Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, Fall 2015

Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, Fall 2015

The Sandinista Revolution (SOC 479) will cover the Revolution in Nicaragua from the 1979 overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship, Contra War, and demise of Sandinista power to the re-election of President Daniel Ortega and the current political platform of Christian Socialism.


Program Travel Dates: Nov 20 - 28  |   See Itinerary


The course will situate the Sandinista Revolution in social history, specifically as a dramatic culmination of the Nicaraguan people’s defense of sovereignty and dignity, and as an exemplary case of the latter for Latin Americans more generally.


The course will probe the cultural dimensions of the Revolution through a study of its songs (particularly of the brothers Mejia Godoy), poetry (especially that of Ruben Dario, Nicaragua’s Poet Laureate), and religious inspiration (namely liberation theologies).


Universidad Católica Redemptoris Mater UNICA – Penn State Abington


The class will study two major Revolutionary heroes/icons: Augusto Sandino and Carlos Fonseca. The course will culminate in travel to Managua, Nicaragua, where the class will join with students and faculty from the for seminars, service to the poor, and day travels to Managua, Masaya, Niquinohomo, San Juan del Oriente, Catarina, and Granada.


Dra Karen Bettez PSU
Associate Professor of Sociology

Lic. Héctor Cotte UNICA
Vicerrector de Cooperación y Relaciones Internacionales

Ing. Francisco Herrera
Director of Global Programs