January 1-14, 2018, Anth 2xxx, 2 cr, led by Cristina Ortiz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Clement Loo, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
During this 12 day, 2 credit course, students will learn about and practice qualitative data collection methods as they participate in tourist activities, some of which are explicitly advertised as sustainable.
Nicaragua is a small country with great biodiversity and students will encounter a wide range of plant and animal life in various the geographic areas we will travel. The approach to sustainability and development is much different from its neighbor, Costa Rica. By practicing qualitative research methods, students will develop their observational, documentary, and analytical skills. Practicing these skills in a foreign country provides the opportunity to observe and consider cultural differences as well as to practice cross-cultural competencies as they undertake data collection. This program offers the opportunity for students to compare and contrast their observations with communities and tourist activities they're familiar with in the United States or other "first-world" places.