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Interim 2015: Courses in Africa/Middle East

Study in Africa/Middle East

IDIS W46 Ethiopia: Community of Hope.  This course travels to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  This third world city of 6 million people is situated on a plateau 6,000 feet above sea level just north of the equator.  Students from any discipline are encouraged to participate. We immerse ourselves in the Ethiopian culture, including exposure to economics, health care, religion, and educational systems. Opportunities exist for exploration and involvement in education, social work, nursing, development, international studies, and medical missions.  There are also opportunities for volunteer work in health care settings.  Optimally, students experience both urban and rural sites and are able to compare/contrast these sub-cultures.  The reality of HIV-AIDS in Africa and current treatments and services available in Ethiopia are discussed.  Visits are made to various hospitals, orphanages and clinics dealing with the impacts of HIV/AIDS as well as international relief organizations. Team discussions, guest speakers, and informal lectures share ideas for hope, community, and faith in the face of poverty and disease take place.  Ethiopia has many beautiful natural attractions with abundant African wildlife. Field trips may include mountain resorts and national parks.  Students should be prepared to be personally challenged as the complex realities of Ethiopia are explored.  This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS program. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Junior status or above required.   Course dates: January 5-25.  Fee: $4135.  C. Feenstra. Off campus.

IDIS W48 Living Like Jesus Under Occupation.  This course will expose students to Palestinian life under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  Students will learn about the complex historical relationships between Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the land of Palestine.  This history will include the rise of modern-day Zionism, the establishment of the state of Israel, the current construction of the Separation Wall and continuing Palestinian resistance to Western colonization.  Regular day-trips will include visits to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron, Galilee, the Jordan Valley and several Palestinian refugee camps.  Students will visit with the leaders of several local institutions working for the implementation of a just peace and reconciliation in the region.  Leadership, classroom lectures and field instruction will be from local professors provided by Dar al-Kalima College (Bethlehem) and Bir-Zeit University (Ramallah) as well as Prof. Crump (Calvin College).  Seeing and experiencing these circumstances first hand will facilitate discussion and reflection on the ethical responsibilities incumbent upon American Christians as well as US foreign policy-makers as two of the principal facilitators of Israel’s ongoing violation of Palestinian human rights. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS program. Course dates: January 7-27.  Fee: $3676.  D. Crump. Off campus.

IDIS W49 Leadership in Africa.  This course is held in Kenya. Students meet African leaders in health, education, government, media, church, environment, and development. Students spend one week in Nairobi, and then travel to visit rural Maasai people who welcome students into their homes, schools, and church. Students visit the Masai Mara, Africa's premier game reserve. Rural living situations may not include Western conveniences. Students hike, talk, discuss, participate in worship, visit local markets, and learn currency, history, and some Swahili while meeting nightly for debriefing. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS program. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Course dates:  January 8-28.  Fee: $4690.  R. Crow, M. Fackler.  Off campus.

IDIS 340/HIST 380 Field Work in Archaeology This on-site introduction to archaeological field work is designed to expose you to the methodologies involved in stratigraphic excavation, typological and comparative analysis of artifacts, and the use of non-literary sources in the written analysis of human cultural history. 

The May 2015 Interim field school will involve you in a documentation season at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan, a well preserved town from the Roman, Byzantine, Early Islamic and modern eras. You will participate in digital photographic documentation of structures, planning of both digital and actual site-museum presentation, interview-based recording of modern Umm el-Jimal village culture, planning of a community heritage center, preservation of a large Byzantine house, and working as part of a team of professional archaeologists from Jordan and the United States.

A lecture series on contextual subjects and lessons in Arabic will round out the week-day routine. Three weekends will be used for travel in Jordan, including a visit to Petra; a post session trip to Jerusalem is included in dates and fee.

This course may be taken to fulfil the archaeology minor field work requirement, or as a history or general college elective. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: IDIS 240 or permission of the instructor. Fee: about $3600 (exact cost to be determined). Bert DeVries. Off-Campus.





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