The Spring 2013 Montevideo program will take place at the Universidad de la República, the main public Uruguayan university. Union College students will participate in the university’s Flor de Ceibo student-faculty teams supporting Plan Ceibal, the Uruguayan implementation of One Laptop per Child. Regular classes will take place at UDELAR facilities, including Spanish classes at the Center for Foreign Languages (CELEX) at the university. The program has been intentionally designed to engage Union College students through coursework, internships linked to the Plan Ceibal, and cultural activities. These integrated elements will give Union College students an opportunity to understand and experience a unique national education initiative where (the only nation in which the OLPC idea has been fully implemented to reach all school children) technology is used to improve social inclusion.
Course of Study
The Montevideo program will include three courses.
PSC 243 Populisms in Latin America - Seri
Democracy has come to Latin America to stay. But so have characterizations of political leadership and politics in the region as populist, especially in the eyes of outside observers. But, what is populism? Claimed by no one, most of the time populism is blamed, disapprovingly, upon leaders and movements connoting demagoguery and manipulative appeals to people's emotions and disregard for formal institutions and rules. This course scrutinizes three different "populism moments," from the first half of the 20th century to the present. Major figures such as Juan Domingo Perón or Getulio Vargas, but also neoliberal reformers from the 1990s, from Alberto Fujimori to Carlos Menem, as well as current leaders such as Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Rafael Correa, and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will be examined in the class.
Spanish Language Course
A course in Spanish at the appropriate level. Several options are available from the Center for Foreign Languages (CELEX) at the university, pending course approvals from Union College's Spanish section in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department.
One Laptop per Child Course with Experiential Learning Component
This course will be devoted to the One Laptop per Child program, its history, implementation around the world, and the educational, social, political and economic aspects of its evolution. The experiential component has two parts. One part will be participating in the Flor de Ceibo outreach program with faculty and students at the Universidad de la República. In this program faculty-student teams work on research and support activities around the XO laptop at the Uruguayan schools and communities. The second part is an internship where students will be given hands-onl learning opportunities, suiting a wide range of majors.
All students are required to have a 2.5 cumulative GPA in order to apply to the program, and must maintain this GPA until the program departure date.
Students will stay either with Uruguayan families (homestay with shared bathroom) or in private hostel-like residences.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
September: Application deadline is the third Friday of winter term.
October: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
Winter term: Orientation meetings
Late March: Program begins
Early June: Program ends
For More Information
Students may contact Professor Cherrice Traver
or Professor Guillermina Seri