Past Program

Guyana: Art & Science Of Biodiversity

In this course students will explore the artistic, cultural, economic, and scientific role of biodiversity in today's society. Using Guyana, a biodiverse English-speaking Caribbean nation, located along the northeastern coastline of South America as an example, students will approach the topic of biodiversity from multiple perspectives including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and visual arts.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Surama, Guyana
  • Georgetown, Guyana
When
Winter 2014

Course Dates: Jan 6, 2014 — Feb 7, 2014

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Literary Arts & Studies
  • Liberal Arts Elective
Course Numbers
  • LAEL-LE97-01
  • LAS-E717-01
Cost
$3107

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Guyana: Art and Science of Biodiversity
Surama, Guyana 2014

Full Course Description

In this course students will explore the artistic, cultural, economic, and scientific role of biodiversity in today's society. Using Guyana, a biodiverse English-speaking Caribbean nation, located along the northeastern coastline of South America as an example, students will approach the topic of biodiversity from multiple perspectives including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and visual arts. More specifically, this course offers RISD students the opportunity to visit a biological hotspot and consider its role in society; participate in conservation science field research; interact cross-culturally; and develop their communication skills. Taught collaboratively, this course emphasizes the importance of connecting ideas, information, and methodologies across the arts, humanities, and sciences, with an emphasis on biology.

Students will spend the first week of the course at RISD, the next 3.5 weeks in Guyana and the last half week at RISD.

Co-Requisite Courses

This is a co-requisite course. Students must also take both LAEL-LE97 and LAS-E717. Students will receive 6 liberal arts credits as identified by each subject.

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