INTL 377 – Battle for the Amazon: Social Protest and Development in Brazil
Program dates and fee: TBD
Brazil, the largest country in South America, is rapidly industrializing, which creates opportunities for both growth and destruction. As a consequence, its development and growing economy generates environmental concerns, especially in the Amazon basin.
Spend this summer exploring and studying the social and environmental implications of the construction of the third largest dam in the world in Belo Monte, Pará!
Students will begin in Rio de Janeiro, gaining an understanding about Brazil’s approach to green development, before traveling to Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, the site of governmental agencies responsible for developmental, energy, and environmental policies of the country. While there, students will be exposed to the Brazilian government’s position on the dam through visits to discuss policy with officials before interacting with local social protest movements.
The program culminates with several days spent in and around Altamira, immediately near the location of the controversial Belo Monte dam. While there, program participants will also encounter a variety of interest groups, from the institutional and individual supporters of the massive damming program to its vehement opponents. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of ethnic, social, and political groups and their interests and viewpoints, which should greatly facilitate the unique learning experience that only a study abroad program can provide.