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JAN 170: DIRT in the Brazilian Amazon
Moraga, United States; Santarem, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
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Program Description:
Course Title:SMC DIRT: Brazilian AmazonCourse ID:JAN 170Instructors:Shawny Anderson and Jesse WheelerContact Email:sanderso@stmarys-ca.eduLocation:

Amazon Ragion, Brazil

Course Description:

Though the area along the Amazon River is one of the most beautiful regions in the Americas, it is also among the poorest.  Our group will affiliate with a local social service agency in Santarém, Brazil, called "Saude e Alegría" (Health and Happiness).  Saude e Alegría works on public health and quality of life in communities in the Amazon basin. Our time in the Amazon will involve great personal challenges, as we will endure extreme heat and humidity, intense manual labor, frustrating language barriers, and minor physical ailments throughout our stay there.  We will be largely removed from the technological landscape that surrounds us in the U.S., though we will be participating in multimedia work as we produce course projects along with our service work.  While in Brazil we will work almost every day on community development projects, language instruction, recreational programs for youth, ecological work, artistic endeavors, and some building and construction. The course itself will involve production of multimedia presentations about the people we encounter and about our own learning experiences as we travel and work.  We will present some of these projects to the campus and surrounding community in the spring semester.  Our group will study the socioeconomics of the region as well as principles of problem-posing pedagogy during a series of REQUIRED overnight retreats in the  fall semester (October 7-9, November 11-13, and December 8-9).

Division:Upper DivisionPrerequisites:

ENG 005 and SEM 001.

Informational Meetings:

Attendance at one of the following meetings is mandatory for enrollment (contact instructor if you have conflicts):

Wednesday 9/7, 4:00-5:30pm, Dante 215

Thursday 9/8, 4:00-5:30pm, Dante 215

Friday 9/9, 3:00-4:30pm, Dante 215

Reading List:

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed William Easterley, The White Man's Burden Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Poor Economics Jeffrey Sachs, The End of Poverty Dambisa Moyo, Dead Aid Selected readings in documentary studies and the  culture and history of the Brazilian Amazon

Basis for Final Grade:

20% Pre-course preparation

20% Active collaboration in manual labor projects

20% Reflective journals

20% Multimedia Projects

20% Quality of Participation in Discussion, Excursions, and Team Responsibilities

Course Fee Per Student:$4000Description of What the Course Fee Covers:

airfare, in-country transportation, pre-course retreats, lodging, excursions, and most meals.

Dates Traveling:

January 3-24

Dates on Campus:

January 1, 2; January 25, 26, 27.

This program is currently not accepting applications.