Study in Africa/Middle East
EDUC W10 Zambia: Education within the Culture (MAY). This course explores enactment of culturally relevant pedagogy in various schools in the Lusaka area of Zambia. Participants will teacher aid and conduct teacher research within two different schools over a two-week timeframe. A few days will be used to explore some of the beautiful cultural sites of Zambia and the surrounding region such as Victoria Falls, and experience a Botswana game drive. In particular, learning about culturally relevant pedagogy will occur through examination of country culture via engagement with society, religion, and politics. The combination of group school visits, classroom aiding experiences, interactions with Zambian school leaders, and local guest speakers will help students to develop their analytical tools of describing pedagogy of those living in a culture very different from that found in the United States. By examining another culture’s educational structures and practices, it is a goal of the course to develop new ways of seeing American schooling and International schooling that is increasingly multicultural. Although the focus of this course is on education, students in other majors will be placed in settings appropriate to their professional interests and will also benefit from international development trends. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: May 22 - June 12. Fee: $4250. M. Terpstra, N. Westbrook. Off campus.
IDIS W41 Christianity in West Africa. This multidisciplinary interim class will be taught in partnership with Akrofi Christaller Institute located in Akropong, Ghana. The course will expose students to the richness of Ghanaian history, culture (ancient kingdoms, early independence, vibrant ethnic tapestry), and, in particular, religion. A majority of Ghanaians profess to be Christians, but Christianity is expressed differently depending on whether it is mainline, charismatic or traditional. Additionally, Ghana remains one of the poorest countries in Africa. How have faith-based organizations responded to the reality of poverty amidst vibrant faith traditions? During this interim, students will travel to the Cape Coast, Kumasi and Tamale in order to experience first-hand Ghanaian history, culture, and faith-based experiences. Note: this interim course will constitute the first course of the 2016 Ghana Semester Program but students may apply for just the interim. This course may fulfill an elective in the International Development studies major. Course dates: January 6-26. Fee: $4450. T. Kuperus, S. Sandberg. Off campus.
IDIS W42 In Search of Clean Water in Ethiopia. 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. J. Bascom, D. Wunder. Off campus.
REL W40 Israel: Land of the Bible. This course, based in Israel at Jerusalem University College, studies the historical and geographical settings of the Bible. Students visit ancient historical and archaeological sites with about 80% of the course taught in the field. Students tour key sites in Jerusalem, throughout ancient Judea, and in the region of the Dead Sea, as well as making two multi-day excursions - one to Galilee and another to the Negev (southern desert regions). Students also experience contemporary Jewish and Arab cultures, along with the current religious and political situation. Jerusalem University College's location just outside the the walls of the old city of Jerusalem makes it a perfect venue for first hand study of the biblical world. Students engage in readings, map work, and field studies. This course may fulfill an elective in the Religion major and minor. This course is a CCE optional course. Course dates: January 2-25. Fee: $4450. K. Pomykala. Off campus.