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Active - JAN 182: Rwanda: "Kwizera": Believe in our Common Purpose
Kigali, Rwanda (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Jan Term 2018 12/01/2017 12/01/2017 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Course Title:Rwanda: Kwizera: Believe in our Common PurposeCourse ID:JAN 182Instructors:Jim Losi and David ChambersContact Email:jgl1@stmarys-ca.eduLocation:

Kigali, Rwanda and surrounding Perfectures (Provinces)

Course Description:

In 1994, the Rwandan Genocide resulted in the deaths of nearly one million people and nearly 10% of the population. Today, Rwanda is considered a rising society in sub-Saharan Africa, with an impressive 8% GDP, and growing public resources and support networks. In this course, students will learn a global and holistic approach to development that addresses five areas: arts and culture, education, environment and conservation, governance, and health and human services. We will address these categorical keystones through pre-January studies and a three-week immersion in the life and culture of Rwanda. In Rwanda, we will examine and witness firsthand how it is positively changing in the five areas of development. We will experience "umuganda", a Kinyarwanda word meaning "community work." We will learn, plan, and serve with various organizations and government ministries that are working to achieve the development goals as set forth by the people of Rwanda. With elected officials, we will explore how government and civic participation are evolving. Service and immersion with a Lasallian school community and learning from CARE initiatives will provide examples of international non-governmental organization work in development. Constructive conversations with artists will enable us to visualize the role of the arts and culture in rural and urban areas of the country. Through two national park excursions, we will experience Rwandan eco-tourism and the many benefits of wildlife conservation to Rwanda. Students will also have the option of visiting the critically endangered mountain gorillas at the Virunga National Park with Dr. Chambers where they will learn about the importance of biodiversity preservation and the impact it will have on the globe if biodiversity is lost forever.  We will also explore the area of social entrepreneurship by investigating a continued project created by a former Saint Mary’s student. Join this class if you want a clear understanding of what it means to create positive change, both individually and collectively.  For more info about SMC Rwanda courses visit: WWW.SMCRWANDA.BLOGSPOT.COM

Division:Upper DivisionPrerequisites:

Prerequisites: ENG 5, Attendance at one pre-registration meeting: Signature of instructor, Completion of at least one upper division course in communication, politics, economics, business, sociology, or anthropology recommended. Previous community service and/or leadership experience recommended. Speak with instructors if you do not have the recommended experience.  

Informational Meetings:

Attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory for enrollment (contact the instructor if you have conflicts):  

Wednesday 9/7, 5:30-6:30pm, Dante 215

Friday 9/9, 10:00-11:00am, Dryden Hall

Friday 9/9, 1:00-2:00pm, Dante 215

Wednesday 9/14, 1:00-2:00pm, Dante 215

Reading List:

Reading List: -Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond, Rwanda, Inc.: How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World -Andrew Sumner and Michael A. Tribe, International Development Studies: Theories and Methods in Research and Practice -Course Reader

Basis for Final Grade:

Three Pre-Trip Papers (3-4 pages each) (30%) Quality Preparation and Participation (15%) Group Presentation (in class and prior to departure) (15%) In-Country Reflection Sessions/Journals (15%) Final Integrative Paper (5 pages) (30%)

Course Fee Per Student:$4,370Description of What the Course Fee Covers:

This fee includes airfare, airport taxes, emergency health insurance, lodging, in-country transportation, breakfasts and dinners, entrance fees, local guides, safari, and reader. Students will also be required to have certain vaccinations and medications for the trip; these will have differing costs depending on each student and medical insurance. Check the January Term catalog for the payment schedule and information about travel scholarships.  There may be opportunities to lower the course fees when we begin the process of planning the Rwanda excusrion.

NOTE: Gorilla trekking is optional (but recommended) and payable by students in Rwanda to trek organizer.  Park excursions fees for L’Akagera and the Nyungwe National Parks are included in the course fee.

Dates Traveling:

Thursday, 5 January 2017 arriving @ KGL on Saturday, 7 January 2017 to Thursday, 26 January 2017 arriving home @ SFO on Friday, 27 January 2017.


Dates on Campus:

Additionally, we will spend Tuesday & Wednesday, 2 & 3 January 2017 as in class on campus time rpior to leaving for travel.

Spaces reserved for freshmen:Yes