European History including World Wars, the Cold War and the creation of the European Union. Special focus is given to the impact of Ethnical Conflicts in the development of history. To promote interactivity the students will do internet research assignments, write essays and watch documentary movies. NEW in this course: the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia!
POL 3400 World Politics and Ethnicals conflicts-3 cr. (48 hours)
What is terrorism? Who is responsible? and where does it come from?. This course examines the historical and actual events related the development of terrorism. The focus is to understand the background of global, regional and local conflicts between various groups and governments. Throughout the course we analyze possible sources of Islamic Radicalism. There is a special focus on the in Iraq and the Palestinian Territories. The objective of the course is to promote the interaction of ideas and arguments based on a balanced analysis of the themes. Students participate in various ways: writing essays, internet research assignments, documentary movies, socio-dramas and debating actual topics.
POL 3450 International Relations in Latin America- 3 cr. (Taught in English) (48 hours)
The course will analyze the aspects of the Economic Integration, globalization and conditions for a successful integration between economies and the effects of free trade in the region as well as the effects of protectionism. There will be a special treatment on foreign investments and joint ventures in the Latin America.
POL 3560 International Politics in the Middle East-3 cr. (48 hours)
This course examines the historical and actual events in The Middle East. To understand the most strategic but complex region in the world we first take a look to the Political Geography of the Middle East. We deepen in the historical background topics of Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine and debate the actual situation. The objective of the course is to promote the interaction of ideas and arguments based on a balanced analysis of the themes. Students participate in various ways: writing essays, internet research assignments, documentary movies, socio-dramas and debating actual topics.
New in the course is the war in Afghanistan and the actual role of Pakistan!
POL 3740 Economic Integration in Latin America-3 cr. (48 hours)
This course will analyze the beginning of the International Relations in Latin America and the most important historical facts that marked the politics in the region in the current era. The focus of this course is on the historic background of the region before independence and post independence that helped to consolidate the American hegemony and the insertion of foreign investment, the North American imperialism and the Latin-American resistance.