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Nicaragua: Development Dilemmas

Nicaragua: Development Dilemmas 

GEOG 3930 - 4 credits

Travel Dates Arrive by December 5 and depart December 15 or later
Course Dates: Dec. 6-15, 2013
Location: Nicaragua
Instructors: Matthew Taylor
Registration Deadline: Oct. 1, 2013

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 landcapes (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.)
Program Fee:

$1,500 (Covers lodging, most meals, and ground transportation)

Cancellation Fee:

$1,500 (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 at

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 9 STUDENTS. Applications are being accepted  until October 1, 2013 OR until the course is full.   Application forms available online.