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MAYMESTER: NATURE, SOCIETY, AND SUSTAINABILITY

 

Ecuador has outstanding environmental and cultural diversity, and is a perfect location for the study of environmental and social change and sustainability. Its recent 2008 Constitution enshrined respect for a sustainable way of life (buen vivir). In 2017 Lenin Moreno was elected under a commitment to maintain these and other goals of 21st Century Socialism. To what extent is Ecuador living up to these ideals? This Maymester (conducted every year since 2015) uses Ecuador as a classroom, maximizing student experiences of a wide range of urban, rural and wild landscapes and actors to gain insight into current debates about environmental change, agriculture and development. Coastal mangrove wetlands, mountain valleys, high mountain paramo grasslands, and Amazonian lowland rain forests are home to multiple peoples and agendas. The heart of the program involves an extended homestay in Cuenca with a local family.

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Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts

Course(s)

  • GRG 323K / LAS 330 - South America: Nature, Society and Sustainability

Academic Information

Students earn 3 hours of in-residence credit upon successful completion of program. Maymester courses are part of UT spring registration, although occur in May after spring semester. Courses must be taken for a grade. Grades are factored into UT GPA. Course carries Global Cultures flag and meets requirements in LAS and IRG.

Faculty

GRG 323K / LAS 330 is taught by Dr. Gregory Knapp, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, and Director of Sustainability Studies. Dr. Gregory Knapp has conducted research in the Andes since 1977, and in Ecuador since 1979, on varied topics involving human-environment relationships.

Language(s) of Instruction

English

Eligibility

Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - No

Housing

Homestays - one student per homestay in Cuenca, multiple occupancy in Vicundo - and in hotels and lodges with multiple occupancy. Homestays will accommodate non-Spanish speakers, but students will be in a Spanish-speaking environment and are encouraged to begin learning the language. Distance to class and/or activities will vary.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2019 Program Fee: $4150. Includes $500 non-refundable deposit, all housing, most meals, site visits and field trips, administrative and instructional costs, on-site orientations. Program fee does not include airfare, insurance, tips, some meals, and personal expenses including personal transportation.

Program Dates:

- Maymester
  • June 5, 2019 to July 5, 2019
  • Final Deadline: November 1, 2018

Application Code

355068

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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