Photojournalism and International Development

May 8, 2020 – May 26, 2020

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Understanding and communicating Namibia’s agricultural issues through word and illustration are necessary skills for communicators of such issues. Texas A&M University (TAMU) the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, and local Namibian agribusinesses provide TAMU students with an international high-impact educational experience. Courses are enhanced with study trips to Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Mokuti, Twyfelfontei, the Kalahari and Namib Deserts, and to Damara and San native villages to engage students in Namibia’s unique ecological and cultural heritage. Pre-travel class meetings are held at TAMU’s College Station campus During the spring semester. Opportunities are available for partial funding. Please email Jessica Spence for more information or if you are interested in this opportunity.

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2019 Program

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Courses will be taught in the spring semester 2020, with travel and remaining coursework over the 2020 Maymester.

Course Travel Dates: May 8, 2020 – May 26, 2020

Costs: $5,400

Courses (6 hours): AGCJ 308/ALED 460

Eligibility:Open to all majors, undergraduate and graduate

Application Deadline: October 1, 2019

Scholarship Application Deadline: October 12, 2019

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Classes Offered:

AGCJ 308 – Agricultural Photography: This course explores digital photography as a component of career skills necessary for agricultural journalists and communicators. Students will participate in photo shoots and use photo editing software to enhance and improve digital photographs. A final portfolio will demonstrate skills learned and applied during the course (3 credits).

ALEC 460 – Applying International Development Theories in Agriculture Practical application of agricultural development theories (geographical, communal, societal, etc.) in Namibia during Maymester. This high-impact learning experience will include interactions with Namibia agribusinesses, the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, and international organizations.

Partners: Prairie View A&M University, and Desert Research Foundation of Namibia

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