• Poverty and
    May Term 2014
    SOC 379


    3 credits- 2 during the 2nd half of the
    spring semester & 1 during May Term 
    Dr. Julie Hart

    Course Description:

    The course will examine the causes, consequences, and solutions to Central American poverty while studying in Guatemala. The course will explore poverty in the context of colonial history, economic globalization, political and economic policies of unrestrained capitalism and trade, population growth, tropical climate, and cultural patterns. Students will travel in both urban and rural Guatemala meeting with non-profit organizations, government officials, and living with impoverished families. Grassroots efforts to address poverty will include: micro loan programs, sustainable development and agriculture, empowerment of women, literacy campaigns, investment in human capital, land reform, fair trade policies, appropriate technology and education for democracy. Spanish is useful but not necessary.


    Week 1: Causes of Poverty
    Colonial History of Guatemala and residual racism Impact of Economic Globalization and Visit Banana Finca Political & Economic Structures and Policies – Guatemalan Government Official Population Growth and Climate – APROFAM/NGO working with population.Culture and Poverty - Mayan and Ladino Culture

    Week 2: Responses to Poverty
    The Importance of Sustainable Development Macro & Micro– Improving Agricultural Productivity/ Sustainable Agriculture – Investment in Human Capital (Education & Healthcare) – Land Reform Issues Democratization, Micro financing & Poverty Reduction – USAID speaker Free vs. Fair Trade & Government Policies: Support for local business – Gustavo Chacon The Hope of Appropriate Technology- Trip to Center Empowerment of women and family planning– MCC/ UPIVIM.

    *This is our tentative schedule but is subject to change.

    Approximate Daily Schedule:

    8:00am - Breakfast
    8:30-9:30am - Worship/Reflection led by students and time to process
    9:30am-12noon - Structured class discussion on daily topic noted above
    1-5pm - Field Trip related to topic for the day


    View photos from previous Guatemala study abroad programs:



  •  Dates:

    May Term 2014

    Estimated Cost:

    Program Fee:  TBD  

    ODU Tuition: $575 for the one credit course during May Term 

    Partial Scholarships are available. Please include a scholarship essay in your application to be considered. 

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    For more information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Julie Hart or the International Office  

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