The Department of Anthropology+Sociology sponsors two short-term study abroad programs, led by our expert faculty. “Social Life in Global Cities,” based in London and Paris, is co-directed by Dr. Jason Patch (Sociology). “Environmental Justice in Brazil,” based in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil, is co-directed by Dr. Jeremy Campbell (Anthropology). The programs are held in alternating summers, and carry between six and seven academic credits. For more information on these programs, contact the responsible faculty members or visit the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs.
This program connects students to two key global cities, London and Paris. Students visit key city sites (museums, memorials, and street markets), and contrast the urban social life of these cities: use of sidewalks, use of public transportation, consumption patterns, and security practices. Attention is given to each city’s important ‘third places’, changing social geography, urban restructuring, and contemporary cultural manifestations. Students also engage in research projects incorporating introductory field research.
Located in the state of Minas Gerais, students engage local experts, visit a variety of culturally important sites, and conduct short-term fieldwork with local communities. In their studies of “environmental justice,” students will discover how social factors such as race/ethnicity, gender, class, and regional histories affect how communities gain access to or control over environmental resources (land, water, agricultural properties, culturally significant landscapes, etc.). A crucial bridge between studying culture and learning journalistic techniques is the process of becoming familiar with the concerns and perspectives of the local community, which students will achieve through participating in community-driven service projects with local partners. Visit our website here.