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CLIMATE CHANGE, ECOSYSTEMS, AND HUMAN DYNAMICS

 

Climate change is a subject of critical importance for both scientists and global citizens. Botswana profiles a wonderful example of developing world issues set in pristine environments where these debates still have the potential to support both people and the environment. The Botswana Kalahari is a remote and relatively undisturbed desert environment that provides an ideal natural laboratory for exploring climate change issues such as carbon storage, food production and the interactions between humans and the environment. Safaris in the Okavango Delta and Central Kalahari Game Reserve expose students to both wetland and savanna ecosystems while visits to a local school and cooperative education center provide insights into the region's bush culture. The program is based out of a camp and the lectures, program activities, and daily living take place outdoors.

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Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts

Course(s)

  • GRG 367D - Climate Change and Vegetation Response in the Kalahari (QR Flag) and
    GRG 368D - Enviro-Cultural Dynamics in Botswana (Global Cultures Flag)

Academic Information

Students take 2 classes and earn 6 hours of in residence credit upon successful completion of the program. Courses must be taken for a grade and are factored in to the UT GPA. Graduate students should consult with professor regarding additional coursework specific credit.

Faculty

Courses are taught by Faculty Director Dr. Thoralf Meyer, UT Department of Geography.

Language(s) of Instruction

English

Eligibility

Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - No

Housing

Students live in a tent camp. Most meals are provided. Students are required to live in program housing.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2019 Program Fee: $5400. Program fee includes $500 non-refundable deposit, housing, meals, excursions, administrative and instructional costs, cell phone, and on-site orientation. Program fee does not include airfare, books, insurance, and personal expenses.

Program Dates:

- Summer Second
  • July 10, 2019 to August 21, 2019
  • Priority Deadline: December 1, 2018

Application Code

353029

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Next Step

The 2019 application is now closed. For more info contact Program Coordinator - Kate Osmond - kosmond@austin.utexas.edu

Program information above is subject to change