Dr. Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick
January 6 - 17, 2018
NOTE: This course is primarily for students enrolled in the MA in Social Innovation (MASI) program. Please see Dr. Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick for more information regarding the course and to obtain participation approval.
The majority of this course will be held on-site in Kigali, Rwanda during the 2018 Intersession. "The land of a Thousand Hills", Rwanda is a green undulating landscape of hills, gardens and tea plantations. It offers tourists a one of a kind journey - home to one third of the world remaining Mountain Gorillas, one third of Africa’s bird’s species, several species of primates, volcanoes, game reserve, resorts and islands on the expansive lake Kivu, graceful dancers, artistic crafts and friendly people.
SOIN 515: Rwanda - SI Practicum
Professor: Dr. Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick
The Rwanda Experience provides creative and structured environments for students to apply classroom knowledge to the real world. In particular, we will explore social innovation and social change through the case of economic transformation in post-genocide Rwanda. The MASI team will meet with experts on the region, and on the country's efforts to leapfrog from an agricultural to information-based economy. We will connect with these issues through conversations with social entrepreneurs and innovators in the education, technology, and environmental sectors. Our experiences—in the classroom and in the field—will help students to better understand the challenges and opportunities in post-conflict social and economic transformation. Rwanda is a beautiful and energetic country, and this practicum is designed to highlight its dynamism and growth.
Mandatory Post-Trip Meeting Dates:
Session #1 - February 7, 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Session #2 - February 21, 12:15pm - 2:00pm
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Please note the KSPS Rwanda 2018 Refund Policy for this course is restrictive.
Program participants will be housed in a hotel. The rooms will be double occupancy with two students per room. Daily breakfast is included in the home.