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The Environment and Economic Development in Amazonas

ECON 259

4 credits
1 week on campus
3.5 weeks in Brazil
Professor James Kahn

Amazonas is a huge Brazilian state of 1.5 million square kilometers which retains 94 percent of its original forest cover. The course focuses on both rural and urban settings, looking at the role of the environment in sustainable development. Professor Kahn and his Brazilian colleagues are the leading experts in this area and will present past experiences of the region and why they were successful or unsuccessful, as well as examining current issues and the strengths and weaknesses of the approaches that have been put forward. The learning objectives of this course integrate those of the economics and environmental studies majors. Students are asked to use economic tools in an interdisciplinary context to understand the relationships among economic behavior, ecosystems and policy choices.

(1) Prerequisite: ECON 101 or ENV 110.
(2) First year students are encouraged to apply
(3) Students will leave for Brazil on the Wednesday of spring break and return to W&L for the last week of classes.
(4) Readings and occasional meetings will be required during winter term.

PROGRAM FEE: $3,125.  (This is the amount to be paid to W&L and includes international airfare, room, some meals, boat tickets, mandatory supplementary health insurance, visa and registration fees, etc.) 

Other expenses:  Airfare hometown-Miami-Lexington (est. $500); taxis (est. $100); meals (est. $600); miscellaneous spending money (est. $350)

For further information, please contact Professor Kahn.