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JAN 173: Ecuador and the Galapagos: Navigating Foreign Policy & Politics Aimed at Conserving Biodiversity
Cuenca, Ecuador; Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Course Title:
Ecuador and the Galapagos: Navigating Foreign Policy & Politics Aimed at Conserving Biodiversity

Course Description:
We are in the midst of a global mass extinction event, primarily as a result of anthropogenic disturbances. This catastrophic loss of biodiversity could devastate ecosystems across the planet, thus severely impacting us. To combat this global biodiversity crisis, policies for protection and conservation must be implemented. However, this may not be an easy task for most countries. Foreign governments can often face immense challenges formulating policies surrounding conservation for any number of reasons. And, as a result, the world may suffer.

This course focuses on the foreign policy and politics, both the challenges and successes, in conserving biodiversity. Students will travel to Ecuador and The Galapagos, one of the worlds richest regions in terms of biodiversity, after on-campus primer classes focused on group discussions and engaging activities.

When in Ecuador, students will partake in transformative experiences across multiple spectrums – political, biological, and conservational. This interdisciplinary course will have students visiting a multitude of governmental and other social science landmarks in Quito (the capital), Cuenca, and Guayaquil. Students will also experience biodiversity and conservation spanning the entire country. These activities will include taking nature walks through the rainforest floor, visiting research stations, river boating, traversing up into a rainforest canopy, staying in The Galapagos Islands, and much more. 

Upper Division

Permission of instructor + ENG 5 and completion of at least one upper division course in biology, environmental science, communications, politics, sociology, or business. Students are to contact instructor if they do not meet these requirements. 

Reading List:
David Harrison and Michael Hitchcock, "The Politics of Negotiating Tourism and Conservation". 2005. Channel View Publications. 192pp.
Julian Fitter, Daniel Fitter, David Hosking, "Wildlife of the Galapagos, 2nd Edition". 2016. Princeton University Press. 272pp.
Henry Nicholls, "The Galapagos: A Natural History". 2014. Basic Books. 224pp.

Basis for Final Grade:
The following items will be weighted for final grade calculations: Active Participation and Quality Engagement (30%), Group Presentation (15%), In-Country Papers (15%), Return Home Integrative Paper (20%), and Book Discussions/Writing Reflections (20%). Rubrics will be provided for each written and oral assignment. The instructors will be observing and reflecting on student participation the entire duration of the course. If a student is found to not be actively participating and engaged, the instructors will communicate with the student ways in which this course component could improve.

This program is currently not accepting applications.