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From "Narcos" to Nonviolence: Stories of Transformation in Colombia

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Medellin, Colombia
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2020 03/14/20 to 03/20/20

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Program Description

This embedded course highlights Medellin, Colombia’s efforts towards civil and social transformation in the 21st century. Using the Netflix series Narcos and the narrative of Pablo Escobar as our starting point, students will uncover how Medellin has transformed from one of the world most dangerous cities in the 1980s to one of the world’s most innovative today. Through 8 weeks (16 hours) of on-campus coursework and dialogue, students will expand their understanding of the social urbanization movement in Medellin and the political, economic, and community-level forces which have shaped the city today. The culmination of this course will be a Spring Break study abroad experience where students will witness first-hand how social urbanization has influenced the city through a series of tours, excursions, and university visits with Purdue’s partnerships in Medellin.


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Academic Credit

SCLA49100 Stories of Transformation in Colombia (3 credits)

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is December 1st, 2019. 

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