The India: Sustainability in the Developing World program will take place during Fall, 2017 with travel to Bengaluru and Kochi, India occurring December 8-22, 2017. The program’s focus (worth 3 credit hours) is on sustainability, social justice, a...
The India: Sustainability in the Developing World program will take place during Fall, 2017 with travel to Bengaluru and Kochi, India occurring December 8-22, 2017. The program’s focus (worth 3 credit hours) is on sustainability, social justice, and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
India is the fastest growing free market economy in the world and India is predicted to become the third largest economy by 2020. It is the world’s largest democracy. 100 of the Fortune 500 have a presence in India. At the same time, however, India struggles with a number of environmental and social challenges including toxic air pollution in its urban centers, poverty, hunger, and women’s rights abuses. This study abroad will provide exposure to the spectrum of inequality across India and allow students to critically analyze business’s role in society.
The trip will include a combination of historical site visits, visits to industries and NGOs, an Indian cooking class taught by a chef, dance and cultural programs, a houseboat trip up a river lined with rice paddies, a visit to yoga retreat “ashram,” and service-learning experiences. An optional extension (separate fees) will also be offered allowing students to visit Delhi and Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. That component would run from 12/22-12/25 allowing those travelers to be home the evening of December 25.
Learning outcomes will be tied to the Haworth College of Business assurance of learning plan. Because the trip will focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, the two primary outcomes are: Students will acquire global business understanding Students will understand ethical business practices
This is an interdisciplinary trip offered by the Haworth College of Business and the College of Health and Human Services to intentionally embed learners in business and health services together to explore social justice and sustainability in business, social services, and health services together through their different and shared lens.
Our travel to India is coordinated through Christ University (Bengaluru) and the Rajagiri Business School (Kochi). Both are long-time WMU partners.