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CERTIFICATE COURSE | SPRING 2021

MON FEB 15 - FRI, APR 30, 2021

No classes

Mar 28-Apr 3

$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.

NOTE: 

We will be offering two versions of this course - one in English and one in Spanish.

In the registration form, please indicate which course you are signing up for.

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.

If the course fee is an accessibility barrier for you, please contact us, and we will let you know about current available scholarship opportunities and subsidized tuition. 

NUTS & BOLTS

DATES

February 15 to April 30, 2021

WEEKLY TIME COMMITMENT

Approx. 6 hours

(Including seminars, readings, and discussions)

 

DURATION

10 weeks

(No class week of Mar 28-Apr 3)

TOTAL COURSE HOURS

30

(Two 1.5-hour seminars per week)

COST

$395 USD + taxes and fees

(approx. $525 CAD)

MAX NO. OF STUDENTS

20

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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

2. Collaborate in research and projects with professionals working in sustainability NGOs and community organizations across Latin America.

 

3. 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. Revitalizing culture amidst rapid economic development in the Andean mountains 

 

4. Balancing economic growth & conservation at a sea turtle sanctuary 

5. Assessing coastal ecosystem health and sustainable livelihoods 

6. Conserving 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

  • Live Q&A

  • Articles 

  • Videos and photos

  • Project-based learning

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.

 

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100% non-profit. All proceeds donated to charitable organizations across Latin America.

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