APPLY NOW: Health, Human and Social Development in Ecuador (SASS 375A/575)


Program Dates: January 1, 2017 – January 15, 2017

Pre-trip seminars September 24 and November 5; post-trip seminar January 28, 2017


Course Leaders:

Mark Chupp, Assistant Professor

Sonia Minnes, Associate Professor


Approved for: Global and Cultural Diversity credit, Social Science credit for Engineering students, Social Work Minor credit, Elective Course credit


Course Description: This 3-credit course to Quito, the Amazon Basin and rural highlands of Ecuador will acquaint students with the history and culture of Ecuador, its social, political and economic development, and the impact it has on human development and the delivery of human services. Ecuador’s historical and current relationship with the United States will also be explored. This course provides an integrated approach to the study of multicultural issues related to policies and services that center around human and community development and healthcare in Ecuador.


Through visits in urban and rural Ecuador, students will be exposed to knowledge of the country’s history, biodiversity, environment, politics, economic system, social and health services, and the rich diversity of the people. Students will visit programs in health and traditional medicine, environmental issues, education, and child welfare. A unique way of understanding the cultural diversity will be through home stays in small groups with Quichua indigenous families, a highlight for past students. The course also includes several days in the Amazon rainforest where students will explore a different Ecuadorian lifestyle influenced by the native people, flora and fauna and traditional medicine.


Some project site visits include (subject to change):


This course is designed for students and professionals who are interested in developing an international perspective for the study of social work and related health and community development fields. It will expose students to various intervention models within a cultural context and provide opportunities for cross-cultural comparison.


For more information, contact Dr. Mark Chupp, Director of International Education Programs, or Valerie Rambin, International Education Programs Manager about this or other Mandel School study abroad programs. Contact Nancy Issa Financial Aid eligibility details and procedures.