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COMMRC 1180 - Social Media For a Sustainable Amazon - Tena Ecuador (3 credits)


Instructor:  George Glenn • Assistant Professor – Marketing & Entrepreneurship


This course examines the communication challenges and opportunities provided by the rise of social media in the Amazon basin.  Within the last 5 years, social media and messenger apps have begun to link remote populations to the rest of world.  Exemplary of this change is the Amazon Basin where previously isolated communities now post videos of of illegal logging, speeches by their leaders, and dreams of their young people in real time. These new social channels create a newly connected frontier and voice for sustainability and enterprise. Students will review and learn how social media is used by many stakeholders (indigenous communities, governments, organizations and multi-national corporations) and how it shapes the development of Ecuador and the Amazon.

Itinerary

Saturday July 30

11:30 PM Arrive in Quito Shuttle to Real Audiencia

 

Sunday,  July 1


8:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Tour colonial Quito (founded 1535)

12:00 Lunch At Hotel Real Audiencia

1:PM  Hike in the high altitude páramo polylepus forest.

6:30 PM Arrive at Yanayacu Cloud forest Station

7:00 PM Dinner

 

Monday  July  2

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Hike in the cloud forest with lecture on cloud forest environment.

1:00 Lunch

2-4 Hike in the cloud forest

7:00 Dinner at Iyarina

Tuesday, July 3

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

Course Introduction

 

1:00 Lunch

2-5

Swanson, Amazonian Culture and Environment

7:00 Diner

 

Wednesday, July 4

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class     Use of social media by Amazonian tribal governments and indigenous leaders.   (In class examination of websites, Facebook pages and Tweets. 

 

Thursday,  July 5   

8:00 Breakfast

 

9-12  Class   Use of social media by Amazonian tribal governments and indigenous leaders

 

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class 

Communications in the Developing Amazon

The use of social media by the government of Napo to get out its message.

 

Tropical Ecology

7:00 

 

Friday,  July 6

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Work on Communications and Tropical Ecology Projects

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon:  Hike up the Canoa Yaku

7:00 Dinner

 

Saturday July 7   Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday  July 8    Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Dinner

 

Monday, July 9  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology.  Learn to recognize major plant families.

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

 

Tuesday,  July 10 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology.   Learn to recognize major plant families.

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

Wednesday,  July 11    

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

Thursday July 12

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

 

Friday,  July 13

8:00 Breakfast

9-12   Work on Communications and Tropical Ecology Projects 

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Free for travel or study

7:00 Dinner

 

Saturday July 14   Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday  July 15   Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Dinner

 

Monday, July 16   Yasuní National Park

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class  

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class  

7:00 Diner

 

Tuesday, July 17   Yasuni National Park

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class     

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Study the communications battle over uncontacted people.  Compare tothe reality as understood by the Waorani relatives of uncontacted groups.

7:00 Diner

Wednesday, July 18  Yasuni National Park

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class  Meet with the manager of the Yasuni Scientific Station, Carlos Padilla to study the communications strategy of the Station.

7:00 Diner

Thursday,  July 19  Return to Iyarina.  View African Palm plantations and Oil Fields.  Contrast the reality to the Social media image these industries present.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

                       

7:00 Diner

 

Friday, July 20  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Work on Communications and Tropical Ecology Projects

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Free for travel or study

7:00 Dinner

 

Saturday, July 21   Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday, July 22     Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

Monday, July 23 

 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

 

Tuesday, July 24  

 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

 

Wednesday, July 25 

 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology

                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

 

Thursday, July  26  

 

8:00 Breakfast
9-12  Class    Amazonian Culture and Environment
1:00 Lunch
2-5  Class      Tropical Ecology
                       Communications for a Sustainable Amazon

Friday,  July  27 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Work on Communications and Tropical Ecology Projects

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Free for travel or study

7:00 Dinner

Saturday July 28  Travel to the airport

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