Environmental Studies 239: A System Approach to Sustainability in Swaziland
Durban, South Africa;Johannesburg, South Africa;Kruger National Park, South Africa;St. Lucia, South Africa;Vusumnotfo, Swaziland
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INSTRUCTOR: Emily Neal (Environmental Studies)
This course will examine a systems approach to sustainable development in northern Swaziland. By partnering with Vusumnotfo, a local organization formed by eighteen chiefdoms, students will explore communities that have improved their own social, economic, and environmental conditions by focusing on the community structures that touch the lives and development of children, including schools where they learn, families where they grow, and the communities where they live. During this course, students will learn about the history and culture of Swaziland people and experience how sustainability and systems thinking have been a catalyst for social change in the region. Students will compare models of systems change in Swaziland to local organizations in the Northeast Iowa area with a similar focus on children and their families. As part of the course structure, students will be paired with University of Swaziland students as they capture stories and collect data related to how communities have improved their lives through working together.
Estimated Cost: $4,250 - $4,700
Estimated Add'l Meal Costs: $300
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