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  • Locations: Multiple, India
  • Program Terms: January Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Sustainability in Southern India

A University of Dayton Intersession Program:  27 Dec 2018-12 Jan 2019
(Apply via the School of Business Administration website by clicking here)


This study abroad opportunity—offered for the second year 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). 

COURSE OPTIONS:  Students may participate in this special program under two regimes. 
  • Either by enrolling in one of two three-credit courses--either ECO 435:  Environmental Economics or ECO 460: Economic Growth and Development)[ECO 203:  Principles of Micro—is a prerequisite for both three-credit classes.]
  • Or by enrolling in the one-credit course: ECO 498: Sustainability in Southern India (that is ‘purpose-built’ for this intersession).  There are no prerequisites for this course.
This binary approach makes it possible for students who do not want or need the upper level economics course to participate, at a more affordable price.  Students selecting the one-credit option will still participate in all lectures & field trips on site; but they will have a much smaller academic commitment before & after the trip.  Both options satisfy the BWISE  int’l requirement.

  • 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).  But as recent flooding during the monsoon in Kerala reveals, humanity’s relationship with nature remains precarious in this region.
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 majors and minors seeking to understand the challenges of achieving environmental sustainability in developing nations when immediate priorities (eradicating poverty) impinge on the long term viability of the environment:  Both ECO 461 and ECO 435 are SEE electives.
For further details, see the program flyer:
SBA India January 2019.docx
QUESTIONS:  email Barbara Heroy John at

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This program is currently not accepting applications.