summer session I

Cambodia

Elephants of the Cambodian Highlands

Academics

This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Cambodia.

Major academic themes include:

  • Asian elephant ecology and conservation
  • Cambodia’s highland ecosystems
  • Traditional culture of the Bunong people
  • Human-elephant interaction and conflicts
  • Wildlife management policies
  • Elephant health and welfare

Courses

On the Elephants of the Cambodian Highlands 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.

Click on each course to view a description and download the syllabus

SFS 3111 Ecology and Conservation of Southeast Asian Elephants 4 credits

Field Skills

You will practice valuable skills in the field which may include: behavioral observations of social interactions, foraging, and welfare of elephants, quantitative field methods with a focus on distance sampling and line-transect surveys, interviewing and qualitative research methods, conflict mitigation strategy development, and data collection and oral presentation skills.

Ecosystems

You will visit different ecosystems and communities while in the field, which may include a forested elephant sanctuary, the ancient temple complex of Angkor, protected community forests, lush evergreen and mixed deciduous forests, historical and cultural sites in Phnom Penh, and indigenous Bunong communities.

Spend your summer with SFS!

Get more out of your SFS experience when you take two summer sessions with SFS. More time to explore the ecosystems and communities, more time to learn about the complex environmental issues, and more time to learn essential field skills. Sessions feature different course topics and field excursions and you will have time to travel independently between sessions.

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All program components are subject to change.