Students will travel to Africa to learn about international conservation and development in national parks and wildlife areas of Zambia.This course will cover issues of livelihoods and sustainable development in Zambia using the Livingstone Region of the Zambezi River as a model to explore the complex interactions between natural resources, local people, NGO’s, government agencies, tourism providers, resource managers and tourists. We will focus our discussions on livelihoods, livelihood change and nature-based tourism in the context of sustainable development.
PTRM 345X: Sustaining Human Society & Natural Environment, 6 credits
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in a lodge and most meals will be included in the program cost.
$2,961 + airfare
All meals, lodging, and international insurance are included in the program fee.
If you are registered as a full-time student (12 credits for undergraduate students and 12 credits for graduate students) in the spring semester 2018, the 6 credits of this course will already be included in the flat-rate tuition. If you are not at the flat rate, you will need to pay tuition for the additional credits. No summer tuition is required for this course.
PTRM 345 (6 Credits)
May 18 - June 7, 2018
Learning Objectives and Course Requirements
Students will travel to Africa to learn about international conservation and development in national parks and wildlife areas of Zambia. This course will cover issues of livelihoods and sustainable development in Zambia using the Livingstone Region of the Zambezi River as a model to explore the complex interactions between natural resources, local people, NGO’s, government agencies, tourism providers, resource managers and tourists. We will focus our discussions on livelihoods, livelihood change and nature-based tourism in the context of sustainable development. Opportunities and challenges will be explored between biodiversity conservation, environmental, economic and human dimensions of nature-based tourism and sustainability.
After familiarizing ourselves with the unique natural landscape features, including Victoria Falls, a World Heritage Site and wonder of the world, we will explore nature-based tourism and sustainability with the view of understanding opportunities and challenges amidst tourism growth. We will also visit the Chief Mukuni Village to get a feel of a traditional way of life amidst tourism growth in the Livingstone area. Students will learn through extensive readings, class discussions, field visits (including field service projects with one of the local organizations or communities), meetings with tourism stakeholders, resource conservation activists and the local people.
Students will also visit the iconic Chobe National Park in Botswana and spend several days experiencing a safari of the major charismatic African wildlife and a unique camping experience within the park while engaging with park managers and professionals. This is a major highlight of the trip and a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Tentative course schedule
May 18 Depart Missoula
May 19 Overnight in Johannesburg, South Africa
May 20 Arrive in Livingstone Zambia. Check into the Kaazmein Lodge; Meet our Zambian cohort; Driving tour of the city.
May 21 Orientation to Livingstone Area; Livingstone Museum; Livingstone area background; Bird counts on the Zambezi River
May 22 Victoria Falls World Heritage Site.
May 23 Mosi-a- Tunya National Park
May 24 Tour of Sekute Community Trust/ African Wildlife Foundation
May 25 Chief Mukuni Village
May 26 Alert Program – Walk with Lions
May 27 Livingstone Tourism Association
May 28 Panel Discussions with Community Stakeholders Heritage, ZAWA, Ministry of Tourism, James, AWF
May 29 Field projects
May 30 Field projects
May 31 Field projects
June 1 Close out the Livingstone Experience
June 2 Depart for Chobe Elephant Park
June 3 National Park Safari Management
June 4 Chobe National Park Environmental Education in an expedition context.
June 5 Return to Livingstone
June 6 Depart for Missoula via Johannesburg
June 7 Return to Missoula or beyond
About the instructors
The course will be co-led by Wayne Freimund and Jennifer Thomsen, professors in the Parks, Tourism, and Recreation program in the College of Forestry and Conservation. Jane Kwenye, professor of Copperbelt University in Zambia and former graduate student at University of Montana, will also serve an course instructor.
Zambia at a Glance
Tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April)
Southern Africa, east of Angola, south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Livingstone is Zambia's tourist capital and enables us to look at areas of global significance that demonstrate global issues as well as the impact at the national, regional, community, NGO and individual business level. The Livingstone area is endowed with numerous natural landscape features, including one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls World Heritage site. The Livingstone area also contains unique cultural sites, as well as the Mosi-O-Tunya National Park, which is one of Zambia's 20 national parks. As a result of its unique natural landscape features, Livingstone appeals to both domestic and international tourists. The livelihoods in the area are heavily reliant on tourism which has grown rapidly over the years.