Spring Into Summer

Study in the spring, travel in the summer

Eckerd has developed a new model known as spring-into-summer. Students register for class as part of their spring semester and prepare for travel that commences at the end of that semester. Destinations for these programs are announced in November of each academic year.

2017 Destinations

The Role of the Modern Zoo

Travel Dates: May 23 – June 1, 2017 (approximate)

In recent years, zoos and aquariums have been subjected to much criticism.  However, many people believe that zoos play a vital role in education and conservation.  This course will take an objective look at the role of the modern zoo.  During the spring semester, students will examine local zoo facilities around Tampa Bay.  This will include a two-day intensive program at Busch Gardens Tampa where students will work as a zookeeper.  The course will culminate with a trip to the United Kingdom.  While in London we will visit the world’s oldest zoo and students will meet with the zoo staff and volunteers.  While in Edinburgh, students will enroll in the zoo’s formal classes on related topics. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the role of the modern zoo.

Geneva and International Organizations

Travel Dates: May 23 – June 5, 2017 (approximate)

This program provides a unique opportunity to examine the work of the affiliated agencies of the United Nations (UN) and the international community in Geneva, Switzerland.

This course will focus on three key themes: economic globalization, ecological balance, and human rights. We will examine the degree to which the global community has been able to cooperate and achieve positive results in these three issue areas. We will visit and engage leading international civil servants working in these foremost international organizations on these critical issues and the grave challenges facing the global community. Potential solutions to some of the most pressing issues confronting humanity— from violent human rights abuses to global environmental degradation— are being debated in Geneva. We will confront these issues directly and analyse the success and/or failure of global functional cooperation through international organizations.

In addition to this engagement with the leading IOs and NGOs, we will also try to meet with the U.S and Pakistani Missions to the United Nations. We will tour the U.N. itself and visit the Red Cross Museum. There will also be time to explore Geneva, its museums, galleries, cafes, and shops.

Holocaust Memory in the Present: Berlin and Poland

Travel Dates: May 23 – June 5, 2017 (approximate)

What does it mean to confront the history and memory of the Holocaust at the actual sites of its occurrence? How does the Holocaust affect the post-war cultural life of Germany and Poland? This Spring-into-Summer course explores the complex evolution of Holocaust memory in Berlin, Germany, and in various cities and towns in Poland, featuring interactive, guided study of major memorial sites. This course includes a reflective service learning component and fulfills the reflective service learning academic course requirement.