May 2015 Travel Courses

International Travel Courses for 2015--registration begins in September 2014

INQ 277  Comparative Education England

Instructors:  Dr. Leslie Murrill
Prerequisites:  Permission and EDUC 210
Fee:  $4100
On location in England
Eligible for Cobb, Fortnightly, and Fowler Legacy Scholarship applications

The course will be a comparative study of non-American education and international education. Students will be participant observers in international classrooms under the supervision of classroom teachers and an Education faculty member. International travel will allow the students experiential learning in the culture and schools of the host nation.

INQ 277 Globalization and Health: Palau

Instructor: Dr. Chad Morris
Prerequisites:  Permission
Fee:  $4340
On location in Palau
Eligible for Cobb, Fortnightly, and Fowler Legacy Scholarship applications

The Republic of Palau is a Pacific island nation with around 20,000 inhabitants. The influence of colonial occupation and globalization over the past century has led to several changes in Palauan dietary behavior, prompting Palauan health officials to declare an epidemic of non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes. In this course, we'll travel to Palau to learn about Pacific Island culture, see firsthand the influence of globalization on Palauan livelihoods, and participate meaningfully in ongoing community research that seeks to improve Palauan nutrition and food security. In addition to interviewing Palauans and speaking with Palauan officials, course activities will include visiting 1100 year-old monoliths, touring the WWII battle site on Peleliu, and exploring the region's tropical ecosystem.

INQ 177  Cultural Kinesis: Greece and the Ancient Olympics

Instructor: Dr. John Creasy and Professor Jim Buriak
Prerequisites: Permission
Fee: $4900
On location in Greece
Eligible for Cobb and Fortnightly Scholarship applications

This course will explore the leisure and sport of ancient Greece. Travel destinations will include sites of the Crown Games, the most famous being the Ancient Olympic Games. Students will examine the historical significance of the games. In the spirit of the ancient Greek ideal of developing the mind and body in harmony, students will participate in some form of physical activity every day.

INQ 177 Greek Landscape and Literature: The Oresteia in Context

Instructor:  Dr. Wendy Larson-Harris
Prerequisites:  Permission
Fee:  $4600
On location in Greece
Eligible for Cobb and Fortnightly Scholarship applications

The Oresteia trilogy, written by Aeschylus, and first performed in 458 BCE, tells the story of Orestes, son of the royal family of Argos: a tragic tale of betrayal, murder, and revenge. The Oresteia also offers an account of Athens' emergence from the archaic past into the Golden Age of democracy and leadership among other Greek and the Parthenon on the Acropolis. Following in the footsteps of Orestes, we will explore a full range of Greek landscapes--islands, mountains, ancient archeological sites and the modern city of Athens. By visiting the original locations of significant moments in Greek history, religion and literature, we will see for ourselves how the landscape posed challenges and uniquely shaped the Greek experience. In these locations we will learn about classical Greek culture and experience the intersections between the classical world and modern Greece. 

INQ 277 Jesus in Israel

Instructor:  Dr. Gerald McDermott
Prerequisites:  Permission
Fee:  $4966
On location in Israel
Eligible for Cobb and Fortnightly Scholarship applications

This course is an on-the-ground introduction to the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. We will review the history of Jesus research and its sources and methods; study the geography, politics, economy and religions in first-century Palestine; unpack the narrative and cultural background in the Old Testament; and then focus more directly on Jesus' central message and ministry. Once in Israel, we will concentrate on the connections between Jesus' teaching and ministry and their geographical locations. Studying them in situ will enable us to see the literary, theological, and topographical meaning of events in the gospels. 

INQ 277 Origins of Modern Physics

Instructor:  Dr. Daniel Robb
Prerequisites:  Permission
Fee: $3200
On location in Europe
Eligible for Cobb and Fortnightly Scholarship applications

Two great revolutions in modern physics, relativity and quantum physics, took place during the first thirty years of the twentieth century. We will travel across Denmark, Germany and Switzerland to trace the origins of these new scientific theories, become acquainted with the scientists who discovered them, and explore the main conceptual ideas of each theory. While enjoying the beauty of several European cities, we will grapple with questions such as: To what extent is it possible for a layperson to understand and appreciate these theories? What is the "scientific method" and to what extent was the scientific method followed in developing these theories? What is the significance of these theories to our modern technological world and to our understanding of the natural world? No mathematics is required beyond high school algebra and trigonometry; familiarity with basic Newtonian physics at a conceptual level (usually obtained by having taken a high school physics course) is expected. Additional material and instruction can be provided for students with more mathematics and/or physics background.

INQ 377/SPAN 377 Civilizations of Pre-Columbian Mexico: Indigenous Culture in Yucatan Peninsula

Instructor: Dr. Dolores Flores-Silva and Dr. Jose Banuelos Montes
Prerequisites: Permission and SPAN 202
Fee: $4180
On location in Mexico
Eligible for Cobb and Fortnightly Scholarship applications

An examination of Mexico's pre-Columbian roots and the relevance of indigenous culture to contemporary Mexican society. The course provides a survey of Mesoamerican communities in Mexico while focusing on indigenous ideology. Of primary interest will be the cultural traditions of Mayan society as observed in art, language, architecture, and cosmology. This course will familiarize students with the indigenous diversity of Mexico and the power of ideology to both the ancient and contemporary world. 

INQ 277/BIOL 277/ENVI 277 Tropical Marine Biology

Instructor:  Dr. Darwin Jorgensen
Prerequisites:  Permission and an introductory laboratory science course
Fee:  $3880
On location in Mexico 
Eligible for Cobb and Fortnightly Scholarship applications

INQ 277/ARTH 277  Turkey: Many Cultures, Many Histories

Instructor:  Dr. Leslie Warden
Prerequisites:  Permission
Fee:  $4650
On location in Turkey
Eligible for Cobb, Fortnightly, and Fowler Legacy Scholarship applications 

The modern country of Turkey (also called Anatolia) is at a crossroads between East and West--a fact that is true of its ancient past as it is of its present. It has been the home of cities and civilizations since at least 7000 BC. It has served both as cultural melting pot and as contested space, as a locus of peaceful cities and as a home of aggressively expanding empires. Modern Turkey is today inhabited largely by Turks, but in the past other cultures such as Ottomans, Byzantines, Hittites, Lydians, and Greeks lived in Anatolia and contributed to its greatness. Turkey today is heir to this complex history. This class will delve into Anatolian culture and identity throughout time, exploring Istanbul, Hattusas, and Cappadocia to question how shared space can influence the cultures of different ethnic and religious groups over millennia.

INQ 277/HIST 277 Urbanism in Argentina

Instructor:  Dr. Ivonne Wallace Fuentes
Prerequisite:  Permission
Fee:  $?
On location in Argentina
Eligible for Cobb, Fortnightly, and Fowler Legacy Scholarship applications

In South America, first time visitors may find bewildering the casual way inhabitants of capital cities dismissively refer to the rest of the country as "the interior." This course will explore the history behind this pronounced rural/urban division in Latin America. In this travel course to Chile and Argentina, we will learn about both the pressures that created such an enduring division and the resulting consequences such centralization creates for both the countries and the people who call them home.


Domestic Travel Courses for 2015

INQ 177  Adventure Americana: The Appalachian Trail

Instructor:  Dr. Matt Fleenor
Prerequisites:  Permission
Fee:  $644

For what reasons do natural beauty and long-distance hiking elicit adventure? How does the Appalachian Trail (the "AT") combine solitude and isolation within the confines of the densely populated Eastern U.S.? What sorts of people have the capacity to become "Thru-Hikers"? You are invited to better understand and experience the AT Adventure from several different facets, as we will hike and camp, frequent the Trail towns, engage in Trail maintenance, and listen to those who've built and hiked the AT. All participants will receive training and mentoring regarding backcountry skills and strategies. There is an active outdoor experience associated with the course, which includes the following: (1) hiking approximately 5 miles per day with a pack, (2) sleeping outdoors for approximately 9 nights, (3) pushing your own physical and mental limits. You will be responsible for your own personal hiking and camping gear, which can be rented from the College.


INQ 277 Basic Leadership Practices: Focus on Walt Disney Company

Instructor: Dr. Ali Nazemi, Professor Sharon Gibbs
Prerequisites: Permission
Fee: $?
Eligible for Fowler Legacy Scholarship applications

This course explores key leadership practices for accomplishing group and organizational goals. It focuses on the behavioral model of leadership. The second half of the course studies leadership practices during the past and in the current time period within the focus (or case study) organization. This course may be substituted for BUAD 264 in requirements for the Business major and concentrations.

INQ 277/SOCI 277 All Poverty is Not Equal

Instructor: Dr. Lane Destro
Prerequisite: Permission
Fee: $1630
Eligible for Fowler Legacy Scholarship applications

This course provides a unique opportunity to explore and reflect on poverty in the contemporary United States. This course will allow students to better understand poverty by engaging with two fundamental questions: What is a life of poverty like in the U.S., and what are the differences between urban and rural poverty? Second, what are the best strategies for combating poverty, especially in nonmetropolitan areas? Students taking the course will examine poverty in several ways. First, we will spend time in the classroom, where we will assess the structural causes of poverty through assigned reading, critical reflection and group discussion. Students will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about others' lived experiences of poverty through a weeklong volunteering trip to the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation. Finally, we will return to the classroom to discuss our experiences and reflect on the special challenges nonmetropolitan poverty presents to antipoverty policymakers. By participating in this course, students will gain knowledge about how social scientists and policymakers measure poverty, will become more familiar with the difficulties of life for the impoverished and working poor and will gain a sense of  the kind of social change necessary to address this form of inequality in U.S. society.

INQ 277/ECON 277 Economic Journeys in Alaska

Instructor: Dr. Alice Kassens
Prerequisite: ECON 121 or 122, and Permission
Fee: $2600
Eligible for Fowler Legacy Scholarship applications

An intensive and experiential application of selected principles of economics to the Alaskan economy and its major industries: oil, tourism, mining, and fisheries. Students will travel to various Alaskan locations, attend informational sessions, interview local individuals involved with economic development, and communicate economic observations through various journalistic forms, including feature stories and news analyses. Each destination will include a scheduled session with local individuals involved with the development of the local economy. Students will produce several journalism pieces, one of which will be used as an item in a course publication.



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