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Political Science in Costa Rica


PURA VIDA: Politics of the "Good Life"

SUMMER 2014 • UK SPONSORED EDUCATION ABROAD PROGRAM • DATES: May 21 - June 17 
Costa Rica was the first stable democracy in Central America and is considered a regional “success story” in terms of economic development. How has it managed these successes, can they be sustained, and what political and economic issues does Costa Rica need to address today? In this 4-week, intensive study abroad program in Costa Rica, students will earn 7 credits while learning about development and democracy and the skills needed to conduct research on these important questions. Classroom instruction will supplement extensive experiential learning as we explore economic and political centers of power in the country, and the resources that allow us to engage in social scientific research

HIGHLIGHTS 

Gain a first-hand understanding of the impact of politics and development in the daily lives of Costa Ricans. 

Analyze theories of democracy, economic development, and research design in light of in-country experience. 

Fulfill a major requirement in political science or sociology. 

Experience political science concepts like democratization and development first-hand. 

 

ACADEMIC CREDIT 

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty. UK credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings. Students will earn: 

ISP 599 (1 hour) 

PS 372: Introduction to Political Analysis (3 hours) 

PS 391: Democracy & Development (3 hours) 

NOTE: Students who have already earned PS 372 may arrange PS 395: Independent Work credit 

with the program director. 

 

ELIGIBILITY 

Open to all undergraduate students.  No language requirement.

 

READY TO APPLY? 

Visit uky.edu/educationabroad for instructions and application forms. 

Additional scholarship opportunities may be available too! 

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR 

Contact the program director to learn more about this faculty-led program. 

Emily Beaulieu Ph.D. emily.beaulieu@uky.edu

 

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