Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability in Cameroon
This five-week summer exploration course seeks to help students understand the complex economic, social and environmental issues surrounding sustainability in the developing world. Based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, the course brings together experts in their respective fields and with various viewpoints giving students insight into the many competing interests and perspectives at the local, regional and international level.
Topic highlights include:
Microfinance and Microlending
Food Security and Self-Sufficiency
Environmental Management and Policy
Sustainable Development and Fair Trade practices
Social Entrepreneurship and Women in Development
This course is transcripted as a 200-level interdisciplinary studies course (INST). It has been pre-approved by the respective departments as Econ 214, INBM 300, and as an elective for the Globalization and Sustainability concentration within International Studies.
Cameroon is a diverse nation in terms of population and geography. Its 12 million people represent between 130 and 200 ethnic groups speaking some 280 languages, and its landscape ranges from sub-Saharan in the north to thick rainforest in the south and southeast --parts of which receive more than 200 inches of rain each year. Yaoundé is located in a hilly part of the country and therefore enjoys a cooler climate than might be expected for a city only five degrees north of the equator.
This highly interactive course consists of classroom sessions in the morning and site visits to local and regional sites in the afternoon. Students are given an overview of Cameroonian history and its current political, economic and social structure in order to better understand the complex issues in the region. Local experts will share first-hand experience with economic, social and environmental efforts being made in Cameroon. The course will culminate with student research presentations developed under the thoughtful direction of the co-directors.
Site visits to local government, cultural and community institutions in Yaoundé will supplement classroom work. A week and a half-long academic excursion to Cameroon's southwest, west and northwest regions will enable students to study sustainability issues in Cameroon first-hand. The academic excursion will take students to the botanical gardens and primate center in Limbe, the city of Buea at the foot of Mount Cameroon, the handicraft artisan market in Bamenda and UTAMSI's organic/fair trade coffee cooperative in Bafang.
The comprehensive program fee is $5,600. Airfare and visa fees are not included; however, a group flight will be arranged.
Full room and board
While in Yaoundé students will live together in shared rooms at the Dickinson Center. Family stays and shared hotel rooms will also be among students' accommodations as they travel throughout western and southwestern Cameroon.
Financial aid is available to eligible Dickinson students. Requests for financial aid must be submitted via the online application no later than February 1, 2013. Students from other institutions should inquire about financial aid possibilities at their home institution's financial aid office.
Students with a minimum 2.8 GPA are encouraged to apply.
Please click the "Apply Now" button to begin the application process. The application fee is $35.
Applications must be received no later than February 1, 2013. Late admission applications will be considered on a space available basis.
Dickinson College is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. This course is transcripted by Dickinson College as a 200-level interdisciplinary studies course. It has been pre-approved by the respective departments as Econ 214, INBM 300, and as an elective for the Globalization and Sustainability concentration within International Studies.
The course is offered for a letter grade. Students from other institutions are advised to consult with their Registrar regarding credit transfer prior to applying to the program.
A $300.00 non-refundable confirmation payment will be required approximately two weeks after notification of acceptance.
International Business & Management