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Spring 2020

Course Description
Bocas del Toro is a relatively pristine region on Panama┬┤s Caribbean coast that has experienced rapid tourism development during the past 20 years. The area is home to high quality coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests; great cultural diversity; as well as numerous conflicts over resource use. During Spring Break this course will travel to Bocas to explore the social, economic, and environmental impacts of this tourism growth and evaluate some of the principal conflicts between social actors, as well as between user groups and government authorities illustrating numerous tensions between conservation efforts and development. Students will prepare and conduct individual research projects while at the study site. In addition to our fieldwork, we will meet on Wednesday evenings in Coral Gables throughout the semester.

Program Fee: $650 that includes hotels/guesthouses, some group meals, tours, guides, museum entries, and local flight from Panama City to Bocas del Toro. Students must purchase their tickets from Miami to Panama City.

Travel Dates: 6-15 March 2020

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-13-2020 - 04-21-2020   W  6:30 PM-9:20 PM TBD

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation: Research paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes:
Co-Listed Course
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions: If you are interested in this course, please contact Daniel Suman ( as early as possible. Space is limited as the course is cross-listed between the RSMAS, the Law school, and the Latin American Studies programs. ROOM: Dooly Memorial 217
Law Track(s):
Environment & Natural Resources - Specialized
International & Comparative Law - Related
Real Property - Related
Social Justice - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
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Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: No First Class Assignment.   



Contact Information:
Phone: 305-361-4685
Office: x54685