Location: Costa Rica
Dates: January 5 - 18, 2014; Mondays 3:45 -6:30 pm during 2014 Spring Term A
Term: 2014 Spring 2-8 weeks
Objective: This course focuses on the concepts of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in cooperation with the Rainforest Alliance and Caribou Coffee. Achieving an in-depth understanding of the many interrelated and complex issues associated with sustainability and CSR requires an exploration into the entire value chain and the stakeholders who affect or are affected throughout the chain. Students will explore the value chain from origins through final product and the stakeholders involved. This includesexploration regarding the important interaction between multinational corporations and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) to promote sustainability and CSR. This course will also deeply explore the challenges regarding for how to effectively tell the complex story of sustainability and CSR in an authentic and meaningful way through such mediums as sustainability certifications and sustainability & CSR communications.
The benefits to students participating in this program may include:
This course is approved for the Civic Life & Ethics theme.
This program is open to University students in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.5 at the time of application or instructor permission.
All students with an interest in the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment are invited.
Preference will be given to Carlson School students.
The program comprises guest lectures, site visits, and case study. Costa Rica represents a critical coffee supplier to Caribou Coffee. Students will learn about the coffee supply chain firsthand with its complex environmental and social challenges through visits to coffee farms with Caribou employees. This course will enable students to deeply consider the people and communities involved in providing the customers of Caribou Coffee that daily cup of coffee. Cultural tours adn two group dinners will complement the academic program.
Students stay in conveniently-located hotels and will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and a closing dinner are provided.
Fees are based on estimates and may change due to international economic factors. This information applies to 2013-2014 programs.
|2013-2014 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13-19 credit tuition plateau)||$0|
|Program Fee (including international group airfare, hotel accommodation, program events, daily breakfast, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*)||$4,400|
|International airfare between Minnesota and Costa Rica (included in Program Fee||$0|
|Passport and Photos||$145|
|Hotel Accomodation (included in Program Fee)||$0|
|Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc)||$250|
|Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee)||$450|
*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.
To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee.
The application cycle starts on March 1 and the priority deadline is April 1. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full.
Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status via email within 4 weeks of the priority deadline.