This is a spring semester program for a duration of about 4 months i.e., Jan - April. We explore the field of natural and social sciences with an emphasis on issues of sustainable development. Courses are designed to provide students academic cum experiential learning opportunities. Students learn how to apply science skills in conjunction with a concern for local communities and their needs. In addition, the rich cultural heritage of each location is explored to understand the forces that have shaped these societies. The course thus invites students to reflect upon the conflicting demands on society and environment.
This course takes students across the southern coasts of India and to the Andaman Islands with base camp in Pondicherry. A lecture cum field based course, we tie up with the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT)in Mahabalipuram, Barefoot Scuba at Havelock and the Andaman and Nicobar Environmental Team (ANET) at Wandoor; Madras Christian College's (MCC) field station at Lake Pulicat and Suganthi Devadosan Marine Research Institute (SDMRI) at Tuticorin on the east coast and National Institute of Oceanography, Goa and Department of Marine Biology, Karnatak University, Karwar on the west coast. Students learn and observe several scientific research methods, use different equipment and conduct group and individual research projects. The several readings provided and academic interactions at the research institutions lay the theoretical grounding in stitching together concepts and observations in the field.
Grading is a combination of class participation, individual papers and research, sections quizzes and group projects. Students will be required to make a final presentation at the end of the course.