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Spring 2014

Japan - Chemistry

Science and Technology in Japan

This is a general education course that includes a field trip to Japan. Students will examine case studies that relate natural and life sciences to Japanese culture and life. In Japan, students will visit Tokyo, Kyoto, and the Tohoku region. Students will volunteer to help rebuild earthquake affected region. Students will meet once a week during the semester. The class is student driven. After the trip students will work on their project, which will also be presented as a poster at the end of the class.

 Summer 2014 Courses

Art and Ecology in Japan: Ceramics and Satoyama

Ceramics enjoys esteem in Japan that is hard to understand from the U.S., and travel to Japan is a longstanding pilgrimage for U.S. ceramists. English students are also welcomed to attend because Japanese literature in translation has been a feature of many core English classes taught by Dr. Carswell and others, this trip will also allow students to make a literary pilgrimage. Prof. Monsma has also included a unit on “satoyama”, a Japanese land use practice that challenges Western notions of environmental protections. This syllabus is created to fulfill the needs of the many diverse interests that students have on campus.

UNIV 392 – Germany

The course will help and create a number of opportunities for CI students to experience the co-educational model offered by DHBW and to do this in the company of DHBW students. Students will present a professional presentation that demonstrates integration of theory, research, and detailed observations and analysis of Germany’s business, educational and cultural environment. Students will learn the differences in economic, social, political and cultural variable between the United States and Germany.

 The Seacoast through Time: A German Case Study

This course places the coastal experience in a broad temporal perspective, envisioning the seacoast as a dynamic interface between the marine and terrestrial environments that have provided humans access to a variety of opportunities related to: resource exploitation, transportation, colonization, cultural interaction, trade, conflict, and inspiration. The course examines the multidirectional ways that human interaction with, and use of, marine resources from the time of the Vikings up to the present day. By the end of the course, students will examine the contemporary pressing problems related to these topics, and apply their knowledge of anthropology to recommend ways of resolving them.

 Art in Paris: France

  • Liz King, Associate Professor of Art ( )
  • May 30 – June 22, 2014
  • Paris, France

Through class lectures, studio projects and field trips to the museums and cultural locations in Paris, France, students will study art and art history in a studio and classroom environment. Group instruction involving assigned projects will be a central focus of this class. Class will meet four days per week, six hours per day for a three week period.

 CERN Internship

The CERN internship is aimed primarily at CI undergraduate students, although CI graduate students can also join. Student from all backgrounds can apply, as long as they can complete the preparation courses successfully. The students must pass the two preparation courses to qualify for the internship. They will formally apply for a place at CERN by February 2014, and their skills will be matched to current research.

 Social Change in Spain II

This course is designed for undergraduate students who are studying Spanish; however, it is not restricted to those students. Students will attend a four week Spanish course, 4 or 5 times a week from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and live with a Spanish family.

 South Korea and Globalization

Students completing this course will be able to: 1. Demonstrate a deeper understanding of Korean culture and society. 2. To apply sociological concepts and theories to analyze Korean cultural and economic change. 3. Understand Korean social problems in a service learning context. 4. Demonstrate intercultural communication skills. 5. Demonstrate a comparative perspective of South Korea and the US and articulate similarities/differences of the two societies. 6. Reflect self-identity and American identity in a global context.