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International Education

International Education

Winter Term 2007

The below courses were offered during Winter Term 2007.

WTI-1G/CRN 6151 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 3-26, 2007
Approximate Cost: $5,400

WTI-2G/CRN 6155 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 3-26, 2007
Approximate Cost: $6,800

WTI-1/CRN 6161 Abiquiu: Ghost Ranch Conference Center

Professor Nathan Anderson

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. Courses are offered in Abiquiu as well as in Santa Fe.

Courses include:

  • Black and White Landscape Photography A111; $2,565
  • Drawing and Painting Intensive A112; $2,365
  • Introduction to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition A113; $2,315;
  • plus silver and stones purchase range from $150-$250
  • Pottery for Beginning and Advanced Students A114; $2,265
  • Wide Open Writing: Living the Writer’s Life W111; $2,115
  • Connecting to Your Deeper Self H111; $2,265
  • Outdoor Adventures 0111; $2,265
  • Sacred Journeys and Spiritual Traditions SW111; $2,065
  • Discovering Dinosaurs SW112; $2,065

Santa Fe Courses:

  • Cartooning and Contemporary Illustration S7A11a; $2,165
  • The Worlds of Music and Religion S7A11b; $2,115
  • Museum Studies and Art History S7A11c; $2,115
  • Restorative Justice S7S11b; $2,065

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. Costs are, however, inclusive of all fees except where noted and include round trip transportation from the Albuquerque Airport. Weekend and evening activities, dances, movies, and worship services are included.
Enrollment is limited by Ghost Ranch – apply early.

Tentative Dates
January 2-25, 2007

WTI-3G/CRN 6158 Chinese Language and Culture in Shanghai: A Ride on the Head of the Dragon

Professor Hong Gu

Study Chinese language at East China Normal University, Shanghai, 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. This trip will include a long weekend in Beijing.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-26, 2007
Approximate Cost: $4,400

WTI-1E/CRN 6152 Cultural and Natural Environments of the World: East Africa, Kenya and Tanzania

Professor Joel Thompson

Explore the many wonders of Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa. The East Africa Rift Valley has helped shape the world’s most diverse and spectacular region. The Rift Valley is part of the East African rift system – a massive geological fault line stretching almost 6500 km across the African continent. This region includes volcanoes topped with tropical glaciers, rainforests, lakes, savannahs, diverse cultures, the ‘cradle of humanity’, and the greatest concentration of wildlife on earth. See lions, elephants, leopards, zebras, rhinos, wildebeest, hippos, giraffes, antelopes, hyenas, warthogs and more in their natural habitat! The trip includes many highlights of East Africa on safari and on foot: Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara Game Reserve, and Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. The course will include readings and discussions on both the natural history and culture of East Africa. Evaluation will be based on participation, field journal, presentations and an exam.
Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2007
Approximate Cost: $7,500

WTI-4G/CRN 6159 Service and Freedom in Myanmar (Burma)

Professor Brian MacHarg

Travel to beautiful and exotic Myanmar (Burma) where issues of justice, freedom and international community service will be explored. Meet with various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) working on social problems that are particularly acute in southeast Asia – poverty, refugees and human trafficking. Volunteer with various private and public schools in Burma and learn about life in this military regime while doing so. There will be time to explore Bangkok, Thailand, a major city in southeast Asia, as well as to visit important cultural sites in Burma, such as Rangoon, Bagan, and the Inle lake region. Evaluation will be based on participation at site visit to NGO’s as well as written reflective projects.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2007
Approximate Cost: $5,350
Service learning grants are available to offset the cost of the travel. See International Education for applications.

WTI-2E/CRN 6160 Cultural and Natural Environments of the World: United States Virgin Islands

Professor Gregg Brooks

The Virgin Islands, generally consisting of mountainous islands, offer a wide variety of tropical terrestrial and marine environments including forests, mangrove to rocky coastlines, white sand beaches, and spectacular coral reefs. This course will explore all of these environments, but will focus on marine aspects as well as how humans interact with these environments. It will be an active trip that may at times be physically demanding, with many activities involving the water. The trip will be led by Professor Gregg Brooks. Dr. Brooks will be accompanied by Dr. Barry Devine a local expert from the US Virgin Islands. Both of these professors have been performing scientific research in the Virgin Islands for many years.

The first phase of the program will be exploring the US Virgin Island of St. John, while in residence at VIERS (Virgin Island Environmental Research Station), www.islands.org/virgin/viers. The Virgin Islands National Park and Biosphere reserve make up 56% of the island and provide a great opportunity to observe the natural ecosystems as well as areas that have been impacted by the historical natives, plantation era (1700’s), and by modern human activities. Activities will be focused on terrestrial and coastal environments with hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling to investigate the link between the land and the sea.

The second phase of the trip will be aboard the 105 foot trimaran, "Cuan Law" (www.sailcuanlaw.com), sailing throughout the British Virgin Islands. The focus will transition to the marine environment with many opportunities for SCUBA diving (not required) and snorkeling, as well as kayaking and sailing. The many marine environments, seagrasses, algal flats, and mainly coral reefs will be explored in depth.

Course expectations require active participation, including water activities, group projects dealing with aspects of the marine and/or terrestrial environments, and West Indian 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 2-25, 2007
Approximate Cost: $5,600

WTI-5G/CRN 6154 Sacred Greece

Professor Bruce Foltz

Explore the two great religious traditions originating in Ancient Greece and the Byzantine Empire 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, 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 Pelopponese visit the site of the sacred Olympic games, test the acoustics in a preserved amphitheater dedicated to the god Asclepios, 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, and from Thessaloniki visit ancient Byzantine churches and cruise the Aegean Sea around the Holy Mountain of Athos to view its forbidden monasteries on shore. Additional opportunities to explore the minority faith of Judaism in the Jewish Museum of Greece. Evaluation based on readings, participation, and journal or summative essay.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2007
Approximate Cost: $5,550

WTI-1A/CRN 7236 The Arts and History of London

Professor David Gliem

This course will immerse you into the bustling cultural life of London, one of the most exciting and diverse cities in Europe. From your home away from home at 35 Gower Street, an advantageously located, 225-year old Georgian townhouse, you will strike out and explore some of the world’s best museums, learn about art, architecture, the history of this great city, and see, first hand, many of the world’s cultural treasures. Evening theatrical, musical and dance performances will round out your visit to this city. A weekend trip to Paris will provide you an opportunity to tour the Louvre and the Musee D’Orsay, visit the Eiffel Tower, hang out at a café, and walk down the nave of Notre Dame. All the while you will learn how to hone your skills in making sense of and evaluating these experiences and share your ideas with your housemates.

Students will be evaluated on a background research presentation, group discussion leadership/moderation, one or two full-day, student-group-planned excursions, daily journal entries, attendance, respect for the home and contribution to a safe and supportive learning environment.
Fulfills the Arts Area Requirement.

Cost does not include round trip London airfare.

Tentative Dates
January 2-25, 2007
Approximate Cost: $2,900

WTI-3E/CRN 6156 Ecotourism and Conservation in Dominica

Professor Alison Ormsby

Explore "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" to learn about Dominica's environmental issues and ecotourism initiatives. Meet with conservation professionals and visit conservation sites within this tropical island nation. The course will address dilemmas facing parks and students will explore sites of environmental significance, including rainforest and marine conservation areas such as Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Students will learn about the cultural history of Dominica and spend time in the Carib Territory. 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 final examination on readings and field experience. No prerequisites required for participation. Enrollment limited to 12.
Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

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

Service learning grants are available to offset the cost of the travel. See International Education for applications.

WTI-2/CRN 6704 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
December 28, 2006 - January 12, 2007
Approximate Cost: $1,765

WTI-6G/CRN 6153 Language Immersion in Spain

Professor Yanira Angulo-Cano

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to study and learn Spanish while living in and exploring one of Spain’s most historic and celebrated cities, Salamanca. Attend intensive classes (four hours daily) taught by the staff of Hispano Continental School. Exposure to and knowledge of Spanish history and culture through discussions and lectures. Students live with local Spanish families, which greatly facilitates the learning process. Excursions to nearby cities included. Students are tested upon arrival and placed in appropriate language level for classes. Evaluation by written test and oral interviews. Successful students will earn a full semester language credit.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-26, 2007
Approximate Cost: $3,800

WTI-4E/CRN 6705 Natural History of Australia

Professor Jeannine Lessmann

Experience the natural history of Australia’s diverse environments and cultures, a continent that offers unique opportunities to study the ecology and evolution of endemic wildlife and flora, and to study the culture and history of the Aborigines peoples, the original inhabitants of Australia. The course will explore several sites of environmental and cultural significance including the Great Barrier Reef, sand islands, subtropical rainforests, mountains, and Aboriginal archeological sites. You will observe a diverse array of endemic invertebrates, birds, fish and reptiles, and learn how non-native species have impacted Australia’s ecosystems. A portion of the course will be devoted to examining the culture, history and music of Aborigines and their interactions with the Environment. The course format will include lectures and informal discussions on the natural history of Australia on campus and abroad, readings, field observations, and an individual project. Swimming and snorkeling abilities are required, and students with SCUBA certification are welcomed. 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 required for participation in this program. Enrollment limited to 15.
Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 3-26, 2007
Approximate Cost: $8,200

WTI-7G/CRN 6157 Service Learning in Ghana

Professor Olivier Debure

Have you ever wanted to experience African life and culture while helping those less fortunate? This is your opportunity.

We will begin our program with a three-day stay in Accra, the capital of Ghana, to familiarize ourselves with the political history of colonization, the current effects of globalization, health care issues, trade with ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African Society), the status of the educational system, and gender relations in Ghana. We will then move to a village work camp where we will participate in manual labor projects such as harvesting crops, building community centers, or planting trees. We will also have the ability to perform social service projects such as teaching in schools and caring for orphans and the disabled. Student teams of two will live in local homestays, accompanied by a current Eckerd College student from Ghana who will introduce us to daily life in his country.

Evaluation will be based on participation in group efforts and discussions, as well as a reflective paper discussing the work that the student performed and what was learned from the experience.
Fulfills the Global Perspective

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2007
Approximate Cost: $4,000

Service learning grants are available to offset the cost of the travel. See International Education for applications.

WTI-1S/CRN 7237 New York City The United Nations: Terrorism, Peacekeeping and Human Rights

Professor Tony Brunello

How do we balance the need for security with the equally vital human need for freedom? Peace and human rights in the 21st Century are increasingly defined by the fear of global terrorism, war, poverty, environmental deterioration, and weapons of mass destruction. How effective is the United Nations in building trust and institutional relationships of cooperation in international relations to deal with these issues?

At the United Nations in New York City students will learn about the work of the UN through discussions with UN staff, delegates from the Member-States and representatives of non-governmental international organizations. The main topics of the course include the pivotal role of the UN in the areas of peacekeeping, terrorism, human rights, weapons proliferation and collective security. Students will study first-hand how the UN operates to help establish the balance between peace and security in global affairs. There will be meetings with the Missions of the permanent members of the Security Council, and with the Counter-Terrorism Committee and the Sanctions Committee. In addition, we will examine the role of the UN in the ongoing crisis in Iraq and the Middle East, as well as a number of issues related to human rights, the global environment and UN reform. The main goal is for the students to engage in discussions concerning how the UN facilitates the effort to lead the world toward a future of trust, collective security, peace, human rights and common decency.

Evaluation for the course will be based on completion of assigned readings, attendance at briefings in New York, a daily New York journal, and a final paper assessing the United Nations effectiveness and efforts in the subjects we are studying.

Students are responsible for their own airfare.

Tentative Dates
January 3-27, 2007
Approximate Cost: $2,800

WTI-8G/CRN 6706 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 fashion capital of Japan – Shibuya, 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 the tea ceremony and Japanese archery will be scheduled, as well as a visit to a hot spring and 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, 2007
Approximate Cost: $6,000

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.