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New Spring/Maymester study abroad course, "Co-evolution of Land and People". SOILS 499A (3 cr) and 499B (0.5 cr) Maymester trip.

Posted: November 3, 2015

How do a landscape and its people evolve through time? SOILS 499A examines this question and focuses particularly on the role natural resource management has played in the evolution of culture, society, and civilization.

"Co-evolution of Land and People". SOILS 499A (3 cr) and 499B (0.5 cr) Maymester trip.

How do a landscape and its people evolve through time? SOILS 499A examines this question and focuses particularly on the role natural resource management has played in the evolution of culture, society, and civilization. Readings examine the role that forms of government have had in shaping culture and land tenure, management of natural resources with population growth, and the stability of long-term civilizations. Finally, this course examines our current civilization in the context of past ones, and evaluates its future stability.

Optional Embedded trip to Wexford, Ireland in May 15-24, 2016. Students must register for 0.5 cr. SOILS 499B in SU16.

Students admitted to the summer abroad program will work with Dr. Drohan and collaborators of his in the Teagasc agriculture and food development authority at Johnstown Castle, Wexford Ireland. We begin our trip by examining the history of Ireland with visits to the Irish National Heritage Park living history museum and then the Viking towns of Waterford and Wexford. These towns were also invaded by the Normans and important in the history of the Irish Rebellion. We will examine past agricultural and land tenure issues and their role in the Irish famine at New Ross when we visit the Dunbrody famine ship. We will investigate modern agricultural production practices with Irish sheep and dairy farmers and examine current agricultural challenges set forth under the Irish Agricultural directives Food Harvest 2020 and Foodwise 2025. We will examine soil and water protection under the Irish Environmental Protection Agency and visit several different land management projects.

TWO slots are open for the 0.5 cr. (SOILS 499B, Maymester) Wexford, Ireland Program. The 0.5  cr., 10 day trip in the Wexford and Waterford area, is expected to run ~ $2000 American dollars. Tentative dates: May 15-24. $500 deposit due October 30, 2015. We will leave from Philadelphia and it is your responsibility to get to Philadelphia for the flight to Ireland. The trip price includes your breakfast, lunch, lodging, vehicle travel in Ireland, flight, and some dinners.

To apply for the summer trip, please send ASAP a one page, typed statement by email to Dr. Drohan (pjd7@psu.edu). State why you wish to participate in this course and provide the names of two faculty for recommendations. If you have participated in a Penn State study abroad program you must list the course(s), faculty leader, and dates of participation.