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  • Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)

    Course Content:

    The course will consist of three courses and related field trips integrated as a single program of 5 academic credits awarded by the University of Florida:

    1. A survey course on international and comparative sustainable development law, with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean (2 credits).
    2. An interdisciplinary course addressing the comparative law, policy and science of watersheds, wetlands and wildlife, with an emphasis in Costa Rica (2 credits).
    3. A professional skills course that integrates the content from the 2 substantive courses through consultancy-based practicums that address issues of the immediate importance to the sustainable development community in Costa Rica (1 credit).

    During the first 3 weeks, the Program will deliver lectures and skills exercises from M-W at OTS San Jose headquarters, as well as provide guest lectures and visit appropriate institutions. Thurs-Sat the program will visit OTS field stations and other field sites relevant to the topical theme (s) of the Program and deliver field lectures and skills exercises. During the final week the program will remain in San Jose at OTS headquarters and the Program be devoted to course integration through practicums that have been collaboratively developed over the course of the program.

    Course Objectives:

    Integrating law, development policy and conservation science
    Cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary communication
    Practitioner Training


    All participants should be fluent in English. A working knowledge of Spanish would be useful but is not required. This course is relevant for law and graduate students interested in tropical conservation and sustainable development.