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Interim 2015: Courses in Asia

Study in Asia/Oceania

IDIS W51 China, Business & Engineering.  China’s emerging economy has a large impact on today’s world, especially in business and engineering.  During this interim, students spend three weeks in China meeting with business and engineering professionals who are part of this reshaping of the global economy.  The course includes major cultural and economic centers of China: Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.  Students engage with professionals at approximately thirteen companies.  Additionally, many important historic and cultural sites are explored including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.  Students learn why China has a comparative advantage in many types of manufacturing and how some US firms have responded to that.   Students learn what type of engineering is done well in China as well as the environmental impacts of China’s rapid growth. Students also learn how Chinese Christians shape their life, work, and business with their faith.  Finally, students learn about the history and culture of China and how this has shaped modern events.  Students are challenged to consider what China means for their future careers in business and engineering.  Preference given to students majoring in the business or engineering departments.  This course may fulfill the Engineering department International Designation program. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Course dates: January 7 - 28. Fee: $3800.   R. Tubergen, L. Van Drunen. Off campus.

CS W60 Christian Computing: Thailand. This course introduces students to the application of computing in a cross-cultural, Christian context. Students will travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand, and work with software engineers and linguists on the campus of Payap University - a key center for the development of software support tools for languages in Southeast Asia. Students will: develop support tools for cross-cultural, Christian work; participate in classroom sessions focused on cross-cultural computing and Thai culture; interact with local students from the English program at Payap University; participate in Thai cultural events including visits to Buddhist temples, Thai cooking exhibitions and Thai Christian church services. This course is designed for students with basic computing skills. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Prerequisite: CS 112 or consent of the instructors. Course dates: January 7-27.  Fee: $3291.  B. & K. VanderLinden. Off campus.

HIST W10 Turkey Ancient and Modern. Few places in the world today combine the ancient and modern world in quite the same measure of complexity and ambiguity as Turkey. European and Asian, secular and sacred, Christian and Muslim, this land embodies all these. It preserved and advanced the legacy of the Graeco-Roman world for almost a thousand years in the Byzantine commonwealth where the fundamental creeds of Christendom were debated, composed, and ultimately confessed as orthodoxy. Later, it became an important site for the development of the modern Islamic tradition. Today, Turkey is a model of a predominantly Muslim state governed by secular democratic traditions. This course explores the rich history of Turkey, deepens understanding of classical antiquity and the medieval transition from Greek to Turkish rule, and challenges misconceptions of historic Muslim-Christian relations. The course examines both famous and lesser known locations such as Nicaea/Iznik, Assos/Behramkale, and several of the "Seven Churches of Asia," including Ephesus and Pergamum, culminating in several days study of the old city of Constantinople/Istanbul. Particular attention is paid to areas where Muslim and Christian sacred space is in close proximity. Period readings include well-known classics such as Procopius's Secret History and the Travels of Ibn Battuta, as well as significant but virtually unknown works such as Saint Gregory Palamas's "Letter to the Thessalonians" and records of Ottoman court proceedings. On site lectures and discussions explore the theme of historical preservation and the experience of living among ancient ruins.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Course dates:  January 7-27. Fee: $4310. D. Howard, Y. Kim.  Off campus.



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