2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Survey of the Wine Industry Across the Americas

CANCELLED Last Updated: 08/20/2008

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Jorge Gilbert (FWS) Latin American studies, political economy, Tomas Mosquera (FWS) economics

Major areas of study include international economics, business economics, Latin American studies, history, geography, demography, political science, sociology and economics.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

Note: This program is offered in both 8 credit and 16 credit options. Students signing up for 8 credits will attend class with both faculty members from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, while students in the 16 credit option will have additional meeting times with Jorge Gilbert during the week.

The primary aim of this program is to explore the wine industry in the Americas using history, geography, political economy, and economics as an exemplar of the interactions of physical and human processes in time and space. Special emphasis will be placed on the impact of globalization on locally-based wine production and marketing, international trade and the likely future impact of climate change on the global distribution of wine production. California, Washington, and Chile will be used as case studies.

During the first two quarters, students will analyze the cultivation of vines and the production and consumption of wine in a geographical context focused on spatial variations within its relevant physical, cultural and social factors. Topics covered include the history of wine production and consumption, viticulture, including the environmental requirements of different vine varieties, the elements of wine-making and how these vary nationally and by region, as well as the comparative characteristics of wine production in Europe, California, Washington, and Chile. In addition, these two quarters will expose students to the economics of wine making. In particular, students will learn about economic modeling and concepts such as market structure, sustainable development, labor markets, international trade, and foreign exchange, among others.

The program includes trips to Washington wine regions in fall and winter quarters. Field trips will provide a unique hands-on experience for the students and will allow them to meet and learn from the wine-makers and business owners themselves.

Credits: 8 or 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 48

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: There will be additional costs for field trips to Eastern Washington wine regions.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in international business, economics, public administration, education and international law.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Society, Politics, Behavior and Change, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 2nd, 2008 Tomas Mosquera has joined the program to teach in the 8 credit, Saturday portion of the program.
July 7th, 2008 Noted Saturday class meeting times.
August 7th, 2008 Spring quarter offering is cancelled.
August 20th, 2008 This program has been cancelled. Jorge Gilbert will be in the contract pool and Tomas Mosquera will offer an 8 credit program called Economics of the Wine Industry in fall quarter.