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International Education

International Education

Winter Term 2005

The below courses were offered during Winter Term 2005.

WTI 1G/CRN 2204 Language Immersion in Cordoba

Professor Ernesto Difilippo

Learn Spanish while living in historic Cordoba , Argentina 's second largest city. Nestled at the foot of the beautiful Sierras de Cordoba, this area is plentiful with lakes, rivers and valleys. In addition to enjoying the setting there are many sporting activities available and many quaint colonial villages to visit. Each of these villages offers its own cuisine and crafts. Cordoba itself is home to an active student life. From the National University founded in 1613 to the fun and safe night life, this major city and its hospitable citizens provide a wonderful learning opportunity.

Whether students are just beginning the study of Spanish or completing a major, the intensive classes are an enjoyable way to earn language credit. Classes meet four hours each day, allowing time to practice during planned excursions and free time in and around Cordoba. Students will live with host families. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $3,300

WTI 1E/CRN 2205 Natural History of the Galapagos Islands & Ecuador

Professor David Hastings

A unique opportunity to explore and study one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. Students will camp in the Amazon rain forest, hike through the cloud forest in the highlands, and spend a week snorkeling and exploring the Galapagos Islands . While in Ecuador students will have an opportunity to learn about tropical rain forest ecology, examine the history and culture of Ecuador , and study the unique features of the Galapagos Islands where Darwin developed his ideas on the origin of species. Pre-departure readings and lectures will prepare us for the trip. Evaluation will be based on participation, examination, and presentation of a final project. Fulfills the Environmental Perspective. Enrollment limited to 15.

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $4,050

WTI 2G/CRN 2208 Chinese Language & Culture in Shanghai: A Ride on the Head of the Dragon

Professor Hong Gu

Study Chinese language at a university in Shanghai while exploring this legendary port city and experiencing first-hand the vitality of this dynamic economic powerhouse of the twenty-first century. Situated at the mouth of the Yangtze River and facing the Pacific Ocean , Shanghai has been the largest industrial and financial center in China since early twentieth century. Since China 's economic reforms, especially since the 1990's, Shanghai has been leading the country like the head of a dragon. Once the most developed city in Asia in the early twentieth century, Shanghai is regaining her reputation as one of the most dynamic and advanced metropolises in the world. Shanghai is where the East meets the West, and their interaction has given the city its unique character, traditions and colorfulness. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $3,400

WTI 2E/CRN 2213 Ecology and Cultures of Malaysia

Professor Alison Ormsby

Investigate the unique ecology and diverse cultures of Malaysia by meeting with conservation professionals and visiting conservation sites within this tropical country. Discuss resource extraction projects and dilemmas facing parks. The course will explore several sites of environmental and cultural significance including rainforest and marine conservation areas such as Mount Kinabalu National Park in northern Borneo . Students will observe a diverse array of endemic invertebrates, birds, fish and reptiles. Students will learn about the cultural history and diversity of peoples in Malaysia . The course format will include lectures and information discussions on campus and abroad, readings, field observations, and an individual project. Swimming and snorkeling abilities are required and students must be in excellent physical condition. Evaluation will be based on class participation, performance on project, and examination on readings. There are no prerequisites for participation in this program. Enrollment is limited. Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $4,425

WTI 1/CRN 2214 Global Studies at the United Nations

Professors William Felice and Greg Moore

A unique opportunity to examine the work of the UN and the international community in New York City . Learn about the work of the UN through such topics as peacekeeping and collective security, human rights, the situation of women and children worldwide, development, human security, and the role of the religious community and non-government organizations at the UN. Includes videos, presentations, and dialogue with speakers and panels, strategy sessions in small groups. Some evening activities and time to explore museums, galleries and ethnic neighborhoods of NYC. Costs do not include airfare, transport to/from hotel, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.

Tentative Dates
January 4-22, 2005
Approximate Cost: $2,400

WTI 2/CRN 3001 Abiquiu: Ghost Ranch Conference Center

Ghost Ranch is a working ranch located in the uniquely beautiful high desert of northern New Mexico . Participate in a regional orientation program and enroll in one individual study project. Students travel on their own; no Eckerd faculty leader. Projects include:

In Search of Self, Black & White Landscape Photography, Ceramics for Beginning and Advanced Students, Wide Open Writing, Triassic Park : Adventures in Earth History, Drawing and Painting Intensive, Intro to Silversmithing, and Sacred Journeys in New Mexico .

Course descriptions are available in the Office of International Education. Prioritize 3 selections in 1-2-3 order; every effort will be made to confirm your first choice. Evaluation by project leaders. Costs do not include airfare and additional course material fees (range from $75 to $250) and some field trip expenses (approx. $100). Weekend and evening activities, dances, movies, worship services are included. Enrollment is limited by Ghost Ranch – apply early.

Tentative Dates
January 2-26, 2005
Approximate Cost: $1,820

WTI 3/CRN 3002 Washington University Engineering & Applied Science

During January Washington University offers concentrated introductory courses in engineering and applied science. These courses allow students attending institutions affiliated with the dual-degree program to explore their interest in and aptitude for these fields. Costs do not include travel expenses and meals. Students should plan for textbooks and incidental expensesof $100. See Professor Harry Ellis for additional information.

Courses offered: Engineering Mechanics; Introduction to Electrical Networks. Note: Please check for prerequisites.

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $1,600

WTI 3E/CRN 2209 Geobiology of Modern Carbonate Environments of the Bahamas

Professor Joel Thompson

The Bahamas Archipelago is an arcuate-shaped system of carbonate platforms, commonly capped with low relief islands. These shallow water platforms are "carbonate factories" that produce a diverse array of carbonate sedimentary environments and features formed by physical, chemical and biological processes.

This course is designed to observe and study these processes in situ in the field. Students will come away with an understanding of the important geological and biological principles operating in modern carbonate environments. We
will be working in the southern part of the Exuma Cays chain and using the Caribbean Marine Research Center (CMRC) on Lee Stocking Island as our base of operation. Some diverse carbonate environments that we will explore include patch reefs, fringing reefs, giant stromatolites, beaches, lagoons, mudflats, oolitic tidal channels, modern and ancient dunes, fossil reefs, paleosols, and karst features.

The course will consist of (1) pre-trip meetings on campus that will include lectures, readings and discussions; (2) a seven-day experiential field program in the southern Exuma Cays; and (3) a wrap-up period on campus following our return from the Bahamas . Evaluation will be based on active participation, input into discussions, journal, research paper or project, and an exam. Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $2,030

WTI 3G/CRN 2211 The Fine & Lively Arts of England

Professor George Meese

Immerse yourself in the best of England 's theatre, art, music and architecture during daily excursions to experience London 's treasures. Study some distinguishing features of British creativity while absorbing the legacy of London 's central role in the arts. Enjoy trips out to Canterbury or Warwick Castle . Work with fellow students to present a day's learning to classmates. Write daily journals and site visit reports. Live in Eckerd's own 18th Century row house in the heart of the university and theatre districts. Use your free time to explore one of the most fascinating cities on earth – or perhaps a weekend in Paris via the Chunnel. Costs do not include airfare, transport to/from London Study Centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $2,750

WTI 4G/CRN 2212 Service Learning in Nicaragua

Professor Olivier Debure

Travel to Nicaragua where we will volunteer alongside ProNica , a non-profit organization based in St. Petersburg . We will visit and actively participate
in their pre-established development aid projects to alleviate Nicaragua 's struggle after 25 years of dictatorship, revolutionary and civil war, and the destruction caused by Hurricane Mitch.

We will start with an instruction period in Managua that will cover gender relations, political history, and effects of globalization on the economy and trade, as well as health care, agriculture and education systems in Nicaragua . We will then travel around the country actively participating in assistance projects related to the subjects studied. While traveling, students will live in groups of two in the home of a "Nicaraguense." Upon our return, we will develop a newsletter (with video) documenting our experiences. Evaluation based on participation/attendance in the lectures and projects as well as a reflective project that demonstrates what the student experienced and learned. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $2,250

WTI 4E/CRN 3003 Tropical Marine Environments: Roatan

Professors Dave Duncan and Bruce Barber

This course is designed to familiarize you with diverse environments of
Roatan , Honduras , and to provide you with an appreciation of the complex, interdisciplinary nature of this fragile environment. The course will examine the integrated tropical ecosystems including coral reefs, sea grasses, mangroves, and rocky intertidal zones. The geological component will examine carbonate systems particularly as related to the unique geological features, and the role tropical shallow-water ecosystems play in the geological development of the region. This environment is an optimum site in which to see firsthand the interaction of geologic and biologic processes operating to produce this unique environment while requiring only a basic scientific understanding. The course format will include preparatory lectures on campus, a field program at the Institute of Marine Sciences , Roatan, and a wrap-up on campus following return. The field portion will require, at times, long periods on and in the water making observatio ns and collecting data. Consequently good swimming skills and snorkeling abilities are required. SCUBA certification is not required, but recommended. Non-divers are welcome. A significant portion of this program will also be dedicated to examining the Roatan culture and how the population interacts with the environment. Evaluation will be based on class participation, performance on research projects and presentations, and examinations. Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $2,500

WTI 5G/CRN 2207 Consumerism in North Africa

Professor Ed Grasso

Explore the magnificent history of Morocco and study the world of consumerism and how it proliferates everyday life. Venture through the mosques, mausoleums, and fortresses of the Imperial cities and wander back alleys and souks to learn
and understand the connections between the long history and rich culture of Morocco and modern consumerism. Carpets, woodworking, ceramics, and tourism all play a role in this consumer orientation.

In Rabat , the administrative capital of the kingdom, we will visit Hassan Tower an impressive masterpiece of Almohade architecture, part of a mosque that was intended to hold the entire Moorish Army for worship. While in Fes , the oldest imperial city, and the spiritual and intellectual capital of Islam in the West, we will visit the university and several historical sites including the Kasbah Des Cherada. In Erfoud we take an early morning excursion by landrover to Merzouga Sun Dunnes, enjoy a camel ride, and overnight camping in the desert. We will visit several natural wonders, including the Todrha Gorges, the Djebei Sargho Mountain Range, and the extraordinary Draa Valley . The adventure concludes in Marrakech, the second oldest imperial city, which spreads out in a huge palm grove at the foot of the snow-capped high Atlas Mountains . Visits to universities, government and economic ministries, tourism CEO's, and the U.S. Embassy are planned. Evaluations will be based on a journal, a project, and demonstrated understanding of and engagement with the culture. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $3,600

WTI 6G/CRN 2206 Sacred Greece

Professor Bruce Foltz

Explore the two great religious traditions originating in Ancient Greece in sacred places ranging from the temple of Delphi (where the oracle of Apollo challenged Socrates), to the ruins of Corinth (whose church received famous epistles), to the high mountain splendor of Rila, a Byzantine monastery in present-day Bulgaria. In Athens , visit the Acropolis where St. Paul preached his famous sermon to the Athenians near the Temple of Athena , see the theater of Dionysos where the original comedies and tragedies were performed, and cruise to the Ionian island of Aegina , pilgrimage site for three millennia. In the Peloponnese visit the site of the sacred Olympic games, test the acoustics in an amphitheater dedicated to the god Asklepios, roam Agamemnon's citadel from which the Trojan war was launched, and explore Mistras, a Byzantine ghost town filled with mosaic-lined churches. In Meteora, experience anchorite monasteries perched high atop strange rock formations. Walk the cobblestone streets of lakeside Ochri d in present-day Macedonia , and explore the ancient city walls of Thessaloniki , in search of lost Byzantium . Opportunities to explore the minority faith of Judaism in the Jewish Museum of Greece. Evaluation on readings, participation, and journal or summative essay. Fulfills the Global Requirement .

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $4,500

WTI 7G/CRN 2210 French Language Immersion - Martinique

Professor Sophie Champigny

Martinique , "island of flowers" offers a unique cultural, literary, historical, and natural Francophone touch in the Caribbeans. A two-week language immersion program in Fort-de-France will reinforce students' conversation practice and writing skills in the morning. Afternoon and weekend excursions will be organized to various museums (The Gauguin Museum, The Régional Museum
of History and Ethnography of Martinique, The House of the Sugar Cane), in historical (Cathedral Saint-Louis, Fort Saint-Louis, excursion to Trois-Ilets, the birthplace of Joséphine) and cultural sites (Spices Market, Creole food, cooking and traditions, neighboring fishing villages). During week three, we will discover Martinique 's tropical forests which offer a wide variety of wild flowers, trees, plants, etc.. We will visit the volcanic mountain Pelée, located in northern Martinique . Students will also have time to bask in the world-known Martiniquan beaches, and to experience the fascinating sea fauna. Students will be expecte d to keep a detailed journal of their various experiences (personal impressions, conversations with local Creole people), and will give a presentation on an aspect of Martiniquan culture. Fulfills the Global Perspective .

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $4,250

WTI 8G/CRN 3004 German Language and Culture

Professor Renate Kling

Learn German while living in Freiburg, a fascinating city and university town founded in the eleventh century, located on the edge of the Black Forest, and on the doorsteps of France (2 miles away) and Switzerland (26 miles away). Daily language classes will be taken at the Goethe Institute. These classes are intensive and will meet four hours each day. Afternoons will be devoted to exploring medieval and modern Freiburg and points of interest in the Black Forest Region, among which are the famed Lake Titsee and castles along the Rhine . Evaluation based on language class, journal, term paper and overall personal conduct and participation. Fulfills the Global Perspective .

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $3,600

WTI 9G/CRN 3005 Language Immersion in Sicily

Professor Tom DiSalvo

Learn Italian while living in Sicily and discovering the multiple layers of civilization – Phoenician, Greek, Byzantine, Roman, Norman and Spanish – that make this Mediterranean island one of the most culturally intriguing destinations in all of Europe. The program is based in the capital city of Palermo , where daily language classes will take place. Afternoons and weekends will be devoted to exploring the cultural heritage and natural beauty of the island, the remains of a Phoenician settlement (port and cemetery), fascinating vestiges of Sicily 's history that you will experience while traveling around the island. Destinations include Monreale, Segesta , Cefalu, Selinunte, Agrigento , Piazza Armerina and Taormina . This Winter Term invites students with no knowledge of Italian as well as those who have studied or are studying Italian to be a part of the program. Grade is based on performance in the language class as well as knowledge of history and culture that will be presented throughout the course. Fulfills the Global Perspective .

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $4,950

WTI 4/CRN 3006 Leadership and Team Building in the Field: Antarctica

Professor Peter Hammerschmidt

The focus of this course will be to learn and practice highly effective leadership and team working behaviors while experiencing an Antarctica cruise on board the research vessel MS Andrea. The course will be experiential in nature and as such we will use some of our time as a team exploring the Antarctica Peninsula with Zodiac landing craft and working together to achieve our daily objectives. The academic portion of the course will consist of reading Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer by Morrell and Capparell and Mind Over Matter: The Epic Crossing of the Antarctic Continent by Ranulph Fiennes. A special feature of this course will be the expert lecturers provided by the MS Andrea staff and the astonishing sights we will see and experience during this adventure. We will also use on-board travel time (over the Drake Passage) to engage in experiential leadership activities and assessments so that every participant may better understand their own personal leadership attributes with the goal of using them even more effectively during
and after our journey.

Space in this course is limited to only 10 participants and will include 4 business professionals serving as professional "leadership" mentors.

Tentative Dates
January 4-28, 2005
Approximate Cost: $7,000

Winter Term 2014

Winter Term 2014

Winter Term 2014 course information available in the 2014 Passport

London Study Centre

London Study Centre

The London Study Centre is the heart of the Eckerd College study abroad program. Since 1970, when Eckerd College leased a 200-year-old Georgian row house from the Bedford Estates, over 2,000 students have called the Centre home. Learn more.