Puerto Rico Syllabus is a list of resources for teaching and learning about the current economic crisis in Puerto Rico.

Our goal is to contribute to the ongoing public dialogue and rising social activism regarding the debt crisis by providing historical and sociological tools to assess its roots and repercussions.

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Section 1

Basic information regarding Puerto Rico’s political and economic history as an “unincorporated territory.”

Section 2

The origins of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion debt, and various resolutions local and federal governments pursued to alleviate it.

Section 3

How the debt crisis has put Puerto Rico’s liminal political status under a microscope, making evident its non-sovereignty.

Section 4

The myriad ways in which the fiscal crisis threatens Puerto Ricans’ daily life, including health, education, and the environment.

Section 5

Tracking Puerto Ricans’ migration patterns: who is migrating, their motivations for leaving, and how they are characterized by others.

Section 6

The varied ways in which Puerto Ricans—on the island and abroad—have challenged the Fiscal Oversight Board and policies of austerity.

Section 7

About the deadly Category 5 storm of 2017, its aftermath on the island, and what the storm revealed.

Section 8

The summer of 2019 brought a plurality of Puerto Ricans into the streets, demanding Ricardo Rosselló to resign.