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MAYMESTER: LAND USE ISSUES IN COSTA RICA

 

Costa Rica is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse wild lands left on the planet. All of this biodiversity depends upon preservation practices in the face of economic growth, energy demands, and land development. Costa Rica is unique in both its biome diversity and exemplary in the amount of land set aside to safeguard this diversity, as more than 25% of the country is protected in parks and reserves. Revenues from ecotourism help sustain these areas; however, there are questions about how effective this model is for an emerging economy and society. In this course we examine the ecological, social and economic pressures affecting land use and consider a variety of perspectives. Our experiences in Costa Rica will range from field studies in a remote Pacific rain forest, to mountain cloud forests, to the lowlands on both dry and wet sides of the central mountain ranges.

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Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts

Course(s)

  • T C 358 / BIO 337 - Costa Rica: Land Use Issues in Rainforest Conservation and
    L A 119 - Maymester Seminar: Costa Rica

Academic Information

Students earn 4 hours of in-residence credit upon successful completion. Maymester Abroad courses are part of UT spring registration, they occur immediately following the spring semester. Course must be taken for a grade and factored into the official UT GPA. This course carries the Global Cultures flag.

Faculty

Courses taught by Dr. Ruth Buskirk and Debra Hansen of the UT School of Biological Sciences. Dr. Buskirk teaches Plan II Biology, Intro Biology, and Honors Genetics, and has extensive teaching and research experience in Costa Rica. Dr. Hansen is an evolutionary botanist.

Language(s) of Instruction

English

Eligibility

Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - No

Housing

Students stay in field station dormitories or in hostels while on the program.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2021 program fee TBD; 2019 Program Fee: $4,625. Includes $500 non-refundable deposit, program activities, housing, most meals, and local transportation. Airfare not included.

Program Dates:

- Maymester
  • May 20, 2021 to June 18, 2021
  • Final Deadline: November 15, 2020

Application Code

355047

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Next Step

Come to an info session to learn more! Sept. 24 at 5pm, Sept. 29 at 3pm, Oct. 5 at 3pm, Oct. 8 at 10am, or Oct. 13 at 5pm. Click on the info session link above for Zoom details. For more info, please Program Coordinator Kirsten Hagen at TXGlobal-FacultyLed@austin.utexas.edu.

Program information above is subject to change