GalápaGOs is an inter-disciplinary, collaborative course designed to familiarize students with methods, theories, approaches and histories necessary for understanding biological and cultural diversity in the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador. The course pays close attention to the intersections, and potential conflicts, of social and natural science. Theories of evolution—biological and cultural—are one primary focus, as are understandings of difference and power; historical imagination; gender, sexuality and identity politics; and nationalism, citizenship and globalization. Coursework, travel and fieldwork, and reflective components will pay careful attention to contemporary issues of development, environment, tourism and community to look carefully at relationship(s) between localities, national histories and controls, and the demands and effects of tourism.
Location: Galápagos’ Islands: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela.
Dates: Summer 2016
Prerequisites: Students are required to complete preliminary course: GalápaGOs, The Islands as Paradise: Sustainable Truth or Sustainable Fiction?
Academic Credit: Two semester hours; this program and accompanying course satisfy the GO requirement.
Majors of Interest: Open to all majors of special interest to biology and earth sciences.
Application: Online application available on mySU.
Cost: Summer 2014 was $4,400 (subject to change); includes airfare, accomodations, meals, instruction and activities.
Financial Aid: Need-based financial aid may be available for students satisfying the GO requirement.
Program Directors: John Bodinger de Uriarte, Ph.D., and Carlos A. Iudica, Ph.D.