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FLPA Peru: Language, Church and Society in Context
Lima, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsorship: Creighton Sponsored Program Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Abroad (FLPA)
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5 Open to Non-Creighton Students?: Yes
Program Description:




This course is designed to give students an in-depth and first-hand introduction to the dramatic ways that Church and society interact in Peru, as they struggle to find a way out of dehumanizing poverty.  The premise of the program is that this South American country provides a unique opportunity for understanding a language, a society and a church in context.  Thus, while the program is based in the Theology Department, it will engage and require reflection from a number of disciplines in order to read the reality of the country.  The program will begin with a general introduction to social, economic, political, and ecclesial challenges within Peru.  The program will be interdisciplinary and experientially grounded and will require significant student initiative.


Lima, Peru

May 21 - June 30, 2017

SOC 102, SPN 200 or 400 level, THL 342

Sociology 102: Social Problems

  • To provide a framework for the analysis of social problems in Peru and the U.S.

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of the relationship between, class, status and power, as it applies to different ethnic and racial groups as well as differences in gender and sexual orientation

  • Explore the social reality of Latin America as an example of a region that is extremely stratified.

  • Develop your own opinion about social policy and inequality both nationally and internationally.

  • Recognize the implications of social problems and consider potential policy implications.

  • Develop a consciousness for social problems and a framework for action. 

Spanish 200 or 400 level

  • The courses will provide an explanation and development of analytical skills that give students the tools to better understand Latin America through the study of its people, history, art, and literature. 

  • Special attention will be given to Peru as a concrete example of Latin America, especially South America.

  • Specific course topics may include: Peruvian literature (Ricardo Palma, Jose Maria Arguedas, Cesar Vallejo, Mario Vargas Llosa), Peruvian art (Servulo Gutierrez, Jose Sabogal, Pablo Amaringo, Carlos Enrique Polanco), History and Culture (Incan civilization, Spanish Conquest, Independence, Indigenismo, Religious syncretism), law, government and U.S. relations in South America (APRA, Fujimoro, Sendero Luminoso), and family and kinship patterns in urban and rural Peru.

Theology 342

  • To learn how the theology of the Catholic Church emerged from Scripture.

  • To learn the historical development of the ecclesia, its self-understanding, and its ability to adapt and change over time.

  • To understand how the Church of Peru was transformed by Vatican II specifically through the Council’s affirmation through scripture to work for the Kingdom of God.

  • To understand, through readings, speakers, and lived experience, the social, political, and economic context of the Church in Peru as well as the impact of social injustice on the people of Peru.

  • To study and experience the ecclesial change in Peru as reminiscent of early church ecclesiology, especially as it takes the form of base-level communities.

  • To increase awareness of international diversity by entering into the worldviews, cultural presuppositions and “reality” of Peru.

  • To gain first-hand knowledge of faith-based community organizations and to assist them in some specific, community identified service projects.

All courses are letter graded in this program. Evaluation will be based on successful completion of course requirements. Students will be asked for self-evaluation consistent with the experiential, student-directed aspects of the course.

Cost: $5,200 + round trip flight to Lima, Peru

The course is open to students seeking academic credit of at least one course and a maximum of 3 courses. They should be enthusiastic about the topic and willing to
participate fully in the course. Special permission is required via an application process.


Dr. Jose Lemus | | 402-280-2765

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.