From ancient Mayan culture to contemporary society, you’ll gain new insights through the study abroad course Law and Justice in Latin America. One week of on-campus instruction is followed by a two-week trip to Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The region’s past and present provide excellent contexts in which to study how the law both shapes and is shaped by society. The course explores the legal system of the Maya, one of the oldest and most advanced civilizations in the Americas. You’ll learn about ancient Mayan political and social structures, sources of law, and select aspects of Mayan criminal, property, family, and international law. The course also addresses contemporary legal issues facing the region, with particular emphasis on climate change, immigration, and human rights. While in Latin America, you will visit key Mayan archaeological sites, tour a coffee farm, learn to cook Mexican food, snorkel in the Caribbean Sea, perform a service project in a remote Mayan village, and much more!