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Passport 2011 | 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, Cefalu, Selinunte, Agrigento, Cave di Cusa 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 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $6,600

WTI-2S Service Learning: Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

Professor Elizabeth Shannon

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 Abiquiu: Ghost Ranch Conference Center description below for more details and costs.

January 3-26, 2011

WTI-2G 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 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $5,250

WT-1A Exploring the Arts in London and Paris

Professor Marion Smith

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 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $4,300

WTI-3G Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia: A Business and Multicultural Adventure

Professor Ed Grasso

Explore ancient civilizations and world class organizations on this adventure. The countries of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia 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 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 puppel 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.

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

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $7,800

WTI-1H Beyond Hollywood? The Sundance Film Festival

Professor Nathan Andersen

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 starts to schmooze and ski. Evaluations will be based on participation, a test of film history and terminology, a film review journal and a group project. Fulfills the Humanities Academic Area requirement.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $3,750

WTI-1E Natural History of the Galapagos Islands & Ecuador

Professor Joel Thompson

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.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $5,850

WTI-4G Discovering Italy: Iron Age to Roman Empire

Professor Heather Vincent

Learn about the history and material culture of Italy from the secrets of the Pre-Roman civilizations to the decadence of the later Empire. Investigate Etruscan "cities of the dead" in Tarquinia and Cerveteri. Visit the island of Sicily to explore the vast and mysterious "Valley of the Temples". Study the technological innovations of the Roman baths, aqueducts, roads, and sewer systems. Discover Pompeii and Herculaneum, cities frozen in time. Experience the daily life of the Roman elite by walking through Pompeiian villas, taverns, and brothels. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $6,800

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

Courses Include:

  • Black & White Landscape Photography A111; $3,175
  • Painting Intensive A112; $2,675
  • Introduction to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition A113; $2,825, plus silver and stones for purchase, prices range from $150-250
  • Southwest Pottery A114; $2,725
  • Contemporary Illustration in a Cartooning Style A115; $2,625
  • Museum Studies A116; $2,575
  • Weaving in the Southwest Tradition A117; $2,725
  • Service Learning in the Southwest C111; $2,525, led by Eckerd staff member, Elizabeth Shannon.
  • Earth Arts (Adobe 101) C112; $2,525
  • An Inner Journey: Still the Mind, Open Your Heart H111; $2,725
  • Outdoor Adventures O111; $2,725
  • Creative Writing: Personal Parables & Songs from the Heart W111; $2,575
  • Sacred Places in Southwest Literature W112; $2,575

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

Tentative Dates
January 3-26, 2011

WTI-2H New Religions and Social Change

Professor Davina Lopez

"Cult" and "sect" endure in American imagination as signifiers for extremism, brainwashing, moral transgression, and senseless violence. Less attention is given to how "cults" and "sects" are similar to, and different from, enduring religions in the American landscape – and how such communities intersect with broader social concerns. This course will explore interdisciplinary methods central to studying religions by examining cults, otherwise known as "new religious movements" (NRMs), as case studies. We shall encounter select groups in current and former habitats: Jim Jones' Peoples Temple and "Hare Krishna" in San Francisco, California; Branch Davidians, "New World Order" groups and the Heaven's Gate UFO cult in Waco and Dallas, Texas; and Scientology and "The Holy Land Experience" in Clearwater and Orlando, Florida. In addition to critically appraising NRMs as represented by insiders and outsiders, we shall consider "cults" through a prism of issues including gender, racism, poverty, mental health and religious freedom. Fulfills the Humanities Area requirement.

Students will join students from Austin College, Texas, for this course. Professor Lopez will teach this course in conjunction with Professor Todd Penner, Austin College.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $3,500

WTI-2E Tropical Marine Environments: Roatan

Professor Nancy Smith

Explore the diverse marine environments of Roatan, Honduras, to understand the evolution and ecology of these fragile systems. This island offers a unique opportunity to study coral reefs, sea grasses, mangroves, and rocky intertidal zones firsthand. This course will provide you with an appreciation and understanding of how these complex systems have evolved into one of the most productive and diverse systems on earth. This environment is an optimum site in which to observe the interaction of geological and biological 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 Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS), 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 and non-science majors 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, 2011
Approximate Cost: $3,800

WTI-5G Sacred Byzantium

Professor Bruce Foltz

An immersion in one of the world's greatest and most enduring civilizations, both as a historical presence and as living reality, through focusing upon the centrality of Byzantine religion and spirituality, not only to theology, but to philosophy, art, politics, and society. Beginning with a brief visit to Athens and traveling to visit Byzantine monasteries perched atop high rock pinnacles in Meteora, we will spend several days in Thessaloniki, second city for both the Byzantine World and for Contemporary Greece. We will then spend several days in ancient Constantinople, present-day Istanbul, to visit the greatest monuments of Byzantine art and spirituality, including the Hagia Sophia and Chora Churches, the Hippodrome, the Great Walls, and the mysterious underground cisterns. The course will conclude in Egypt, initially in Coptic Cairo, built up from the original Byzantine city, and ending at St. Catherine's Monastery on Mt. Sinai, the world's oldest Christian monastery, building in the fifth century by the Byzantine emperor Justinian on the site of Moses' encounter with the "burning bush," and featuring the greatest collection of iconography in the world. An ascent of Mt. Sinai on camelback will be a highpoint of the visit, along with the late-night experience of Byzantine chant in an ancient church lit only by beeswax candles. At many points the Byzantine world view will be related to its predecessors and successors (especially ancient Greek and Egyptian religions, as well as Islam) most notably at the Acropolis in Athens, in the juxtaposition of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, and with the Great Pyramids of Giza, and students will, in the process, learn a good deal about ancient Greek and Egyptian religion, as well as Islam. Evaluation by class participation and choice of either an on-site journal, or a summative, reflective paper upon return. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $6,950

WTI-3E Biodiversity Issues in Suriname

Professor Alison Ormsby

Never heard of Suriname? Learn about conservation efforts in this lesser-known part of the Amazon. Suriname is still 90% forested, and this course will give you the chance for firsthand exploration. Learn about Suriname's environmental issues and conservation initiatives. Meet with conservation professionals and visit parks within this South American nation. The course will address natural resource dilemmas facing Suriname, including mining, logging, and hydroelectric power. Students will learn about the cultural history of Suriname. The course format will include lectures and informal discussions on-campus and abroad, readings, field observations, and an individual project. Evaluation will be based on class participation, performance on a project, and final examination on readings and field experience. There are no prerequisites required for participation in this program, just a desire and willingness to hike and be immersed in a different culture. Enrollment limited to 12. Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $4,000

WTI-6G Service Learning in Ghana

Professor Olivier Debure

Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Africa and soak in the sights, sounds and food? Have you ever been curious about whether Africa really fits the image portrayed by Western media? Have you ever wondered why Ghana seems to be one of the few countries in Western Africa where democracy actually works? Have you wanted to travel to Africa by making a difference by engaging yourself in a service project? If yes, this trip is the perfect culmination to Eckerd College's Africa initiative and your chance to see firsthand Ghana, the Gold Coast.

The program begins with a short stay in Ghana's capital, Accra, where we will be taught about democracy and power transition, colonization and the slave trade the emergence of the Ashanti Kingdom plus the integration of ECOWAS fair trade and the move towards a single monetary unit called the "ECO". We will also profile the country's health and education systems, as well as gender perceptions and the role of adolescent girls in society, all while sampling the unique character of the metropolis. The spectrum of lectures including government officials, university professors, businessmen and activists.

We will then travel eastward to the Volta region where we will contribute our time and effort in improving a community's infrastructure particularly by constructing latrines for public use. For two weeks student teams of two will live in local home stays in the village of Tafi Atome. This promises to be physically challenging, but also fun under the leadership of a current Eckerd student from Ghana who will introduce us to daily life in his country.

Evaluation will be based on participation in group efforts and disussions, attendance at events, as well as a reflective paper that connects assigned readings and lectures with the work done. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $4,250

WTI-9G Teaching in Tanzania

Professor Nancy Janus

Education is the key to development for women and children throughout the world. This course in Tanzania will allow Eckerd students with an interest in teaching to work directly in the training of Tanzanian teachers and secondary students in the use of computer technology. Students will work with teachers in Iringa, Tanzania, helping them to use the Internet for research, activities, illustrations, etc., as they bring their teaching into the 21st century. Students will also work directly with middle and high school students in their classrooms to develop skills of computer literacy. You will work closely with Tanzanians, getting direct and intimate exposure to African culture. You will also have the opportunity of experiencing the beauty of a country filled with the best that nature has to offer in her wilderness game parks. As a break from teaching, we will experience a two-day safari. A high level of physical fitness is required. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $5,100

WTI-7G Service and Freedom in Myanmar (Burma), Thailand and Cambodia

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 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $6,500

WTI-12G France: History, Politics, Memory

Professor Kate Keller

Visitors to France encounter its rich history at every turn in the form of monuments, museums, memorials, architecture and urban design. This class will visit Paris, the World War I battlefields of Verdun, the Franco-German city of Strasburg, the picturesque small town of Colmar in Alsace, and the beaches of Normandy where Allied troops landed in 1944. While soaking in French culture from both city and countryside, students will critically engage French history by considering how the politics of national identity and collective memory have shaped historic sites. From the pre-revolutionary days of the palace of Versailles to the streets where workers stormed the Bastille and memorials to the Holocaust, students will learn about the history of modern France and its enduring legacy through visits to important historic sites. Students will also have the opportunity to visit touristic and cultural sites of interest to them. No foreign language skills needed. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $6,700

WTI-8G Language and Culture in Peru

Professor Deborah Bensadon

Learn Spanish in Arequipa, an enchanting city in the foothills of the Peruvian Andes. Live with a host family and attend intensive language classes taught by the faculty at the Catholic University of Santa Maria. On weekday afternoons explore the vestiges of Arequipa's colonial history in the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On weekends, discover southern Peru's colonial diversity, archaeological heritage, and natural beauty. An overnight excursion involves hiking in the Colca Canyon, a breathtaking formation twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The program invites students in good physical condition with either beginning or more advanced knowledge of Spanish. Grade is based on performance in the language class, as well as knowledge of the history and culture that will be presented throughout the course. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $3,800

WTI-11G India Business and Culture

Professor Naveen Malhotra, Professor Robert Jozkowski

Delhi, capital city of India, blends a historical past and a vibrant present. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities. Nearly five thousand years ago India's first major civilization flourished along the Indus River valley, existing at the same time as the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Sumer. The coming of the Aryans around 1500 BC ushered in the dawn of the Vedic ages. The birth place of Guatama Buddha, the Mauryan Empire, the Guptas, the reign of the Mughal Empire, all mark historic eras in ancient India.

In more modern times traders from Europe and India engaged in active commerce with Great Britain, eventually colonizing the nation until the efforts of Gandhi, Nehru among others won the nation's independence.

This rich and colorful history will be explored as will its influences on modern Indian society and business. Today's India is thriving and this winter term project allows students to explore its history as a backdrop to its emergence as an economic power. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $5,500

WTI-4E Cultural and Natural Environments of the World: Safari through the East African Rift Valley

Professor Gregg Brooks

Explore the many wonders of Tanzania's African Rift Valley, which has helped shape the most spectacular and diverse environments on the face of the Earth. The Rift Valley is part of the East African rift system – a massive, 6500 km-long geological fault line representing the birth of a new ocean basin. This unique feature has produced volcanoes topped with tropical glaciers, rainforests, lakes, savannahs, diverse cultures, and Oldavai Gorge 'the cradle of humanity'. It has given rise to a unique biologic environment, including the greatest concentration of wildlife on Earth. You will encounter 'up close' the natural behavior of lions, elephants, leopards, zebras, rhinos, wildebeest, hippos, giraffes, antelopes, hyenas, warthogs, and others... in their natural habitat!

The trip will include walking safaris and game drives in specially-designed, 4-wheel-drive, "pop-top" safari vehicles, in Africa's most famous game preserves including Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the unrivaled Serengeti National Park. Cultural encounters will include visits with Maasai warriors, and the lesser-known Hadzabe hunters tribe on the shores of Lake Eyasi.

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 exam. Excellent scenic and action photo opportunities. I promise the adventure of a lifetime! Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $7,700

WTI-1S 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 States 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 proliferations 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 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 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 and will meet in NYC on Tuesday, January 4. Fulfills the Social Science Academic Area requirement.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -29, 2011
Approximate Cost: $2,700

WTI-10G Turkish and Czech Spa Tourism

Professor Amy Speier

Health spas were some of the earliest tourist destinations. Before travel was deemed important in itself, people often had to justify their travel in terms of their health. Also spa healing was often accorded magical healing properties and, thus, they have been sites of pilgrimage.

We will consider two very distinct cultural traditions of health spas. We will visit an old Roman bath in Istanbul, as well as look at a more religious traditional Turkish bath in Konya. Finally, we will visit an archaeological spa site in Van, near Mt. Ararat. Then, in the Czech Republic, we will consider older and newer spa towns in Western Bohemia, which were heavily influenced by the German nature cure medicine of the 19th century. Finally, we will end the term by examining more modern types of "spas" that appeal to the global consumer. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4 -28, 2011
Approximate Cost: $5,100

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.