After decades of war and isolation, Vietnam now boasts one of the strongest economies in Asia. With the help of outstanding academic and community experts, you’ll examine the interplay of Vietnam’s traditional culture and values and its recent economic, social, and environmental changes. Educational excursions immerse you in the culture and local realities of Vietnamese communities. The itinerary changes each semester, but always includes visits to temples and monasteries, nature reserves, local markets, orphanages, schools, and factories. Immediately preceding the Independent Study Project, the travel part of the program exposes you to myriad possibilities and contacts for your ISP.
Lancaster Ave, Kampala, Uganda
Examine contemporary development in Uganda with case studies on environment, health, gender, and civil society, and engage with current concepts and debates in the vibrant context of Kampala. This program will introduce you to the social, political, economic, and environmental issues of development through selected site visits and carefully designed field activities in Uganda and Rwanda. Case studies of environmental, health, gender, and human rights projects provide the context for exploring this development model, its successes and challenges. You will explore development projects in Uganda and Rwanda and use development theory to examine the assumptions that inform the design of these projects. Choose to conduct a field-based Independent Study Project or a hands-on internship with a community-based, national, or international development organization. Major topics of study include: History, politics, and geography Economic development, health, and society Gender, women’s empowerment, and development Natural resources, the modern state, and political conflicts Models of eco-tourism, conservation, and natural resource management Land rights and food security Please visit our website for more information.
Unnamed Road, Tanzania
The program challenges students to reframe notions of sustainability in relation to local population needs, perspectives, and values. Through rigorous thematic coursework and hands-on experiential learning, students consider how natural resource management will benefit future generations in light of the current factors driving environmental degradation. Students explore the country’s diverse human and natural environments through seminars and field visits to nature reserves and conservation areas. Please visit our website for more information.