Note (Monday, August 3, 2020):
The structure of J-Term 2021 is currently under review. More information will be provided when decisions are finalized.
Students interested in registering for a J-term travel seminar should begin the process by submitting an application at the Terra Dotta web site. More J-term travel seminar registration information is available on the Office of the Registrar J-Term travel registration web site.
COUN 145/COUN 245 (CRN 1578/1579): UNDERSTANDING DIVERSE POPULATIONS: HAWAII
Matt Bruinekool, Wade Leuwerke
Attribute: Community Engaged Learning and Global and Cultural Understand and Historical Foundations and J-Term Travel Seminar and International & Multicultural and Service Learning
Course Description: The course will introduce students to the Clubhouse Model for individuals with mental illnesses. They will learn about the clubhouse, how it functions, and the standards that each clubhouse must follow. They will then spend time working in a clubhouse in Des Moines, learning about working with people with mental illness in Iowa and learn about how the clubhouse here is meeting all of the international standards. The class then will travel to Kapaa, Hawaii (on Kauai). First they will learn about the Hawaiian culture, and then they will spend a week at the clubhouse there working with individuals with disabilities. They will learn how mental illness is viewed within the Hawaiian culture and how the clubhouse there meets the same international standards as the clubhouse in Des Moines. This course is cross-listed with COUN 245 (crn 1579), which is a graduate-only course. However, the COUN 145 version of the class is open to advanced undergraduates.
Course Description: The main goals of this interdisciplinary course are to expose students to the complexity of culture, with a special focus on the challenges and opportunities inherent to intercultural and value differences. Students will articulate their ethical framework, contrast their personal framework with those of their peers, connect ethics and cultural values, and apply cultural and ethical concepts learned to a current global challenge.
In the 2021 version of the course, we will focus on immigration. Students will contrast American perceptions of immigration with those of Spanish and Moroccan citizens. Ultimately, we expect students to gain awareness of their own stage of intercultural competence, identify threats to rational thinking in ethics, and develop a plan for continuing development. The course involves three phases: Pre-departure preparation, travel seminar, and post-arrival integration. During the pre-departure preparation, we will introduce students to the challenges inherent to intercultural relations and to intersections between ethics and culture. Topics in this portion of the program include the importance of personal codes of ethics, ethnocentrism, threats to ethical reasoning, and Bennett’s model of intercultural development. We will further discuss the meaning of culture, cultural dimensions, and the impact of personality on intercultural relations. Next, we will travel to Spain and Morocco. During our trip, we will meet with representatives from organizations working with immigrant groups, interact with both immigrants and native-born citizens of the countries visited, exchange cultural information (i.e., students will both hear about the two countries we are visiting as well as present information about American cultures), visit historical and cultural sites, and engage in in-depth facilitated discussions with the professors. Finally, once we are back in the United States, students will be expected to integrate their lessons learned and discoveries in a final presentation.
Course Description: 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.
Course Description: Kosovo is a new country that declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, and was formally recognized by the United Nations in 2017. Its geographic location—a land-locked region of mildly rolling valleys of farmland surrounded by mountains—meant that it has been both isolated and invaded throughout its history. That location has been a highway for various empire-builders for centuries, as a link between Europe and the Middle East. As a result, within an area the size of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa, there are 12 countries containing 10 different languages, three different main religions (Easter Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Islam). 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. The travel seminar will involve Kosovar professors, students, and community members and may also include support from host institution students as cultural liaisons for formal and informal visits and experiences. Course content will be of particular interest for students interested in art, linguistics, conflict resolution, cultural studies, education, global security, sociology, anthropology, history, international studies, and political science.
Course Description: In this course, we will investigate how economic development, indigenous rights, and conservation intersect in rural southern Belize. The course will involve service learning projects working both with people and nature to allow us to get a better sense of some of the issues that people wrestle with in the area. This seminar is designed as an immersive experience, helping students to appreciate the complexity and importance of environmental and social issues in Central America.
Registration Eligibility Criteria: Open to BCMB and Health Sciences students. Permission from the instructor.
Course Description: This special topics course combines international internship and service learning experiences with pre and post readings, discussions, and reflections in order to maximize student learning, increase student awareness of cultural issues, and increase personal growth related to working in a developing country. Student will build skills in life-long learning, values and ethics, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
Course Description: This course is an exploration of Thailand and Thai culture and satisfies the Information Literacy AOI. Students will be exposed to a variety of academic and cultural experiences in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, Thailand. Students will have many opportunities to discover new and interesting aspects of Thai culture and the many different influences that have helped shape it. Once back on campus, students will research their topic in greater depth and prepare an annotated bibliography and brief presentation. They will integrate information and perspectives from their bibliography into their presentations.
LPS 135 (CRN 2019): FORKS & FARMS IN ITALY: FOOD SECURITY & SUSTAINABILITY
Matthew Canfield, Jennie Zwagerman & Ellen Yee
Attribute: PENDING: Critical Thinking,Engaged Citizen,Global and Cultural Understanding
Course Description: Food insecurity and malnutrition are critical issues both in the United States and across the world. It is a product not of a lack of food, but rather our current systems of food production and provisioning. This course offers a transnational and comparative perspective on food systems and food security. We will travel to Italy where we will meet with experts, officials, and country representatives in the United Nations’ specialized agencies of food and agriculture. There we will consider how food systems are shaped by systems of global food governance. After the course will take a comparative focus on Italian food systems and policies, through an immersive experience with small-scale Italian food producers in Southern Italy. Students will be asked to compare those experiences with American agriculture and assess the challenges of food security and sustainability for themselves.
Course description: Be there as the President of the United States takes the Oath of Office! Following four days of online classwork, students will spend two weeks in Washington, D.C. for an intensive, hands-on experience. What can a new president expect, and how do our current political dynamics shape the real and perceived successes and failures of the president? How does the modern presidency reflect public understandings of government and policy? As citizens, what should we expect? 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. You'll network with Drake alumni, participate in VIP tours of government buildings, and have a chance to meet and question people who make the decisions that affect our national policy. Prerequisite: POLS 001. Estimated cost: $2600-2700; air fare purchased by student.
Course Description: This course serves both as an introduction to religion in South Africa and as means of developing a collaborative photo-narrative project about religion in South Africa with Drake’s international partner, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). In the way of introduction, we will learn the history of (religion in) South Africa, especially in encounter with colonial powers and Christian missionaries. In the way of the photo-narrative project, we will work with faculty and students at UKZN to begin identifying and learning about religious sites in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa, especially as they relate to an environmentally themed book.
Course Description: Through direct observation and investigation of the natural world, this course will use place-based pedagogies to help students gain greater understanding of physical, earth, and life science concepts. Additionally, the course will explore the history of scientific ideas and the interactions of science, technology, and society.
Registration Eligibility Criteria: Students interested in this course should wait-list themselves for the course. During the week of April 18, eligible wait-listed students will be moved from the wait list to the roster based on seat availability.
Course Description: 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 of 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.