Application for Summer 2018 - Applications reviewed as received - Must be received by February 25. You may e-mail it to email@example.com or turn it in at Satterlee 311
Tentative ItinerarySyllabus for both courses Gear and Medication ListCosts Program Overview As a continent, Africa represents more than 4 dozen different countries, and hundreds of individual languages and cultures. Africa is under-represented in study abroad programs, and Kenya specifically. The program will look at specifically biology and environmental studies. The individual courses will also include applied learning experiences: service learning by assisting current research at the Mpala Research Center and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The goal of this program is to expose SUNY students to environmental and biological issues of another culture and environment, specifically looking at issues in Kenya. The objectives include: 1 – Students will be able to identify wildlife of East Africa and their conservation needs; 2 – students will be able to articulate different types of conservation being done in Kenya, both in urban and mixed rural environments; 3 – students will be able to connect the tropical conservation goals of Kenya with the geopolitical realities of conservation in a third world country; 4 – Students will be able to compare different ecological environments and the threats and benefits of conservation in 3 distinct environments (Urban, rural, aquatic).
Outcomes will hopefully include students becoming more globally literate on environmental issues and tropical biological concerns. Applying the issues they have learned about in Kenya to both global problems as well as environmental and conservation issues in the United States will be a highly desirable outcome of this program. Bringing this broader perspective back to their classrooms in New York will create a larger impact than just their individual experiences.
Course Details Two courses will be offered as part of this program, BIO 352 – Tropical Biology and Conservation (3cr) and ENVR 195 – Environmental Studies in Kenya (3cr). Neither course is regularly taught on the SUNY Potsdam campus and have been approved by our curriculum committee. The program will include an on-campus lecture portion (8 – 10 hours) prior to departure, in addition to the 28-day travel portion and 2 follow-up meetings. There will be separate lectures/field activities for each class, as well as combined field trips that intersect both classes. Each field day, specifically at Mpala, Ol Pejeta and Nakuru will include 8 – 10 hours of field instruction, exploration and other activities (e.g. work on field projects (96-120 contact hours), with time in evenings, between sites, and specific days at the end of the course, as well as while travelling to maintain journals and do required readings. The courses will run concurrently, with each course reinforcing ideas from the other, but with separate assignments and evaluations. Both professors will lead the on-campus lectures about the classes, in country preparedness, and post-program meetings.
Requirements fulfilled: General Education through SUNY - Science - Biology, Lab Science, XC - Cross-cultural Exchange, and Specifically for SUNY Potsdam, upper division science elective, and environmental studies elective.