HECUA Programs in Fall Semesters
Ecuador: Community Internships in Latin America (CILA)
This program explores current issues relevant to Ecuador and Latin America, such as globalization, the environment, oil politics and and other local and international issues, as students learn from individuals who help make social change possible. Students also compare and contrast models of community participation, organization, development, and social change. A home stay, a hands-on internship, and an independent-study project are all designed to meet each student's learning goals. Field seminars and trips with local experts and activists provide an intensive immersion into Latin American life and culture. Students must have completed at least two years of college-level Spanish.
The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity and the Politics of Belonging
Investigate the dramatic changes in Northern Europe by critically analyzing the development of the Norwegian welfare state through a wide range of topics such as human rights, globalization, national identity, mass migration, peace and justice, gender equality, and the politics of the welfare state. Classes are held at the University of Oslo. All coursework is in English.
New Zealand: Culture and Environment
Study topics such as environmental sustainability, conservation, Maori treaty rights, globalization and trade, the history of colonization in New Zealand, green development, tourism and its effects on local communities, environmental law, environmental planning, and natural resource planning while traveling the North Island. The final weeks of the program are based in Wellington, with 20 - 25 hours per week at individual internship sites.
Northern Ireland: Democracy and Social Change
Students examine the historical, political and religious roots of conflict in Northern Ireland, the prospects for peace, and the progress being made. Through readings, lectures, discussions, internships, group and independent study projects, and field experiences, this program invites interaction with people involved in social change and advancing peace. The program explores theoretical approaches to understanding conflict and its transformation as well as the processes underway in Northern Ireland to create a sustainable democracy. Classes are held at the University of Ulster with field study in selected regions throughout Northern Ireland.
Italy: Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Justice
Students in this program explore how the business of food affects the health and wellbeing of those involved in the production and marketing of food, as well as their impacts on families and communities, while living and studying in a small Italian town. Topics covered include sustainability, organic farming, biodynamic farming, permaculture, and the slow food movement through the lens of Italian and European agriculture, food policy, business practices, and the economics of food production. While the program is in English, students will have Italian language classes to prepare themselves for their internship positions in the community regarding food.
Environmental Sustainability: Ecology, Policy, and Social Transformation
This domestic program takes an integrated approach to environmental issues, addressing the linkages between rural and urban concerns as well as the way local decisions relate to regional and global trends. Topics include sustainability science and practice, climate change and climate justice, environmental justice issues in poor urban and rural communities, the urban agriculture revolution, ecology, and permaculture design. Based in the Twin Cities metropolitan area with field trips throughout southern Minnesota.
Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment
This domestic program focuses on the economy, housing systems, education, welfare, government policies, criminal justice system, regional segregation by race and class, and institutional oppression. Connecting these issues is the core of the program, and instead of just learning about the problems, students explore solutions and become engaged with organizations committed to social transformation both in class and at a structured internship. Through critical thinking set into action, students analyze policy, lobby elected officials, and engage communities. Students focus on the basics of organizing communities and workplaces, persuading others to become critically engaged, and becoming effective advocates for various issues and communities. Based in the Twin Cities.