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Intensive Short Courses

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Faculty should consider coming down to the Whitworth University Costa Rica Center to teach intensive three week courses. These short courses can be taught as a part of our Major Specific Programs, in which departments have the opportunity to "adopt a semester" at the CRC. Intensive short courses can also be taught outside of Major Specific Programs. As a part of the Latin American Studies Program, Adjunct Faculty member Bertie Weddell has come to the CRC to teach a three week intensive biology course, entitled "Conservation and Human Rights," for the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 terms. She plans to return to teach this course in the fall of 2011 as well. If you are interested in the possibilities for teaching an intensive short course, contact CRC Director Lindy Scott (lscott@whitworth.edu).

This is what Professor Weddell had to say about her experience teaching intensive short courses at the CRC:

"After teaching an interdisciplinary course entitled "Conservation in Human Rights" on the "Whitworth North" campus, I was offered the opportunity to teach a similar class at Whitworth's Costa Rica Center. I was delighted by this opportunity, because Costa Rica is a fascinating setting in which to explore issues related to this course. First of all, Costa Rica's extraordinary biological diversity provides a great outdoor laboratory in which to teach students basic principles of ecology. Second, although this tiny Central American country has an impressive conservation program, Costa Rica has its share of situations in which it is difficult to conserve cultural as well as biological diversity.

"So I accepted the offer and have taught 1-month courses about conservation and human rights at the CRC during November 2010 and April 2011. Both times, I found the experience intellectually and interpersonally rewarding. My husband came with me as well and found that he could contribute to the "Whitworth South" experience in myriad ways. For both of us, being part of the close community at the CRC has been wonderful. We have made what I hope will be life-long friendships. At the same time, we learned a great deal about Costa Rican society and the many ways that Ticos (Cost Ricans) manage their resources, ranging from situations in which foreign interests dominate decisions about how resources should be used to worker-controlled cooperatives (and many variations on these two ends of a continuum). For my students, the experience of learning about these issues in Costa Rica has been challenging, and I have been impressed by their responses to the challenges they faced."