UPCOMING COURSES

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CERTIFICATE COURSE | SPRING 2021 | V. ENGLISH

FEB - APR 2021

$395 USD

(approx. $525 CAD)

+ taxes + fees

OVERVIEW

This certificate course is aimed at interdisciplinary social science and humanities students – from the disciplines of environmental science, anthropology, Latin American studies, and more – who are interested in sustainable development, nature conservation, and socioecological change. It is for the university student and life-learner alike!

 

This course will offer seminars, virtual field-trips, and one-to-one mentorship. It will give you an inside look at critical development and conservation issues, while supporting local communities and grassroots non-profit organizations. All profit will be donated to partnering non-profit organizations across Latin America.

COURSE DETAILS

COURSE DETAILS

NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY

This course is available to you from the comfort and safety of your own home. You do not need to physically travel to take part in this field school.

 

We will closed-caption all recordings for students with disabilities. We will try to accommodate all time-zones and lifestyles, recording any live seminars and field-trips for those who cannot attend.

 

We value inclusivity, accessibility, diversity, and non-discrimination. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in the course on the basis of race, colour, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

NUTS & BOLTS

DATES

February to April 2021

WEEKLY TIME COMMITMENT

3-5 hours

 

DURATION

10 weeks

TOTAL COURSE HOURS

30

COST

$395 USD + taxes and fees

(approx. $525 CAD)

MAX NO. OF STUDENTS

20

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1. Identify concepts and issues in environmental anthropology, with a specific focus on the intersection of culture change and conservation policy within the context of tourism development. 

2. Critically assess and evaluate underlying assumptions of contemporary theories and discourses on conservation and development. 

 

3. Collaborate in research with professionals working in conservation NGOs and community organizations.

 

4. Implement cross-disciplinary dialogue on conservation and culture, and among people of diverse backgrounds. 

UNITS

1. Introduction to Sustainable Development in Latin America

2. Understanding marine protected areas in theory and practice

3. Cultural Revitalization amidst Rapid Economic Development in the High Andean Mountains 

 

4. Balancing Economic Growth & Conservation at a Sea Turtle Sanctuary 

5. Assessing coastal ecosystem health and sustainable livelihoods 

6. Conservation of a Biodiversity Hotspot in South America’s Forgotten Corner

7. Reflections & Conclusions

INSTRUCTORS
  • Ashli Akins

  • Edoardo Antúnez

  • Daniel Arauz Naranjo

  • Dr. Vanessa Bézy

  • Rebecca Smith

CONTENT
  • Narrated presentations

  • Narrated virtual fieldtrips

  • Articles 

  • Videos

  • Photos

COUNTRIES
  • Costa Rica

  • Honduras

  • Peru

  • Paraguay

FORMAT

Live, synchronous seminars, virtual field trips, and one-to-one mentorship.

 

All material is adapted for accessibility and recorded for asynchronous learning, if needed.

PARTNERING NGOS
  • Bay Islands Conservation Association

  • CREMA Costa Rica (Centro de Rescate de Especies Marinas Amenazadas)

  • Fundación Para La Tierra

  • Mosqoy

  • Wildlife Conservation Association

Click here for more info.

PREREQUISITES
  • Prior understanding of or study in a related field (sustainable development, environmental studies, anthropology, political science, international relations, Latin American studies), although we are open to informal ways of acquiring such knowledge, including lived experiences and traditional knowledge.

 

  • Competency in English (oral and written). This version of this course is taught in English (please register for our Spanish version, if you prefer).

  • Open to all, university students and life-learners alike.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS COURSE

JAN 19 - MAY 6, 2021

 

TUES

OVERVIEW

Are you an undergraduate- or graduate-level university student? We are partnering with the University of Memphis to offer a version of our Virtual Field School as a cross-listed interdisciplinary environmental anthropology course: "Culture, Conservation & Environmental Change."

 

This course is being offered as both a 4000- and 6000-level course, and is available for both University of Memphis students as well as other university students through transfer credit.

COURSE DETAILS

This is a 3-credit course, which will run from January 19 – May 6 (15 weeks). Optional synchronous sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 4 pm Pacific Time. Limited seating, with 20 students maximum.

 

For more information or to register, visit the University of Memphis course page here. Note that registration on this website is specifically for our Certificate Course above.

 

 

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