The Philippines: Justice and Development Practice in Transitional Societies of Southeast Asia
Many countries in Southeast Asia have undergone significant social and political transformations within the last few decades, partly fueled by experiences of globalization, technology, and the ease by which ideas and information are transferred and disseminated. Many countries have witnessed changes in political structures, changes in governance, leadership, and cultural transitions. This context provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn firsthand the many challenges and opportunities in justice and development practices of transitional societies, as they pertain to governance, public citizenship, and environmental protections.
In this program students learn about (a) the justice and legal system of the Philippines and its historical, cultural, social, and geo-political aspects; (b) the role of public citizenship in governance such as the role of NGOs in addressing social issues like poverty, human trafficking or domestic violence; and, (c) the rich culture and natural resources of the Philippines and the state of environmental management and protections in the country. The program is comprised of lectures and multiple field exposures.
*Runs every other summer