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Interim 2014: May/June Courses

Study off-campus in May and June

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.

GEOL 112 Earth Science for Educators (MAY) (4 semester hours). An introductory study of physical systems and historical and contemporary processes that shape the surface of Earth. Topics include 1) the physical nature of Earth’s surface based on composition of earth materials and the forces that create landforms, 2) weather and climatic systems and their effect on the global distribution of soils and ecological communities, and 3) the Earth/sun/moon system. Understanding of Earth systems is applied to concepts of stewardship, resources use, and energy consumption. Laboratory, multiple field trips. Not open to students who have completed Geology 151 or Geography/Geology 120. This course is designed for students in the education program.  NOTE:  This 2-week Interim in May course begins immediately after spring commencement, and includes 4 on-campus, Thursday evening sessions (6-8pm) in April.  Course dates: May 25 - June 8.  Fee $1300.  K. Bergwerff. Off campus.

GEOL 153 Big Sky Geology: Montana (MAY) (4 semester hours). This course in geology is based in southwest Montana. Southwest Montana offers superb field exposures and is within driving distance of outstanding geological localities including Yellowstone National Park and Craters of the Moon National Monument. This course fulfills the physical science core requirement, and emphasizes outdoor, field-based investigation and learning. Students will be introduced to the breadth of geological study leading to responsible Christian appreciation and stewardship of Earth, including rocks and minerals, landforms and surficial processes, geological hazards, and natural resources. Field activities are an important part of each day and the field experience will complement morning lecture and lab activities. As a graded course, exams will cover lecture and text, and students will be required to complete lab assignments, construct a written field log, and choose a special field project. Not open to students who have completed Geology/Geography 120, Geology 151or Geology 112. NOTE:  This 2-week Interim in May course begins immediately after spring commencement, and includes 4 on-campus, Thursday evening sessions (6-8pm) in April.  Course dates: May 25 - June 8.  Fee $1300. G. Van Kooten. Off campus.

MUSC W60 Canta Brasil! (MAY) Members of the Calvin Women’s Chorale participate in worship services, present concerts, and participate in workshops in the area of choral music in various cities in Brazil. The course is taught by the instructor through performance and by being a clinician in workshop settings. The instructor also leads group discussions with the ensemble and facilitates interaction with local musicians and church members. 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 a choral festival under the joint direction of the class instructor and Maria Guinand, pre-eminent South American and world renowned choral conductor.  Evaluations will be based on daily participation through performances, group discussions, individual presentations and a daily journal. The course will begin with intensive rehearsals and lectures on campus, followed by a twelve-day trip to Brazil. The sessions prior to the trip will include talks on global worship, the culture and choral music of Brazil, and the larger context of South America. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Prerequisite:  Fall or spring enrollment in MUSC 191.  Course dates: May 27-June 9.  Fee: $4200.  P. Shangkuan, L. Hoisington. Off campus.

IDIS 340/HIST 380 Field Work in Archaeology This on-site introduction to archaeological field work is designed to expose you to the methodologies involved in stratigraphic excavation, typological and comparative analysis of artifacts, and the use of non-literary sources in the written analysis of human cultural history. 

The May 2015 Interim field school will involve you in a documentation season at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan, a well preserved town from the Roman, Byzantine, Early Islamic and modern eras. You will participate in digital photographic documentation of structures, planning of both digital and actual site-museum presentation, interview-based recording of modern Umm el-Jimal village culture, planning of a community heritage center, preservation of a large Byzantine house, and working as part of a team of professional archaeologists from Jordan and the United States.

A lecture series on contextual subjects and lessons in Arabic will round out the week-day routine. Three weekends will be used for travel in Jordan, including a visit to Petra; a post session trip to Jerusalem is included in dates and fee.

This course may be taken to fulfil the archaeology minor field work requirement, or as a history or general college elective. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: IDIS 240 or permission of the instructor. Fee: about $3600 (exact cost to be determined). Bert DeVries. Off-Campus.