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Friday December 19th 2014

Course Information

 

ENVS 4810A 6.0 International Field Experience: Ecology and Sustainability in Costa Rica

Prerequisite: Third or Fourth year standing and by permission of  the instructor.

The study, through direct field observation, of the theory and principles of ecology as these apply to sustainable development in tropical environments, specifically in Costa Rica. The principle objective is to provide first hand experience in basic and applied research in ecology. Field activities are designed to foster an understanding of the nature, distribution and human use of tropical environments, particularly as these relate to sustainable development in rural areas. The goal is an under-standing of the interrelationships between environment and development in the Neotropics.

Syllabus: Costa Rica Field Course

ENVS 6399A 6.0 Field Workshop in Environmental Studies: Costa Rica

Prerequisite:  By permission of the instructor.

Advanced study, through thorough literature review and direct field observation, of the theory and principles of ecology as these apply to sustainable development in tropical environments, specifically in Costa Rica. The principle objective is to provide first hand experience in basic and applied research in ecology. Field activities are designed to foster an understanding of the nature, distribution and human use of tropical environments, particularly as these relate to sustainable development in rural areas. The goal is an under-standing of the interrelationships between environment and development in the Neotropics.

Syllabus: Costa Rica Field Course

ENVS 4215 3.0 Indigenous Studies with (optional) Field Experience in Costa Rica

Prerequisite:  By permission of the instructor.

In this class, we will consider a range of issues affecting Indigenous peoples that place globalization in a new light. These include ongoing struggles over lands and resources, as well as newer threats posed by climate change and cultural capitalism. We discuss issues of representation, ideology and knowledge in terms of their roles in eroding Indigenous autonomy and rationalizing colonial policies. We will examine the value of international governing institutions for protecting and promoting Indigenous concerns. An abiding theme is the recovery of long-standing Indigenous political traditions and Indigenous peoples’ rise as global political actors. Our focus will be on Indigenous peoples in the Americas and will incorporate a period of fieldwork visiting Indigenous communities in Costa Rica.

Syllabus: Indigenous Studies with (optional) Field Experience in Costa Rica

ENVS 4810A/6399A & ENVS 4215 9.0 Costa Rica Summer Field Experience Combo

Prerequisite:  By permission of the instructor.


Note: This page was last updated January 23, 2014. Please check with the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University for up-to-date and accurate information, including course offerings and dates.

 

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