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Interim 2016: Courses in Europe

Study in Europe

CLAS W40 Italy: Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance.  The primary academic objective of this trip is to gain an understanding of the classical context in which western Christianity developed and flourished. Participants visit many sites in Italy, with special emphasis on the urban centers of classical, medieval, and Renaissance culture. On-site lectures address topics in Roman and early Christian history, religion, literature, art, and architecture. The itinerary may include Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Sorrento, Amalfi, Palestrina, Perugia, Assisi, Ravenna, Bologna, Florence, Tivoli, and Ostia.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Classics major and minor. Optional cross-cultural engagement credit (CCE) is available for those who meet additional requirements.  Course dates: January 6-26.  Fee: $4150.  D. Noe, J. Winkle.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 northern Germany, Berlin, locations in former East Germany, and in 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. This course satisfies departmental concentration. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.   Prerequisite:  German 301 and permission of the instructor.  Course dates:  December 28 – January 28. Fee: $2985 and up to $650 for personal and final-week costs.  M. Buteyn.  Off campus.

IDIS W10 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 the Presbyterian missionary couple, Francis and Edith Schaeffer, it has become known as a place where people with questions about the Christian faith can go for instruction and counsel. Instruction is based on the tutorial system; English is the language of instruction. Typically, students spend half the day in study, the other half working in the community. Up to ten Calvin students may spend the month of January at L’Abri in independent study for interim course credit. Students determine the course of their studies with their tutors on site.  This course is a CCE optional course.  Course dates: January 6-26. Fee: $2490.  L. Hardy.  Off campus.

PSYC W10 History of Psychology & Religion in Europe. This off-campus, European, multidisciplinary course will engage sites, museums, archives, and institutes of those individuals who created and contributed to major areas of psychology. The best way to understand these famous scientists and their contributions to the broad discipline of psychology is to see where they lived, breathed and worked, thereby permitting a greater appreciation of how their contexts shaped their viewpoints and their theories. Our students’ immersion in the birthplaces of these distinctive schools of psychological thought will help them integrate different areas of psychology in order to form a deep appreciation for the roots of these areas of psychology. Texts include original readings (translated) by Wundt, Münsterberg, Freud, and Piaget. We will also examine and engage current applications of organizational psychology in European businesses. Additionally, the origins of the “fathers of psychology” are in cities in which the Church Reformers lived and worked, thereby allowing students the opportunity to experience reformation history where it happened. Highlights here will include: the Reformation museum (Geneva), Luther (Worms), the Heidelberg Catechism (Heidelberg), and the Anglican Church (London). Selected Reformation texts are also included in the readings. Student cumulative learning in the course will be evaluated on active engagement in daily group discussions of required readings and site visits, daily guided reflective journal entries and a final presentation summarizing their personal learning objectives.    Through this experience, we expect our students to articulate the central concept contributions of each psychologist and reformer studied, but more importantly, understand how the cultural and historical context shaped these theoretical perspectives and what that means for students of psychology, business and religion today. Preference given to those that have completed PSYC 151 and REL 121 or 131.This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Course dates: January 6-26. Fee: $3900.  B. Cawley, J. Yonker.  Off campus.

ART W42 Sweden: From Neoclassicism to Ikea (MAY).  The course is intended to introduce students to the art and architecture of Sweden, from 1633 (when six-year-old Kristina came to the throne) to the present, with particularly attention paid to the reign of Gustav III (who reigned from 1775 to 1792). The role of ‘classical’ forms in a Protestant country, located far from the Mediterranean, will be a central concern. Based largely in Stockholm, the itinerary will include visits to nearby country houses, palaces, and museums including Svindersvik Manor (1740), the Royal Palace (completed in the 1750s), Sturehof Manor (1781), Drottningholm Palace (the Court Theatre is one of the best-preserved eighteenth-century theaters in the world), Skansen (the world’s first open-air museum opened in 1891 with buildings from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries), and the Nationalmuseum. In and around Uppsala, we shall visit the University Museum, Linnaeus’s museum and botanical gardens, Sigtuna (Sweden’s second oldest town), Steninge Manor (completed in 1705), and the Rosersberg Palace (the seventeenth-century building contains some of Europe’s best preserved interiors from ca. 1800). The relationship between geography, cultural adaptations, and external stylistic influences will be a primary concern throughout the course. Intellectually and artistically, how was Sweden like other parts of Europe and how was Sweden distinct. Course dates: MAY  Fee: $3400. C. Hanson. Off-Campus.

IDIS W13 Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage (MAY).  Students experience the ancient Christian practice of pilgrimage, walking 450 kms of the Camino de Santiago and staying in pilgrim hostels. Firsthand experience is supplemented by reading accounts written by pilgrims throughout the ages. As they walk, students interview fellow pilgrims to discover their motivations, their insights and the highlights of their journeys. Students collect and annotate a selection of these interviews as a part of their final project. In addition, each student chooses a particular focus to share with the group throughout the walk such as art, architecture, Spanish history, iconography, traveler stories, folktales and legends, religious rituals, physical challenges.  No knowledge of Spanish language required. Course dates: May 23 – June 15. Fee: $2975. C. Slagter.  Off campus.

MUSC W60 Choral Music of Spain and Portugal (MAY). Members of the Capella participate in worship services, present concerts, participate in workshops in the area of choral music in various cities in Spain and Portugal. The course is taught by the instructor through performance and in workshop setting with composers of choral music in Spain. The instructor also leads group discussions with the ensemble and facilitates interaction with local musicians, church members and local college students. Students experience worship in a cross-cultural context and communion with other members of the Body of Christ through fellowship and song. The choir experiences collaboration with other local choirs via joint concerts in various cities.  The course will begin with intensive rehearsals and lectures on campus, followed by a twelve-day trip to Spain and Portugal. The sessions prior to the trip will include talks on the rich heritage of early Spanish choral music (which the choir would have been learning and performing throughout the regular academic year), its impact on European choral music and onto the New World, and the current vibrant choral life in Spain and Portugal, along with a secondary focus on choral music with texts written by Spanish luminaries such as Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila and others.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Prerequisite: Fall or spring enrollment in MUSC 141.  Course dates:  Fee: $4395.  P. Shangkuan, L. Hoisington.  Off campus.


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