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The Amazon

Course Descriptions

GLST251: Cultural Perspectives, Eco-nomics in the Amazon
(3 credit hours)


The South American nation of Ecuador is rich in biological, economic and cultural
diversity. The rain forest region, in particular, is home to countless species of
native flora and fauna. It is also a source of petroleum, lumber and tropical fruits. A variety of indigenous groups still thrive in this part of the Amazon basin, seeking the benefits of economic development while attempting to maintain the traditions and customs that have sustained their

The forest that begins in the Andes Mountains and extends eastward toward the Amazon Basin offers a living laboratory for applying the insights and tools of ecological economics. The course will be holistic in nature, featuring a triple-bottom line perspective – planet, people and profit – and going one step further, exploring the intersection of Christian faith and indigenous spirituality.

Program Overview

What to expect