The success of Humanities I and II as a study abroad experience is well established and requires no explanation. What is particular to this proposal is its location. Humanities II already spans two hemispheres in its required reading list. It traces the rise of Europe as it expanded its influence to the New World and the rest of the world through colonialism, imperialism, and global capitalism. It reiterates the concept of 'global' to emphasize the constant dynamics between the metropolis and the periphery, the developed and under-developed areas. Although European and North American texts predominate, several central themes of the course involve Latin America as well. Teaching Humanities II in Nicaragua will offer students a robust opportunity to examine themes of colonialism, the slave trade, applied Marxism, globalization, and capitalism as a modern form of production and accumulation.
Humanities II is a required course for Geneseo students and it satisfies SUNY's Western Civilization general education requirement.
The course will be based in El Sauce, the site of Geneseo's service learning initiative. The students will have the opportunity to study the texts of Humanities II in an environment where people struggle to establish education, health care, and economic development in the face of real poverty. We anticipate with great excitement what students may discover in their readings given that context. Finally, the course will enhance and expand our relationship with El Sauce.
In addition to short excursions in the environs of El Sauce, we will visit the cities of Managua and León.