This course is the introductory part of the immersion study trip in El Salvador. The two other components are RLST 178 and the actual study trip. This course studies the economical, social, and political problems of El Salvador before and after the civil war, in addition to its culture and the development of strong grassroots organizations. As part of the trip, students stay in an organized peasant community in the countryside. Students must be concurrently enrolled in LALS 181. Additional fees are required for courses including travel. Please consult with professor.