Humanities courses


​​​​​​Universidad del Pacífico's Humanities courses respond to the need to naturally interconnect disciplines such as History, Language, Literature, Philosophy, Professional Ethics and Art. Therefore, international students have access to an important updated academic offering, with seminars and workshops related to the main cultural manifestations of the country and the world. 

Universidad del Pacífico also offers courses in English. The courses available are the following:​

  • Course: A History of the Andean People to 1700

    ​Code: 25169​

    Academic Department: Humanities

    Professor: Javier Flores Espinoza


    This course is a study of the Indian peoples of Peru from ca. 10,000 B.C. to A.D. 1700. It is intended as an introductory course to the history and archaeology of Peru's Indian peoples for exchange students. As such, it emphasizes the main trends that distinguish Peruvian history from that of the Old World through a study of space and the environment, the relations between political systems and the people, the beliefs and attitudes regarding death and the afterlife, and the profound transformations the Spanish invasion wrought in the Andes, particularly as regards religion.

  • Course: US-Latin American Foreign Relations, 1898-2000

    ​Academic Deparment: Humanities​

    Credits: 3


    The world is going through large, complex and rapid changes. This makes difficult to identify and explain what are the events and the central trends that define it, and more difficult still to predict if, within the next decades, these trends will bring in a better or a worse world than the one that exists now. Future Studies is an academic discipline that was born in the early-1960s, and is now increasingly used to predict in business, academia and government.

    The objective of this seminar is to give the student an informed, reasonable idea about how the world will be 20 years from now, the same world where he or she will work, live and try to fulfill his or her life goals. To achieve this objective we will apply the concepts and tools of Future Studies like trends analysis, scenarios development, simulations, and creations of visions to study the most important issues that in today's world are already shaping the future. Despite their diversity, all these issues will be chosen for having the potential for substantially affecting -for better or for worse- economic growth, social progress, freedom, or the probability of war in the coming decades.

  • History of Colonial Latin America. From 1492 to 1824

    Academic Deparment: Humanities

    Credits : 4


    This is an introductory survey of colonial Latin American history from the encounter between Amerindians and Europeans in 1492 up to the Independence of most of Spanish colonies in 1824. Lectures will offer a broad historical portrait of colonial Spanish Latin America with an emphasis on regional experiences: the Central Andes, Mexico and Colonial Brazil. Throughout the course we will address issues of colonial administration, economics, social formation, race, gender and religion in order to understand how the colonial historical experience shaped modern Latin American nations. Course meetings include lectures and the discussion of a document or piece of reading relevant to the topics covered in class.  

  • Language and the Workplace

    Academic Deparment: Humanities

    Credits : 4


    This course is about language and the workplace, and it is also about diversity. It helps students become aware of the significant role communication plays in society and how different variables such as power, gender and cultural background are enacted in language, and the way in which they shape and impact on the organizational culture and environment. A central issue will be the way in which language can contribute to maintaining, promoting or changing reality.
    To achieve the learning outcomes of the course, students will start out by learning about the structure and functions of language. Special emphasis will be placed on language at the discourse level. Secondly, theoretical approaches to conversational analysis, discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis will be presented and discussed in class. Issues that play an important role in the way people interact in the workplace will be presented through real institutional data. These include cultural background, gender, small talk, humor, the use of English as a lingua franca, and power and politeness, among others. Finally, students will learn linguistic tools for text analysis. 

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