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Interim Courses 2013

IDIS W47 Development in Jamaica

Course dates: Jan. 3-23, 2013. Faculty: L. Schwander, T. Vander Berg, R. Venema

Jamaica, with its vibrant multi-national urban centers, attractive tourist destinations and impoverished rural countryside, will provide the backdrop for examining issues facing developing countries in an increasingly globalized economy. The interim will expose students to Jamaican culture and history, including the African diaspora, Jamaica's colonial experience, and Jamaica's contemporary identity. Through readings, engaging lecturers, and classroom discussions, students will examine the social and economic problems facing Jamaicans today, including urbanization, political unrest, gangs, tourism, migration and the influence of the United States in Jamaican affairs.