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Ecuador: The Politics of Land Use

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Winter Session 2017-18
Travel Dates: 12/28/2017 - 1/14/2018
GEOG 195/ENVS 195 - 3 credits
Pete Shear
The program fee is $1,648. Airfare is additional. Tuition is included in your spring course load, unless you register for more than 18 credits. Students are responsible for obtaining the appropriate vaccinations, including any associated costs. At the time you are admitted, you will be required to submit a $500 non-refundable deposit.
No Prerequisites specified

Ecuador, land of volcanoes and cloud forest, and a center of the Latin American independence movement, is a fascinating country steeped in incredible ecological and cultural diversity. This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn from the amazing social and ecological dynamism of Ecuador through volunteer work, community home-stays, and talks with political activists, students, campesino and indigenous organizations, and the rural agrarian people that are the backbone of Ecuadorian and global society. We will examine the modern indigenous resistance movement, the geopolitics of non-renewable resource extraction, agro-ecological models for sustainable economic development, sustainable agriculture, hydrology cycles, and the privatzation of water. We will also reforest with native tree species to offet our course´s carbon footprint and enjoy stunningly beautiful walks in, this, the most biodiverse nation in the world.

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