Nicaragua: Development Dilemmas
GEOG 3930 - 4 credits
|Course Dates:||June 7 - 15, 2014|
|Registration Deadline:||April 14th or when course is full|
Description: This class takes you to post-revolutionary Nicaragua to examine the consequences of recent land grabs by foreigners and transnational companies. Students will learn to operate in a country with minimal "western" infrastructure. students will learn to "look" at developing landscapes (that is resorts and tourism infrastructure) with new eyes and from the perspective of locals who have been left out of the development loop. This site is important because Dr. Taylor has been conducting research there for the past five years. This accumulated knowledge will allow maximum exposure and learning for students. By the end of the class students will begin to understand the "development game", begin to question the role of tourism in developing economies, begin to know how to interact with other cultures, and finally learn to question the landscapes we "see" and begin to peel back the layers to understand the social and physical evolution of the landscape before their eyes.
Approximate Travel Costs*:
|Airfare:||$500 - 800 (Students are responsible for making their own flight arrangements.)|
$1,550 (Covers lodging, most meals, ground transportation and all other expenses within country)
$1,550 (Applied in the event student drops the course after having been officially registered.)
*Tuition fees apply and are in addition to travel expenses. These expenses are approximate and therefore subject to change.
Contact: Matthew Taylor for more information.
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 9 STUDENTS. Applications are being accepted until April 11, 2014 OR until the course is full. Application forms available online.