Biodiversity and Natural Resource Conservation in Bali (ENVI 3010 / 3 credits / 45 class hours) This course focuses on biodiversity conservation in the ecological context of tropical Asian reef and rainforest systems. Against a backdrop of historical and
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
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- Program Description:
- Examine resource-use patterns and community-based conservation initiatives on the island of Bali.
This program explores the challenges of nature conservation in one of the world’s most biodiverse and heavily populated countries—Indonesia. Based on the beautiful island of Bali, the program reveals how resource-use patterns in Indonesia are threatening the future sustainability of Bali’s globally significant natural resources—above all its rainforest and coral reef ecosystems—and also the viability of its human communities. Students spend extensive time learning in the field through snorkeling excursions, hiking in tropical forest reserves, and exploring agro-ecosystems.
Major topics of study: Conservation strategies Principles and practices of sustainability and conservation biology Habitat fragmentation Management of threatened species and populations
Biodiversity and Natural Resource Conservation in Bali (ENVI 3010 / 3 credits / 45 class hours) This course focuses on biodiversity conservation in the ecological context of tropical Asian reef and rainforest systems. Against a backdrop of historical and contemporary patterns of natural resource use patterns in Indonesia and particularly Bali, we examine the responses of the biota to large-scale habitat loss and fragmentation, extraction of resources (for example timber and fishes) and changes to hydrological and nutrient dynamics that accompany conversion of the landscape to agricultural dominance. Understanding the processes and patterns of change gives us insight into potential solutions, which may include government-initiated programs, privately-funded ventures and community-based approaches. We will examine these different models by means of social, economic and environmental indicators of success, looking in particular at integration of these aspects and potential for long-term, sustainable solutions. Biodiversity and Conservation Field Study Project (ENVI 3060 / 3 credits / 45 hours) In this course students engage in research on a topic of relevance to biodiversity and conservation in Bali. The emphasis in this project is on building a solid framework for facilitating field research, including development of appropriate research questions and methodology, use of literature and other resources to construct a strong context for proposed project work, and cultivation of sound primary data collection skills (including interview and laboratory-based skills as well as fieldwork in a narrower sense). Each student conducts research with a field component and produces an original academic paper whose contents are also presented orally to their peers. This course gives students the opportunity to engage in more detail with one of the themes examined in the seminar and to develop their academic skills. Intensive Language Study: Bahasa Indonesia (INDO 1002-3002 / 2 credits / 30 class hours) This course is designed to develop student proficiency and communication in Indonesian language. While emphasis is placed primarily on oral comprehension and conversational skills (i.e. listening and speaking), reading and writing are highlighted as crucial to the reinforcement of those skills. Thus, the course is designed not only to help students acquire Indonesian, but also to grasp cultural practices in Indonesia. Cultural context is built into the course and introduced through experiential activities accompanying the textbook. Beginning Indonesian introduces students to pronunciation and writing systems of basic grammar, basic vocabulary and sentence structure.
- Setting Description:
- Students have a short homestay in a Bedulu village (3–4 days), near the program classroom, which will introduce them to the Balinese home and provide them with additional insight into the predominant Hindu culture. The homestay also gives students a good opportunity to practice their new language skills in Indonesian. Other accommodations on the program include hostels and small hotels.
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