LATAM 550 US/Mexico Border from a Latin American Perspective
This course meets on Thursdays from 7 pm - 9:40 pm.
Spring 2018 anticipated field trips to Tijuana, Mexico: January: 25; February: 1, 8, 15, 22; March: 8, 15, 22; April: 5, 12, 19, 26
In order to participate in this program you:
- Must be enrolled in LATAM 550 during the Spring 2018 semester
- Communicate in Spanish (course is conducted in Spanish)
- 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.
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. Students from any department may take this course. This course satisfies the international experience requirement for many majors.
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.
Students visit some or all of the following sites in Tijuana:
Secretary of Tourism
Municipal Culture Institute
Cultural Arts Center
YMCA Migrant Shelter
US/Mexico border check station
Tijuana City Hall
NGOs in Tijuana
Political Party headquarters
Secretary of Transportation
Municipal Police headquarters
Others as the professor sees fit
Minimum Class Standing
Open to all
Taught in Spanish
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.
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.