The program offers students from a variety of areas of interest — ecology, biology, anthropology, environmental studies, economics, philosophy, international relations, art, and literature — an interdisciplinary curriculum that examines the impact of globalization on the Earth and its inhabitants across a variety of social and ecological landscapes.
Nature, Culture, and Justice
Rapid economic globalization has dramatically altered business paradigms and government policies with unprecedented effects on societies and cultures, ecosystems and health, justice and equality. These changes have precipitated a widening sense of urgency and a search for new economic, cultural and political options in the face of conflicting worldviews and increasing identity assertion.
From Tanzania to New Zealand, India to Mexico, students visit urban and rural landscapes and communities affected by globalization. Drawing on the fields of anthropology, ecology, economics, environmental policy and politics, they examine how globalization, development and progress affect the planet and its inhabitants.
Most important, students learn how to see and experience the rich diversity and plurality of the world and how to interact with others. Going beyond mere empathy, they try to find shared ground for the creation of equitable and sustainable alternatives, harmonious coexistence, and ways to make a difference in their own world.
Delhi, Nagpur, Bhuj and Dahanu
20 November 2009 – 17 January 2010
Conducted by Intercultural Resources
Country Coordinator: Dr. Aseem Srivastav