Jul 7 - Aug 6
Jul 8 - Aug 6
Tackle the challenging topic of environmental justice from a community perspective. In studying this crucial subject, we find that many solutions originate with the very communities being denied access to the natural resources that sustain them. Dive deep into the themes of food sovereignty, water access and management, tourism’s impact on biodiversity, and the development of sustainable resource alternatives. Explore diverse perspectives on controversial environmental management issues, learn to conduct community-based data collection, and support community members reaching their own solutions to natural resource management and protection.
Summer 2 – May 1
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SFS provides a comprehensive study abroad experience during a 6-day/week program schedule. SFS delivers the highest level of support and an unparalleled academic experience.
In addition to the SFS program costs listed to the left, students should plan for additional expenses such as airfare, a passport, visas, medical costs, and personal spending.
Please note: 2022 tuition will be set in early 2022.
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This academically rigorous program follows a five-day/week schedule. Most weekends are open to explore Costa Rica or relax at the Center. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Costa Rica.
Major academic themes include:
On the Environmental Justice from the Ground Up program, you will take one 4-credit course. This course is participatory in nature and is designed to foster inquiry and active learning combining lectures, field exercises, assignments, and tests. This course is taught in English.
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|SFS 3232||Environmental Justice from the Ground Up||4 Credits|
In this course, students study the complicated and critical subject of environmental justice (EJ) through three case studies: 1) food justice and seed sovereignty, 2) water justice and social movements, and 3) the use of bioindicators and measurement of ecosystem services to assess ecological justice. Coursework involves exploration of local communities’ efforts to preserve local food production and save seeds, water management in Costa Rica and social movements in defense of water, and the ecological justice implications of the transition of pastures to forests to reserves. These themes will be analyzed during lectures, discussions, and fieldtrips. For the final component of the course, students will actively synthesize concepts and methodologies learned in class and field activities in an integrated final essay summarizing a specific aspect of the EJ issues examined here. Throughout the program, there will be room for discussion with fellow students and faculty, to provide a comprehensive introduction to EJ issues and conflicts and how to propose solutions.
You will gain practical skills in the field such as: identification of organisms (including birds and frogs), biodiversity evaluation, conducting social surveys (including household interviews, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews), data synthesis, data analysis and interpretation, scientific writing, and tourism impact assessment methods.
You will visit different ecosystems and communities which may include lowland tropical rainforest, tropical cloud forests in Monteverde, communities surrounding national parks, agroecosystems, and organic farms.
Take back-to-back summer sessions and get the hands-on learning and skill-building experiences of an internship, while also going off the beaten path and exploring the world. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions. Receive a $1,000 discount on your second session (effective for Summer 2020).
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Biodiversity and Sustainable Food Systems (Costa Rica Session I)
The Center is an active organic farm overlooking the vibrant Central Valley, where green is the predominant color as far as the eye can see. Dorms and classrooms intermingle with orchards and gardens, while Center dog Hera keeps watch over it all. The friendly town of Atenas is a 10-minute cab ride away, offering restaurants, shops, parks, and cultural events.