Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Study Abroad 2011

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Study abroad pre-autumn 2011 and earn 5 credits! 

Several Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences faculty members are leading study abroad programs before the start of autumn quarter 2011.  Classified as "Exploration Seminars," these programs take place during the gap period between the end of summer quarter and beginning of autumn quarter.

Programs include travel to Ecuador, Mexico, and Zambia
Brief descriptions are featured below.

Environmental Studies in the Ecuadorian Mainland and the Galapagos Islands

Program Directors: Santiago Lopez and Jin-Kyu Jung
Course: BIS 480 (5 cr)

This seminar intends to expose students to relevant and current environmental issues in ecologically sensitive areas of Latin America such as the Amazon region, the Andes, and the Galapagos Islands. The program will take place in Ecuador, a mega-diverse country with a broad range of ecological regions, fauna, flora, climates, and people that offers many research and learning opportunities for students. Our program includes visiting and exploring three separate field sites in the Ecuadorian lowland, mountain, and insular regions. Our focus will be to provide a geographical characterization of the places we visit by learning about those places through in-situ mapping using geospatial techniques such as remote sensing, geographic information systems, and GPS. Students will have the opportunity to focus on different issues and aspects of land use and land cover change, climate change, biodiversity conservation, and community planning.

Program webpage


Social Justice, Labor and the Mexican Economy (Oaxaca, Mexico)

Program Director: Dan Jacoby
Course options: HST 457 (5 cr), POL S 457 (5 cr), and BPOLST 598 (5 cr)

Taking advantage of our location, this course assesses the causes and consequences of the 2006 uprising that began with teacher demonstrations in the center of Oaxaca city, and quickly turned into a mass movement. We review the recent history and politics of Mexico and place the Oaxacan protests within the context of issues related to globalization. Students will become familiar with issues of Mexican development, economics, trade, and labor.

Oaxaca bound students will be meet in Bothell for a minimum of three days in order to gain important perspectives. Once in Oaxaca we anticipate partnering with Instituto Cultural Oaxaca (ICO) and Witness for Peace as we examine the surrounding areas. Witness for Peace is an independent organization that helps US citizens explore the relationships between US policy and the economic and political conditions in other nations.

Program webpage

Urban and Rural Livelihoods and the Story of Economic Development in Zambia

Program Director: Leslie Ashbaugh
Course: BIS 480 (5 cr)

This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds to the socio-economic and political challenges faced by Zambians who work hard to make a living in a contemporary developing nation. After 45 years of independence from British colonial rule, the government of Zambia and a large international donor community continues to struggle to help Zambians meet their most basic needs. Prior to leaving Seattle, the philanthropic capital of the world, we will survey the concepts for understanding poverty, economic development and social change, and hear from members of our local donor community about strategies for working with Zambia to increase the quality of life for all citizens. We then proceed to Zambia¬ís capital city, Lusaka, to conduct primary research with Zambian citizens and the donor community on the ground. Meet us in Lusaka on August 22, for the beginning of our month long adventure exploring the complex dynamics of this friendly and beautiful country in southern Africa.

Our program includes living and working in three separate field sites. Our focus will be to assess the success of development priorities, including promoting transparency in democratic elections, investments in quality education for girls and other vulnerable children, disease prevention and maternal and child health, and the promotion of economic diversification.

Please note: This program is no longer accepting applications.


Application Deadline

The priority application deadline for Pre-Fall 2011 study abroad programs has passed; however, some programs are still accepting applications on a rolling basis. For up-to-date information, visit a program's webpage.

Other Opportunities

Please note: Students may consider these courses offered by IAS faculty members or consult a much larger suite of opportunities available throughout the year.  Visit UW's Study Abroad website to learn more.