J-Term 2014 Courses:

Travel Seminars

Please note that all program price ranges are estimates at this point.  All estimated price ranges are based on 10-20 participants unless otherwise indicated.
Travel courses will have specific eligibility criteria:
1. Minimum 2.5 GPA for undergraduate students.  For Law School and graduate students, please see program-specific application criteria.
2. First-year students entering directly from high school are not eligible for any J-term class.
3. Successful disciplinary check

ACTS198: See MATH195.

COUN145/245: Counseling Diverse Populations: (Combined with MSLD252) Bengu-Telkinalp: Travel Seminar to Brazil: The focus of the course will be on understanding the relationship between social power and privilege and mental health, developing a culturally sensitive practice, developing multicultural skills, questioning cultural encapsulation and ethnocentrism with a focus on social justice, empowerment and advocacy.  We will spend two weeks in the "Cidade Maravilhosa" (beautiful city) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and visit surrounding areas such as Petrópolis (where the Brazilian emperor used to spend the summer months) and Resende (where there is considerable economic growth). We will visit schools, mental health counseling providers, hospitals and counseling and psychology organizations in these respective areas. The travel will also provide students understanding culturally appropriate help seeking. The most critical aspect of becoming a culturally sensitive, multiculturally competent practitioner is to continuously acknowledge, take responsibility, and make change regarding one’s own personal privilege. The class will provide a travel experience to see one in a different cultural context and become more aware of one’s own cultural conditioning and develop sensitivity and appreciation to different cultures. We will focus on differing levels of identities including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identities/variances, age, religion, economic class, national origin, and ability status. This course is designed to help students to develop an understanding and valuing diversity and understand their own cultural values to become multiculturally competent practitioners.   We will be joined by Professor Cris Wildermuth's MSLD 252 (Global and Team Leadership) students and will, thus, be able to share resources, cultural understanding excursions, etc. January 5-22.  AOI: Historical Foundations, Global and Cultural Understanding COUN245 is a graduate course. However, for this version of the course we will also accept undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors. 3 Credits.  For additional information, visit the page http://drakebrazil.weebly.com.  Estimated cost $4880-5340 (based on 15-25 participants).  Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, some meals, visa. 

COUN145/245: Understanding Diverse Populations:  Matt Bruinekool and Wade Leuwerke: Travel Seminar to Hawaii: The course will introduce students to mental illness from a multicultural perspective. They will learn about the history of mental illness and how a Clubhouse Model of treatment is more respectful of people across different cultures. Students will spend 3 days in Des Moines learning about mental illness and the Clubhouse Model. They will spend time at Passageway (A Clubhouse) participating in activities and learning how mental illness is viewed in central Iowa. Then they will fly to Kauai for 10 days where they will learn about the history of Hawaii, how mental illness is viewed within the Hawaiian culture, and how Friendship House (A Clubhouse) engages in adhering to the same International standards as Passageway but with cultural differences. In addition to engaging in experiential learning activities at Friendship House students will travel around the island visiting museums, historical landmarks, and towns learning about the history of Hawaii and impact of U.S. occupation, tourism, and globalization on the Hawaiian culture as a better way to gain a multicultural perspective on mental illness. On-campus January 6-8. Travel January 9-20. AOI: Historical Foundations, Global and Cultural Understanding. COUN 145 is an undergraduate course and COUN 245 is a graduate course. However COUN 245 is also open to advanced undergraduates. 3 Credits. Estimated cost $2750-2970 (based on 10-14 participants). Cost includes airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, some meals.

EDUC 199/299: Education Opportunities for Children in a Developing Country: Ghana, Africa: Jill Johnson: Travel Seminar to Ghana: The course is designed to facilitate Drake’s goal of educating its students as global citizens who are prepared to operate in a global economy. Drake students will experience both cultural and educational difference between the Des Moines metro area and associated schools and the culture and education system in a small village outside the capital of Ghana. The content of the course will focus on the challenges people in this village face as they try to educate and advance the “next generation”. Special attention will be directed towards analyzing the instructional paradigms used in the village schools, training of teachers, expectations of students attending, long-term goals of the educational system and individual students, differences between male and female students, and overall “condition” of the educational experience afforded young children. Travel dates: January 10-19. AOI: Engaged Citizen. 3 Credits. Estimated cost $3030-3430. Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, all meals.

EDUC199/299: Global Engagement: Service Learning in Belize: Sally Beiser and Shelly Fairbairn: Travel Seminar to San Pedro Island, Belize: In this J-term travel seminar to San Pedro Island in Belize, Drake students will engage in service-learning activities in a high poverty area. They will serve in a school or make contributions in other community settings, as determined by the critical and immediate needs in the small Caribbean town where they will be staying during the course. The goals of the course include developing an attitude of volunteer service and cultural competence through interaction in with culturally dissimilar populations. Students will intellectually prepare to volunteer internationally, study about the Central American country of Belize, and reflect on their experiences in a variety of ways. January 7-17. No prerequisites. All majors welcome. AOI: Engaged Citizen and Experiential Learning. 3 Credits. Estimated cost $2100-2320.  Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions.

EDUC199/MSLD252: Leadership in Organizations: (Combined with COUN245) Cristina Wildemuth: Travel Seminar to Brazil: This course addresses organizational leadership in the context of a large Latin American country experiencing considerable growth. Students will gain a better understanding of Brazilian culture, explore regional cultural differences, and discuss the challenges of leading organizations in a global society. The course will place special emphasis on Human Resources Management and Human Resources Development challenges in that region. We will spend two weeks in the "Cidade Maravilhosa" (beautiful city) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and visit surrounding areas such as Petrópolis (where the Brazilian emperor used to spend the summer months) and Resende (where there is a considerable amount of business and industry). We will be joined by Professor Bengu Telkinap's COUN245 (Counseling Diverse Populations) students and will, thus, be able to share resources, cultural understanding excursions, etc. January 5-22. MSLD252 is a graduate course currently offered to MSLD students. However, for this version of the course we will also accept undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors. AOI: Historical Foundations, Global and Cultural Understanding. 3 Credits.  For additional information, visit the page http://drakebrazil.weebly.comEstimated cost $4880-5340 (based on 15-25 participants).  Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, some meals, visa.

ENG130: Gothic Literature in England: Melisa Klimaszewski and Craig Owens: Travel Seminar to London, and other locations in England and Wales: Students in this travel seminar to London, Winchester, Bath, and Devon, will read such classic tales of horror as Robert Louis Stevenson's Jeckyll and Hyde; Bram Stoker's Dracula; Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Sheridan Le Fanu's In a Glass Darkly; Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey; and, of course, Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. The course will invite students to examine the geographical and architectural contexts of Gothic literature, to analyze the literature in relation to that context, and to reflect critically on their travel experience, both in writing and in discussion. Apart from assigned reading, students will keep a discussion and reflections journal and will assemble a multi-modal topography of representing some aspect of Gothic fiction. Travel: January 3-18. This course fulfills the English department's "Historicity" requirement. Experiential Learning. Prerequisites: one ENG course at 0-99 level or permission of instructor. 3 Credits. Estimated cost $4200-4600 (based on 15-20 participants).  Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, some meals.

ENSP111: International Environmental Seminar: David Courard-Hauri: Travel Seminar to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The 2014 International Environmental Seminar to Ecuador and the Galapagos will address issues of poverty, environmental protection, and economic development. As one of the planet's most well-known World Heritage Sites, the Galapagos Islands contain a large number of organisms found nowhere else in the world, but these are endangered by illicit activities and a rapidly growing tourism industry. We will investigate the complex interplay between the needs of residents, ecosystems, and a developing nation. While in Quito, will look at how we might think about weighing the economic benefits of oil production, economic development, and jobs against the rights of indigenous people and environmental protection in the Ecuadorian Amazon and high Andes. For example, if extraction pits the environment against development, can ecotourism combine them?  This is a service-learning course, where students will spend significant time on the Islands developing responses to these questions through projects such as habitat restoration. We will also study the natural and social history of the area via boat tours, hikes, snorkeling, and other activities. January 5-23. Credits. Estimated cost $4920-5580. Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, all meals.

INTD076: Explorations of Urban Poverty in New York City and Des Moines: Mandi McReynolds: Travel Seminar to New York City: This class will bring together students from a variety of disciplines to discuss ways in which to further understand urban poverty in the Des Moines and New York City. The course will allow students to define and design their own service-‐learning experience in the local community and explore urban poverty in New York City. The class will address definitions, core theories, principles, and practices of urban poverty. The community is our classroom and textbook. We will spend many hours in and outside of classroom hours in reflective observation and active participation in the Greater Des Moines area and one week exploring urban poverty in New York City. Tentatively, January 17-23. AOI: Engaged Citizen. Fulfills Drake Undergraduate Experiential Learning Requirement. 3 Credits. Maximum Enrollment: 11. Estimated cost $1100-1120.  Cost includes airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, some meals.

INTD 085/HONR 085: Developing Democracy: Critical Political, Social and Religious Issues: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945-47.Reacting to the Past: Elizabeth Robertson and Tim Knepper: Travel Seminar: India: In this course, we will examine India in 1945-1947 as an example of a culture at a point of constitutional crisis and compare the ideas and debates on how to establish democracy and unity, national identity and authority, and social and economic justice with our own understandings of democracy. You will come to your own reasoned conclusions on the promise and dilemmas of establishing truly democratic societies through a pedagogy known as “Reacting to the Past.” “Reacting to the Past” seeks to introduce students to major ideas and texts by using a “role playing” format to replicate the historical context in which these ideas acquired significance. Thus, while the “game” is in session, there are no lectures or teacher-led discussions. You yourselves will debate, discuss, and forge policies. In the travel version of this course, we will conduct the “game” at the actual site of the 1945 India conference: Shimla, India. In addition, we will travel to different sites in India, exploring temples, mosques, places associated with key events of British rule of India (e.g. Amritsar), and with the Gandhian “satyagraha” movement. There will be some lectures from local scholars, and opportunities to visit rural and urban cultural and historical centers. Through discussions, and through your writings, you will be asked to link your observations and on-site experiences to your readings, and to your “role” in the India game. AOI: Engaged Citizen, Global and Cultural Understanding, and Historical Consciousness. 3 Credits. Estimated cost $5000-5400 (based on 14-20 participants). Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, some meals, visa.

JMC199: Public Relations in a Global Society: Dave Remund: Travel Seminar to Chile: This travel seminar is designed to help students understand public relations in a thriving overseas market, specifically Santiago, Chile. The experience will focus on how local conditions and culture influence public relations practice, both at the organizational level and for the individuals who manage public relations programs. This course will introduce students to trends in the Chilean economy and help them identify and understand target publics and their communication needs and preferences. Through readings, discussion, small-group exercises, site visits and a service learning project in Santiago, plus ample reflection, students will better understand how the public relations industry touches the lives of Chileans across all ends of the socio-economic spectrum. They will also be able to critically evaluate how public relations practice in the U.S. differs from, and is similar to, the practice in Chile. Some pre-work (three class meetings plus assigned readings) will happen on campus; a post-travel group reflection meeting will also be held at Drake. Travel Dates: January 9-18. Eligibility Requirements: Sophomores or above; preference to undergraduates, but some graduate students may be admitted. Minimum GPA: 2.5. No pre-requisites. However, preference will be given to students who have completed JMC 85 (formerly JMC 135): Public Relations Principles and/or ECON 002: Principles of Microeconomics. 3 Credits. Estimated cost $3530-4040. Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, some meals.

LEAD110: Leadership at Sea: Tom Westbrook and Melissa Sturm-Smith: Travel Seminar to the Bahamas: Leadership At Sea is a blend of classroom and experiential learning focusing on leadership development, team building, and seamanship. The course features sailing in the Bahamas aboard the tall mast schooner Liberty Clipper. The goal of the course to form and work in teams, apply leadership skills in a new environment, learn to on team building, communication, conflict management, and the technical aspects of sailing. This will be followed by four days in Nassau that include meeting with officials at the American Embassy and Bahamian Government, participating in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and Marathon Bahamas (run or staff water stations), completing an historical tour of Nassau and attending a session with student leaders at the College of the Bahamas and more. We will then set sail for a week exploring the Bahamas Out Islands. The Liberty Clipper, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed 125’ gaff-rigged schooner, will serve as our leadership laboratory enabling students to rotate through ship positions and attend sessions with captain and crew. While at sea, the itinerary includes small island exploration, kayaking, snorkeling, and small craft sailing (http://www.libertyfleet.com). Leadership at Sea is a three credit hour class limited to 20 students (Schooner’s capacity). On campus January 6-13, Travel: January 14-25. AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding. The course is open to all Drake undergraduate students with enrollment priority to LEAD and Adams Academy students. Estimated cost $2290 (based on 20 participants).  Cost includes international airfare, ship passage, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, some meals.

MATH195/ACTS198: Risky Business: European Roots of Actuarial Science: Deborah Kent, Dan Alexander, Rahul Parsa: Travel Seminar to London, England: The course will explore the mathematical and historical events between 1650–1900 that lead to the rise of probability and actuarial science. Many of these events took place in and near London, where many of the involved individuals lived and worked. As we explore the history of these developments we will also be visiting relevant historical sites and archives, as well as corporate visits to contemporary actuarial firms. Travel: January 3-18. Prerequisites: Math 101 or ACTS/MATH 131. AOI: Historical Foundations. 3 Credits. Estimated cost $4180-5070.  Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, some meals.

POLS135: Islam in the 21st Century: Mahmoud Hamad: Travel Seminar to Egypt and Turkey. Since the collapse of the Iron Curtain, Islam has become to some intellectuals, policy-makers, and ordinary citizens a great menace that threatens the West and the Judo- Christian Civilization. The Green Peril in public discourse replaced Communism as the main ideological challenge to Liberalism. Is Islam a genuine threat to the West? What does Islam actually mean to the billion-plus of believers worldwide? What is Islam's relation to modernity? How similar and different is Islam from the other Ibhrahimic Religions? Travel: January 9-24. AOI: Critical Thinking, Global and Cultural Understanding, Engaged Citizen, and Historical Foundations. Experiential Learning. 3 Credits. Estimated cost $2500-2950. Cost includes lodging, ground transportation, excursions, all meals (international airfare not included).

SCSS196/WLC178: Contemporary Urban Mexico: Darcie Vandegrift: Travel Seminar to Mexico:This course examines the social dynamics of urban Mexican society through field site visits, guest lectures, critical readings, service learning, and facilitated discussion/reflection. Students will explore questions of social inequality, cultural identity, ethnic diversity, and economic development, as well as current political and social issues. The class will identify the historical roots of contemporary social issues, the impacts of U.S-Mexican relations, and the connection between structural events and everyday life. Students will engage in intensive first-hand interaction with Mexican nationals in a variety of field and classroom settings. This J-Term class will include pre-trip sessions with required readings, an in-country experience in Guadalajara, and post-trip reflection session and assignments. The class will be taught in English, with an optional one-credit Spanish language “linked” course. Travel: January 5-22, on-campus classes January 22-24. AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding. 3 Credits. Estimated cost $2860-3330.  Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, some meals.

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