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Spring Break Away 2015 - Belize

Course: SOCI 101 Survey of Sociology

[satisfies Core Theme Area: Global Diversity or Social Justice] or

Course: SOCI 220 Environmental Sociology

[satisfies Global Diversity or Social Justice or Sociology electives]


 This course examines the types and varieties of societies as they have developed over human history. We will focus on the complex interactions between societies and their environment, compare how different types of societies adapt to specific environments, and evaluate how changing environments require changes in society. Belize is a particularly beautiful and interesting country where we can examine these issues.

We will spend eight days in the English-speaking Central American country of Belize. Belize, like Costa Rica, is building a modern economy with eco-tourism at its center. We will stay at an environmental field station in the tropical rainforests and while we study tropical forest conservation, we will also explore Mayan archeological sites. Accommodations are in charming thatched-roof cabanas. We will see firsthand how Belize is developing modern economic practices that leave forest, ocean, reef, and river environmental values intact.

Professor: Dr. Michael Irwin

Prerequisites: This course is open to all, no prerequisites

Max enrollment: 18 students

More information: Dr. Michael Irwin (irwinm@duq.edu), Dept. Sociology 504a College Hall

Class Time: TH 3:05-4:20 p.m.

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