UMAIE Course Number: T4209
SAU Course Equivalency: BIOL 108, Principles of Evolutionary Change (four credits)
Instructor: Cynthia Norton and Amy Hiden, St. Catherine University
Dates: January 4-27, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Quito and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Price: $6,975 (subject to change)
Charles Darwin was one of the most revolutionary thinkers of his time, and his work forever changed the way we think about the world. This course aims to familiarize students with Darwin and his work by examining his thought processes, reading what he read, visiting sites which were instrumental in the formulation of his theory, and gaining hands-on experience with the theory and practice of evolutionary biology and natural history.
We begin the course in Quito, where we will explore the rich cultural, artistic, political and religious history of this area through walking tours of the city, visits to religious sites, and museums. We will also read about and discuss pre-Darwinian natural philosophical thought and world views - including selections from William Paley, Thomas Malthus, and other scholars whose work Darwin read. In addition, we will examine scientific thought and methodology, specifically addressing the nature of scientific reasoning and its historical development from natural philosophy.
Upon leaving Quito, we will visit Inti Nan (the equator museum), the Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest, the Cotopaxi Volcano (a young active volcano) and surrounding glaciers, and the Amazon basin. We then travel to Guayaquil, for departure to the Galapagos Islands, where we will study how the islands played a part in Darwin's ideas, and will also learn about current work there which adds to our understanding of evolutionary processes. Throughout the course, we will study not only the scientific evidence that Darwin so meticulously provided to support his theory of evolution by natural selection, but will also look at modern biological techniques and discoveries that support his work. In this process, students will gain hands-on experience in the field, learning for themselves the power of the scientific method.
Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Cosgrove Hall, lower level).
Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.