WSU Faculty-Led Ecuador: Practicum in Agroecology and Participatory Research

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

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Two complementary courses are designed to facilitate the exploration of the complex agroecological systems of the cloud forest and altiplano ecosystems of Ecuador, while training students in a diverse set of participatory research methodology.The ... read more

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Two complementary courses are designed to facilitate the exploration of the complex agroecological systems of the cloud forest and altiplano ecosystems of Ecuador, while training students in a diverse set of participatory research methodology.
The first course, AFS 498/598, will be taught in the spring semester of 2016, and is offered for one credit. The class will meet once a week for 1 to 2 hours and will serve as an introduction to Ecuadorian culture, agriculture and ecology. The objective of this course is to prepare students for the 2-week field course through a carefully crafted series of readings, discussions and planning sessions. We will also use the spring course to define research questions and draft an outline of the class paper. The second course, CROP SCI 495, will be offered in the summer and is the in-CAHNRS Scholarshipcountry component in which students will spend two weeks in Ecuador meeting with, learning from and working alongside farmers, artisans, naturalists and/or ecologists in two distinct ecosystems. During the first week, we will focus on the agroecology and social ecology of the Intag Cloud Forest region on the western slope of the Andes Mountains in northern Ecuador. The second week will be spent in the southern highlands of Ecuador working with an indigenous Cañari farmer association of seed and grain producers.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Minimum GPA:
3.0
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