Why Southern India?

  • Comprising almost 20% of India’s geographic area & home to a fifth of India’s population, southern India has been ruled by more than 18 dynasties over a period of 4000 years; Four of India’s six classical languages originated here, as did a variety of classical dance forms & the region is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Growing at twice the pace of the north, the states of Kerala, Karnataka, & Tamil Nadu have created jobs for 90 lakh (9 million) people in the IT sector in the last ten years while still providing livelihoods for millions in the cultivation of spices, tea, coconuts & cotton as well as in the manufacture of exquisite silk & cotton fabrics.
  • Featuring the greatest biodiversity in India, this region provides critical habitat for elephants & tigers & other less iconic endangered animals in several sanctuaries (Wayanad, Mudumalai, & Periyar).
This new study abroad opportunity--offered by UD’s SBA—will consider the tectonics involved when human economic & environmental priorities collide. Just as continental plates can be subducted, development priorities can be undermined by more powerful environmental forces. There is a growing literature arguing that the planet’s poorest persons are the least adaptive, the most vulnerable to environmental degradation & climate change. Humans have inhabited southern India for millennia, & the region speaks poignantly to the possibility that human efforts to restore, maintain & enhance the environment—especially endangered species of plants & animals--can complement efforts to advance economic priorities (reducing poverty & inequality, improving life quality).

This intersession program is ideal for

  • Any & all students interested in learning more about southern India & better appreciate the tensions between human activity & the natural world
  • SBA students needing the third, upper level economics course
  • SEE minors seeking to understand the challenges of achieving sustainability in developing nations when immediate priorities (eradicating poverty) impinge on the long term viability of the environment: ECO 460 is a SEE elective.
  • Students from the College of A & S , Engineering, & Education wanting to understand the role of agriculture, trade, technology & tourism in facilitating & compromising sustainable development initiatives

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