The students participating in this summer’s Global Engagement Seminar in Costa Rica have been documenting their adventures on a Facebook page.
GES 300 Globalization and Sustainability in Costa Rica is an intensive, credit-bearing summer seminar taught by a team of Smith faculty in Costa Rica. The seminar is followed by a required internship or service-learning experience related to the seminar and is considered part of the work for the seminar.
Costa Rica is held as a model of sustainability and eco-friendly development, with legislation and regulation integral to its success. Yet, globalization is stressing the delicate balance between development on one side and human and environmental sustainability on the other. Students participating in this summer’s seminar will contest the idea that Costa Rica is a model of sustainability and will examine how Costa Rica’s history and politics and changing economic pressures affect resource use, conservation practices, and environmental protection, climate and biodiversity. Students will visit San Jose, Monteverde cloud forest, the Guanacaste coast, and coastal rain and mangrove forests as part of the trip.
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