Michigan State University: Kenya - Society and Ecology

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  • Location(s): Kenya
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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This program, offered through the Colleges of Social Science and Natural Science, will focus upon the interaction between people and the biophysical environment. In today's world, ecological changes are often driven by changes in human behavior an... read more

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This program, offered through the Colleges of Social Science and Natural Science, will focus upon the interaction between people and the biophysical environment. In today's world, ecological changes are often driven by changes in human behavior and land use.  Human behavior can be changing as a result of political, economic, or societal factors, but also as a result of environmental changes.

A major objective of this study abroad program is to provide students first-hand exposure of the principles upon which ecology and social science are based, helping them understand the principles underlying these changes. With these understandings in hand, students will be challenged to interpret the effects of interactions between humans and their environment.  Kenya provides an excellent location to study these interactions.  The long history of ecologically sustainable nomadic herding is being shifted toward more sedentary and intensive agricultural land use practices.  This program integrates environmental and social science principles as students explore various ecological communities while interacting with the local people.  These interactions have strong ecological effects on some of the world's best-recognized wildlife communities, the natural vegetation, the people and the economy of Kenya.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Social Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.0
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