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International Education

International Education

Winter Term 2006

The below courses were offered during Winter Term 2006.

WTI-1E/CRN 6179 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. We will camp in the Amazon rain forest, hike through the highland cloud forest, 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. Participants must be in excellent physical condition.

A service-learning component will be integrated into this class. Pre-departure readings and lectures will prepare us for the trip. Evaluation will be based on student participation, examinations, daily journal entries, and a final project.
Fulfills the Environmental Perspective. Enrollment limited to 15.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $4,150

WTI-1G/CRN 6178 The Arts in Vienna and Prague

Professor Marion Smith

Experience a variety of artistic media in two of Europe's richest and most active cultural centers. With its 200 year history and numerous art institutions and organizations, Vienna, Austria's capital, provides many memorable experiences. We will attend the opera, symphony and chamber concerts, visit museums, palaces, and significant architectural structures. We will take a vigorous hike through the Vienna Woods and a day trip through the Wachau Valley. Prague has been an imperial city, the birthplace of numerous artists and musicians, and the site of major religious upheavals. During our stay we will take advantage of several musical offerings at the national theatre; visit Prague castle which is now the seat of the Czech Republic government; St. Vitu's Cathedral which took more than 500 years to build; the Old Town Square; Charles Bridge and the Old Jewish Cemetery.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $4,250

WTI-1H/CRN 7210 Beyond Hollywood? The Sundance Film Festival

Professor Nathan Anderson

For the last several decades, independent film makers have played an important role in challenging the authority of the film industry represented by Hollywood, providing alternatives for viewers fed up with mainstream films aimed primarily at generating a profit. Paradoxically, however, the methods, techniques, and subject matter of films successful outside the mainstream are quickly incorporated within it. We will explore this paradox, focusing on the relation between mainstream and independent cinema in America since the 1960s. The class will culminate in a visit to the Sundance Film Festival, held in Park City, Utah, which is popularly touted as the most important American forum for independent film, but is sometimes criticized as merely another means for young film makers to enter Hollywood, or for Hollywood stars to schmooze and ski. Evaluations will be based on participation, a test on film history and terminology, a film review journal and a group project.
Fulfills the requirement for Humanities academic area.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $2,575

WTI-2G/CRN 6182 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 some weekends will be devoted to exploring the cultural heritage and natural beauty of the island, the remains of a Phoenician settlement (port and cemetery), and fascinating vestiges of Sicily's history that you will experience while traveling around the island. Destinations include Monreal, Segesta, Cefalu, Selinunte, Agrigento, and Piazza Armerina. 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 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $5,200

WTI-2E/CRN 6187 New Zealand: Field Studies of Marine Mammals

Professor Shannon Gowans

Dusky dolphins in New Zealand are routinely approached by people. This class studies the dolphin's behaviors in relation to dolphin watching and swim-with-dolphin programs. You will participate in on-going research including tracking dolphins from land boat surveys. The data you collect will be used to explore potential influences ecotourism has on these dolphins. Students will gain valuable skills in observation of wild animals, photo-identification, data collection and entry. In addition to dusky dolphins, you will observe sperm whales, Hector's dolphins, and New Zealand fur seals. We will explore environmental issues threatening New Zealand wildlife (especially marine wildlife), and local Maori culture.

This course consists of participation in the field, plus lectures and discussions. Evaluation is based upon class participation, a written project, and examination on readings. This course is suitable for both science and non-science majors. Physical competency for swimming and hiking is required.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $6,300

WTI-3G/CRN 6185 Japanese Language and Culture - Tokyo

Professor Eileen Mikals-Adachi

Learn Japanese while experiencing Tokyo, the gateway to Japanese culture, past and present. Mornings will be dedicated to language study, and afternoon and weekend activities will concentrate on exploration of the cultural heritage and contemporary trends of this fascinating nation. Cultural excursions will focus on studying the juxtaposition of old and new in the capital and in contemporary Japanese culture and will include visits to such contrasting landmarks as the ancient Meiji Shrine and the metropolitan conglomeration of corporate headquarters, Makuhari, the Kabukiza theater in the Ginza, and the studios of Fuji TV in the trendy area of Odaiba, the Tsukiji fish market, and Akihabara electric town. Participation in such ancient arts as ikebana flower arranging and rice paper-making will be scheduled, as will a visit to a Japanese home. Evaluation will be based on performance in the language class, overall participation, journal and term paper.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $4,850
Travel grants available

WTI-4G/CRN 6186 Managing, Serving and Leading in the United Kingdom - London

Professor Frank Hamilton

This Winter Term provides a unique opportunity to examine management, leadership and the international community while living in London. Students will participate in service learning projects with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Study some of the distinguishing features of British management while absorbing the London culture. Visits to universities, government, NGOs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Embassy are planned. Live in Eckerd's own 18th century Georgian 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 on the continent via the Chunnel. Evaluations will be based on daily journals, site visits, a project, and demonstrated understanding of and engagement with the culture. Work with fellow students to present a day's learning to classmates. 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 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $2,750

WTI-1/CRN 6188 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:

  • Black and White Landscape Photography A111; Materials fee $250
  • Drawing and Painting Intensive A112; Materials fee $125
  • Introduction to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition A113; Materials fee $100; plus silver and stones purchase range from $100-$200
  • Ceramics for Beginning and Advanced Students A114; Lab fee $100
  • Wide Open Writing W111
  • Connecting to Your Deeper Self H111; Materials fee $100
  • Rio Grande Weaving and Design A115; Materials fee $175
  • Triassic Park: the Triassic Scene Seen Through Digital Photography SW 112
  • Outdoor Adventures 0111
  • Sacred Journeys and Spiritual Traditions SW111

Course descriptions are available in the Office of International Education. Prioritize three 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 $100 to $300) and some field trip expenses (approx. $100). Weekend and evening activities, dances, movies, and worship services are included.
Enrollment is limited by Ghost Ranch - apply early.

Tentative Dates
January 2-25, 2006
Approximate Cost: $1,975

WTI-5G/CRN 6181 Service Learning in Nicaragua

Professor Olivier Debure

Immerse yourself in the culture and learn about one of the poorest countries of the western hemisphere. Volunteer alongside ProNica, a non-profit organization based in St. Petersburg, 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.

The trip will begin with several days of instruction in Managua, covering gender relations, political history, and effects of globalization on the economy and trade, as well as health care, agriculture and educational systems in Nicaragua. We will then travel around the country, actively participating in assistance projects related to the subjects studied. While traveling, students will have the opportunity to experience life with a Nicaraguan family through homestays.

Evaluation based on: participation in the lectures and projects; a reflective project detailing the student's cultural experience; and, a short article to be published in a newsletter upon our return.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $2,440
Service Learning Grants available*

* Service learning grants are available to offset the cost of the travel. To apply for the grant, turn in a statement detailing your interest and motivation for participating in this service learning trip directly to Professor Olivier Debure.

WTI-3E/CRN 6183 Ecology of Belize

Professor Nancy Smith

Belize is an ideal setting for the study of tropical rain forests, mangroves, seagrass beds, and the second largest barrier reef in the world. These habitats all comprise one of the most beautiful and productive areas for exploration. Both science and non-science majors will study the basic ecology of these systems by first-hand observation and projects while rafting, snorkeling, sea kayaking, and hiking.

We will also explore Mayan history, culture and archaeology. Swimming ability required. Evaluation will be based on group projects, participation, and an exam on lectures and readings.
Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $3,400

WTI-6G/CRN 6180 Spanish Language Immersion Amidst the Natural Wonders of Argentina

Professor Yolanda Molina-Gavilan

Argentina is the European melting pot of South America and home of the tango. Discover its cultural richness while studying at the foothills of the majestic Andes.

Learn Spanish while living in historic Cordoba, Argentina's second largest city. Founded in 1573, it was one of the first Spanish colonial capitals of the region. Strolling along the streets, one can see the many historical monuments preserved from the times of Spanish colonialism.

Situated at the northern tip of a triangle between Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Cordoba is a picturesque city of a million nestled at the foot of a mountain range known as the Sierra Chica. Because of its proximity to the mountains, Cordoba is a perfect base for excursions into the natural beauty of the Andes.

In addition to enjoying the impressive landscape there are many cultural and sporting activities available and colonial villages to visit. Each of these villages offers its own unique cuisine and crafts. From its history to its natural beauty and hospitable citizens, Cordoba provides 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 2-25, 2006
Approximate Cost: $3,400

WTI-7G/CRN 6184 Leadership and Team Building in the Field: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya and Tanzania

Professor Peter Hammerschmidt

This Winter Term will be an applied leadership and team building expedition that will reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world at over 19,000 feet. Prior to departure, students will read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, and will actually use the final two weeks of the course in Africa to experientially apply the 7 Habits (with the help of professional guides) to successfully attain the summit of Kilimanjaro. Habit #7 "sharpen the saw" will be featured on a Safari on the Serengeti after the climb. Before and/or after summiting, students will have a few days available to fulfill the global perspective. Students will be evaluated on their full participation and on a daily journal. Extreme conditioning is not required, but students should be very aerobically fit for this adventure.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $7,500

WTI-8G/CRN 6828 Service and Justice in South Africa

Professor Brian MacHarg

Travel to beautiful and exotic Cape Town, South Africa where we will explore issues of justice and community service. We will meet with various Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working on social problems that are particularly acute in South Africa - AIDS, race relations and orphaned children.

We will volunteer with the Amy Biehl Foundation, an agency working in areas of children's education and race relations. We will spend time working with children in classrooms and orphanages. We'll also get time to explore Cape Town - one of the most beautiful cities on the continent of Africa. We will develop a report to share with the campus community upon our return. Evaluation will be based on participation at site visits to NGOs as well as a written reflective project.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $4,000
Service Learning Grants available*

* Service learning grants are available to offset the cost of the travel. To apply for the grant, turn in a statement detailing your interest and motivation for participating in this service learning trip directly to Professor Brian MacHarg.

WTI-9G/CRN 6829 French Language and Culture: Tours

Professor Christina Chabrier

The quaint, historic town of Tours extends a warm welcome as you advance your language skills and immerse yourself in French culture. Morning language instruction leaves ample opportunity for individual exploration of this city rich in art and architecture, with a pleasant mix of tradition and modernity. Because Tours offers easy access both to Paris and to the French countryside, you are free to find various weekend activities corresponding to your own preferences. In addition, weekend and weekday excursions with the group allow you to discover Tours itself, as well as some of the most renowned French chateaux and other sites typical of this region.
Fulfills the Global Perspective - allons-y!

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $4,600

WTI-10G/CRN 7211 Past, Present, and Future in Russia and Poland

Professor William Parsons

In the 20th century both Russia and Poland experienced profound crises which set them on the path to their present and future prospects. Even prior to this time their diverse histories had an immense impact on their future developments. This Winter Term project will examine the historical paths of Russia and Poland, especially in the twentieth century, by visiting cultural and historical sites in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, and Cracow. We will also look at present and future trends in these two Slavic nations. Students will write journals based on assigned readings and observations on location to document the interplay of past, present, and future in Russia and Poland.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $6,200

WTI-11G/CRN 7212 Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos: A Business and Multicultural Adventure

Professor Ed Grasso

Explore ancient civilizations and world class organizations on this adventure. The countries of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos have exhibited high levels of economic growth, business development, and cultural changes over the last decade and are designated as the new Asian Tigers or the next four Mini Dragons. We will compare and contrast the management strategies and leadership styles of organizations in each country while exploring their historical and cultural treasures, and interacting with students and faculty at major universities.

In Thailand we will visit ancient temples in Bangkok, ride elephants at the Lampang training center and visit a hill tribe village near Chiang Mai. While in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam we will explore the Cu Chi Tunnels near Saigon, visit clothing manufacturers in Hoi An and walk the grounds of the Forbidden Purple City in Hue, the former imperial capital of past Vietnamese dynasties. In the capital city of Hanoi we will visit Ho Chi Minh's House, the Temple of Literature and enjoy "Roi Nuoc" a traditional water puppet show. While in Cambodia we will explore the more than 100 sacred temples of Angkor Wat built between the 9th and 13th centuries in honor of the Khmer kings.

In Laos we will visit the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and view Luang Prabang's temples, and venture out to the Kuangsi waterfalls.

Evaluation will be based on group project, paper, journal and intercultural interactions. Open to all majors.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $5,975
Travel grants available

WTI-12G/CRN 7213 Chinese Language and Culture in Shanghai: A Ride on the Head of the Dragon

Professor Hong Gu

Study Chinese language in a Shanghai university, while exploring this legendary port city and experiencing first-hand the vitality of this dynamic economic power-house of the twenty-first century. Situated in Southeast China, at the mouth of the Yangtze River and facing the Pacific Ocean, 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 vibrant 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 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $3,950
Travel grants available

WTI-2/CRN 6825 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 expenses of $100. See Professor Harry Ellis for additional information.

Course offered: Engineering Mechanics I Note: Please check for prerequisites.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $1,650

WTI-4E/CRN 6827 Cultural and Natural Environments of the World: Fiji

Professor Gregg Brooks

Fiji, once considered the "Crossroads of the Pacific," is an archipelago of 333 islands in the south Pacific. In the days of sailing ships it was known as "The Cannibal Isles" because of the fierce warriors and treacherous waters. Although the Fijian people have become quite friendly since then, the culture has remained relatively unchanged for thousands of years.

Fiji offers a wide variety of tropical terrestrial and marine environments including rainforests, canyons with rushing mountain rivers and waterfalls, and spectacular coral reefs. This course will explore all of these environments, but will focus on marine aspects as well as how Fijian culture has adapted to modern life while preserving their traditions and environment. We will spend 15 days touring the Fiji islands experiencing its unique environments and cultures. It will be an active trip that may at times be physically demanding. Modes of transportation will include hiking, biking, sailing, skin diving, rafting, and kayaking, with 5 days and nights aboard the 140 ft. sailing schooner, Tui Tai, exploring a variety of outer islands.

Course expectations include active participation including water activities (SCUBA available but not required), group projects dealing with aspects of marine and/or terrestrial environments and Fijian culture. Grades will be based on participation, a field journal, exams, and a written report/oral presentation on the group project.
Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $5,850

WTI-1N/CRN 7216 Einstein in Switzerland

Professors Suzan Harrison and Anne Cox

What does Einstein have to do with skiing? Or with panoramic train rides through the dramatic, awe-inspiring Swiss Alps? The course "Einstein in Switzerland" will teach you how to answer these questions and more! The focus of this course will be to learn about the discoveries of Einstein's "Miraculous Year" of 1905 through on campus laboratory experiments, popular culture treatment of Einstein, and travel through Switzerland, the county in which Einstein wrote the three papers that revolutionized physics. In addition to the study of physics, the course will consider the popularization of Einstein's discoveries through literature and art. The group will begin Winter Term in the physics lab at Eckerd, then travel to Bern, the capital of Switzerland and one of the oldest cities in Europe, where we will visit sites associated with Einstein, as well as the city's Bear Pits, home to Bern's mascots since 1480. A day trip to Lucerne will allow us to visit the Picasso museum to contemplate Einstein's influence on art, and a Glacier Garden. From Bern we will travel into the Bernese Oberland, famous for winter sports, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, and the Jungfrau. Rides on cable cars, funicular railways, and cogwheel trains, exhilarating snow sports, and relaxing ski lodge fireplaces will allow science and non-science students alike to continue physics experiments in acceleration and thermodynamics and more. Then the Golden Pass train route will take us across the heart of Switzerland, through mountain passes and meadows, pristine lakes, and on to Geneva, surrounded by alpine lakes and the French Alps. In addition to enjoying the sights of this world-class city, we will tour CERN, site of the world's largest particle physics laboratory.
Fulfills the Natural Science Academic Area Requirement.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2006
Approximate Cost: $3,850

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.