ERIC Number: ED367229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-12
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An Exploration of Latin America through Major Topics and the International Executive.
This paper describes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of international management in Latin America, as offered in a course for advanced language (Spanish) students majoring in international management at the American Graduate School of International Management (Arizona). One of the goals of the course was to explain the history, traditions, and values of Latin American societies through chosen themes. One of the themes chosen was the search for identity by the Latin American people and the repercussions in the international business sphere, targeting specifically Mexico. The unit of study began with a review of Latin American geography, which led to discussion of the mixture of races and its consequences. Literary texts were chosen to recreate the historical epoch in which the issue of identity was vital; such texts present cultural behaviors which sometimes conflict among themselves, thus creating a microcosm. Students also presented reports about modern Mexico and discussed current events there. In order to avoid presenting only cultural contrasts, stereotypes, and isolated characteristics, the course recreated a more complete system of cultural practices in extended contexts with authentic materials. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (12th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 1-3, 1993).