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  • Locations: Tijuana, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Spring
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Fact Sheet:
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Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: Department-Led Program SDSU Office: Arts and Letters
Program Description:
LATAM 320 Section 1 Culture and Society of Tijuana 
This course meets on Tuesdays from 7 pm - 9:40 pm.
Spring 2018 anticipated field trips to Tijuana, Mexico: January: 30; February: 6, 13, 20; March: 6, 13, 20; April: 3, 10, 17, 24; May: 1

In order to participate in this program you: 
  • Must be enrolled in LATAM 320 Section 1 during the Spring 2018 semester.
  • Be in possession of  a valid passport book prior to the first travel day.
  • Complete this on-line application before traveling. Students should complete this application after they have registered for the course

Program Overview
Students participate in a course offered by the Center for Latin American Studies. The first and last class sessions meet on campus, while the rest of the sessions take the form of field trips to different locales in Tijuana. The class will include both theory and practice, supplemented by presentations from invited guests and experts in the subject matter. The field trips to Mexico (Tijuana) are vital for attaining an on-site perspective of the subjects examined in class. This course satisfies the international experience requirement for many majors however students should confirm this with their academic adviser.  
 
Instructor
This course is taught by Professor Victor Clark-Alfaro, SDSU Center for Latin American Studies Lecturer and Founder of the Binational Center for Human Rights. Professor Clark-Alfaro is a human rights activist and advocate that has over 30 years of experience in the border region defending the most vulnerable and marginalized populations.
 
Location Description 
Students visit some or all of the following sites in Tijuana:
  • Secretary of Tourism
  • Municipal Culture Institute
  • Cultural Arts Center
  • Rehabilitation Center
  • YMCA Migrant Shelter
  • US Consulate
  • US/Mexico border check station
  • Municipal Jail 
  • Tijuana City Hall
  • NGOs in Tijuana
  • Political Party headquarters
  • Mixtec community
  • Secretary of Transportation
  • Municipal Police headquarters
  • Others as the professor sees fit 

Minimum Cumulative GPA
2.00

Minimum Class Standing
Open to all 
 
Pre-departure Orientation
Students will be given an orientation during the first class meeting on campus at SDSU. Students added to the class after the first meeting should contact the administrative coordinator at the Center for Latin American Studies prior to traveling to receive and review the orientation packet.

Student Expenses
  • Students pay normal SDSU tuition to enroll in the course. 
  • Participants will need a valid passport book prior to the first travel day.
  • Participants will automatically be enrolled in the SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance Program. Coverage is provided for designated travel days only.
  • The insurance policy is required for all students and costs $60. There are no exceptions for international students.
  • Students will be billed through their SDSU student account the month following the add/drop deadline.
  • Mexican FMM "tourist visa" (500 MXN Pesos - approximately $24 cash for the semester purchased at the border during the fist crossing). 
  • Transportation in Tijuana to and from the field trip sites (approximately $2 per visit).
  • Students are responsible for arriving to the border. Options include the trolley $5 day pass, or private car: ~$7  for parking. 


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

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