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 informationSteven Timm
183DB: 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.
183IA: Winter Term in Service: Nicaragua (off-campus)
Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA) has been involved in grassroots, community development collaborations with communities in El Salvador since 1992 and more recently in Nicaragua. The State of Nueva Segovia is located in the mountainous terrain of northern Nicaragua. While a verdant and beautiful region, many of its inhabitants are coffee harvesters and subsistence farmers living in small, primitive villages of about 200 people. Most of these villages lack schools, clinics, water systems and some are even without electricity. What they do not lack is a desire to improve the living conditions for themselves and their children. A significant portion of the WTIS group's time would be working with Nicaraguans in the community of Zacataloza, in the state of Nueva Segovia. Through this context, the primary objective of this course will be to gain an understanding of the Nicaraguan people, particularly their situation within the context of recent history and the complex relations that Nicaragua has with the United States. Studying this relationship between our two countries will help DePauw students gain a perspective of the role that we, as citizens of the United States, have played or currently playing in the lives of the people of Latin America. Now more than ever such an informed perspective is necessary as the United States' current politics toward (im)migration, especially that of Latin America, has opened up many areas of discussion and debate about our country's responsibility in the global arena.
183IB: Scientific Revolutions: Historical and Cultural Context (off-campus)
This course will expose students to the historical and cultural roots of some of the most important and revolutionary ideas in science that continue to influence our lives today. Some ideas to be examined contain paradigm shifts in the Kuhnian sense; they changed the underlying assumptions we have in our understanding of the natural world. Other ideas do not necessarily constitute paradigm shifts, but rather are examples of how scientific discoveries profoundly influence how we see ourselves in the world. The course will take place in the U.K. (London and Cambridge), as well as in Italy (Rome and Florence). We will meet to discuss the people and ideas linked with the scientific and cultural sites, as well as visit academic centers and hear from experts about important historical influences. We'll examine the influence of Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Galileo, Francis Crick and James Watson. We will visit the Greenwich Observatory, University of Cambridge, and Darwin's home amongst other sites in England. In Italy, we'll visit the Galileo Museum, the Uffizi, the Accademia and the Vatican. There will be history of science readings and writing assignments which will require students to critically evaluate the ideas being presented to them.
183IC: Cuba in the Age of Digital Literacy (off-campus)
This course will be a service-learning course in which we will be offering a digital literacy program to school-age children and to those who serve them. We will be working in collaboration with at least two centers in Havana, Cuba: El Centro Martin Luther King and La casa del Nino y la la nina. This course will also interrogate, via experiential learning and service, the challenges Cuba faces in negotiating the digital universe of the 21st century.
183ID: A Literary Journey Through Vietnam (off-campus)
This course is designed to explore Vietnam through the lens of literary and critical readings with a specific focus on history and culture. In Nation and Narration (1990), Homi Bhabha writes, 'To study the nation through its narrative address does not merely draw attention to its language and rhetoric; it also attempts to alter the conception of the object itself'(3) We will read and visit several sites along the Vietnamese Pacific coastline while considering/discussing the narrative strategies authors use to describe Vietnam and/or tell its story. We will read novels by Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer), Duong Thu Huong (Paradise of the Blind), Bill Hayton (Vietnam - Rising Dragon) as well as excerpts from 'Vietnamese Voices 2016: An Anthology of Contemporary Vietnamese Narratives' and 'Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion' Destinations/sites include -but are not limited to- Ho Chi Minh city, My Tho, Can Tho, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, and Ha Long.
183IG: Sport and Activity in Australia (off-campus)
Success in sport and participation in physical activity are prominent in Australia. Australian athletes typically contend for Olympic medals in a variety of sports (swimming, track and field, rowing, cycling to name a few). The sports that have a national following in Australia (Australian rules football, rugby, and cricket) are different from those in the United States. For the Olympic sports, Australia uses a different model to identify and develop talent compared to the U.S. From the standpoint of physical activity Australia appears to have many of the same problems (a high percentage of the population that is sedentary, obese or overweight) that plague the U.S. While there are similarities to the U.S. in their efforts to combat these problems they again use a slightly different model. In this course we will compare the Australian model for both sport and physical activity to the what is used in the U.S. by visiting sites in Australia that have a prominent role in sport and physical activity. Students will play softball games against local teams and interact with the players from those locations.
183IH: Multiculturalism in Moorish Spain and Morocco (off-campus)
This course is designed to provide students with a cultural, political, and historical introduction to Hispano-Arab and Franco-Arab relations. We will actively endeavor to understand the shared history, cultural and linguistic exchange, colonial interests and diplomatic relations that frame contemporary epistemologies informing our understandings of France, Spain, and Morocco today. Site visits will take place daily and provide concrete illustrations of the critical issues with which we will engage, including politics, sexuality and gender, race and religion, linguistic diversity, urban life, migration, and community development, among others. Importantly, we will consider the stakes of these issues as they relate to the historic and contemporary relations between Islam and Christianity, North Africa, and Western Europe.
Su Jung Kim
183IJ: A Zen Buddhist Monastic Experience in South Korea (off-campus)
Buddhism has been practiced in Korea for over 1,700 years. Korean temples adhere to a meditative form of Buddhism called Seon, better known by its Japanese name, Zen. Dozens of Buddhist monasteries offer a cultural immersion program called "Temple Stay." This program invites visitors to participate in monastic Buddhist life for short periods of time. A key component of this winter term course will be to provide students the unique opportunity of experiencing meditation and monastic life firsthand through participating in the Temple Stay program. Additional cultural and social activities will help students put this experience in broader context, thereby acquainting them with a nuanced understanding of Korean culture, religion, and society. In particular, students will visit two major Buddhist temples (Songwangsa temple and Golgulsa temple, both of which are located in the southern part of the country) as well as historical and cultural sites in three major cities (Seoul, Pusan, and Kyongju) in South Korea.
May Term informationBill Fenlon
183IA: Peace Players/Belfast (off-campus)
Peace Players/Belfast is a co-curricular service course designed to bring students to the center of the ongoing conflict between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom regarding the centuries-old battle for religious and political independence, and to offer them the opportunity to participate in reconciliation efforts aimed at children that combine sports and mentoring. This course is offered in collaboration with Peace Players International /Northern Ireland. Students spend the majority of the course in direct service working in support of the Peace Players daily mission and assisting with the implementation of the Peace Player/NI annual 'Spring Jam'-a citywide basketball tournament which brings together catholic and protestant youth on mixed teams. This experience is enhanced with readings and films consumed and discussed in the spring semester prior, and once in Northern Ireland, with visits to historically significant sites (Derry and Corrymeela, in particular), meetings with reconciliation specialists, and discussions with regional writers and historians. The final three days of the course will be spent in Dublin, Ireland, where students will further explore Irish history and be encouraged to reflect on the differences between the two countries. The course strives to deliver an immersive experience in conflict, culture, history and social change through participation. Students will daily interact with the religiously diverse Peace Players staff and the children they serve by engaging in activites including coaching and mentoring youth in the interactions and challenges of healthy competition and reflecting with both fellow team members and similarly-aged Peace Players coaches.
183IB: East and West: The Great Wall and the Silk Road in China (off-campus)
183IC: 'Dreaming' Western Australia: Art and Environment (off-campus)
Our immersion in the landscapes and seascapes of Western Australia includes swimming with whale sharks and manta rays, snorkeling the pristine Ningaloo Reef, abseiling down 100 meter cliffs at Kalbarri, hiking deep into the red gorges of Karijini National Park and across remote sections of the outback, and relaxing on the white shell beaches at Shark Bay. Western Australia's arid outback and beautiful shorelines compose a diverse ecosystem with fossil records dating back nearly 3 billion years, but this landscape is also home to hundreds of indigenous aboriginal clans, all predating European arrival by tens of thousands of years. Hundreds of distinct aboriginal clans, each with their own rich language and culture, populate Australia. Contemporary aboriginal art reveals and encodes a complex inheritance of mythology, religion, metaphysics--knowledge systems organized by environmentally and geographically specific landscapes--where human survival depends on working in concert with the flora and fauna. The visual arts map "songlines" and "dreamtime," migratory and spiritual routes crisscrossing this harsh and beautiful continent, and you'll meet these artists, learn their stories, and experience their lands.
183ID: Culture and Arts in Taiwan (off-campus)
This course will focus on the history, culture and arts of Taiwan, including performances in Taiwan.