In the World
- The course examines the many pressures on Maasai to change their way of life. Throughout the course we consider factors affecting the sustainability of human communities and their cultural traditions, animal and plant populations, and practices (e.g. herding, farming, "safari" tourism, mining) affecting natural resources such as soil and water.
- This course will examine and evaluate current and proposed policies for addressing environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. Issues to be examined include wilderness, endangered species, mining and mine remediation, hydroelectric dams, water rights, public lands management, logging, and outdoor recreation.
- German communities building massive wind farms along the seacoast once sustained by fishing and shipbuilding? Articulate Norwegian teenagers effectively confronting national politicians on Arctic oil drilling and nuclear power use? A Luther graduate working to save the world’s rainforests? Toddlers on skis out learning in the forest in all weather? (We went with them!)
- This course is designed for students who are looking for a rigorous program built around field-based projects that focus on the interactions between the major earth systems: the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere (including humans). Through the use of hands-on, field-based activities and collaborative small group projects, students strengthen their knowledge in the earth sciences and in the interactions between people and the environment.
- This course focuses on the ecology of the Southwest desert, particularly on the adaptations of organisms to arid conditions and ecological aspects of human water use. Time is spent discussing current environmental challenges and solutions, as well as the difficulty of devising economically and socially feasible solutions in a desert environment where water is limited.
- This course examines the tension between the national parks movement and pastoralist societies through the lens of the Maasai people in northern Tanzania and southern Kenya. Specifically, this J-term experience studies how wildlife conservation efforts and ecotourism have impacted the relationship of Maasai to their environment, causing rapid cultural change among their traditional modes and beliefs.