Unearth the diverse cultural roots of Mexico and discover the role of race, class, and gender in the formation of the Mexican nation since the 1810 War for Independence.
Dates: June 12 - July 16, 2016
Units: 6 units
Language of Instruction: English
During the program, you will take one course for a total of 6 UC Berkeley units.
Course: Ethnic Studies N180
Title: Forging the Mexican Nation: The Role of Race, Class, and Gender
Dates: June 12 - July 16, 2016
Instructor: Carlos Muñoz Jr., Ph.D.
Units: 6 units
Syllabus: Download PDF
The course will critically examine the diversity of cultures that emerged in Mexico before and after independence was won—cultures rooted in indigenous Mexico, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The course will focus on the role of race, class, ethnicity, and gender in the formation of the Mexican Nation since the 1810 revolutionary war for independence. The course will end with a critical analysis of the 1910 Revolution and the role of intellectuals, specifically artists, in the post-revolutionary period and present day Mexico.
|This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.|
Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.
Carlos Muñoz, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr. is a Chancellor's Public Scholar, the Distinguished Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professor, Adjunct Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. In his 48 years of teaching in higher education, he has gained international prominence as political scientist, historian, and public intellectual. He was the founding chair of the first Chicano Studies department in the nation in 1968 at CSU Los Angeles and the founding chair of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and is regarded as a pioneer in the creation of undergraduate and graduate curricula in the discipline of Ethnic Studies.
Dr. Muñoz is the author of numerous pioneering works on the Mexican American political experience and on African American and Latino political coalitions. His award winning book Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement is considered the classic study of the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s. He is currently writing a book on Decolonizing America that will incorporate his research on the multiracial roots of Mexican culture.
Dr. Muñoz has previously taught and served as the Program Director for UC Berkeley summer programs in Madrid, Spain, and in Veracruz and Guanajuato, Mexico.
The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:
|2016 Fees||UC Students||Visiting Students|
|Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $54.|
In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.
|International Airfare and Transportation||$509|
|Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses||$1,731|
Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.
Tuition is based on a per unit cost:
The program fee includes the following items:
|Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.|
The following items are excluded from the program fee:
|Application opens||February 1, 2016|
|Application closes||March 11, 2016|
|Applicants notified of selection||March 23, 2016|
|Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit||April 4, 2016|
|Attend pre-departure orientation*||Late April-May|
|Arrive in Mexico City||June 12, 2016|
|Last day of program||July 16, 2016|
* These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.
All dates are subject to change.
Mexico City is the Federal District (Distrito Federal), capital of Mexico and seat of the federal powers of the Mexican Union. It is a federal entity within Mexico which is not part of any one of the 31 Mexican states but belongs to the federation as a whole. Mexico City is the country's largest city as well as its most important political, cultural, educational and financial center.
As a global city Mexico City is one of the most important financial centers in North America. It is located in the Valley of Mexico, a large valley in the high plateaus at the center of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 metres (7,350 ft). The city consists of sixteen boroughs.
The city was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs in 1325 as Tenochtitlan, which was almost completely destroyed in the 1521 siege of Tenochtitlan, and subsequently redesigned and rebuilt in accordance with the Spanish urban standards.
In 1524, the municipality of Mexico City was established, known as México Tenochtitlán, and as of 1585 it was officially known as La Ciudad de México (Mexico City). Mexico City served as the political, administrative and financial center of a major part of the Spanish colonial empire. After independence from Spain was achieved, the Federal District was created in 1824..
You will stay at the Regina Hostel in the historic section of Mexico City, three blocks away from the Presidential Palace, the ruins of the Templo Mayor pryamid, and the Zocalo (main city square). A continental breakfast will be provided.
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.