BENIN

ECOSYSTEMS, CULTURE, AND ANTHROPOLOGY (DEVELOPMENTAL BOTANY RESEARCH)

Faculty Leader: Simeon Kotchoni (simeon.kotchoni@rutgers.edu), Department of Biology

Travel Dates: Spring Break 2017

Class Meeting Times: TBD (Spring semester 2017)

Course Number: 50:120:360, 56:606:616I3

Program Cost: TBD (2016 cost: $2,700)*

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The overarching goal of the course is to introduce students to rigorous and innovative knowledge on whole systems of botanical biodiversity, culture and anthropology within the setting of Benin (West Africa).

During this program, the students will learn and interact with both local people, host students and faculty to uncover the way of life in absence of advanced technology. Students will be exposed to hidden reality/knowledge of biology, ecosystem, chemistry, anthropology, psychology, economics, and sociology that could never be discovered from any teaching books. Students will experience the history and culture of Benin, while acquiring international research skills and a broad understanding of cultural diversity as related to biology and science.

The course will be made of (i) tours/visiting selected areas of interest in Benin with a unique opportunity for the students to ask questions and really interact with the local people to enlighten their curiosity and be impacted with new level of approaching and embracing nature, culture and diversity, and (ii) writing a report of the data/info acquired during the international component.

PROGRAM COST INCLUDES

 

Airfare

Housing

Some meals

HTH Health Insurance

 

PROGRAM COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

 

Visa ($135 - required for all travelers!)

Vaccinations

Passport Fee (for those without a valid passport)

Airport Exit Fees (if applicable)

*Program cost is approximate and subject to change. Program cost is in addition to tuition.