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Courses from 2017-2018

BELIZE: Comparative Psychology: Marine and Cultural-Historical Studies in Belize

Credits: 4 (PSY 377) -- Fall semester course with winter travel to Belize
Course Instructor: 
Bob Swoap

Blize dolphins pic
Comparative psychologists study the behavioral patterns and minds of a wide array of animal species, including humans. There is an emphasis on discovering similarities and differences across species

that may shed light on evolutionary and developmental processes. Belize has a rich marine life as well as diverse cultural and language traditions (including Belizean Creole, Spanish, and English). We will use a comparative and cross-cultural lens to focus on marine species and on learning from the people of Belize. Following the on-campus component, we will embark on a 13-day field course to Belize to assist researchers from the Oceanic Society. This group is conducting several long-term studies documenting the abundance, distribution, and behavioral ecology of bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles off the coast of Belize. While in the field, we will also learn about Belizean culture, discuss community-based planning for sustainable marine development, and meet Belizeans involved in protecting this exceptional ecosystem. We will also explore Mayan ruins in Belize and Guatemala. There will be good opportunities to immerse ourselves in the culture and the intersections of marine conservation and daily Belizean life.

Course Fee: $1900* + airfare (estimated $400-$800)
Application Fee: $75.00
*(Limited amounts of need-based financial aid available)
Prerequisite: Intro to Psych (or permission of the instructor)
Application Deadline: March 10, 2017

 
PRAGUE: Reading Genre and Form: Fairy Tales and the Pop-Up Book

Credits: 4 (WRI 301)-- Spring semester course with travel in May 2018
Course Instructors: 
Rachel Himmelheber and Lara Nguyen

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The fairy tale and the pop-up book are two sophisticated artistic genres often misunderstood as being primarily intended for audiences of children. In fact, fairy tales and moveable books have historical roots as texts for adults. This course will serve as an introduction to the related genres of the fairy tale and the pop-up book, with a special interest in the folkloric and artistic traditions of the former Czechoslovakia/current Czech Republic. Coursework will include films, particularly Czech fairy tale features; feminist and queer fairy tale criticism and history; and slide lectures on moveable books and illustration styles and techniques. Students will learn form and technique and will apply this craft knowledge as they write their own fairy tales and craft their own pop-up books. During the semester, students will write drafts of their own fairy tales and will collaborate on a class pop-up book as we practice technique. Relevant Czech history, geography, plant life, and culture will inform this work, and the course will culminate in a two-week trip to Prague, Czech Republic where students will experience Czech architecture, art, nature, historical landmarks, and geography that they have studied as they complete their own fairy tale pop-up book projects. There will be free time in our travels for students to visit sites or areas relevant to their own work and interests, and as a group we will visit museums including The National Gallery in Prague, castles including Prague Castle and Hluboka Castle, churches including Sedlec Ossuary (known as the church made of human skeletons), theater including the National Theater and a puppet show, and natural exploration including hiking in the Bohemian countryside and mushroom foraging (considered a national pastime among Czechs) in the many forests of the Czech Republic.

Course Fee: $1400* + airfare (estimated $800-$1200)
Application Fee: $75.00
*Limited amounts of need-based financial aid available
GPA Requirement: 2.5 minimum
Application Deadline: Monday, October 9th

 
BERLIN: Poets and Dictators: Art, Politics, and Philosophy in Modern Germany

Credits: 4 (PHIL 377)-- Spring Semester course with travel in May 2018
Instructors: 
Jay Miller and Brian Conlan

Twenty years ago, on November 9, 1989, jubilant crowds celebrated the opening of border crossings along the Berlin Wall. To find out more about the Berlin Wall, please visit www.Germany.info/withoutwalls. Copyright: Press and Information Office of the Federal Government of Germany. (PRNewsFoto/German Embassy Washington, DC)

This course will be an immersive experience that will provide students with a rich understanding of the major cultural and intellectual developments of modern Germany. We will begin our sojourn with the art, politics, and philosophy of the nineteenth century and trace the growing tensions among these through the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. Coupling in-depth analysis of key texts with on-site experience of the modern urban center of Berlin (with day trips to Weimar and Dessau), we will focus critical attention on the collision between artistic culture and political dictatorship that defines modern Germany.

Course Fee: $1400* + airfare (estimated $800-$1200)
Application Fee: $75.00
*Limited amounts of need-based financial aid available
GPA Requirement: 2.5 minimum
Application Deadline: Monday, October 9th

 
INDONESIA: Monkey Chants & Ancient Dance – Art and Social Change in Bali & Java

Credits: 4 (GBL 378)-- Spring semester course with three weeks travel in May-June 2018
Instructor: 
Siti Kusujiarti

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Bali and Java remain the most popular centers of artistic expression in Indonesia. This course will use traditional Indonesian art forms—including music, dance, and theater—as a lens through which to view social change in Bali and Java. Using an interdisciplinary framework, the course will provide students opportunities to explore the ancient roots of Javanese and Balinese art, especially the performing arts, and discover the dynamic ways in which these traditional arts are changing in response to the pressures of globalization, modernization, and international tourism. Onsite locations will include Janabadra University and Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta (Java), cultural destinations in Yogyakarta and Ubud (Bali), and village homestays in central Java and Bali. In addition, students will participate in a service-learning component (fulfilling PEG 2) and direct interactions with local Indonesian artists, college students, professors and community members.

Course Fee: $1600* + airfare (estimated $1400-$1700)
Application Fee: $75.00
*Limited amounts of need-based financial aid available
GPA Requirement: 2.5 minimum
Application Deadline: Monday, October 9th

 
LATVIA & SWEDEN: Traditions of Civic Engagement in Intercultural Context

Credits: 4 (SWK 377)-- Spring semester course with two weeks of travel in May-June 2018
Instructors: Lucy Lawrence and Māra McLaughlin-Taylor

 Riga

Through the distinct and multi‐disciplinary lens of civic engagement, students compare and contrast a myriad of interdependent social/environmental/political/economic/cultural issues in Latvia, a Baltic nation ruled by the Communist ideology of the Soviet Union for more than five decades, and the neighboring Scandinavian independent socialist democracy of Sweden. Students will examine the ways in which both Latvia and Sweden develop policies, programs, and practices that create a safety net to address current societal issues. Focus points of the course include intercultural comparisons of approaches to civic engagement that advance community self‐sufficiency while promoting active citizen participation. Students will have intercultural exchange and engagement through rigorous academic endeavor and transformational field study in both countries, including service-learning, building relationships with Latvian and Swedish students and professionals, exploring natural and historical landmarks on the Baltic coast, and experiencing traditions of food, art, music, and dance. This course fulfills General Education requirement AIM 5 Service Learning, General Education requirement AIM 15 Intercultural Perspectives, and PEG 2 of the Community Engagement Commitment.

Course Fee: $1400* + airfare (estimated $700-$900)
Application Fee: $75.00
*Limited amounts of need-based financial aid available
GPA Requirement: 2.5 minimum
Application Deadline: Monday, October 9th

CUBA: Appalachia to Cuba - Intercultural Approaches to Social Welfare & Education (January 2017)

4 credits

SWK337: Social Work

Course Instructors: Lucy Lawrence and Anna Welton

Through the distinct and interconnected lenses of social welfare and education, Warren Wilson students will come together to compare and contrast myriad and interdependent social, environmental, political, economic, and cultural issues in Appalachia and Cuba, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The course aims to provide students with an intercultural understanding of poverty and approaches to addressing poverty through social welfare and education. The course will trace the historical beginnings and necessities of the development of the social welfare systems and innovative education systems in the contexts of Cuba and Appalachia. This course examines the ways in which both the U. S. (Appalachian region specifically) and Cuba develop policies, programs, and practices that create a safety net to address current societal issues. Focus points of the course include intercultural comparisons of social welfare service delivery and educational structures and practices that advance community self-sufficiency while promoting active citizen participation. Additionally, this course provides students the opportunity for intercultural exchange and engagement through rigorous academic endeavor and field study in Cuba.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 minimum

Program Fee: $2300.00

Application Fee: $75.00

Estimated Spend$/wk: $50.00

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