Southern Chile’s Archipelago of Chiloé
Many majors in the Society & Environment Department at Truman participate in study abroad experiences. One study abroad course developed by department faculty is a four-week trip to Chile led by Dr. Anton Daughters, Assistant Professor of Anthropology.
Offered during the December-January winter break every other year, “Globalization and Culture Change” (CHI 401: Chile Study Abroad) gives students on-site immersion (through home stays and participant observation fieldwork) into the culture of southern Chile’s Archipelago of Chiloé. It also includes stays in Santiago and Puerto Varas.
Living and Working in South Africa
Prior Study Abroad programs run by faculty in the Department of Society & Environment have included a bi-annual trip to South Africa led by Dr. Elaine McDuff. Fifteen Truman students, including seven sociology/anthropology majors, were immersed in the living history of South Africa by working twenty hours a week in non-profit organizations in Cape Town. These non-profits addressed issues of human rights, social justice and equality, especially with regard to women, children, workers, immigrants, and the environment. The other days were spent visiting museums and historical and scenic sites around Cape Town.
As part of the program, students were required to post reflections about their experiences on a course blog, and complete a research paper which they present in the spring at the Student Research Conference.