Social and Political Transformation in Ecuador
This course explorea socioeconomic issues in Ecuador as manifested in the country's growing inequality and the proliferation of new social movements to address this crisis. Particular emphasis will be placed on indigenous rights, gender equality, the protection and management of natural resources, and Ecuador's new constitution. Ecuador can stand as a microcosm of the wider Andean region, and provides an ideal setting for this dynamic inquiry, with complex social and economic circumstances, a mix of indigenous and European cultural and political institutions, and a division between a growing leftist movement and a historically conservative middle and upper class. Students will gain a first-hand perspective on these phenomena, with fieldwork and NGO site visits in and around the beautiful capital city of Quito and in more distant rural communities. Spanish-language ability is helpful but not necessary: host families will contain at least one English speaker, and translators will be provided in the field. 4 credits.
Development and Community in Bangladesh
In Development and Community in Bangladesh, students hear from Bangladeshi and non-Bangladeshi development theorists and practitioners. Then, together with urban Bangladeshi college students, they do field study in rural villages and meet directly with the intended beneficiaries of development programs. The study of community development is also grounded in a basic introduction to the religious, cultural, political, and historical dimensions of Bangladesh. The Institute of International Education awarded HECUA the 2006 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education, recognizing the Bangladesh program as one of the United States' most original study-abroad programs, built on collaboration at every level. Lectures and readings are in English, and interpreters (students from Independent University, Bangladesh) translate Bengali in the field. 4 credits.