This program examines the ways in which development is reshaping a traditionally rural society into one that is rapidly becoming globally connected and modern. While listed as one of the least developed countries by the UN, Nepal is in the midst of reshaping itself and is currently writing a new constitution. Sandwiched between the emerging global powerhouses of China and India, Nepal is at the center of transnational relations and is an increasingly globalized place. Nepal’s unique position makes it a compelling place to study development and social change close up. Through both classroom and field activities, you will investigate the social, political, cultural, environmental, and economic forces that are reshaping rural and urban communities. Study how development, political conflict, an emerging civil society, and global markets are all working to redefine Nepal in the twenty-first century. Please visit our website for more information.
F26, Kageshwari Manohara 44600, Nepal
Through the thematic lectures and fieldwork of this program, you will explore issues of cultural transformation and preservation, identity and social change, religious revival, and [sub-]regional geopolitics. You will be challenged to consider the contemporary and historic connections between diverse Himalayan “landlinked” communities. Questions of self-identification and recognition, as well as of diaspora, exile, and migration, are important topics for analysis in this program. Please visit our website for more information.
Main East Coast Rd, Lauli'i, Samoa
Beginning with orientation in Honolulu, you will consider the impact of westernization and globalization on values and social structures of Pacific Island communities and engage with social change and development issues in societies in transition. Continue to explore these themes through interdisciplinary coursework, field study, and independent research. Please visit our website for more information.