Comparative Global Education
Fulfills - GE Global Perspective and/or Elective
May 7-24, 2015 - $3,900
Join Dr. Michael W. Schulties, Prof. Timothy Schumacher, Prof. Patty O’ Connor and spend two weeks in Australia actively participate in service learning with the Native people of Australia, the aboriginal culture. Travel through the country by bus and stop at various schools along the way to see how education is in Australia.
Study and explore the history of Education in America and compare that to the educational systems internationally in addition to actively participate in service learning with the Native people of Australia. Topics will include but are not limited to Foundations of Education, Political and Economic influence on Education, Sociological impact of Schools, and Education for the future.
Global, Cultural and Political Studies and/or Concepts of Place in Literature
Fulfills - English Electives or GE Elective
August 1 – 19, 2015 - $4,500
Join Dr. Borst and Congresswoman Sanchez on this trip. This program will have two parts. The first part is in the spring semester with one or both of the classes to prepare for the travel in August. The travel will consist of visiting places in London, Venice and Florence.
Global, Cultural, and Political Studies
This course examines the political and socio-cultural processes that inform both the past and present and have contributed to the creation of modern city centers in England and Italy. Contemporary cultural, political and economic phenomena are transnational in nature, crossing borders and boundaries and are shaped by the specific cultural and historic structures that inform human interactions in particular places. Through readings, discussion, interviews, analysis, and real-world experience students will explore the global forces that have shaped and continue to shape the lives of people in the specific cultural contexts of London, Venice, and Florence. The interdisciplinary approach in this course will allow students to perceive the value of distinct perspectives and to integrate and synthesize those perspectives applying knowledge learned in the classroom to real world settings.
Concepts of Place in Literature
This course will treat broadly literary, cultural, and critical developments centered in and around London, Venice, and Florence. Readings and discussions will be explored through a cultural lens and undertaken with emphases on theatre, architecture, film, music, history, and other cultural moments that connect city and text, culture and meaning. London has always played a central role in the life of Great Britain, in its politics, its economy, and its imagination. From the opening of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales at the Tabard Inn to the multicultural North London of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, it is difficult to find an important English author who does not turn to London. Italy, too takes an important “place” in the literary imagination. Historically, Venice and Florence have been a constant source of inspiration for generations of writers and artists. Shakespeare set comic and tragic plays there, Charles Dickens once described Venice as a “strange dream upon the water,” and countless writers before and since have grappled with the Italy of past, present, and imagined.
Faces and Places of the Reformation
Fulfills – THL 355 Reformation or Global Perspective GE
May 4-24, 2015 - $4,000
Join Dr. Loy in this trip. This course will be scheduled as a regular spring semester course (time/day TBA) with a May travel component. The travel component (May 4-24) will begin with several days in Wittenberg, Germany, where we will visit important sites and museums, conduct paper tutorials, and work on oral presentations. In the second week, we will visit other places associated with the Reformation (see itinerary). Special emphasis will be given to sites associated with Lucas Cranach the Younger, an important early Lutheran artist whose 500th birthday is being commemorated in 2015. The course will end with a tour of more well-known Luther sites, for which we will be joined by a small companion tour group. Students will help lead the companion tour by giving presentations based on their papers.
A study of major figures and locations associated with the Lutheran Reformation. Special attention will be given to the biographies of major figures, the locations associated with significant events and the political circumstances surrounding the Lutheran Reformation in Germany.
GeeWhizBiz II: All Aboard with Railroad Science and Business
Fulfills – Business Electives or Science GE
May 4-25, 2015 - $4,000
Join Dr. Kenny and Professor Wright and explore the impact of railroading on society through the perspectives of science, technology, history and business. The course includes local excursions on vintage steam, light rail and Amtrak trains then cross the Atlantic to experience state-of-the-art high speed rail travel in England, France and Spain.
Class is positioned in the “sweet spot” where science, technology, research and development meet pricing, marketing, product development, and quality control. This intersection is the essence of new transportation products and services development and is virtually uncovered in existing curriculum at other universities and in high demand in industry. Different modes of transportation are used to elucidate these important concepts as they evolved on different continents. The course will also touch upon ethical considerations in the high-tech science/business environment taken in a Christian context.