Global Community Engagement in Guatemala, Summer 2015

Interdisiplinary Field School in Global Community Engagement: Pathologies of Power in Guatemala

 This course is open to students of all majors and disciplinary backgrounds. It will be of particular interest to students who want to learn more      about global human rights, strategies of community activism and resistance, North-South solidarity politics, corporate accountability, criminal justice, environmental issues and natural resource management, and international development. 

The first two weeks of the course (held on the University of Guelph campus) are an in-class overview of Guatemala, both historical and current, with a special focus on the issues mentioned above. The next two weeks are an educational-seminar in Guatemala, travelling extensively together to many regions and communities in order to witness and learn more about the issues that are the focus of this course. During the final segment of the course, back on the U of G campus, students will prepare final projects in the form of community presentations, short films, photo exhibits or other creative format intended for public dissemination.

Field School Details

Instructor: Dr. Candace Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, and Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship

Facilitator: Grahame Russell, Director, Rights Action (, and Community Facilitator, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship (University of Guelph), and Adjunct Professor (University of Northern British Columbia), where Grahame has been co-leading, with Professor Catherine Nolin of the UNBC Geography Department, a similar Field School programme to Guatemala since 2004, see 

Prerequisites: 7.5 University of Guelph credits, 70% UG cumulative average and permission of the instructor

Semester Dates (tentative): May 11 - June 19th 2015 (6 weeks), Summer Semester 2015

Credits: 1.0 UG credits

Course Code: Students will receive a third year University of Guelph credits, code TBA. 



Students applying for the program must have completed a total of 7.5 University of Guelph undergraduate credits by the time the program begins in May 2015.

The program is open to students from all disciplines at the University of Guelph, with a maximum of 20 students being accepted to the program. Students from other universities are also eligible and encouraged to apply.

Students must participate in all segments of the course in order to receive credit.


Students should budget for the following:

Approximately $1200 (includes accommodation, some meals, transportation in Guatemala).   

Personal expenses (i.e. souvenirs, additional excursions, etc.) are in addition.

Tuition and fees for 1.0 credits at the University of Guelph

Airfare: Round-trip flight to Guatemala City, Guatemala

Apply to the Guatemala Field School

There is a paper application for the Guatemala Field School. To receive access to the paper application you must first attend a Study Abroad Information Session with the Centre for International Programs. Once you have attended an information session, please email Lisa Blenkinsop at for a copy of the application.

Please note: You must have a 70% cumulative average to apply. 

Application Deadline extended: February 13th, 2015

This course is offered as a collaborative initiative of the Institute of Community Engaged Scholarship, the Political Science Department, CSAHS, and the Centre for International Programs.