These courses and the activities on this program can be applied to many majors!
Costa Rica - International Social Work, Environmental Politics, Sustainability
Dr. Melody Loya
Dr. Eric Morrow
Tentative dates: June 28th - July 12th, 2020
Please note - dates are still being finalized, but will be within a few days of these dates (final dates dependent upon airfare). The course will be offered across the 12-week summer session, and students may be able to earn 6 credits by enrolling in two courses. Please visit with the faculty leaders or an advisor about options!
SOCW 4059/SOCW 5390 - International Social Work
This course focuses on social policies and cultural values, primarily centered on environmental justice, sustainability, and the impact of eco-tourism on local people.
POLS 3310: Environmental Politics
An introduction to the politics of environmental protection in America. The focus of the course is upon domestic environmental policy with particular attention paid to traditional media - air, water, and hazardous waste.
POLS 3315: Sustainability
Explore the varied perspectives of sustainability and analyze factors that contribute to or decrease system sustainability. Investigation of the social, economic, and environmental barriers to achieving sustainable systems and options for overcoming these barriers.
POLS 4385/5385: Costa Rican Environmental Policy
This course will examine Costa Rican environmental policy, including social, economic, and environmental barriers. The course will examine the impact of policies on eco-tourism and sustainable practices.
The central focus of these courses is experiential learning in the form of travel to Costa Rica. Home stays, lectures by local providers, social workers, and activities in several locations throughout Costa Rica. Tentative plans include participating in service with the Latin American Sea Turtle Project (LAST), visiting varied plantations (coffee, palm oil), and engaging in beach clean-up and recycling. Potential outings include Corcovado National Park. Locations include San Jose, Northwest Costa Rica (where there is a lot of tourism), and the Osa Peninsula.
Each course will have distinct yet overlapping content. The political science courses will focus on various aspects of environmental policies and sustainability, while the social work course will focus more on the impact of these policies on the people of Costa Rica. Each course is a stand-alone course, but the travel is 100% together. Please note that students will be expected to attend two face-to-face pre-travel meetings during the early summer semester, probably on Saturday. Dates will be provided early in the spring semester so students can plan to attend.
The program is appropriate for a wide variety of majors. Please contact the faculty leaders for more information!
Dr. Loya @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Morrow @ email@example.com
SOCW 4059 or SOCW 5390
POLS 3310: Environmental Politics/POLS 3315: Sustainability
POLS 4385/5838: Costa Rican Environmental Policy
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate students
Willingness to learn
Spanish not required - a translator accompanies us!
$3,300.00 (includes everything except tuition and fees)
Does not include tuition and fees
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas "If Applicable" well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the U.S. Passports & International Travel
International Education Scholarship
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