Module One Program Outline
*Week One (common to all students): Mexico´s History Art and Culture.
Objective: The purpose of this week is to learn and understand from new perspectives Mexico´s history throughout the multiple periods the country has experienced in its course to consolidate a modern state. Along with political and international history the student will learn the country´s development by means of its art and culture.
• Pre-Hispanic period
• Colonial period
• The Independence Movement
• Turbulent XIX Century
• The Modern State
After week one students must select :
Track 1: Business and Economics
Economy and Finance in Mexico (Weeks 2 and 3)
Objective: To provide the student an overview of the economic and financial environment of the country, as well as to highlight its relevance as a case study to analyze a broad range of economic challenges and opportunities in emerging economies.
• Mexico´s economic and financial structure
• Socio-economic context and poverty alleviation policies
• Education and labor markets
• Health system and government intervention
• Mexican business landscape
• Business opportunities in emerging economies
• High-impact industries
• Business opportunities aimed at reaching bottom of the pyramid
• Different business models that cater to the poor in developing economies
Track 2: Politics and International Affairs
Mexico´s Contemporary Politics and Society (Week 2)
Objective: To analyze Mexico´s main challenges for consolidating its democracy centering on problems that include corruption, clientelism, poverty and inequality, crime and violence.
• Mexico´s transition to democracy
• Mexico´s democratic consolidation: Transitions´ backlashes
• Mexico and Latin America political-economy
• Crime and violence in Latin America
Global Mexico (Week 3)
Objective: To analyze Mexico in the international relations realm. We will give special emphasis to Mexico´s global status as part of two different regions: Latin America and North America, analyzing the role of the country in both areas and its main challenges. Facing a more globalized world we cannot minimize the study of Mexico and Latin America in terms of other important regions as Europe and Asia, which is why we will also focus in the possibilities, problems and benefits of intensifying our ties with these parts of the world.
• North America current problems and benefits. Commerce, drugs and migration.
• The probable emergence of Latin America as a united block facing common problems and establishing common solutions. Democracy, Crime and Violence and Commerce.
• Asia and Europe facing Latin America. The new challenges.
Optional Module Two: Intensive Spanish Language Levels A2/B1
Module one credits:
48 contact hours equivalent to 6 ITAM credits, 6 ECTS credits or 3 US credits
4 hr. Sessions Monday to Thursday. Cultural visits and lectures on Fridays.
Module two credits:
48 contact hours equivalent to 6 ITAM credits, 6 ECTS credits or 3 US credits 4hr.Sessions Monday to Thursday No classes on Fridays.
Placement exam required.
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