Contemporary Ecuador aims to provide students with social, economic, political, and cultural perspectives of Ecuadorian reality using an anthropological point of view. The focus of the course will be twentieth century developments that have shaped Ecuadorian culture. Students will become familiar with social problems related to mining, migration, politics, gender and other important Ecuadorian and Latin American current affairs. Topics such as history, language differences, ancient medicine, legends, animism, and customs will also be part of the course.
Beginning with readings, supplemented with outings to explore everyday life and traditional and popular festivities, students will gain conceptual tools and methods to investigate and interpret the Ecuadorian experience.
Students will use ethnographic research methodology to produce a final paper based on Ecuadorian Popular Festivities.