Location: Peru (Online)
Course: Indigenous Knowledge & Sustainability
Credit: Smart Certificate
Duration: 17 Days
Gain an introduction to Indigenous knowledge and sustainable development concepts, and learn about ancient, Indigenous, and contemporary sustainability initiatives using Peru as a case study.
A 17-day online certificate course analyzing the connections between Indigenous knowledge and sustainable development using Peru as a case study.
- Discover Indigenous sustainability knowledge and practices in Peru
- Participate in virtual field trips to Indigenous communities
- Engage in provoking discussions exploring Indigenous rights and protection
It aims to understand how the Quechua communities in the Andes exemplify the paradoxical relationship between indigenous knowledge and environmental issues: they are extremely vulnerable to the effects to issues such as climate change, but they also possess a wealth of knowledge, practices, techniques, and technologies used by these communities to ensure food security in face of calamities. Specific examples of indigenous knowledge and virtual field trips to indigenous communities will be provided to help illustrate the role of the Peruvian people as actors in protecting, restoring and achieving sustainable development.
Objectives and Outcomes
The objective of this course is to provide a basic introduction to indigenous knowledge and sustainable development concepts, while exposing students to ancient, indigenous, and contemporary sustainability initiatives using Peru as a case study. See below for course outcomes.
Location: Peru (Online)
Program professor: Professor Oscar R. Ortega
Focus: Indiginous Knowledge & Sustainability
Program Dates Now Enrolling:
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Academic credits: Smart Certificate
Length: 17 Days
Mon-Fri; 6-9pm ET
Saturdays: 9am – 2pm ET
Single Pay: $975
Monthly Payment Plan: $255/month for 5 months
Program Curriculum Highlights
Gain an introduction to the course and review course expectations. Meet TGP, your professor, and cohort.
Learn about what makes Peru one of the most diverse countries in the world. Explore the country’s diverse ecosystems and how it impacts economic activities and sustainability.
Explore theories and practices of sustainable development. This section aims to stimulate a critical examination and help students understand complex issues of development as they relate to natural, economic, and social systems.
Discover the concepts, measures, and policies for the development paradigm, and the intersections of human and economic development.
Gain an understanding of the main characteristics of Indigenous people in Peru. Explore their knowledge, livelihood, beliefs, vulnerabilities, and strengths. Analyze their potential impact as a part of the future of sustainability.
Explore Peru’s indigenous cultures and their relations to the Shamanism religion and spirituality. Discuss the intersections of culture, spirituality, and sustainability.
Ask: Who has the right to use indigenous knowledge? How are indigenous rights protected, if at all? What is the potential impact and protocol of utilizing indigenous knowledge for a sustainable future?
Engage in stimulating conversations and critical examination to understand the present and future using a holistic approach, inclusive of indigenous knowledge.
Apply your newfound knowledge of Peru’s indigenous communities and compare differences and similarities with your region’s indigenous community and sustainability (paper + discussion).
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Meet your professor
Professor Oscar R. Ortega joined The GREEN Program in 2014 as the Lead Professor of TGP’s Peru: Water Resource Management Program in 2014 as part of our partnership with Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola – USIL. Over the course of his academic and professional career, Professor Ortega has accomplished a variety of impressive feats including founding an NGO called Instituto de Investigaciones para el Desarrollo Sustenable de los Agro Ecosistemas Andinos.
Professor Ortega has been awarded the Greta Kramer award for his outstanding studies, and now teaches with numerous International Programs focused on topics related to biodiversity, Andean nutrition, sustainable development, Indigenous knowledge, climate change, traditional healing and international politics. He is driven by the conviction that sustainability can be achieved by educating & creating awareness.
What our alumni are saying about their TGP experience
Mechanical Engineering Student, North Carolina State University
The ability to examine the pros and cons of certain practices, instead of providing an answer to things that are complicated and still need to be discussed, was something I really liked about this course.
Engineering Student, North Carolina State University
A lot of other sustainability or environmental courses I've taken are very broad in nature, and I liked that this was a very specific case study into Peru. I liked that the course was not just analyzing sustainability in a modern sense, but Indigneous Practice. I really enjoyed that perspective on sustainability.
Electrical Engineering Student, North Carolina State Univerity
I really, really love the discussion part of this course as a whole. I love the open-ended nature. We were given this material, and asked to analyze it, look at it, and make our own sense of it. It allowed this discussion to happen that doesn't usually happen in a classroom, and I really enjoyed that and learned a lot from it.
Human Geography Student, University of Toronto
I enjoyed the program because it's relevant now with indigenous issues in Canada - rising injustice. This course is helpful for me because I didn't have previous knowledge in Indigenous knowledge. I hadn't been exposed to what it's like in the culture of Indigenous people. Now it's easier to engage in conversation around this topic. A big takeaway for me was to understand the geography of Peru as a Geography major, I really enjoyed that part.
Environmental Science and Engineering Student, University of Texas - El Paso
I love the class and Professor Ortega. He is one of my favorite professors I've ever had. I prefer this class more than the one I'm taking for policy at my university. Professor Ortega makes it more engaging. I really enjoyed the course, thank you.
Electrical Engineering Student, North Carolina State University
The course was great! I learned a lot of things I couldn't have learned otherwise. The knowledge of what sustainability is will stick with me. I learned a lot of new perspectives.
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