Bahamas: Cultural & Political Ecology of the Bahamas





Program Description 

Experience the hidden real Bahamas: the people, food, customs, flora and fauna, and economic and political roots that make this beautiful country so much more than a spectacular beach resort. Studying a nation isolated and fragmented geographically, constrained by its finances and natural resources, will heighten your awareness of the fundamental forces that shape the wealth of nations and progress of social development.

In ten days of travel, preceded by targeted assigned readings and group discussions, you’ll dive deep into an authentic lifestyle experience of this archipelago nation, living on one of its least developed islands. You’ll be involved in hands-on activities touching on ecology, geology, agriculture, oceanography, maritime industries, family formation, education and indigenous arts. Our lodging will be right on a gorgeous untouched 5 mile long white sand beach on that remote island. You’ll love this program if you’re an adventurer, a friend of the ocean, a student of nature, and a person curious about how people come to live in remote parts of the world and how they survive there.


GLST 188 Special Topics in International Experiences (3 units) Area V

Study of modern history, government, immigration and impacts on development of diverse communities. Study of effects of immigration, economics, biases, and other factors on community development, as well as comparing and contrasting US and other cultural perspectives. Course offered as FLP in countries outside the U.S. GE 

Prerequisites: Passage of the Writing Skills Test (WST) or ENGL/LLD 100A with a C or better (C- not accepted), completion of Core General Education and upper division standing are prerequisites to all SJSU studies courses. Completion of, or co-registration in, 100W is strongly recommended. Note: All SJSU Studies courses require completion of the WST and upper division standing.



Program Leader: Laura Roden

Laura Roden, a lecturer in SJSU’s Lucas College of Business, fell in love with the Bahamas when she first visited in 1987 (shortly after its independence) and ended up a crew member on a sailboat that won the Green Turtle Cay regatta. She owned her own home on South Andros island for fifteen years, during which time she became deeply acquainted with the historical roots and cultural evolution of the country, not to mention the wonderful people, the delicious food, and the spectacular beaches. She has shared the special wonders of The Bahamas with many friends over the years and now looks forward to sharing these experience with a dynamic, curious, adventurous group of students.





It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.  

$750 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administrative Fee 
$2,500 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$3,450  Total Program Cost


* Airfare is not included.  


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