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Passport 2010 | Program Descriptions

WTI-1G 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 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $6,600

WTI-2G 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 weekend in Beijing.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $5,000

WTI-6G Language Immersion in Córdoba, Argentina

Professor Yanira Angulo-Cano

Come and experience summer in January as you learn Spanish in Colonial Córdoba, Argentina's cultural capital, nestled between the endless pampas and the Andean peaks of South America. Take intensive Spanish language classes, as well as experience the local richness of Hispanic and indigenous histories and cultures, at the ABLE Spanish host institute. Stay with a local family, a great opportunity
for facilitating the learning process outside of the classroom. Enjoy exciting excursions to nearby cities. Upon arrival, you will be tested and placed in the
appropriate language level/classes. You will be evaluated through written test and oral interviews. If successful, you will earn a full semester language credit.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $4,350

WTI-290 Abiquiu: Ghost Ranch Conference Center

Independent Study Format

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

Abiquiu Courses Include:

  • Black and White Landscape Photography A111; $3,015
  • Painting Intensive A112; $2,540
  • Introduction to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition A113; $2,690;
    plus silver and stones for purchase, prices range from $200-400
  • Southwest Pottery A114; $2,590
  • Creative Writing: Personal Parables & Songs From the Heart W111; $2,415
  • Sacred Places in Southwest Literature W111; $2,415
  • Service Learning in the Southwest C111; $2,390
    **led by Dean Jim Annarelli. See additional course description under WTI-1S Service Learning Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.
  • Outdoor Adventures 0111; $2,590
  • An Inner Journey: Still the Mind, Open your Heart H111; $2,590

Santa Fe Courses:

  • Contemporary Illustration in a Cartooning Style S7A11a; $2,490
  • Museum Studies and Art History S7A11b; $2,465

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. 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.

As part of the application process, students will complete Independent Study contracts in the International Education Office.

Dates
January 4-27, 2010

WTI-3G 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 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $6,600

WTI-1E Science at Sea

Professor Jeannine Lessmann
Professor David Hastings

To a large extent, the fate of the oceans determines the fate of the planet. Understanding the sea's complexity requires an interdisciplinary approach and in this course we will combine data collection, insights from all aspects of oceanography, and public policy discussion – together with practical skills in nautical science – so students can develop a broader understanding of the sea. On board, you will conduct scientific research, learn celestial navigation, and watch both the sun and moon rise over the open ocean as you operate the sailing ship, a 134 foot, two-masted brigantine. In addition to sailing the ocean, we will make a port stop at Dry Tortugas National Park, and explore the diverse Everglades ecosystems. The shore component at Eckerd College involves academic preparation before the cruise and completion of an independent research project based on data collected on the voyage. Must be physically fit and pass Eckerd's swim test. Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $3,400

WTI-1S Service Learning Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

Professor James Annarelli

This project will approach community service as a locus for critical learning and social-ethical analysis, as a means of leadership training, and as an exercise of civic responsibility. The course will require community service at an approved site. Through participation in scheduled "service seminars," students will have the opportunity to analyze the social issues or problems that are the subjects of their fieldwork, study concepts of civic responsibility, explore theories of community leadership, and share experiences with one another. See WTI-290 Abiquiu: Ghost Ranch Conference Center for dates and costs.

Dates
January 4-27, 2010

WTI-4G Service Learning in Malawi, Africa

Professor Erika Spohrer

A small hand reaches into yours as you walk to collect water for the day. A smile spreads across that child's face as she watches you carry the water through the cornfield on your way back to the orphanage. A laugh erupts from that smile when she later gets half-way through the English alphabet that you've taught her. These are the moments that make up our day at the Little Field Home, an orphanage that houses and cares for approximately 75 Malawian children. During our Winter Term, we will spend most of our time with the orphans, tutoring English and doing after-school enrichment. We will also spend time in neighboring villages doing medical outreach regarding HIV/AIDS and malaria. Our home for the trip will be the orphanage, giving us an intimate understanding of its workings and culture.
If you are looking for a Winter Term that inspires the best in you, this is it.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $5,350

WTI-11G Language Immersion in Germany

Professor Renate Kling

Students will travel to Fribourg for intensive German language study. Successful students will earn a semester credit for the language requirement. Students will then take a trip through Germany, including a walk through the Black Forest, visit castles along the Danube, snow-capped mountains in the Alps, the architectural masterpieces in the form of cathedrals and castles found in cities. They will experience villages, and along the "Baroque Alley", the convent of Sister Hummel and her original works, German hospitality, food, drink and song. Students study Germany and its importance as a founding member of the European Union.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $5,000

WTI-5G French Language and Culture in the South of France

Professor Christina Chabrier

In this course, we explore the south of France while learning French at an accelerated rate. Montpellier is ideal for combining language study with an experience of French culture and history. Its numerous universities contribute to the vibrancy and youth of the population, while its foundations remind one of the oldness of the city itself. It is also a melting pot of cultures, combining French traditions with influences from other countries. In this program, morning language study precedes afternoons of casual conversation or cultural activities. Weekends provide opportunities for longer group excursions to nearby attractions. This course, completed with a passing grade, may be used as part of the Language Requirement or as credit towards the major or minor. No previous French experience required.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $4,850

WTI-2E Service Learning in Belize – Monkey Bay

Professor Alexis Ramsey

Travel to Belmopan, Belize, Central America to work with Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and surrounding communities in conservation-related service projects. The Sanctuary is dedicated to sustainable living and responsible land stewardship, which students will experience first-hand during their service-learning projects. Students will also have the chance to stay with host families during a portion of the time in Belize. We will start with on-campus instruction on Belizean culture and history and then travel to Belize for a ten-day cultural exchange and community service program. We will also visit The Belize Zoo, The Tiger Sandy Bay Cave System, the Community Baboon Sanctuary, and Xunantunich Archeological Site. Following our trip, the class will reconvene on campus and work together to develop a magazine. Students therefore have the opportunity to not only engage with staff at the Sanctuary and with locals while completing a service project, but also to engage with each other and with me in writing, editing, and organizing materials for our course magazine. The magazine will be a way for students to build on their individual journals and experiences and translate these experiences from informal records into academic-quality analyses of Monkey Bay and their service learning projects. No prerequisites required.
Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $2,700

WTI-3E Tropical Marine Environments: Roatan

Professor Gregg Brooks

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 the Eckerd campus, a field program at
the Institute of Marine Sciences on Roatan, and a wrap-up on campus following return. The field portion will require, at times, long periods on and in the water making observations 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 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $3,525

WT-1A Encountering the Arts in Italy

Professor Marion Smith

Melded from Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations, Italian (Roman) culture has influenced Western though, art, music, literature and civilization more than any other. The senses almost reel from exposure to history, architecture, art (Italy is the largest repository of a large percentage of the world's greatest art). The creativity, craftsmanship, artistic energy that made Italy great is still in full evidence today. We will visit four cities: Rome, Siena, Florence and Venice, and in each of these cultural treasures we will make daily excursions to museums and monuments. We will also attend several live performances of music, including opera. Evaluation based upon reading, participation, discussion, four written assignments, and a daily journal. Fulfills the Arts Academic Area requirement.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $6,300

WTI-7G 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 an 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 the London Study Centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $3,800

WTI-8G Service Learning in Nicaragua

Professor Olivier Debure

Have you ever wanted to go to one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, where most of the people live on the minuscule scraps of the rich? Now is your opportunity with a trip to Nicaragua where you will volunteer alongside ProNica, a non-profit organization based out of 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 a 4 to 5 day instruction period in Managua that will cover the 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 relating to the subjects studied. While traveling, students will live in groups of two in the home of a "Nicaraguense". Evaluations will be based on participation/attendance in the lectures and projects as well as a reflective project that emulates what the student did and learned. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $3,150

WTI-12G Human Trafficking Field Study – Thailand and Cambodia

Professor Nancy Janus

International trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation is a significant problem in Thailand and Cambodia. Despite efforts of governmental and non-governmental agencies, the problem continues unabated. This winter term will offer students first hand exposure to anti-trafficking initiatives in these countries. We will spend the first 5 days in Thailand visiting anti-trafficking NGOs such as ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking), Foundation for Women, and the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women. We will continue on to Cambodia where students will volunteer with rescued women and children at the Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children's Rights and AFESIP (Acting for Women in Distressing Circumstances). We will also visit significant cultural sites in both countries. Four pre-travel classes are required along with related readings. Evaluation by class participation, reaction reports, and final paper integrating the learning from your field study about human trafficking in Thailand and Cambodia.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $4,100

WTI-2A Exploring Art: London and Paris

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, 227-year old 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, 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 visual culture and share your ideas with your housemates. Costs do not include airfare, transport to/from the London Study Centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.
Fulfills the Arts Area requirement.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $4,100

WTI-9G East Africa: Ethiopia and Rwanda Service and Challenges

Professor Brian MacHarg

Travel to the beautiful and exotic countries of Ethiopia and Rwanda where we will explore the social concerns of these regions and how community service might be an appropriate response to such issues. We will meet with various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working on social problems that are particularly acute in Ethiopia and Rwanda – The after-effects of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the remnants of the widespread Ethiopian famine in 1984, as well as current problems of poverty, health and education. We will volunteer with several NGOs that are working on the concerns of the past and present. We'll also get time to explore these two countries and see sights of cultural, historical and natural significance. Evaluation will be based on participation at site visits to NGOs as well as a written reflective project. Meets 1/5/10 prior to
departure.
Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $5,350

WTI-10G Consumerism in Morocco

Professor Ed Grasso

Explore the magnificent history of Morocco and study the impact of consumerism on every facet of daily life. Venture through the mosques, mausoleums, and fortresses of the Imperial Cities. Wander back alleys and souks to 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 Morocco's consumer driven economy. 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 Fez, the oldest Imperial City, and the spiritual and intellectual capital of Islam in the West, we will visit the university and several historic sites including the Kasbah Des Cherada. In Erfoud we take an early morning excursion by land rover to ride camels in the Merzouga Sun Dunes. We will visit several natural wonders, including the Todra Gorges on our journey to Quarzazate along the Road of the Kasbahs. Our 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, and the Chamber of Commerce 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 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $5,950

WTI-290 Wolves and Other Large Predators: A Northwoods Experience

Independent Study Format

The grey wolf has long excited the human imagination. Minnesota, with approximately 3020 wolves, is home to the largest and only continuous population of wolves in the lower 48 states. As a center for wolf research, countries around the world as well as other states look to Minnesota as an example of how wolves and humans can co-exist in relative harmony.

Work on two wolf projects:

  • Determine pack numbers, territories, and behavior through tracking
    surveys near Ely, MN.
  • Determine wolf pack size, territory, and the impacts of prey species
    on the historic Jonvick Deer Yard along the North Shore of Lake Superior
    (Lutsen, MN).

Also participate in data collection on Canada lynx in the area in cooperation with the Superior National Forest. Course includes a visit to the Wildlife Science Center – one of the country's oldest wolf facilities dedicated to the training, research, education, and conservation surrounding this keystone predator. Costs do not include airfare, transport to/from the Audubon Center, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.

As part of the application process, students will complete Independent Study contracts in the International Education Office.

Tentative Dates
January 5-29, 2010
Approximate Cost: $2,135

WTI-1 Korea: An Experiment in Cross Cultural Learning on the Eckerd Campus

Professor Robert Jozkowski

This project is about two things: (1) introducing students to essential financial concepts, and (2) Eckerd and Korean students learning and appreciating each other and their cultures. This class will consist of approximately equal numbers of Eckerd College students and students visiting from Kyungpook National University in South Korea. Participants will study financial instruments like money, stocks, bonds,
loans; investing; financial markets and global financial institutions. The class will even explore what's going on in the current global financial crisis. Learning will be based at Eckerd College with a cross cultural structure and mindset. Students will learn finance in the classroom but at the same time they will explore, literally, local Bay Area points of interest while sharing each
others' cultures. Nominal activity fee will be assessed.

Dates
January 5-29, 2010

WTI-3A Contemporary Theatre–New York City

Professor Jessica Greene

From the thoughtful and often quirky performances of Off-Broadway to the majestic architecture of this very vertical city, from the eclectic artistic offerings of P.S. 1 to the historic collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from the excitement of the street performers to the grandstanding musicals of Broadway, New York City offers a unique insight into the belly of the theatrical beast. Often touted as the center of American theatre, New York City offers a well-textured presentation of constant creation: art, dance, performance art, theatre, and more. Our exploration of Contemporary Theatre will begin in St. Petersburg, as students interact with each other on campus, familiarizing themselves with the contemporary theatre companies of New York, learning how to read the theatre trades, and acquainting themselves with the current season offerings across New York City as well as the state of theatre in the region. Through our studies we will begin to ask the question, "What is Contemporary Theatre and can it survive the cultural changes of our modern world?" After familiarizing themselves with the goings on of Contemporary Theatre in New York, students will travel to the City for a closer look that will include visits to Off-Broadway performances, the historic architecture of the city, modern and contemporary art, Broadway performances, Off-Off-Broadway performances, and even, exclusive backstage tours as we visit and explore the city itself. After our exploration of this very fast paced visit to the Great White Way, Little Italy, the Village, and Queens, students will return to St. Petersburg to present their discoveries and reactions and to discuss and evaluate the status of Contemporary Theatre as seen in New York. Students will be evaluated on a background research presentation, group discussion leadership and participation, attendance, respect for fellow artists, and
contribution to a safe and supportive learning environment.
Fulfills the Arts Area requirement.

Travel Dates
January 7-24, 2010
Approximate Cost: $2,650

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.