IDIS W40 Engaging Development in Cambodia
Identify and understand the root causes of abject poverty in Cambodia, then visit and participate with a wide variety of organizations supporting development activities there.
Issues engaged include food production capacity, land use trends, availability of adequate and clean water, availability of education and primary health care. We will engage with a variety of non-governmental organizations involved in supporting the holistic transformation of communities; CRWRC village projects enabling people to produce greater quantities of healthful food, water filtration and pumping methods, orphanages, Kindergarten classes, hospitals, and several Christian churches. Students will have opportunity to contribute service-learning hours by working with these organizations. The class will start by engaging the historic and cultural underpinnings that created the current situation in Cambodia. A visit of the Angkor Wat temples will lay an ancient historical foundation of Cambodian culture, followed by the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng prison to underscore the recent impact of the Khmer Rouge. Students will gain a clear understanding of what current living conditions are in Cambodia for an average Cambodian citizen in urban and rural environments, what the impediments to change are, what can and is being done to make a positive and sustainable change, how to be agents of redemption in a deeply troubled society. This class is a cooperative learning adventure with Calvin College and Handong Global University (South Korea). This course may fulfill an elective in the International Development Studies major and minor. It also qualifies toward the requirements of the Engineering Department’s International Designation program. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.
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