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Washington Semester Program| International Environment and Development Sample Seminar Topics

Students enjoy meeting and playing with children living in an SOS Village site in Ghana.

Sample topics for the International Environment and Development Seminar

•Key ‘actors’ in the global arena – governments, international organizations, INGOs, individuals, etc.

•Activism and advocacy – strategies for naming, framing, and motivating

•Development and environment challenges in Washington, D.C.

•Strategies of development in the global community – direct service, foreign aid, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and micro-finance.

•The impact of conflict, war, and state failure on development and environment

•What is environmental sustainability?

•Water, sanitation and global health challenges

•Climate Change – impact upon environment and development

•Biodiversity, species preservation and community based resource management

•Eco-tourism, cultural tourism, micro-businesses, crafts and other tourism development efforts

Quote from student

"The International Environment and Development Program offers a great mix of in-class dialogue and real world experience that contributes to a semester of incredible learning and personal growth."
Alana Sampson, Santa Clara University