Latin American Studies (LAS)
LAS 250 Environmental Policy and History: The Case of the South American Rain Forest (3 credits - Learning Community Course)
This course combines travel and environmental service learning with twice weekly classroom seminars at Pace's New York campus. We will survey Brazil's history, culture and economic development, with special emphasis on issues that have influenced its approaches to environmental problems and indigenous populations living in protected natural environments. We will also examine recent conflicts over protection of Brazil's environment; in particular the Amazon Rain Forest and Pantanal regions. Classroom assignments will include essays, a midterm exam and capstone paper. To relate theory with practice and develop concepts of civic competency, we will travel to Brazil's Amazon gateway of Belem and spend one week in an environmental service project, learning about regional issues and contributing to the protection of this important part of the world's environmental patrimony.
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