Andean Roots: Language and Cultural Landscape
Revised Last Updated: 12/07/2009
Fall, Winter and Spring quarters
Faculty Signature Required: Winter quarter.
Major areas of study include local food systems, linguistics, Spanish language, cultural ecology and geography.
Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.
Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new enrollment, with signature. Admission will be based upon: academic background and willingness to read fall texts. Limited space may be available for both Winter and Spring quarters, in which case admission will additionally be based on Spanish language proficiency and ability to travel to Peru in Spring, but will not be necessary for admission to Winter quarter only. Interested students should contact faculty via email or at the Academic Fair, December 2, 2009. Qualified students will be accepted on a space available basis.
This year-long program will incorporate language instruction, linguistics, cultural ecology and geography, conservation biology, and local food systems, to explore how societies develop, change and survive in relation to their environment and interactions with other societies. Spring quarter the program will travel to Cusco, Peru, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in order to study regional initiatives to preserve indigenous knowledge systems in the midst of development pressure.
Over millennia, many cultures have developed rich linguistic and ecological traditions that have provided the means for communication, food, clothing and shelter based on a sustainable relationship with the land. More recently, cultural and economic globalization are increasingly impacting local knowledge systems worldwide, in particular when measured by changes to language, land-use and food systems. These changes, together with such factors as increasing human population, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, and climate change, compel us to explore the ways in which knowledge systems are preserved or lost. In particular, we recognize the urgent need to preserve cultural knowledge that allows a society to be rooted in place, recognize ecological limits, and provide for its needs. The Andean region of South America is an ideal region to study these issues.
In addition to our focus on the Andean region, we will also think more broadly, using literature, film and case studies from around the world to explore questions important to the future of society. The questions range from the global to the personal. How is the preservation of linguistic diversity related to the preservation of local ecological knowledge, biodiversity and traditional food systems? How is knowledge transferred across generations and between communities, and how can traditional knowledge be maximized in so-called sustainable development projects? How can learning another language and traveling abroad increase our understanding of culture and what it means to fit into place?
During the fall and winter quarters we will address these and related questions through class work, including seminar, workshops and lectures in Olympia, as well as possible short field trips. As part of the program, students will study Spanish language, Quechua linguistics, ecology and local food systems, as well as aspects of history, cultural ecology, etc. as described above. The spring quarter will involve a 10-week field trip to Cusco, Peru, where we will continue to study and explore the relationships between global and local systems of culture and knowledge. Students will have opportunities to stay with local families, continue their language learning, do service work with local organizations and undertake research projects in the region. The program is offered for 16 credits in spring quarter.
Students not already fluent in Spanish will need to attend a Spanish course offered through Evening and Weekend Studies in fall and winter to complement this 12-credit program. See www.evergreen.edu/eveningandweekend/integratedstudies for details.
Credits: 12 fall quarter, 12 winter quarter and 16 spring quarter
Enrollment: 64 Fall, 64 Winter and 48 Spring
Special Expenses: Approximately $110 for a 3-day program retreat in Fall quarter. Approximately $2650 plus the cost of plane fare to Cusco, Peru for spring quarter study abroad. A deposit of $200 is due by Feb. 1, 2010.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in cultural studies, Spanish, linguistics, education, sustainable development and agriculture.
|September 18th, 2008||Correction made to faculty information|
|May 4th, 2009||Information on Spanish offerings appended to description.|
|May 8th, 2009||Correction made to Student Fees.|
|May 12th, 2009||Winter enrollment details added.|
|July 16th, 2009||Information on Spanish offerings revised.|
|December 7th, 2009||Modification made to winter quarter enrollment details with futher clarification of admission requirements.|