Faculty-led domestic and international study and service courses that provide students opportunities to explore and experience other cultures, learn in new environments, develop skills not readily acquired elsewhere, and deepen their understanding of the global community. Curricular offerings earn .5 course credit and count toward satisfying the Extended Studies requirement; co-curricular offerings do not carry academic credit but do count toward the Extended Studies requirement.
Winter Term informationSherry Mou
183B: Chinese Traditions and Culture through the Lens of Taiwan (off-campus)
The course will take place in Taiwan, which preserves much of Chinese tradition and was the major site for Ang Lee's Oscar-winning Life of Pi. Designed for people interested in exploring Chinese language and culture, the course will provide opportunities not only to observe but also to participate in Chinese culture. During the 18-day visit to the semi-tropical island, students will spend the first two thirds studying the Chinese language in the mornings and taking field trips in the afternoons. Students who do not yet know Chinese are welcome and will be placed at the beginning level; native speakers who do not need language training are also encouraged to join the trip, and they will study Taiwanese literature and film instead of the language. The final third of the course is a four-day tour around the island, and students will put to good use all the skills they have learned previously. At the end of the program, students will have a basic and better understanding of the Chinese and Taiwanese culture, society, and history through classes, lectures, field trips, and tours.
183C: Healthcare and Medical Education in Cuba (off-campus)
Students have the opportunity to experience health care delivery and related services in Cuba (topics may include)-Training health professionals for the world's underserved communities -visit to the Latin American Medical School(ELAM)and Salvador Allende Teaching Hospital to exchange with US medical students and faculty -A secondary or tertiary teaching hospital -A community polyclinic and neighborhood family doctor-nurse office to talk with health care providers and patients-Community transformation workshops and their impact on community health -Exchange with members of the Henry Reeve Disaster Response Contingent, first responders in Pakistan, Haiti and now in the Ebola crisis -Maternal-child health programs-The Older Adult University: a continuous learning opportunity-Art and health in Havana communities Just a glimpse of what you will be able to see in Cuba. Students will have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and see how health interfaces with the environment, culture and education.
183D: Teaching and Learning ESL in Brazil (off-campus)
This course offers students the opportunity to learn the foundations of teaching English as as a second language in international contexts. Students will be exposed to methodologies of language acquisition and will gain practical experience by teaching in a Brazilian language school located in Recife, Brazil. Students will also be enrolled in Portuguese classes, participating in cultural activities and living with Brazilian host families in addition to learning how to teach ESL in the context of private language schools.
183E: The Science of Two Cities: London and Paris (off-campus)
This Winter Term experience will focus on the historical roots of some of the most important and revolutionary ideas in science that continue to influence our lives today. We will be visiting two countries where some of the most influential scientists grew up, lived and worked. Specifically, we will travel to London and Cambridge, in England and Paris. In each place, we will meet as a group to discuss the people and ideas linked with the city and country, visit scientific and cultural sites, visit academic centers and hear from experts about important historical influences. We'll examine the influence of Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Francis Crick and James Watson. We will visit the Greenwich and Paris Observatories, both of which were built to address the problem of determining longitude. We'll visit the Pantheon, as well as the Madame Curie and Louis Pasteur museums. We will also visit art museums such as the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. There will be history of science readings related to the above topics, as well as associated writing assignments, many of which will require students to critically evaluate the ideas being presented to them by (a) speakers, (b) readings, (c) class discussions, and (d) relevant sites.
183F: O'Keefe Country: Arts and Culture at Ghost Ranch (off-campus)
Ghost Ranch, a working ranch and artists community in the stunning, isolated landscape of Northern New Mexico, was the the home and inspiration for painter Georgia O'Keefe. Winter Term at Ghost Ranch affords students the opportunity for a rich, multi-faceted cultural, scientific, and artistic experience. Requirements for this course include participation in one of several intensive, experiential courses offered by professional experts in local arts and culture. The courses meet for about five-six hours per day, five days a week. Course titles from January 2015 are listed below; January 2016 offerings will be listed when available: - FROM EARTH TO HERB: AN ART AND SCIENCE OF WELL-BEING (Southwestern Medicinal Herbs) - WEAVING THE TAPESTRY, LEARNING THE ART - SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES IN ACTION: AGRICULTURE AND THE EARTH - DREAMS MADE OF FIRE: WRITING INSIDE THE MESA, taught by Joe Heithaus - EXPANDING SPIRITUALITIES: LEARNING FROM THE SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO - CLAY FROM THE EARTH: THE MAKING OF MICACEOUS POTTERY - OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AT GHOST RANCH - INTRODUCTION TO SILVERSMITHING IN THE SOUTHWEST TRADITION
Outside of the studio/classroom, the Ghost Ranch course will include scheduled hikes in the fossil beds and mesas of Northern New Mexico, cultural lectures, local tours, and excursions. Tours of Ghost Ranch include examination of Georgia O'Keefe's painting sites, fossil beds, and local geological features. Cultural excursions may include visits to Native American pueblos for ceremonial dances, Dar al Islam (a Muslim Mosque), Bandelier National Monument (home to cliff-dwelling ancient Puebloans), Los Alamos (home to the first nuclear weapon), the Earth Ships of Taos, the Rio Grande Gorge, art galleries in Santa Fe, and other sites exploring the natural and human history of the area.
183G: Winter Term in Service: El Salvador (off-campus)
A significant portion of our time in El Salvador will be spent working with Salvadorans on two service projects relating to technology literacy and water. Through this context, the primary objective of the course will be to gain an understanding of the Salvadoran people, particularly their situation within the context of recent history and the complex relationships they have with the United States. Studying this relationship between our two countries will help students gain a perspective on the role we (as US citizens) have played and are currently playing in the lives of people in Latin America.
183H: Winter Term in Service: South Africa After Mandela (off-campus)
With the collapse of the apartheid system in South Africa, the new ANC government implemented policies that sought to minimize anticipated violent retaliation by indigenous African groups. These were known as 'Truth and Reconciliation' policies. Nelson Mandela was a primary force behind the acceptance of these controversial policies. Without his powerful presence many fear that these policies will unravel. A primary objective is to investigate how 'truth and reconciliation' is understood and implemented in school curricula, community organizations and in the popular culture of the townships.
This course is proposed as a three week experience that will provide opportunities for authentic and eye-opening interactions with teachers, students and community leaders in Cape Town, South Africa. Students will volunteer each morning at the project sites to support the work being done there. Each evening reflection times are scheduled with local guides and project leaders. There is free time after dinner.
All students are welcome to apply. Special consideration may be given to majors and minors in Education Studies; Political Science, Black Studies and Conflict Studies.
183J: Wilderness Writing: Paddling Florida's Everglades (off-campus)
What is the impetus that drives politicians to agree, regardless of political affiliation, that saving Florida's Everglades is a good idea? What is it about The Everglades, with conjured images of alligators and poisonous snake sliding into brackish waters, of mangrove forests too thick for humans to traverse, of mosquitoes and biting insects that drive a person to frenzy, that continues to spark our imaginations and fosters the desire to protect and restore? Florida's Everglades, the largest sub-tropical ecosystem on the continent, has a rich and complicated natural and human history. Home to hundreds of common, rare, and uncommon species, this unique and fragile preserve is designated a World Heritage Site, a Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Significance. This course will examine various aspects of The Everglades through research, through the physical challenge of paddling the length of the Wilderness Waterway, and through observing, documenting, and sharing personal and creative interpretations garnered along the way. We'll link the aesthetic experience and interpretation of place with the challenge of and extended and complete immersion in this wilderness area.
183K: Winter Term in Service: Ecuador with Timmy Global Health (off-campus)
Students will travel to Tena, Ecuador to work alongside medical professionals and members of the U.S. non-profit, Timmy Global Health. Students will set-up and work in medical clinics located in rural communities in the Amazon basin. This portion of the winter term will last 10-12 days. Upon returning to DePauw, the class will meet daily to discuss issues related to global health, the work of non-profit organizations and the ramifications of international medical service.
183M: Studying Science and Technology in Thailand and Vietnam (off-campus)
The purpose of this course is to study the impact of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)'s Committee on Science and Technology (COST) on two Southeast Asian countries: Thailand and Vietnam. The Committee on Science and Technology was established in 1978 with the following goals: Further sustainable development through science and technology, technology as a foundation for economic development, and further science and technology by developing a critical mass of scientists, developers and research personnel. In this course, students will study the history, mission and achievements of COST and visit several research universities in both countries that benefited from COST and ASIAN through grants, scholarships and fellowships. They will also visit other location (such as the largest hydro dam in Vietnam, the museum of power and technology in Hanoi, among others). Students will be able to interact with researches, research students, and officials and learn about not only the goals and achievements of COST but also understand and study some of the ongoing research projects.