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Interim 2013

IDIS W11 Indonesian Intersections: Business, Education and Culture

This course will teach students about the intersections between the world of business and the work of developing Christian schools in Indonesian society. Students will learn about formal and informal business practices and the unique and often powerful role business offers in a developing country, particularly through educational opportunities. Travel will provide rich opportunities to meet with leaders in business, religion, and education. A key learning objective for this course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge to function effectively in the business and educational environments that differ from those with which the student is familiar. To accomplish this, students will learn about the history, culture, and economy of this emerging global power. The course includes readings in the history (dating back prior to 1200 A.D.) and culture of Indonesia as well as current economic conditions. As we travel across Java, Bali, and Sulawesi by plane, boat, bike, and automobile, we will explore the extensive flora and fauna of Indonesian Islands and the arts that are unique to Indonesian culture. Another objective is to learn about the impact of religion in peoples’ lives. We will visit mosques, Christian churches, Hindu temples and plan to have engagement with Indonesians at the Christian University, Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) and two Christian K-12 school systems in and around Jakarta and Monado. Students will be assessed on a reflective journal, participation in group discussions, and an integrative response. Preference will be given to students majoring in education, business, economics, accounting or international development studies. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course Dates: January 3 – 24. Fee: $4,475. E. Van Der Heide, Debra Buursma. Click here to apply.

IDIS W48 Learning, Poverty, and Schooling

Participants in this course will develop an understanding of the challenges of urban education with a particular emphasis on the effects of poverty on learning. Several schools that serve students in the urban environment will be explored. Participants will experience schools in Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Milwaukee. Particular emphasis will be given to the Cross Trainers Academy, a Christian school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin whose origins are in providing schooling to students who are homeless. Participants will engage in multiple experiences designed to explore aspects of educating students who live the urban schooling experience. Participants will learn from educators who coordinate programs for and who teach students in urban schools with a number of students who live at or below the poverty line. Participants will investigate challenges associated with living in large urban settings, including urban migration, decay, and revitalization. They will visit schools that educate students in an urban setting, comparing program strengths and challenges. They will aide in classrooms of the Cross Trainers Academy during a two week stay in Milwaukee and also tour museums and landmarks that describe the schooling of students living in urban communities, including the immigrant experience. Evaluation will be based on daily engagement as evidenced by the preparation of journal responses associated with their experience, contributions to discussion groups and an integrative project. This course may fulfill an elective in the urban studies minor. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: EDUC 102 SOC 151, or permission of instructor. Course dates: January 3-23. Fee: $1100. Phil Stegink. Click here to apply.