Please visit our website for more information The program invites you to study development and politics from a unique angle, focusing on how power structures are imposed, reproduced, and challenged through language, whether through political speeches, propaganda, and media; through the use of indigenous languages and bilingual education; or through laws and documents that cover environmental policies, ethnic relations, and other issues. Live in Quito and engage with local experts from diverse areas of practice. The program base is in Quito, and you will spend a considerable part of the program in this beautiful city, which was founded by Spanish colonizers in the sixteenth century on top of an existing indigenous settlement. Quito is located at over 9,000 feet above sea level. It is long and wide, nestled into the Andes and surrounded by volcanoes. Its architecture reflects a mix of colonial and contemporary styles, and students will find Spanish churches, typical Ecuadorean restaurants, and hip European-looking cafés and nouveau gourmet Ecuadorian spots. Quito has several internationally renowned universities, such as the Universidad de San Francisco, from which the program draws lecturers and ISP advisors. It is also home to many NGOs, which students are able to visit and with whom students often organize Independent Study Projects (ISPs). Take a Quichua workshop as part of a seminar. As part of a seminar, you will participate in a workshop to learn basic Quichua, which you’ll put into practice during a village stay in Quichua-speaking communities. Study in the Galápagos on a short excursion. One of Ecuador’s most challenging and controversial issues is how to develop while preserving the natural resources its development has so often depended upon. Ecuador’s constitution actually posits Nature as a subject with rights, and its many indigenous communities share a cosmovision that also calls directly for the respect of natural resources and sites. In practice, however, Ecuador relies upon extractivist industries and tourism, with their resulting environmental risks, to develop. On this excursion to the Galápagos, you will study the discourses related to sustainability and tourism as you explore this most fascinating site. Conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP). All students produce a final Independent Study Project. The ISP offers you the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of your choice within the program’s broad concerns with power, politics, language, and development. The ISP can be conducted in Quito or in another approved location in Ecuador appropriate to the project. The program enjoys links with local NGOs, government agencies, and other projects and can facilitate contacts. Sample ISP topics include: Linguistic landscape of Quito Discourses of tourism in the Galápagos Development and poverty in migrant communities of Guayaquil Social communication, micropolitics, and activism in the Andes Political perspectives on endangered languages: the case of Shuar Bilingual intercultural education in Otavalo
Unnamed Road, Uganda
This program explores the social, political, and psychosocial processes that have shaped the emergence of conflict in the Lake Victoria Basin. You will also examine the measures that have been taken toward conflict mitigation, reconciliation, resettlement, and prevention in the region. The 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda and the conflict driven by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda serve as primary case studies. Please visit our website for more information.
GO-347, Crixás - GO, 76510-000, Brazil
Please visit our website for more information. The Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development study abroad program examines local socioeconomic conditions and the impact of local development efforts and public policy on lives and livelihoods in northeastern Brazil. In addition to thematic coursework and field study in Fortaleza, students participate in educational excursions throughout the region and observe various community-based programs seeking to foster social, political, and economic improvement. The program consists of three phases: a seven-week homestay in Fortaleza, a two-week period during which students participate in educational excursions throughout northeastern Brazil, and a month-long period during which students focus on an Independent Study Project (ISP). Each phase of the program introduces students to different experiences with, and perspectives on, social justice in Brazil. Fortaleza During their homestay in Fortaleza, students attend lectures and seminars on topics such as globalization and its impact on third world societies, neoliberalism as an economic model, social movements in Brazil and Latin America, and Afro Brazilian religions and culture. Students are immersed in Portuguese language study through intensive language classes and daily interaction with their host families. This seven-week period helps acclimate students to Brazilian culture and familiarizes them with the social and political atmosphere of the region. Field Study The Research Methods and Ethics course focuses on the concepts of learning across cultures and from field experience. Material includes: Appropriate methodologies Field study ethics and the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review Policy Developing skills in observation and interviewing Gathering, organizing, and communicating data Assigned papers provide an opportunity for students to test the tools introduced during the course while providing occasions for discussions on ethics and intercultural readings. Throughout the course, students work to properly develop their research topics for their Independent Study Project. Students significantly advance their initial ideas, assumptions, and drafts, in close consultation with their academic director. Independent Study Project In the final month of the Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development program students complete an Independent Study Project (ISP), which provides each student an opportunity to pursue original research on a community, situation, or topic related to Brazilian culture, development, and social justice. Each student selects an ISP advisor from among the outstanding array of researchers and professionals affiliated with the program. The ISP is conducted in Fortaleza or, by arrangement, in another area of northeastern Brazil. Sample topics for the ISP include: Agrarian reform in the state of Ceará and the northeast The changing role of women in Brazilian society Migratory trends and demographic impact Economic and social plight of favela dwellers Urbanization and economic development Social action among youth Class issues in Ceará Afro Brazilian religion and culture After the semester ends, students are encouraged to continue studying some aspect of their ISP, and ISPs have frequently served as the basis for senior theses, successful grant proposals, graduate-level research, and fellowships. Past participants of the program have launched NGOs and organized fundraisers for social justice organizations in Brazil.