This practicum is developed around principles of multidisciplinary conflict resolution which promote scholarship of engagement in communities through research, learning, and practice. The theme of the course is International Development and concentrates on providing the theoretical and practical skills to understand the interaction between conflict and development, preparing students to work towards attaining sustainable development initiatives. As part of the course, students travel to the Coastal, Andean and Amazon Regions of one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. In these different ecosystems students are exposed to diverse communities of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, who share with students their experience and career journeys. For their final project students are expected to work with a partner organization developing research, training, or consultancy projects where students apply theoretical concepts within a practical framework.
Dr. Elena Bastidas, Associate Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution Studies
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The program fee is $1,500, includes (from the time you arrive in Ecuador).
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This is a summer hybrid course that includes an online component and a two-week intensive program in Ecuador during June 15 to June 29, 2017. There will be 2 online sessions prior to the trip and 2 after the trip in Go To Meeting.
After an orientation and introductory sessions a charter bus takes the group to different locations of the Ecuadorian Coast, Sierra, and Amazon. In each location there will be a combination of practicum activities, in addition to tours, and development project visits.
DAY 1—Students Arrive to Quito
DAY2—Orientation and Introduction. Quito Historical City Tour.
DAY 3—Tour to Otavalo Indigenous Market
DAY 4—Visit to University, lectures; Visit to NGOs, presentations
DAY 5—Travel to Baños
DAY 6—Travel to Puyo, Amazon jungle
DAY 7—Travel to Cuenca
DAY 8—Travel to Loja –Vilcabamba
DAY 9—Understanding Sustainable Development and how it applies to your field of study
DAY10—Conducting data collection using participatory tools
DAY 11—Applying sustainability concepts to your field of study
DAY 12—Applying sustainability concepts to your field of study
DAY 13—Work on individual or group projects
DAY 14—Travel to Guayaquil
DAY 15—Depart from Guayaquil International Airport
During the trip we will stay at Hotels in the city of Quito and Guayaquil, hostels in the rural area and a bed and breakfast in Vilcabamba.