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Systems Science instructor leads sustainability course in Peru
Author: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Posted: October 19, 2015

This past summer, Dr. David Hall, instructor in the Systems Science Program and Psychology Department, led a group of 12 students on a study abroad course to Peru.  As implied by its name, Living Systems Immersion: Sustainability and PDC in the Peruvian Andes, the course focused on sustainability education largely following the Permaculture Design Certification curriculum.

The course added emphasis on social technologies for living in community along with learning about local Quechua culture. David and his students also worked with the local elementary school to solicit the children’s dreams for their school’s relationship with the natural environment. That led to a project in which the children and PSU students planted native trees on the school grounds. PSU students also designed and constructed a compost system to help reduce waste and build the soil of the school’s vegetable garden.

Dr. Hall will be leading the course again next summer and invites students to inquire with questions (deh@pdx.edu).

The course gives students an option to enroll for 6 SySc credits or 4 SySc credits and 2 PSY credits, with the PSY credits entitled, Ecocultural Psychology.  

Learn more at PSU’s Fall Education Abroad Fair Monday October 19th from 11am to 2pm in the Smith Ballroom.  Todos son bienvenidos!