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Academics: Interim

Interim courses 2015


GEOL 153 Big Sky Geology: Montana
Instructors: Ken Bergwerff

(MAY)(4 semester hours). This course in geology is based in southwest Montana. Southwest Montana offers superb field exposures and is within driving distance of outstanding geological localities including Yellowstone National Park and Craters of the Moon National Monument. This course fulfills the physical science core requirement, and emphasizes outdoor, field-based investigation and learning. Students will be introduced to the breadth of geological study leading to responsible Christian appreciation and stewardship of Earth, including rocks and minerals, landforms and surficial processes, geological hazards, and natural resources. Field activities are an important part of each day and the field experience will complement morning lecture and lab activities. As a graded course, exams will cover lecture and text, and students will be required to complete lab assignments, construct a written field log, and engage in all field activities. Not open to students who have completed Geology/Geography 120, Geology 151or Geology 112. NOTE:  This 2-week Interim in May course begins immediately after spring commencement, and includes 4 on-campus, Wednesday evening sessions (6-8pm) in April.  Course dates: May 23 - June 6.  Fee $1300. Off campus.

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GEOG W40 The Geography of Terrorism.
Instructor: J. Van Horn.

This course introduces students to terrorism from a geographic perspective. The course is formatted to provide both foundational theory and practical skills as a lecture and lab. Lectures and readings will include a variety of topics on terrorism, including investigation of definitions of terrorism, various historical and modern forms of terrorism, critical theory, issues of Christian faith in relation to terrorism, Homeland Security, and the state-of-the art of terrorism research from a geographic perspective. Laboratory work will be conducted using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. Lab work will explore the spatial analysis and mapping of multiple forms of terrorism, vulnerability and threat analysis, border issues, privacy, international relations, and weapons of mass destruction. This course may fulfill an elective in the Geography major or minor.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W42 In Search of Clean Water in Ethiopia.
Instructors: J. Bascom, D. Wunder.

This course travels to Ethiopia.  Water is our primary focus.  We explore its complexities in the context of an increased population, climate change, land degradation, economic development, cultural change (including that by the Christian church) and the efforts of non-governmental agencies.  The main portion of the course occurs in South Gondar.  The overland trip crosses a variety of geographical and cultural terrains.  Students make an assessment of technical efforts to secure water – boreholes, traditional wells, pan dams, rehabilitated dams, and capped springs – as well as consider future alternatives.  Students conduct a social survey so as to understand the cultural, economic, health and spiritual issues associated with water and land use as well as the perception and reception to water projects.     In the capital city of Addis Ababa, students celebrate Ethiopian Christmas with host families. Students have first-hand exposure to Ethiopian culture, including a home stay in a rural community. The trip includes the 2nd largest waterfall in Africa, the historical attraction of Lalibella to witness the celebration of Timket (the 2nd most important celebration of the year in Ethiopia) and climbs to cave churches in Gerhalta. Students are personally challenged as the complex realities of Ethiopia are explored. Briefings occur at the US Embassy and a variety of water projects. This course may fulfill an elective in the Engineering and Geography majors as well as for majors and minors in International Development Studies.  Course dates: January 6-26.  Fee: $3761.    Off campus.

Past interims

Ethiopia: Communities of Hope - an interdisciplinary course co-taught by Johnathan Bascom.

Leadership, Geography and Culture in Kenya
- an interdisciplinary course taught by Johnathan Bascom in collaboration with Messiah College

Who Owns the West? An Introduction to Federal Land and Resource Management - an interdisciplinary course taught by James Skillen.

Earth Science for Educators - offered in odd-numbered years in Montana (May interim); a course specifically designed for future teachers, taught by Ken Bergwerff.

Dutch Landscapes - an interdisciplinary course taught by Henk Aay and Bob Hoeksema