LATA 3614

LATA 3614

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

In recent decades the Andean region of Latin America has become a focal point of international debate over alternative models of economic development and their environmental consequences. Windfall revenues from oil, gas, and mineral extraction have stimulated economic growth in the region, but they have also sparked opposition from environmental organizations and indigenous communities concerned about the effects on land and water resources and community livelihoods. This engaged learning course explores the political ecology of development in Ecuador, focusing on the tensions between extractive models of development and more environmentally-sustainable alternatives. The course will count for four credit hours spread across three modules in the fall, January, and spring semesters. The fall module provides an introduction to Ecuador's political and economic development, its cultural diversity, theories of sustainable development, and community-based engaged learning. This will be followed by an intensive, two-week field trip to Ecuador in January to work on group projects with community partners, and a wrap-up module in the spring semester to complete final group projects. While in Ecuador in January, students will meet with local scholars, government officials, and representatives from civic and community organizations engaged in efforts to promote environmentally-sustainable forms of economic development, and they will divide into small groups to work on projects with community partners.  Initiatives related to sustainable agro-forestry, food security, the protection of biodiversity, land and water conservation, and community-based participatory planning will be highlighted in group meetings and engaged learning projects.

When Offered Multi-semester course: (Winter).

Course Attribute (CU-SBY)

Comments Students must complete  LATA 3612, and LATA 3614, and LATA 3623 for a final grade and Arts and Sciences distribution.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 3614

  • 2 Credits Multi-Term

  •  1140 LATA 3614   FLD 801

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Taught in Ecuador. Travel Dates are January 2 and January 16.