July Session   Pitt in Ecuador Summer Application Deadline January 20, 2018     Apply

Academics

All students take 2 classes for (6 credits):

 

Morning

 

Choose either

BIOSC 1220  Tropical Forest Ecology (3cr)

This 3-Credit course provides a solid foundation in tropical forest ecology.  It is designed to prepare students to carry out research on the interaction of plant and animal communities and to engage the serious challenges facing neotropical forests. Students will learn to compare pristine to altered forests identifying key factors in forest decline and regeneration.  Students will examine each of the diverse elevational zones that comprise the Amazonian watershed.  The highlight will be a visit to Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park, an untouched area of the Amazon with the highest bio-diversity on earth.. Two Semesters of general biology required.

Or

Afternoon

ANTH Amazonian Religion and Nature (3cr)


Contact Hours: 45  Credits: 3
Instructor: Tod Swanson

Full Syllabus  

 

Course Description 

The course examines Amazonian cultural knowledge of water, weather, plant and animal life seeking to uncover underlying assumptions that constitute a systematic, if implicit, religious philosophy of nature.  It also teaches students how to ask key questions and to carry out qualitative ethnographic research in the Cultural Anthropology and the Humanities.  How do Amazonian people understand their relatedness to a natural world believed to be alive and human-like?  How do they understand the hidden social lives of plants and animals.  What is believed to cause new species to emerge or to become extinct? How are human emotions related to the seasonal cycle of rains?  How is plant and animal ecology believed to serve as a model for understanding human society and vice versa.  What aesthetic, emotional or religious practices were developed to create bonds of empathy or communication between human beings and the natural world.

 

Learning Objectives:

•  Learn to analyze Amazonian narratives on plant and animal origins 
•  Understand the aesthetics of Amazonian engagement of other species.   
•  Understand how nature works as a pattern for organizing Amazonian social life and conversely, how social life works as a model for understanding nature.
•  Learn to carry out qualitative research in Cultural Anthropology and the Humanities.

Photographs of animals in the Yasuni

Cost

 

Cost : In-State; $4,900; Out-of-State: $5,100 (Includes lodging, 3 meals per day 6 credits of tuition in country travel and excursions). 

 

Itinerary

Saturday June 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  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-4 Hike in the cloud forest

7:00 Dinner at Iyarina

Tuesday, July 3

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5 Introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon.    Swanson

7:00 Dinner

Thursday,  July 5   

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Friday,  July 6

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Free Time

7:00 Dinner

 

Saturday July 7   Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

1:00 Lunch

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday  July 8    Free Day.  No Class.

8:00 Breakfast

1:00 Lunch

7:00 Dinner

 

Monday, July 9  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Tuesday,  July 10 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

                 

Wednesday,  July 11    

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

Thursday July 12

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Friday,  July 13

8:00 Breakfast

Travel to Yasuni National Park

 

Saturday July 14   Yasuni National Park

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Diner

 

Sunday  July 15   Yasuni National Park

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Class

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Class

7:00 Dinner

 

Monday, July 16   Return from Yasuní National Park

Tuesday, July 17   Free Day

 

Wednesday, July 18  Free Day

Thursday,  July 19  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Friday, July 20  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Free time

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  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Tuesday, July 24  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Wednesday, July 25 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

 

Thursday, July  26  

8:00 Breakfast

9-12  Tropical Ecology

1:00 Lunch

2-5  Amazonian Religion and Nature

7:00 Dinner

Friday,  July  27 

8:00 Breakfast

9-12 Tropical Ecology Wind up

1:00 Lunch

Travel to the airport

Saturday July 28 

Arrive home. 

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