Examine the social, economic, and political impacts of westernization and globalization in the Pacific Islands.
This program encourages students to explore processes of change in Samoa and other Pacific communities through interdisciplinary coursework, field study, and independent research. Students consider the impact of new and different values on Pacific Island communities and social structures in light of development and globalization pressures and acquire diverse perspectives on social change and transition in the Pacific context, learning from Pacific Islanders.
Major topics of study include:
Vulnerability, environmental security, and adaptation awareness
Understanding wealth and poverty in Samoa
Challenges to women in political leadership
The church and social action in Samoa
Special education and social change
Dates / Deadlines:
** Programs may fill long before their final deadline.
* Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.