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Interim 2015: Courses in Europe

Study in Europe

IDIS W11 L’Abri Switzerland.  L’Abri Fellowship is a Christian study center situated in the French-speaking portion of the Swiss Alps.  Founded in the 1950s by Presbyterian missionary couple Francis and Edith Schaeffer L’Abri has become known as a place where people with questions about the Christian faith can go for instruction and counsel.  This type of instruction is based on the tutorial system and is conducted in English.  Typically, students spend half the day in study and the other half working in the community.  Students determine the course of their study with their tutors on site.  This course is a CCE optional course.  Course dates: January 6-31. Fee: $2152.  L. Hardy. Off campus.

IDIS W43 Dutch Landscapes.  Few countries exist where human activities have exerted greater influence in the shaping of the land than the Netherlands. With daily field excursions, students will learn about this country’s richly varied and historically layered cultural landscapes. Many of the excursions will focus on land reclamation, water management, and environmental preservation technologies which have been used over many centuries. These technologies are important for understanding the complex interrelationships between society, technology and land.  Students will also learn about Dutch society and culture via visits to museums, churches, and political institutions as well as readings and direct engagement with people of this country.   Students stay in a group accommodation facility about 10 miles north of Amsterdam. The primary mode of instruction is field excursion to locations throughout the country. These daily trips are guided by briefings the night before, interpretation en route, presentation made by local experts, and study sheet assignments.  Additionally, each student spends part of one weekend with a Dutch family.   This course may fulfill an elective in the Geography, Environmental Studies, Dutch and Engineering programs.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Course dates: January 6-30 integrated through this period are 7 open days for personal travel. Fee: $3666.  H. De Vries, R. Hoeksema.  Off campus.

IDIS W44 Business, Engineering & Religion in the European Context.  In today’s global economy, business practices, engineering design, product development, and product marketing must take the international market into account.  This course introduces the students to the business practices and product development in the international market, focusing on business and R & D in Europe.  Students will learn how the languages, history, culture, economics, regulations, and policies of Europe shape the business and design process through tours of businesses, engineering research facilities, manufacturing facilities, as well as discussion sessions with leading business executives and research engineers in Europe.  A second theme of the course reviews the history of the reformation with visits to Wittenberg, Heidelberg, and more.  Locations will include Amsterdam, Brugge, Paris, Strasbourg, Munich, Nurnberg, Prague, Leipzig, Berlin, and Bremen.  Additional religious and cultural locations will include visits to the Begijnhof, The Hague, Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims, Dachau, Neuschwanstein, St. Vitas Cathedral, and more.  This course qualifies towards the Engineering department’s International Designation program. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates:  January 2-24.  Fee: $4700.  R. Brouwer, L. De Rooy. Off campus.

CAS W40 Theatre in London and Stratford.  London is known as one of the most important theatre cities in the world. On this interim, students will see a spectacular array of theatre performances from the Royal National, the Donmar Warehouse, West End productions and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. This course is a basic primer in theatre criticism. London theatre interim students will acquire specific information and basic critical skills relevant to a wide range of theatre performance and dramaturgical styles, which will sharpen students’ critical awareness and introduce students to a unique cultural experience. During the three weeks abroad, students develop tools for criticism as they attend nightly theatre performances, workshops, tours and classroom discussions. This course may fulfill an elective in the Theatre major or minor.  Optional CCE credit is also available if the student does an extra writing project that engages in cross-cultural learning. Course dates:  Fee: $4600.  D. Freeberg.   Off campus.

CLAS W40 Classical & Early Greece.  This course is a tour of the major sites of Greece, with special emphasis on the urban centers of classical and early Christian civilization. On-site experts introduce the class to topics of Greek history, religion, philosophy, literature and art.  Evening lectures by the professors cover special topics on the relationship between classical and early Christian culture. The primary academic objective is to develop a first-hand understanding of the classical context within which the earliest Christian churches were established. Other goals include developing an understanding of the Orthodox tradition in Christianity and some familiarity with contemporary Greek culture. The itinerary includes Athens, Thessaloniki, Philippi, Berea, Pella, Delphi, Olympia, Nauplion, Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Corinth. This course may fulfill an elective in the Classical Studies, Classical Languages, Greek, and Latin majors. Prior course work in classical languages or culture is not required. Optional CCE credit is available. Course dates:  January 9-27. Fee: $4524. Y. Kim, D. Noe. Off campus.

CAS W41 English Language By Rail (MAY).  Students explore the dialects of the English Language within a historical context. While in the United Kingdom, students travel by rail through different regions, collecting samples of English, Scottish, and Irish dialects and visiting important linguistic sites. By collecting samples from each of these regions, students learn about the history of English as it is spoken in the United Kingdom as well as in the United States. Students must complete readings on the linguistics of the regions, present on the features of the dialect samples they collect, and write three papers that summarize their readings, analyses of data, and interviews in each region. Students learn how to use the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe recorded samples. Students compare and contrast the speech sound features of common dialects in the United Kingdom such as British Received Pronunciation, Cockney, Estuary, Scottish, Irish and Welsh. Students also compare and contrast lexical usage among the various dialects. They describe key historical factors in the rise of the English language as related to local events in the United Kingdom. This course may fulfill an elective in the SPAUD major.  This course is a CCE optional course. Course dates: May 25-June 11. Fee: $4685.  J. Vander Woude. Off campus.

GERM W80 German Interim Abroad. Participants engage with and improve their knowledge of the German language and culture on this study experience, which includes stays in Schleswig-Holstein, Berlin, former East Germany, and southern former West Germany. Activities include four home stays, lectures, discussions, interviews, tours, and attendance at cultural and social events. Course participants choose where they will travel independently during the last five days. Course goals include active participation in course activities, growth in intercultural sensitivity, gains in mastery of the language, and increased understanding of various religious, political, and broadly cultural phenomena of Germany. Students will be assessed on their individual vocabulary acquisition, submission of an examination of a current issue in German society based on two interviews, and submission of at least two analytic journal entries. This course satisfies departmental concentration. Prerequisites: German 301 and permission of the instructor. Course dates:  December 29, 2014 – January 29, 2015. Fee: $2980 and up to $650 for personal and final-week costs. M. Buteyn.   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.

STBR 310HA History of Science, Medicine and Religion: London.  London, one of the world’s foremost cities, is a treasure trove of the history of religion, science and medicine, as well as all facets of culture.  Throughout the Scientific Revolution and beyond, most scientists were individuals of significant Christian faith who perceived their work as both discovering the Creator’s handiwork and worshipping God.  Many struggled with apparent tensions between their discoveries and traditional teachings of the church.  This course will utilize London and its surrounding environs to explore predominantly the history of British medicine, science, and religion but also British life and culture.  On-site visits within greater London will include the British Museum, British Library, Buckingham Palace, Churchill Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum, Hunterian Museum, Imperial War Museum, London Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Royal Observatory, Royal Society, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Westminster Abbey, and Windsor Castle.  The course will include at least five day-long field trips to Stonehenge and Salisbury, Oxford, Cambridge, Downe, and Windsor.  Class sessions will consist of lectures and discussions of assigned readings.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Prerequisites: One course in the Natural World and one course in Religion, Philosophy or History, or permission of the instructor.   Honors course (will be graded).  Course dates: January 6 - 29.  Fee: $4,110.  H. Bouma III. Off campus.








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