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Interim 2016: Courses in Asia

Study in Asia/Oceania

ART W60 Truth & Reconciliation: The Artist Response II. Indonesia has become a fascinating study as a culturally diverse, artistically rich developing country. With its five official religions, history of Dutch colonization and independence, diverse island culture in the arts, and active Indonesian Christian leadership, Indonesia provides a unique opportunity for Christians to understand God’s reconciliation activity through the arts. We will specifically look at intersections between social justice issues in a developing country and the arts. Travel within Java to Jakarta and Jogjakarta, as well as Bali will provide diverse contexts for students to learn from Indonesian artists and leaders in business, religion, health care, and education and explore more about this this emerging country dedicated to unity through diversity.  As we travel across Java and Bali, we will explore (1) mosques, temples, and Christian churches; (2) museums, performing arts centers, and artisan shops; (3) businesses, education, and health centers incorporating the arts; and (4) the extensive flora and fauna unique to Indonesian culture. The course includes readings in the history, culture, arts and issues particular to Indonesia. Added features of this course include engagement in a funded exploratory arts-based research project. The students will travel to research sites collecting data through field notes, film, interviews and journals.  They will explore injustice and the powerful potentials afforded through the arts to engage in hope-filled reconciliation work. The project will culminate with 2 on campus days for completion of 6 arts-based research projects presented in the spring in venues to Calvin and the broader community. Open to 2016 sophomores in the Artists Collaborative. This course fulfills CCE requirement.  Course Dates:  January 5 – 26.  Fee: $2,000.00 – 2,500.00 (depending on specific stipends deducted). D. Buursma & J. Van Reeuwyk.  Off campus.

BUS W10 Business as Mission in India.  It has become important for business persons to understand India.  It is also important for Christians to understand God’s intended role for business in society.   Explore both by engaging with business people in India, many of whom are Christian.  Travel to India (Delhi, Agra, Hyderabad and Bengaluru) and explore the history and culture of India as well as engage with Christians at approximately fourteen organizations.  These organizations are either for-profit or non-profit, most of which are operated by Christians with a business as mission model. The course includes readings on Indian culture, business as mission and cross-cultural understanding.  Evaluation is based on engagement with the business persons, briefings, journaling and a reflective essay.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Course dates: January 6 – 27.  Fee: $4300.  L. Van Drunen. Off campus.

CHEM W10 Medical Missions in Nepal.  In this course students get exposed to third world medicine in a secular context and in a mission context.  Students will find that medicine and Christianity are natural allies and Christian missions provide a unique opportunity to practice their faith in caring for others in their daily lives.  Discussions will include the healing ministry of Jesus and how that affects us in the present age. In Nepal, students will learn to appreciate the influence of history, culture, poverty, lack of infrastructure and religious concepts on health and sickness. Students will visit several hospitals to observe how health care is distributed in Nepal. A week long rotation will be conducted at the Mission Hospital in Tansen where students will have exposure to internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, orthopedics, and maternity and meet with expat and Nepali healthcare workers. Students will have a flavor for what it is like to live and work in a mission context. Students will also have field visits to a Nepali village to learn about the challenges in health care delivery and implementation, a psychiatric rehabilitation center, and a rehabilitation hospital for disabled persons.  A key feature of this course is for students to be exposed to the Nepali culture and church. Students will learn the joys and challenges of living in a different culture and deepen their faith and compassion for others as they interact with Nepali people.  Key questions that will be raised include: “How is working as a Christian different than working as a secular health care worker” and “How is this experience transforming your vision for your future?”  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Course dates:  January 1-26.  Fee: $3420.  T. Beels, K. Sinniah.  Off campus.

CS W60 Agile Game Development in South Korea.  South Korea is among the most-connected countries in the world, providing its citizens with access to inexpensive high-speed Internet service.  Relatedly, it is also a country in which gaming is very popular. In this project-oriented course, we will travel to Handong Global University (HGU) in Pohang, South Korea where each Calvin student will be paired with an HGU student. During weekdays, each pair of students will learn about and apply agile development techniques to design and build an original game, which they will present and demo the final day at HGU.  Each weekend, we will travel to Korean cultural sites, such as royal palaces, historic temples, and so on, where students will explore and reflect on aspects of Korean history and culture. We may also visit a Korean tech giant such as Samsung or LG. Students will spend the final weekend exploring the capital city Seoul, before returning to Calvin. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Prerequisites: CS 100, 104, 106, or 108. Course dates: January 6-26.  Fee: $3645.  J. Adams.  Off campus.

IDIS W11 Adoption & Foster Care for Chinese Children (MAY). Through readings, guest lecturers, classroom discussions, and experiential learning, students examine the social, medical and educational issues of Chinese children with significant special needs. Students travel from Beijing to Zhengzhou in the Henan Province of China and learn through active volunteering/observation in foster care homes and a Child Welfare Institute. From Zhengzhou they travel to Hong Kong to compare and contrast issues of adoption in different locales. Students gain an initial understanding of Chinese culture and learn about health and educational services for orphaned children with special needs. Students are personally challenged by issues of faith and compassion as they observe in different programs. This course is a CCE optional course.  Course dates:  Fee: $4986.  J. Vander Woude.  Off campus.

IDIS W40 Engaging Development in Cambodia.  The goal of this class is to identify and understand the root causes of abject poverty in Cambodia, then to visit and participate with a wide variety of organizations supporting development activities there.  Issues engaged include food production capacity, land use trends, availability of adequate and clean water, availability of education and primary health care.  We will engage with a variety of non-governmental organizations involved in supporting the holistic transformation of communities; CRWRC village projects enabling people to produce greater quantities of healthful food, water filtration and pumping methods, orphanages, Kindergarten classes, hospitals, and several Christian churches.  Students will have opportunity to contribute service-learning hours by working with these organizations.  The class will start by engaging the historic and cultural underpinnings that created the current situation in Cambodia.  A visit of the Angkor Wat temples will lay an ancient historical foundation of Cambodian culture, followed by the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng prison to underscore the recent impact of the Khmer Rouge.  Students will gain a clear understanding of what current living conditions are in Cambodia for an average Cambodian citizen in urban and rural environments, what the impediments to change are, what can and is being done to make a positive and sustainable change, how to be agents of redemption in a deeply troubled society.  This class is a cooperative learning adventure with Calvin College and Handong Global University (South Korea). This course may fulfill an elective in the International Development Studies major and minor.  It also qualifies toward the requirements of the Engineering Department’s International Designation program.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Course dates:  January 6-26. Fee: $3800.  L. De Rooy, D. Dornbos Jr, P. Dykstra-Pruim. Off campus.

IDIS W82 Exploring Modern & Historical Japan (MAY). This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to experience historical and modern aspects of Japan and to reflect on differences and similarities between Japan’s predominantly non-Christian society and their own predominantly Christian society.  Activities include homestays in two locations (a relatively small historical city, Hikone, and a suburban area of the large industrial city of Nagoya), excursions to historical monuments and museums, and daily casual discussions.  Students will visit churches and schools and have interactions with local Japanese people.  Learning objectives are to nurture openness to different perspectives and faith traditions by reflecting students’ own faith traditions and rituals, to have a better understanding of Japanese society and life, and to enhance awareness of language skill use through meaningful contacts with Japanese people, aided by the instructor.   The participants will prepare their own specific topic during the 2016 spring semester, conduct small-scale field research by carrying out focused-observations and casual interviews, and keep journals during their three-week stay in Japan.  After returning home, students will write a summary report on their own topic.  This course may fulfill an elective for Japanese and Asian Studies programs.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Prerequisites: Japanese 102 and permission of the instructor.  Course dates: May 23- June 11.   Fee: $4250.  K. Schau. Off-campus.

IDIS W83 China: Culture, Medicine & Bioethics.  The world's most populous country has a long, rich cultural tradition featuring unique views of life, persons, the human body, medicine, nature and the environment.  As China has sought to modernize over the last half century, some of its traditions and practices have persisted, while others have become westernized.  During this interim, students will spend 1 week studying Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, and another 2 weeks traveling in China to learn about Chinese society and culture as well as medical and environmental ethics.  In Beijing, students will visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Beijing Zoo, and dine with local residents.  In Shaghai, students will visit the old city, the bund, the tallest buildings in Asia, and a traditional town on water. In the beautiful city of Zhangjiajie, students will visit the first national park of China including the Hallelujah mountains, villages of local minority groups, and cultural performances.    This course may fulfill an elective in the Chinese and Asian Studies programs.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Prerequisite: one course in Living World or permission of the instructors.  Course dates: January 6-25.  Fee: $4050.   H. Bouma, A. Shen.  Off campus.

IDIS W26 South Korea: Business & Culture.  South Korea is a rapidly growing economy and has a significant influence and impact on the global economy, church and society.  It is important for Christians t understand God's intended role for business in society.  Students learn about national and international business practices by touring 7 to 10  Korean and international companies and government agencies while interacting with Korean business persons.  The course includes the history, culture and religions of Korea as well as current business and economic conditions, and the Christian church today.  Students visit Handong University, Seoul National University and 1 other Korean university to interact with their students on topics of education, business, culture, faith integration, and international organizational relationships.  Students attend several very large and smaller Korean churches and visit some local Buddhist temples.  Travel throughout Korea includes major historical and cultural sites in a variety of cities such as Seoul, Andon, Gyeongju, Hapcheon, Busan, and Suncheon.  There are also visits to a variety of cultural sites including the demilitarized zone, important palaces, national parks, and folk villages.  This course is a CCE optional course.    Course dates:  January 6 - 26.  Fee:  $3,900.  C. Jen, E. Van Der Heide.  Off Campus.



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