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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Cuenca Ecuador

Semester:

Spring
Offered: Annually
Program Focus: General Culture

Prerequisites:

Spanish 201 with a “B” average or better in language study.                                                 

Recommended Courses:

HIST 141:  Colonial Latin American History

HIST 142: Modern Latin America

SOAN 266: Social Change in Latin America

BIO 114: Investigations in Ecology and Environmental Science

Past 2014 Program
Leader:

Therese Augst
Assistant Professor of German Studies
taugst@lclark.edu
ext. 7423

Campus Contact:

Larry Meyers
Director of Overseas & Off-campus Programs
meyersl@lclark.edu
ext. 7295

 

Program Design:
Academic study will focus on intensive language study, and the history, culture, and socio-economic institutions of Ecuador.  Following an orientation program in Quito, the program is centered in Cuenca and includes field trips to Jatun Sacha (primary rain forest) as well as local areas of interest.  Students live with host families while in Cuenca.

Requirements Fulfilled:
Fulfills the two-course international studies requirement.

Credits:
4 courses per semester/ 16 credits

Curriculum:

IS 241:  Contemporary Ecuador:
This course explores different aspects of Ecuador through an anthropological optic.  The main purpose is to provide students with information, conceptual tools, and methods with which to investigate and interpret their Ecuadorian experience.  Class discussion and questions from students are very important.

The specific topics covered in the course are chosen anew each semester, in order to address current affairs and new anthropological work.  Globalization, Andean prehistory, traditional medicine, identity politics, indigenous rights movements, gender roles, religion and society, race, ethnicity, witchcraft, agricultural economics, transnational migration and Plan Colombia are some of the topics included in recent courses.  Social structure and culture in Cuenca are also included. 

The course includes day trips and a week-long fieldtrip.  Some class assignments require students to investigate and report on questions about Cuenca and its environments. Course material is presented in required readings and class lectures.  There are films and occasionally guest speakers to complement this material.  Grades are based on exams, short writing assignments, and a term paper. 

IS 242 Biodiversity in Ecuador:
This course is an introduction to Ecuador’s ecology and to conservation biology with an emphasis on Latin America and Ecuador in particular.

The first part of the course will be an overview of Ecuador’s main ecosystems and will introduce students to the general concepts of conservation biology and biodiversity at the species, genetic, and ecosystem levels before going on to examine in more detail the geographical and evolutionary factors responsible for Ecuador’s outstanding biodiversity.  We will then explore the ecology, community structure, and ecological importance of each of Ecuador’s main geographical regions.

The second part of the course will overview the threats to Ecuador’s biodiversity and the various problems faced by small populations of endangered species.  Consideration for conservation strategies will be explored for individual species and for ecosystems both from theoretical and practical standpoints. 

2 Spanish Language Courses - 8 credits

Course level will be determined by previous subject study and placement exam results.

 

 

Ecuador, Cuenca

-2.900129; -79.005897