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* WWU Global Learning Program: Himalaya Cultures & Ecology: Field Program in Ladakh
Ladakh, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led
Language of Instruction:
English
Fields of Study:
Culture, Ecology, Service Learning Housing Options: Other
Program Description:
Himalaya Culture & Ecology: Field Program in Ladakh, India. Culture & Ecology: Field Program in Ladakh, India. Join Western faculty and students on this remarkable journey to Himalayas. Western Washington University in association with the Institute for Village Studies offers students an in-depth, cross-cultural educational program in the Himalaya communities of Ladakh.
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Himalayas, India

FAIR437b (12 credits)

Culture & Ecology: Field Program in Ladakh, India

Pre-departure session dates: Orientation (Bellingham) June 23 - 27, 2014
Travel dates: July 2 – August 12, 2014

Culture & Ecology: Field Program in Ladakh, India. Join Western faculty and students on this remarkable journey to Himalayas. Western Washington University in association with the Institute for Village Studies offers students an in-depth, cross-cultural educational program in the Himalaya communities of Ladakh.

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Program Details

Join Western faculty and students on this remarkable journey to Himalayas. Western Washington University in association with the Institute for Village Studies offers students an in-depth, cross-cultural educational program in the Himalaya communities of Ladakh.

Ladakh, in northern India, is one of highest and most remote human habitats on earth. Located between the Himalaya range to the south and the Karakoram range to the north, it is a region beset by water scarcity, fragile ecosystems and extreme climatic variation. Ladakhis have resourcefully dealt with these harsh conditions for over a thousand years, utilizing longstanding practices that integrate environmental knowledge with social and religious understandings. Now confronting modernity, they are grappling with how to develop in a sustainable manner. These environmental challenges represent a unique natural setting for first-hand understanding of cultural adaptation and sustainability.

As part of the program we help support local community projects and provide opportunities for students to learn about grassroots development. Our latest project is working with Stongdey village to build artificial glaciers in effort to adapt to a changing climate and provide a more reliable source of water.

This trip will be physically and emotionally demanding. It involves very basic living conditions, high altitudes, and strenuous physical activity. It will culminate with a 3-5 day trek to altitudes of up to 17,000 feet. But for those who are up to the challenge, the trip will be an immensely rewarding and transformative experience.

Program highlights:

  • Spend 6 weeks in a remote region of the Western Himalayas
  • Study Tibetan and Ladakhi culture, religion and history
  • Learn about local issues of water scarcity, cultural survival and adaptation to a changing climate
  • Work with Save Zanskar and other grassroots organizations on community development projects
  • Trek in the dramatic western Tibetan Plateau

Click here to download a detailed, printable itinerary.

FAIR437b (12 credits) Click to view Course Syllabus


 

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Instructor

Charlie Ashbaugh is the Director of the Institute for Village Studies. He joined IVS from the field of international development and has worked on development projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Prior to taking over as Director, he worked with the International Center for Research on Women, where he conducted research on women’s economic empowerment.

He holds an M.A. in sustainable international development from Brandeis University and a B.A. in global studies form Western Washington University. He is also a nationally certified EMT.

Email: cashbaugh@villagestudies.org
Phone: (206) 300-7857

Liz Mogford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts at St. John's College in 1990, a M.A. in Sociology and a M.P.H. in International Health at the University of Washington in 2002 and completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington in 2007.

Email: Liz.Mogford@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3002
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Cost

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