J-Term 2015: Travel Seminars

This listing of J-Term classes is not yet complete, nor is the information about each class complete. Information about additional classes and more detailed information about each class will be added as the information is obtained.

ACTS198/MATH195 Risky Business: European Roots of Actuarial Science. Rahul Parsa. Amy Vaughan. 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.
3 Credits. Prerequisites: Math 101 or ACTS/MATH 131. AOI: Historical Foundations. Cost: $4900-5300.

COUN145/245 Counseling Diverse Populations: Brazil. Bengu Erguner-Tekinalp. 
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, We will visit mental health counseling providers, hospitals and counseling and psychology organizations in these respective areas. We will attend spiritual ceremonies such as Umbanda, and Zen Meditation, visit underprivleged areas of the city and meet with local leaders and small business owners. There will be a service learning opportunity at Obra De Berco, a care facility for underprivileged children. The travel will also provide students understanding culturally appropriate help seeking. 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.
3 Credits. AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding, Historical Foundations. Cost: $5300-5700.

COUN145/245 Counseling Diverse Populations: Hawaii. Matt Bruinekool and Wade Leuwerke.

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.
3 Credits. AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding, Historical Foundations. Cost: $3200-3600.

EDUC 199 Cyprus—Centuries of Cultural Diffusion and Conflict. Matthew Hayden. Benjamin Gardner. Stavroula Kontovourki.

Cyprus sits, literally, at the maritime crossroads of Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. Centuries of intercultural influences have infused the region with a mélange of cultural, historical, and artistic traditions. It has also been the site of much conflict over those same centuries. This course will investigate how the political, religious, cultural, linguistic, and economic traditions of Cyprus are represented in contemporary efforts—including United Nations programs, local museums, formal schooling, and informal gatherings—to formulate past, present, and future Cypriot identities and attempt to resolve contemporary conflicts. This multidisciplinary inquiry will draw on the expertise of local academics from politics, history, archaeology, peace education, and international studies. The rich, turbulent, and fluid history of this island—a site of centuries of globalization—makes it an excellent site for helping students better understand the effects of and responses to cultural diffusion and inter-cultural conflict. The travel seminar will be co-led by a University of Cyprus faculty member, and may also include support from host institution students as cultural liaisons for formal and informal site visits and experiences. Course content will be of particular interest for students interested in archaeology, antiquities, art, cultural studies, education, globalization, sociology, history, international studies, and political science. 
3 Credits. AOI: Historical Foundations, Global and Cultural Understanding. Cost: $3400-4100.

EDUC199/299 Educational Opportunities in a Developing Country: Ghana. Jill Johnson.
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.
3 Credits. AOI: Engaged Citizen. Cost: $3000-3400.

EDUC199/299 Global Engagement: Belize. Sally Beisser and Shelly Fairbairn.
 
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. The goal of the course is transforming student perceptions of social problems with a focus on service as an avenue to social justice within the context of a study and travel experience in Belize.
3 Credits. AOI: Engaged Citizen. Cost: $2750.

EDUC199/299 Perspectives on Education in Finland. Trenton Grundmeyer. Lindsay Whorton.

Course dates:  (TENTATIVE)
Pre-travel sessions
-January 6 & 8, 2015 (11:30-1:30)
Trip-Friday, January 9-Wednesday, January 22
Post-travel sessions-Friday, January, 24 (11:30)
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.  It will take students from Drake to Finland, that is in many ways distinctly different culturally, politically, ethnically, and economically from the U.S. It will take students into classrooms of the most highly regarded country related to student achievement in the world.  Students will be immersed in the structure, classroom pedagogy, and standardized testing in Finland.  To accomplish these outcomes, visits to elementary, middle, and high schools will be set up as well as meetings with students, teachers, and school leaders.  Special attention will be directed towards critically analyzing the practices and policies that could benefit the American system of public education.  As students study these issues, they will also learn of cultural and world view differences that exist in Finland. Required Text: Sahlberg, Pasi. (2011). Finnish Lessons; What can the world learn from education change in Finland? Teacher College Press. New York, NY.
3 Credits. AOI: Critial Thinking, Global and Cultural Understanding. Trip Cost Estimate: $3200-3500.

ENG123 Advanced Topics in Theory and Criticism: "Knowing Places: Scotland and Northern England". Craig Owens. Elizabeth Robertson.

Participants in this travel seminar, titled “Knowing Places,” will experience a combination of classroom-based learning and “field” learning, both of which will take place during our travels in England’s Lake District, the Hebridean Isle of Barra, the Lowlands and Western Highlands of Scotland, and Yorkshire. The course investigates the relationship between geographical and cultural location, on the one hand, and modes of knowing, on the other. We will examine northern English and Scottish literary representations of site-specific knowledge and consider theoretical and philosophical insights on how knowledge situates itself in spaces, places, and material practices in order to understand the complex relationship among identity, power, desire, and place. Among the literary texts we will read and discuss are James Boswell's A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson (excerpts), Robert Louis Stevenson's Songs of Travel, Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, Shakespeare's Macbeth, Alan Warner's The Man Who Walks, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, and selected poems of Edwin Muir, Robert Burns, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey. To help us theorize the relationship between place and knowledge, we will consider a number of theoretical and philosophical perspectives, including those of such writers as Homi K. Bhabha; Edward Said; Umberto Eco; Walker Percy; and Tim Cresswell, among others. Participants in this course will meet on four Sundays in the Fall 2014 semester (as required for all J-term courses), will read and discuss assigned texts, will engage in travel during two weeks in January 2015, and will use daily writing assignments and journal entries to develop a theoretical reflection on their own relationships to place. This January-term travel seminar is a reading- and walking-intensive course requiring both physical stamina and mental fortitude. Pre-requisites: English 39 or permission of the instructor. AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding. Cost: $4800-4999.

INTD076/LEAD199 Explorations of Urban Poverty: New York City. Renee Sedlacek.
 
This is an engaged citizen and experiential learning course. It will bring together students from a variety of disciplines to explore ways in which to further understand issues of urban poverty and social action in Des Moines and New York City. The class will address definitions, core theories, principles, and practices of social change, servant leadership and 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. The culminating project will allow students to practice servant leadership through the implementation of their own service-learning experience with a local Des Moines community partner.
3 Credits. AOI: Engaged Citizen. Cost: $1100-1200.

LEAD110 Leadership at Sea. Thomas Westbrook.
Renae Chesnut.
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). 
3 Credits. AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding. Cost: $2650.

MSLD152/252: Leadership in Organizations: Brazil.  Christina Wildermuth.
This course addresses organizational leadership in the context of a large Latin American country experiencing considerable growth. The professor is a native Brazilian and will help students gain a better understanding of Brazilian culture, explore regional cultural differences, and discuss the challenges of leading organizations in a global society. In particular, we will address the impact of Brazilian culture and history on business issues. A special emphasis will be placed on human resource issues such as the Brazilian labor legislation and its impact on doing business in Brazil.

MSLD 252 is a graduate course. However, for this J-term version of the course we will welcome all undergraduate majors, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and graduate students in all programs (the undergraduate course number is MSLD152).

We will leave Des Moines to Rio de Janeiro on Monday, January 5th.  We'll leave Brazil on Tuesday, January 20th, arriving back in the Des Moines on Wednesday, January 21st. We are planning two pre-trip orientation sessions and one post-trip debrief session.  These three sessions will take place on campus (exact time and location TBA). Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, and some meals.
3 Credits. AOI: Historical Foundations, Global and Cultural Understanding. Cost: $5300-5700.

POLS119 Inside Washington: Exploring Bipartisan Solutions. Rachel Paine Caufield. Jill Van Wyke.
As the newly elected 114th Congress is sworn in, this intensive 2-week experience in Washington, D.C. will allow students to investigate the causes and consequences of legislative “gridlock” and the potential for new collaborative policy outcomes.  As our public discourse becomes more polarized, Americans are increasingly convinced that real and sustained policy solutions are impossible.  But is this true?  Where is compromise possible and how can we create a new narrative that fosters and encourages innovative problem solving?  During our time in Washington, we will combine a series of academic sessions with The Washington Center, site visits, small group sessions, and an impressive array of guest speakers – including current and former elected officials, party leaders, media personalities, and prominent interest group representatives from all ideological perspectives.  Taken together, the course is designed to familiarize you with the structure and institutions of government, the role of the media and the practice of public affairs journalism, dynamic discussion of contemporary policy debates, and the city of Washington, D.C. as both the national capital city and an urban space where people live and work.  Along the way, you will have an opportunity to meet and interact with dozens of Drake alumni who are working professionals in the city.  Pre-departure meetings will focus on the style and conventions of citizen reporting, and the group will maintain a blog that documents and details the topics of the course and our experiences in the city.  As you leave Washington, you will have a deeper understanding of the city, the government, and the issues that confront the nation.
3 Credits. AOI: Engaged Citizen. Cost: $2600-2700.

POLS135/HONR075: Islam in the 21st Century. Turkey. Mahmoud Hamad. Guclu Atinc.
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? 
3 Credits. AOI: Historical Foundations, Global and Cultural Understanding, Engaged Citizen, Critical Thinking. Cost: $3350-3550.

SCSS196/ENSP150 Sustainability and Social Justice on the Gulf Coast. Michael Haedicke. Anthony Tyler.
Students in this course will examine questions of environmental sustainability and social justice in New Orleans and the surrounding area through field site visits, service learning activities, critical readings, and guided discussion and reflection. The course includes a week-long service learning component in which students will partner with local organizations that are seeking to address social inequities and environmental vulnerabilities in the area. Although the exact nature of service learning activities will be determined by comparing students’ skills and interests with the needs of community partners, they may include wetlands restoration, home construction, community gardening, and neighborhood revitalization. Students will be required to attend pre-trip meetings with required readings, participate in written and oral reflections and research activities while on the trip, and complete a post-trip final assignment.
3 Credits. AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding Cost: $2200.

SCSS196/WLC196/HONR196 Contemporary Urban Mexico. Eduardo Garcia Villada.
This course examines cultural diversity of contemporary urban Mexico 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; working knowledge of Spanish is desired, but not required. Travel: January 4-22, on-campus classes January 22-23.
3 Credits. AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding, and Critical Thinking. Honor’s credit may be earned. Cost: $2700-3300. Cost includes international airfare, lodging, ground transportation, excursions, some meals.

ADDITIONAL OPTION: Students may enroll in a one-credit linked course for additional experiences in Spanish towards earning the Cultural Competency in Spanish Certificate.  This requires additional payment for one class unit.  It is a great way to improve your Spanish and get credit for it.  Please let us know by October if you are planning this option.

THEA120T Theatre History I: From Greece to Elizabethan England. John Graham. Karla Kash.
In this course we will look at the history and literature of the theatre from the point of view of the society in which they operated. We will examine how theatre reflects the assumptions of a culture and how theatre artists use their medium to express their belief or disbelief in those systems. Through an immersion in the theatre culture of London, and the historical sites we will visit (ancient and modern), we will be able to get a full understanding of the role theatre has played and continues to play in our culture and society.
3 Credits. AOI:
Artistic Experience, Historical Foundations. Cost: $4700-5000.

 

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