SIT Study Abroad: Ecuador - Development, Politics and Languages

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Study Ecuador's development processes while considering the relationship between power and discourse as the country's multilingual and multiethnic populations strive for social change and sustainability.On this program, you will study power and po... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.9
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My experience was definitely worthwhile. I learned so many different things, but I'd say the most significant takeaway for me was bringing an intercultural perspective to the table whenever I consider economic, social, or political issues. - Yale University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Ecuador - Development, Politics, and Languages
I learned so much. About myself, about the world, and about people in general. Was it worthwhile? Maybe the most worthwhile thing I've ever done. - Claremont McKenna College View Entire Review
I gained so many great friendships and relationships with various people in my experience abroad that I hope to maintain for the rest of my life. I also feel like I learned a ton and as though I gained new perspectives on various social issues as well as a greater awareness of others and of myself. The experience was certainly m... - Whitman College View Entire Review
This program in particular challenges it's students to view the world through a new lens. It is fun, exciting, challenging and unforgettable. - Pomona College View Entire Review
Past Review Eye Opening
It was a very worthwhile experience. I cannot really put into words all that I gained or learned...but studying abroad is such a valuable experience, you learn every moment and a change of perspective and the realization that other ways of life are possible, is an amazing thing - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Interculturidad
Every experience is both a window and a mirror - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review
I learned an incredible amount about living in another country, a lot about another culture, and a great deal about conducting scientific research. - Barnard College View Entire Review
February 12, 2016 I Ecuadore This Place!
I gained a much more global perspective on the world, lasting friendships, and complete cultural immersion. - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
I learned so much about the diversity of Ecuador--the culture, the languages, the people. I made lifelong friends, I practiced my Spanish daily, I picked up some new Kichwa phrases, and I learned new ways to think about things like sustainability and development. - University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
I learned so much about the country which lead to self realizations about my own country. These are the types of things I would never learn in a classroom in the USA. It was definitely worthwhile, I cannot wait to venture back. - Lehigh University View Entire Review
The biggest take-away was probably the ability to communicate and relate to others on a cross-cultural level. Independent Study Projects are a testament to this. It was extremely worthwhile, and while challenging at times and not without its flaws, this was an awesome program. - Whitman College View Entire Review
This program was definitely worthwhile. Besides gaining language skills, I was exposed to several ways of living, and word visions that I had never seen before, which challenged me to look at my own lifestyle. I also gained a very close relationship with my first host family that I foresee continuing in the future. Finally, the ... - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT: Quito - National Identity, Ethnicity, and Social Movements
Past Review Amazing
It was absolutely worthwhile. I learned millions of things that I couldn't possibly summarize in this little box. For starters, I learned a lot of Spanish. I learned how to find my way around a foreign city. I learned a lot about poverty and development and how to think differently about these topics. I learned that laughter, lo... - Providence College View Entire Review

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Study Ecuador's development processes while considering the relationship between power and discourse as the country's multilingual and multiethnic populations strive for social change and sustainability.

On this program, you will study power and politics in Ecuador, focusing specifically on both dominant development paradigms and resistant models that different groups have proposed. You will consider how these discussions are shaped through different discourses. Because power and ideology are reproduced and challenged through language, you will also explore how different stakeholders in Ecuador have used both Spanish and indigenous languages to instill, reinforce, subvert, and reinvent power relationships, both historically and today. The program thus combines a political and economic focus with an emphasis on discourse and language. You will leave with a highly sophisticated understanding of how this small, bio-diverse, and multi-ethnic country is thinking about development.

Major topics of study include:

- Power and politics in Ecuador, hegemonic and counter-hegemonic discourses of development
- How different groups in Ecuador conceptualize and talk about issues such as sustainability, restoration, extractive industries, social inclusion, and inter-ethnic relations
- The impact of Ecuador’s development processes on the environment, discourses surrounding sustainability and quality of life
- The relationship between the language(s) of political power and social movements in Ecuador
- Indigenous languages, politics, interculturalism, and plurinationality

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literature
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Latin American Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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