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Interterm Courses

Leadership and Sustainability in Belize

LDRS 2400 - 4 credits

Travel Dates: Arrive by December 1 and depart December 11 or later
Course Dates: December 1 - December 11, 2014
Location: Belize
Instructors: Paul Kosempel, PhD and Linda Olson, PhD 
Registration Deadline: October 1, or when course is full

Description: Every day decisions are made by leaders in business, government, and non-profit settings that impact sustainability in its many forms.  This course will explore multiple meanings and interpretations of sustainability.  The location of Belize provides a perfect learning laboratory to examine how one country is attempting to balance the sometimes competing demands of economic, cultural, and environmental sustainability.  Course activities will include staying at a low-environmental impact conference center in the rainforest, visiting a model environmentally sustainable island community, guest lectures from various country experts, and exploring a Maya site. Through these activities, students will examine the role that leadership plays in contributing to small and large scale sustainability efforts.

Students who complete this course will:

  • Understand various principles and definitions of sustainability
  • Develop an awareness of the competing factors that influence sustainability
  • Observe government, business, and community leaders and their attempts to lead sustainable organizations
  • Examine leadership styles and practices that contribute to sustainable practices
  • Reflect on insights and shifts in thinking about their own leadership approach and what the implications are for their future leadership development

Approximate travel costs*:

Airfare: $650 - 800 (Approximate. Students are responsible for making their own flight arrangements.)
Program fee: $1200 (Covers all accommodation, meals except on last travel day, and ground and boat transportation.)
Cancellation fee:  $1200 (Non-refundable. Applied to student's account in the event that the student drops the course.)

*These expenses are estimates subject to change.  Cost of tuition is additional to the fees outlined above. 

Contact: Paul Kosempel at

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 16 STUDENTS. Applications are being accepted now.  Application forms are available online, please submit to Paul Kosempel

Apply for financial aid online.