Oaxacalifornia—Multiethnicity and Migration
This course is focused on the rapidly changing social, economic, and cultural reality of rural and urban communities of the state of Oaxaca in Southeastern Mexico. The mountainous state of Oaxaca, which is the size of Belgium, is inhabited by 17 diverse indigenous and mestizo ethnic nationalities—some of which have been migrating to the U.S., especially to California, for many years. Environmental crisis, social instability, poverty, and misguided public policies can be blamed for these cycles of circular transnational migration, however it is also true that most of the rural communities of Oaxaca are increasingly appealing to their own millennial knowledge and practices to find solutions for their survival and growth in the new globalized neoliberal political economy.
Students on Seminars Abroad programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. Students should consult with their academic advisor and General Catalog to see if Seminars Abroad courses will fulfill their academic requirements.
Native American Studies (NAS) 198. Directed Group Study (3 units, P/NP grading only)*
This course includes participation on excursions and tours and attendance to guest lectures. Students are often asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary by program.
* Program and units are attached to fall quarter.