UC Davis Summer Abroad
Status: Closed for 2017
Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture
Arrive Date: June 19, 2017 End Date: July 17, 2017
Based in Cuzco, Peru, this interdisciplinary program explores the environmental history and culture of the Andean region from pre-Hispanic time to the present. Readings and lectures will be complimented by frequent field trips, including trips to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Housing with a local NGO, immersive cultural experiences, and lectures by leading specialists will shed light on the changing relations between people and nature in the Andes. How did the Inca harness the Andean environment to rule the greatest empire in the world by 1492? How did the Atlantic exchange of peoples, plants, animals, and disease unleashed by the Spanish conquest alter life in the Andes? What can Andean societies teach us about global climate change today? Optional Spanish and Quechua lessons will be available.
Instructor: Jordan Lauhon
Taught in English
Max Enrollment: 26
Program Coordinator: Greg Gundersen
Info Session Presentation
History (HIS) 162. History of the Andean Region (4 units)
History (HIS) 103. Topics in Historical Research (4 units). Available only for students who have already taken HIS 162.
History (HIS) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)
- Explore the historic region of Cuzco, on one of the most affordable summer abroad programs.
- Embark by train for a three-day trip to Machu Picchu, one of the “seven wonders of the world.”
- Spend a night on the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.
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