SUS 398 Global Sustainability and Environment
Students will be studying the unique ecology of the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. With it’s marine habitat,towering mountain ranges and northwest temperate rainforests, it offers a unique environment and contrasts. Ecotourism has taken a sustainable path and instead of construction of large hotels, locals have invested in building a wide range of tiny houses for rent. Students will be staying in a total of 26 different tiny houses, including a tiny houses on wheels, a treehouse, a converted school bus and a shipping container. They will interview builders, developers and property owners about the trend and analyze the buildings for practicality and sustainability.
ENV 349 Tropical Ecology
Central America lies entirely within tropical latitudes. Many countries, including Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, have become a growing retirement destination for foreigners. An incredible amount of all the world’s biodiversity exists in here. It contains a vast amount of protected areas, safe tourist destinations and a disproportionately large amount of bird, reptile, amphibian, insect and plant species worldwide. These organisms occur in many different ecosystems throughout Caribbean lowlands, North central highlands and Pacific lowlands. This course will expose students to several different ecosystems and their associated wildlife communities, as well as engaging in local Central American culture.
SOC 459 Comparative Policy Analysis
In this course students will engage in the process of comparative social, political and cultural analysis by comparing and contrasting Danish society with that of the United States. We will conduct empirical social science inquiries into social and environmental policies that shape life in both countries, and will examine how and why each society chooses to structure themselves accordingly. We pay particular attention to how state policies differentially impact the lived realities of both citizens and their environments
Why study abroad?
Build tolerance and understanding in students and faculty through cultural immersion in/with different peoples in different cultural settings.
Integrate international experience into a student’s field of study
Improve global awareness in students (issues, history, governance)
Identify key global issues and their influence on humanity
Recognize the complexity of global issues and its potential impact on regional and national issues
Transfer tolerance and global awareness into our own institution and student body.
Courses range from 10 days to a semester in length
Typical group sizes of 5 to 12 students
Locations have included Russia, Ethiopia, Italy, Nepal, Uganda and more