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International Studies 239: Roatan: Ethical Engagement in a Changing World
Roatan, Honduras; Utila, Honduras (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: J-Term
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Lang. of Instruction: English Prerequisites: Consent of Instructors
Program Type: J-Term 2 Max. Enrollment: 16
No. of Credits: 4 All College Req(s): Intcl-Intercultural, January Term 2
Immersion: Global Health - pending, IS-Internatonal Studies
Program Description:
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Scott Carlson (Biology); Susan Schmidt (Social Work)
Classroom in Roatan
Course Description: 
This course uses the island of Roatan as a case study to examine how individuals can engage ethically with social and environmental challenges in the developing world. Roatan, Honduras is home to the world’s second largest coral reef and the tourist industry it supports, as well as a long history of colonialism that has left the island with an ethnically and linguistically divided population, widespread poverty and environmental degradation. During their month on the island, students will examine the ways in which the people, culture, and ecosystems of Roatan are responding to changing social, economic, political, technological, and environmental factors. Working closely with local health, education, and conservation centers, we will observe the individual loci of change, and explore the systemic forces that are helping to shape the island. Daily presentations, excursions, and group reflection time will lay the foundation for students to understand the rich history and culture of the island. Each student will also undertake an internship with a local NGO, such as a private medical clinic, bilingual school, or marine conservation institute. The course is valuable for students of all majors and is ideal for students who dream about a life of meaningful engagement in a much larger world. [Note to Global Health Majors: If approved in advance by the Global Health Program Director, this course will fulfill the GH301 field experience.]
Estimated Cost: $2,900 - $3,400
Estimated Add'l Meal Costs: $200
Travel-specific immunizations may be recommended. Visit with Luther College Health Services.
Snorkeling on Roatan

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