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Ecology and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia, June 1-23, 2013, RPTA 450G (3 hrs)
Come to an interest meeting!
Tuesday, January 24, 2013
Southeast Asia offers unique ecology and wildlife found nowhere else in the world. It is also a region of developing nations where land is in high demand for an increasing human population and financial growth. Additionally, it is a popular destination for ecotourism which, if not managed properly, can harm the areas it seeks to promote. For these reasons, it is vital to conserve these natural resources.
This Study Abroad Course examines park and natural resource management for ecotourism from an international perspective. Through on-site time in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, you will see unique species up close, study their niche in the ecosystem, and talk to professionals who manage the preserved tropical forests that have been turned into national parks. Cultural resources and the effects of management for sensitive ecosystems on local cultures will also be explored with an emphasis on cultural immersion
Participants may be walking up to five miles per day as well as hiking up to five miles per day. Hiking may be on mountainous backcountry terrain and may not be able to accommodate individuals with moderate or severe mobility issues. Some full days may be spent on public transportation or van rides. Please be aware of your personal physical condition and notify Dr. Rob Porter or Study Abroad Advisor Kim McDaniel if you have any concerns.
Undergraduates— RPTA 450 Graduate students—RPTA 450G
On-campus sessions: TBA
You are also required to attend a pre-departure orientation session conducted by the Office of Study Abroad.
1. Completed at least 12 semester hours
2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
3. Clearance of Student Judicial Programs
1. Accepted to a graduate degree program
2. Approval of graduate adviser and department chair/program director
3. Good standing with Student Judicial Programs
Class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course. Questions about the course content should be directed to Rob Porter.
Course specific requirements: Sophomore standing
All majors are welcome! Non-degree students are also welcome to apply for this Study Abroad Course. For additional information about eligibility requirements and application instructions, please contact the Study Abroad Office through the contact information below.
Total enrollment for the program is limited to 14 participants.
Academic Information Study Abroad
Rob Porter Kim McDaniel
403B Currens Hall 344 Memorial Hall
298– 1967 298-2504