This field program begins with several days of instruction in person and on Canvas and 8 days in the field. The goal of the course is for students to gain an appreciation for the dynamic people and places of Guyana through intensive classroom and field study.
This course will ask questions such as: How did colonialism shape the history and landscape of Guyana? What is the role of indigenous peoples in rainforest environments today? How have natural hazards altered contemporary economies within the country? How has the Guyana fishing industry adapted to changing global markets for lobster, shrimp, and snapper? How does agricultural tourism and associated farm stays contribute to the state’s sustainable development objectives? What role does conservation play in Guyana’s national policy agenda? How does Guyana and the rainforest feature into the legend of El Dorado in both literature and contemporary art? Many of these questions will be explored within the context of human-environment relations and geographic scale using readings from interdisciplinary sources.
While in Guyana, students will visit the U.S. Embassy, the University of Guyana, and the Georgetown Parliament in order to better understand the social, cultural and political histories of rainforest environments. From there, we will venture into the countryside to hike Turtle Mountain, a prime location for citing black spider monkeys, red howler monkeys, and a variety of birds found -including the Guianan puffbird and golden winged parakeet- in the rainforest canopy. We will visit sustainable timber harvesting cites and spend several nights at the Iwokrama River Lodge, where we’ll learn more about Amerindian conservation and livelihood struggles. Guyana holds the distinction of being the only English speaking nation in South America, yet both language and culture are shaped by Dutch, Arawakan and Caribbean influences. In one year, Guyana receives less tourists than Machu Picchu, Peru does in a single day. Some 80% of the country is covered in rainforest, while the savannah biome of Rupununi hosts ranchers and farmer’s communities that are increasingly utilizing ecotourism as an alternative form of development.
If any pre-requisites are required, they will be listed above. Prerequisites require an instructor override in advance of your registration in Ursa. Please contact the instructor before registering to provide proof of completion of the prerequisite course. Other UNC staff are not able to assist with prerequisite overrides for registration.
Current UNC students can register for this course.
If you are not seeking a degree at UNC, but have earned a GED or high school diploma, you may take a course for personal interest or to transfer to another college or university. Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for Financial Aid.
Instructor email: Karen Barton
UNC Extended Campus
Campus Box 21, Michener Library, Room L54
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Deposits are non-refundable and signify your commitment to participate in the course. Once you commit to participate, UNC may begin to make logistical arrangements on your behalf that may include non-recoverable costs. UNC will attempt to recover funds expended or committed on your behalf if you decide to withdraw, but any non-recoverable costs to UNC (charged by airlines, third party vendors, tour operators, etc.) will be charged to you.
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