Race, Identity and Cultural Diversity in Colombia

Universidad del Norte

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Race, Identity and Cultural Diversity in Colombia

  • Host University

    Universidad del Norte

  • Location

    Barranquilla, Colombia

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Description of Course
    In this course we will consider cultural and anthropological questions about its relations to tropical Colombian environment, to reach a better understanding about social, cultural and biological processes of adaptation of its ethnic groups.

    This course is part of the curriculum of basic training are vital for the formation of the student from the University del Norte. The course offers a look from anthropology through time and environment of the Colombian territory, to provide the student with a clear and modern vision of this subject.

    General Objective
    After finishing the course, students will be able to identify important milestones in relation to the construction of human identity in general in Colombian geographical territory.

    Specific Objective
    Understand that humans have developed countless ways to participate and act in the world, to recognize ways of thinking and feeling our selves and others.
    Identify key issues that has raised man from the beginning until today, so the student will begin a journey of understanding of his own existence in terms of social, cultural, biological interaction with the environmental issues.
    Questioning about their own ways of looking at life and the environment, to understand how to act personally, socially and professionally.


    • Geography of colombia
    • How Colombia was populated (The two settlements ? pre-Columbian and historical).
    • Theory on culture
    • Theories on identity (memory and identity)
    • The amerindian thought in Colombia
    • Afrocolombians Thought
    • Mestizos Thought
    • Evolution of the Colombian Culture according to different regions.
    • Areas of study anthropology(eg life, culture and personality, culture and region, identity, racism, ethnic groups, altered states of consciousness, family and kinship, archaeology, Totem and Taboo, among others subjects).

    Grade 1: Exam 35%
    Grade 2: Exam 35%
    Group Project : 30%



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