IDIS W07 Distant “Neighbours”: Who are “Real” Indians?! The shrinking of our planet by advancements in travel and communication has led to increasing interactions between India and the USA . We see this in job outsourcing, educational exchange, health services and exchanges in art and entertainment between the two nations. While technology continually improves communication between distant lands, fruitful societal relations can best be cultivated by understanding India 's diverse cultural background. This course aims to take students on a “compare and contrast” exercise where different facets of the culture in India are studied as compared with the local culture. Topics such as the demography of the nation, the press in India , central and state educational systems, multi-party democratic governance, religious beliefs, and western cultural influences in “modern” India will be covered during the course. One resource for the course is the biography of Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias titled “Walking from East to West”. Methods of learning will include lectures, discussions, films and presentations. Students will be evaluated on participation and presentations/projects. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. P.L.S. Thamban . 8:30 a.m. to noon.
CANCELED W08 Holy and Wholly Embodied. Taking seriously Jesus' call to “Come, follow me”—even be like me—in this course students will examine cultural and biblical narratives for thinking about who we are as human beings. They will explore the radical implications of the life of Jesus and the outpoured Spirit on being human. Identity, gender roles, sexuality, relationships, ethics, vocation—all matter in the Kingdom of God and are shaped by it. However, culture shapes us as well. Hence, the course will ask, “What does it mean to be fully human?” through a variety of means, including readings, film, advertising, etc. Our objective is to give a framework for understanding authentic Christian identity in every sphere of life. Students will be evaluated based on a reflection journal, reading notes, group discussion and a final small group presentation on a leading anthropological/ethical issue. C. Nordling . 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CANCELED W09 Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa . The course explores the birth if a plural society South African society as the cross roads to the world. It examines the politics of recognition – the contentious issue of cultural and political identity, the sources of the ideologies and cultural and political conflict and injustice which led to “Apartheid” as political system. In literature and in cinema the agony and consequences of these developments are traced. The protest and witness of many Christian groups and organizations were instrumental in the miraculous non violent change and transformation that took place in South Africa during the nineties, the role of the Koinionia Declaration, the Kairos Document, Africa Enterprize, PACLA, SACLA, the Belhar Confession and other witnesses against apartheid and for justice will be explored, the significant role of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee will also be dealt with. Students are evaluated on the basis of class participation, class presentations and a research paper. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. M. Elaine Botha. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CANCELED W10 Eritrea : Physical and Cultural Contrasts in Africa . This interdisciplinary course travels to the small nation of Eritrea located along the Red Sea . The group will study physical and cultural geography at three primary locations - a European-inspired capital city, a rural community in the southern highlands, and a fishing village on a small Red Sea island. We will focus on cultural relationships associated with very diverse environments. Topographical landscapes range from rugged highland to coastal lowland. Climate zones range from cool highland to some of the hottest locales on the planet. Agricultural zones stretch from moist, montane croplands to innovative irrigation systems in semi-desert areas. Students will also have opportunities to engage with people who represent three contrasting faith communities Orthodox Coptic Christians, Muslims, and 1st generation Protestants. The group will be based in the capital city of Asmara , one of Africa s most attractive cities, located 7,300 feet above sea level. Field trips will be informed by pre-trip briefings and interpretation en route. Longer excursions include a three-day snorkeling trip to a Red Sea island and an overnight stay in a rural, farming village in the southern highlands. Other planned activities include a bike-down-hike-up trek on the green belt escarpment, which marks the transition from Muslim lowlands to Coptic highlands; a day trip to a Muslim market town and a mountain-top monastery; participation in Orthodox Christmas festivities; and a trip to the largest archeological site in Africa . Evaluation is based on directed reflections in cross-cultural journal, quizzes drawn from the required texts and field trip briefings, and conducting two survey questionnaires aided by a university student translator. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. Prerequisites: none. Fee: $2,785. J. Bascom . Off campus.
W10 Seeing Geograhpy in Kenya. This interdisciplinary course travels to the Rift Valley region of northern Kenya . The focus of our trip is to see several aspects of geography, economic development, health care, and Christianity in a cross-cultural setting. The main excursion is a 9-day trip to Samburu District, where students will assist in developing a geographic information system for improving eye health. We will build a pilot version of a trachoma community assessment tool using primary data obtained from GPS units, key informants, interviews with pastoral herders, clinic intake data, and NGO reports. With these data, our group will construct a multi-layered geographic information system to track trachoma, inform site selection for digging new water wells, and monitor trachoma decline once interventions begin. Students will have opportunities to interview Samburu and to stay overnight in a traditional mutyaya . A two-day game safari in a national game park is planned en route back to Nairobi . The second excursion is a snorkeling trip to the coastal town of Malindi and Kenya 's premier marine reserve. Evaluation is based on a response paper from the pre-trip text, directed reflections in a trip journal, and a combination of presentations to the group on selected topics or completion of survey questionnaires aided by a translator. Prerequisites: none. Fee: $2,933. J. Bascom. Off Campus.
W11 Classical and Early Christian Culture in Greece . This course is a three-week tour of the major ancient sites of Greece , with special emphasis on the urban centers of classical and early Christian civilization. On-site lectures address topics of Greek history, religion, philosophy, literature and art. The primary academic objective is to develop a first-hand understanding of the classical context within which the earliest Christian churches were established. The itinerary includes Athens , Eleusis , Corinth , Mycenae , Epidaurus , Olympia , Delphi, and Crete . Participants write a take-home test on required readings (list available in October), prepare an oral report for delivery on-site, maintain a detailed journal, and write a comprehensive essay on one major topic of the course. Prior course work in classical languages or culture is not required. Fee: $3,325. M. Williams, J. Winkle . Off campus.
W12 South African Miracle . This course introduces students to a country with a tragic past but also a promising future. The primary academic objective of this Interim is to gain firsthand knowledge and understanding of how racial injustice has been encountered in political and industrial contexts. Participants in this Interim not only read and study South African history, culture, and industrial change - they also visit South African townships, meet with leaders engaged with South Africa 's political changes, and visit a platinum mine. Students explore - in readings, classes, and visits - South Africa's apartheid past, the struggles for and miracle of its democratic transition, and the political-economy of the mining industry where interactions of politics, business, and race are poignant. Specific on-site visits include Robben Island , Soweto mining hostels, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, the Apartheid Museum and much more. Evaluation is based on participation in the program, journals, a pre-trip short paper, and a final reflective paper. This Interim course provides a stimulating mix of exciting travel, discussion, and engaging speakers. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $3 , 550 . M. Heun, T. Kuperus. Off campus.
W13 Dutch Landscape: Society, Technology, and Environment . Few countries exist where human activities have exerted a greater influence in the shaping of the land than the Netherlands . With daily field excursions and detailed topographic maps, students will study this country's richly varied and historically layered cultural landscapes. Land reclamation, water management, and environmental preservation technologies used over many centuries are each an important part of understanding the complex interrelationships between society, technology and land. Additionally, students will have opportunities for direct engagement with people from this country. Each field trip will be guided by briefings, interpretation en route, topographic maps and study sheet assignments. Each student will spend part of a weekend with a Dutch family. Evaluation is based on the work done on the assignments, which include reflections on cross-cultural experiences. Open days are integrated into the course to provide opportunities for personal travel. Prerequisites: none. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $2,560. H. Aay, R. Hoeksema . Off campus.
W14 Cambodian Culture, Diet, and Food Production. From 1975 - 1979, the Khmer Rouge attempted to cleanse Cambodia of educated people, de-urbanizing the country in favor of a rural, primitive, agriculturalist society. Consequently, Cambodia is now a young society gradually developing its urban centers and food production systems; great potential exists, but cannot be realized without more resources and new technology. In this course, students travel to Cambodia to learn about and seek solutions to the problem of food production sufficiency and sustainability. In cooperation with students and faculty from Handong Global University of South Korea, students explore the impact of past atrocities and recent international growth on the local economy, food production techniques and food availability in Cambodia . After initially meeting in Bangkok , Thailand , both Calvin and Handong students travel to Siem-Reap, Cambodia . They tour both the great temples of Angkor, which show the great past of the Khmer civilization, and the killing fields near Phnom Penh to experience past and present cultures, and to sense the current presence and pressures of the international community. To evaluate the capacity and risks of rice production in Cambodia , students complete projects on topics related to their interest, such as evaluating the sufficiency of the Cambodian diet, availability and productivity of rice, and anticipated challenges to the sustainability of rice production. These projects focus on meeting the current and future needs of the local Cambodian government and people. Student evaluation is based on participation during nightly group discussions and devotions, individual reflective journal entries, and a final research group project report. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. Fee: $2,925. D. Dornbos Jr., A. Kim (Handong Global University) . Off campus.
W15 Harness the Wind: Learn to Sail. For thousands of years people have taken to the water in boats propelled by wind and sails. Originally sails were used of necessity, but following the invention of engines sailing has become primarily a recreational pursuit. Whether for business or pleasure sailors have had to learn the skills needed to meet the challenges of sailing. This course will teach students to sail in 23 - 26 foot sailboats, specifically designed for sailing instruction. Students will progress from the beginner to the advanced level of sailing skill during the course, and be presented with a lifetime skill and activity that can be enjoyed at various levels in the future. Integral to the course will be an exploration of the dynamic ways in which wind, water, sails and hulls interact to efficiently send a boat on its way. Leadership development, team building, and cooperative learning will also be integral to the sailing experience. The course will be taught using the facilities of the Waterfront Program of Eckerd College on Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg , FL. In addition to classroom sessions directly related to sailing instruction, the course will include presentations, readings and discussions on the history of sailing, the physics of sailing, sailboat design, navigation and meteorology. Students will also read and discuss the classic, Sailing Alone Around the World , by Joshua Slocum . Excursions to study and observe marine environments and wildlife will also be included in the course. Evaluation will be based on class participation and cooperation, a book discussion, a research project and presentation, written quizzes and tests, and on the water skills tests. Although no sailing experience is expected, students must have the physical ability to operate a sailboat and maneuver on a boat. Before leaving for the trip students must pass a swim test: 150 yards, any stroke. Fee: $2,560. J. Ubels, S. Vander Linde . Off campus.
W16 Mexico : Culture, Family Life and Social Services. This course introduces students to Mexican culture and the community structures and social welfare services that assist Mexican families meet their needs for food, housing, healthcare, and education. The focus is on understanding the role of family, religion, and commerce, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations in addressing basic human needs. The course is based in the Mexican communities of Mexico City , Puebla , Cuetzalan, the remote village of San Miguel Tzinacapan , and Acapulco . Activities and excursions introduce students to Mexican history and art, family and religious life, and social welfare services. These include: visits in Mexico City to the Museum of Anthropology, Basilica of Guadalupe, Teotihuacan; home stays with Mexican families in the central city of Puebla, the historic center of Mexican Catholicism; and several days immersed in the remote indigenous Mexican village life of San Miguel Tzinacapan—as well as a week-end in Acapulco. While in Puebla students complete 20 hours of service-learning at a social service agency or program, working directly with program recipients, i.e., orphans, street children, single mothers, hospice patients, women prisoners, children with developmental disabilities, and the elderly. Activities in Cuetzalan and San Miguel Tzinacapan will bring you into direct contact with indigenous Mexican village life—eating lunch with village families in their homes, exploring traditional spirituality and healing, and visiting schools and cottage industries. Spanish competence is not required, but will enhance your enjoyment of the course. Evaluation is based on participation, course readings, a service-learning journal, and a final paper. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $ 2,700. J . Bouman, B. Hugen . Off campus.
W17 Honduras : Poverty & Hope . Honduras provides a window into issues of poverty and hope. Participants will not only read and study Honduran history, culture and economy—they will visit Mayan ruins, live with a Honduran family and see acres of US owned banana plantations as well as the inadequate plots on which many Honduran farmers try to scratch out a living. Students will try and begin answering the question of why is North America so wealthy and Honduras so poor and what is our responsibility as Christians? Students will explore in readings, classes and visits issues like US investment in Honduras , child sponsorship and short-term mission's role in community development. Finally, students will have the opportunity to begin learning or improve their Spanish by small group tutoring with experienced Honduran Spanish teachers. Evaluations will be based on participation, journals and a small project. This interim provides a satisfying mix of exciting travel, stimulating discussions, intensive Spanish and engaging speakers. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Prerequisites: None. Fee: $1,845. R. Hoksbergen, K. Ver Beek, J. Van Engen. Off campus.
W18 Be Fit for Life: Bike Australia . This course introduces students to concepts of basic fitness and nutrition that promote lifetime wellness from a Christian perspective. The basic components of good nutrition are studied along with the special nutrition demands associated with exercise performance. A special emphasis is placed upon the chemical and biochemical nature of nutrition and exercise. Students also study the efficacy of some of the current nutritional ‘fads.' Promoting lifetime fitness with cycling is particularly attractive because the equipment is relatively inexpensive and this form of exercise is low impact. Biking in Australia also gives students an opportunity to gain insights into and appreciation for another culture. Students compare the exercise and nutritional attitudes and habits of two cultures and determine if there is any correlation with incidences of diseases such as cardiovascular disease. Students attend several evening classes during the fall semester and spend several hours researching a topic that they will present to the class during the bike tour in Australia . They also participate in a nutritional intake study and analysis, and participate in several tests that can be used to evaluate fitness. Student evaluations will be based upon class participation, a daily journal, quizzes, projects, and nutritional analysis. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $4,041. R. Blankespoor, L. Louters, N. Meyer. Off campus.
W19 The Jamaican Journey . Jamaica with its vibrant multi-national urban centers, attractive tourist destinations and impoverished rural countryside, will provide the backdrop for examining issues facing developing countries in an increasingly globalized economy. The interim will expose students to Jamaican culture and history, including the African diaspora, Jamaica 's colonial experience, and Jamaica 's contemporary identity. Through readings, engaging guest lecturers, and classroom discussions students will examine the social and economic problems facing Jamaicans today - including political unrest, gangs, tourism, migration, and the influence of the United States in Jamaican affairs. Students will travel extensively through both the interior and coast of Jamaica meeting with community development workers, viewing development projects as well as factories and plantations all the while assessing the impact of these organizations on development. Field trips to museums, historical sites, USAID, eco-tours, Parliament, soccer games, and tourist locations will also be used to examine the various political, social, economic and international trends that have shaped the island and impacted its potential for successful development. At the end of the interim students will have gained insights into the challenges of development as well as sensitivity to issues facing Jamaicans in the context of globalization. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $2,578. L. Schwander, T. Vanden Berg . Off campus.
W20 Business & Engineering for the International Market. 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 student to the nuances of 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 politics of Europe shape the business and design process through tours of businesses, engineering research facilities (both industrial and academic), manufacturing facilities, as well as discussion sessions with leading business executives and research engineers in Europe. Locales will include Amsterdam , Rotterdam , Brugge, Brussels , Paris , Koblenz , Offenbach , Munich , Nurnberg, Leipzig , Berlin , and Bremen . Additional religious and cultural locals will include visits to The Begijnhof, The Hague , Leuven, Versailles , Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims, Heidelberg , Dachau , Neuschwanstein, Prague , St. Vitus Cathedral, and Wittenberg . Students will keep a daily journal which will reflect on engineering and business practices in Europe by way of occasional directed questions from instructors as well as write a paper regarding the cultural aspects of the interim. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $3,900. N. Nielsen, A. Sykes & E. Prince Broekhuizen. Off campus .
W21 The World and Work of C.S. Lewis. This course will explore both the geographical and literary “worlds” of C. S. Lewis. We will stay in Oxford , Cambridge and London , England . These cities and their environs will be investigated as social, intellectual and imaginative influences on Lewis's work. Visits will be arranged with Basil Mitchell, an Oxford scholar who knew Lewis and succeeded him as President of the Socratic Club at Oxford , and with Brian Leftow, Oxford 's current leading Christian apologist. Evaluation will be based on student presentations and journals. Readings : C. S. Lewis's Surprised by Joy and Alan Jacobs, The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis . These two selections should be read prior to leaving for England . Each student will choose a theme or an additional work by Lewis for their student presentation. Fee $2,100 . K. James Clark, K. Corcoran. Off campus.
W22 Wilderness Adventure skills in Panama . In this wilderness adventure course, students challenge themselves physically and spiritually as they develop new outdoor skills. They also develop a deeper awareness of self, more rewarding relationships with God and others, and a greater appreciation of God's world as reflected in the indigenous people, cultures, and environment of this remote and extraordinary locale. This 22-day wilderness adventure features sailing, scuba diving, sea kayaking, surfing, and rafting surrounding the island of Bocas del Toro on the southwest coast of Panama . Students also interact with the Afro-Caribbean and Guaimi Indian people through local churches and other intercultural activities. Evaluation is based on class participation, an oral presentation, reflective daily journaling, and a final paper. Upon completion of the course, students will be certified in SCUBA (NUUI) and sailing. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $3,375. J. Britton, D. VanderGriend. Off campus.
W23 The Games of Ancient Greece . Running more than 1000 years, the games of ancient Greece were among the most significant religious and social events of their times. This travel course to Greece will include stops in Corinth , Sparta , Olympia , Delphi, Athens , and the Island of Crete . Students will visit sites of interest related to the Crown Games of ancient Greece, the most famous being those of Olympia, while exploring the cultural connections of ancient Greek sport to politics, war, art, literature, social class, architecture, and economics. Particular attention will be paid to the role of games in education and mythology and the interaction between faith and sport in ancient and modern times. Assessments will include journal writing, presentations, and developing a pictorial or video travelogue. In the spirit of the ancient Greek ideal of developing the mind and body in harmony, students will participate in some form of physical activity every day (i.e. Olympic events, Greek folk dances, physical training, hiking, etc.). This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Prerequisites: None. Fee: $3,040. B. Bolt, J. Buriak ( Roanoke College ). Off campus . NOTE: THE DATES FOR THIS INTERIM ARE MAY17 – JUNE 1.
W24 Mediterranean Crossings. Muslims from North Africa ruled Spain for nearly 800 years. Now, in the 21st century there are calls by Al Qaeda for the Islamic World to reclaim what they call “Al-Andalus”. Muslims from the former French colonies in North Africa have settled in France but have not been able to integrate into French society. The train bombings in Madrid and the riots outside of Paris demonstrate the difficulties these European countries have had as they confront the reality of Islamic immigration. This course will explore the historical background of relations between the Muslims of North Africa and the European countries of Spain and France . In Spain we will visit the important sites in southern Spain of the Moorish conquest as well as the contemporary sites of Islamic concentrations in Madrid and Barcelona . A visit to Morocco will provide background on the homeland of some of the immigrants. In France visits to Marseilles and Paris , locations of large Islamic concentrations, will help students to see the French expression of Islamic immigration. Through this course students will be able to locate current immigration issues in a broader historical perspective and will recognize and understand the deeper issues underlying Islamic immigration in Europe . Students are expected to attend an orientation session in the fall. Teaching is done on location by expert lecturers and by the instructors. Evaluation is based on student preparation for and engagement in class discussions, a daily journal and a final reflective paper. Knowledge of French or Spanish is helpful but not required. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $3,485. L. Mathews, C. Slagter . Off campus.
W25 Daily Life and Culture in China . This course gives students an opportunity to experience daily life in China by taking them to the large urban centers of Shanghai , Xiamen , and Hong Kong as well as to traditional villages near Guilin , the Huang Mountains and the Wuyi Mountains . This allows students to perceive the striking contrast between the modernization and prosperity of major Chinese coastal cities and the backwardness and poverty of the countryside. Major historical sites are also explored in Shanghai , Quanzhou, and Xiamen as well as the famous scenic sites of Huangshan, Guilin , and Gulangyu Island . Students have the opportunity to stay on several Chinese college campuses so that they may interact with Chinese college students. The trip also includes visits to schools, churches, Buddhist and Daoist temples, and shopping areas in order to understand how the Chinese live. Course activities include lectures, discussion, interviews, meetings, tours, and attendance at cultural and social events. Emphasis is on meaningful contact with Chinese people and enhancement of language skills. Evaluation is based on participation in course activities, gains in mastery of the language, increased understanding of life in China , and growth in personal awareness. Preference is given to students with a Chinese language background. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. NOTE: DATES FOR THIS INTERIM ARE MAY 21-JUNE 10. Fee: $3,305. L. Herzberg. Off campus.
W26 Model Arab League. This course offers the opportunity to learn about international issues and cooperation through preparation for and participation in the Midwest model Arab league, to be held at Grand valley State University in February (attendance at which is required). The MAL is a simulation exercise in which delegations represent countries in the Arab League. The course includes in-depth research on issues of interest to the Arab League. The grade will be based on active participation in class proceedings; writing, presenting, and debating resolutions; and writing a position paper. Students are responsible for conference registration fees (approx. $30). No prerequisites. D. A. Howard . 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W27 Volunteerism and Volunteer Management: The Invisible Workforce. This course introduces students to the impact of volunteerism in the United States and to the field of volunteer management. Through readings, discussion, case studies, site visits and guest speakers, students examine the tradition of volunteerism, motivations for volunteering, trends and issues in volunteerism, and volunteer program administration, including recruitment, training, retention and risk management. A key aspect of the course is an examination of how volunteering fits into the student's Christian life and worldview, work and vocation. Evaluation will be based upon class participation, reflection assignments and a final paper or project. S. Camp. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CANCELED W28 Silent Spring & Stolen Future. The slogan of the post World War II “chemical boom” was “better living through chemistry,” and indeed these chemicals brought many benefits in the areas of industry, agriculture, and public health. However, in 1962 Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring challenged the public's optimism regarding chemicals by revealing many environmental and health consequences of pollution. While many harmful chemicals were restricted and regulated during 1970s and 80s and better procedures for assessing chemical risks were developed during the 1980s and 90s, the publication of Our Stolen Future during the mid 1990s opened the eyes of scientists, policy-makers, and the public to the ability of some chemicals to disrupt hormonal systems at very low doses in wildlife and humans. Today we face a toxic legacy of older pollutants, emerging concerns about several new classes of chemicals, and the revival of old debates such as the use of DDT for controlling malaria in tropical counties. Approximately 60-80,000 chemicals are used currently worldwide, with 1-2000 new chemicals introduced every year. This course explores issues and controversies related to the sustainable use of chemicals in both developed and developing countries. Scientific and policy-related issues are examined within the context of Christian perspectives on the environment. Because the primary texts were written for the general public, this course is accessible not only to biology, chemistry, and environmental science majors but also to students in the areas such as engineering, political science and international development. No prior coursework in biology or chemistry is required. Student evaluation is based on written reports, presentations, and participation. K. Grasman. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W29 Elementary, My Dear Watson. There is a serious oddity concerning this most famous of Sherlock Holmes's lines: it occurs nowhere in any of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. So where does it come from? In this course students pursue this and other mysteries as with Watson students track Holmes through some of the murkier stretches of human society. Along the way students explore Doyle's life and times, look at the social context of Holmes's adventures, trace selected themes of the times through the stories, and try to discover why Doyle disliked Holmes so intensely. Students read most of the Holmes stories and novels, and some of the early Holmes apocrypha, listen to old radio productions, watch some old TV shows, and see some of the classic Holmes movies. (Students will not read such abominable modern imitations as The Seven Percent Solution .) In addition to the above, class members are expected to participate in all class activities and to make one class presentation . D. Ratzsch. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CANCELED W30 Life Skills for Workplace Success. Studies show that early preparation yields significant results. This course will move from an exploration of vocation and life calling through personal assessments and from job search assignments to workplace adjustment and survival issues. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of theory to practice within an interactive environment. By the end of the course, students will have arrived at preliminary conclusions regarding their general life direction (vocation) and be prepared for the spring launch of their personal job search. Evaluation will be based on collecting interview data as the basis for an oral presentation, completing daily exercises related to the course syllabus and journaling. Course fee: $50.00. B. Speyers, D. Hebreard. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W31 Village Religion in China . Traditional Chinese religion may be summarized as the worship of gods and ancestors and the exorcism of ghosts and demons. Each of these activities takes place in fixed places and, usually, at fixed times. Starting with the map of an imaginary village in southeast China , the course would look concretely at every site where worship and exorcism occur in and around village space: Why there? To what end? When? If the answers to the first two questions will reveal the religious logic of village space, the answer to the last will lead to deeper understanding of the Chinese festival calendar. Specific examples of the most important modes of worship and exorcism will be examined with the help of ethnographic materials (films, slides) collected by the teacher. The last part of the course will cover the contemporary scene and recent patterns of persistence and change in village religion. Goals of the course are: to have students gain an empathetic understanding of a very different cultural context than most of them have experienced; and to reflect on the implications of that understanding for their own world view. Evaluation will be based on class discussion, a diary of reactions to the material students encounter in the course, and a short paper on a topic approved by the instructor drawing on books and articles beyond the texts. J. Lagerwey . 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W32 Church & Development in Tanzania . The main objective of this course is to study how development is being facilitated through the help of the church, Christian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and culturally informed theater in education. Other objectives include experiencing firsthand what life is like for Christians in Tanzania by interacting with them; reflecting on how students' gifts, talents, and Christian calling might be applied to the Tanzanian context; and gaining an understanding of how Christianity and other world religions have affected the lives of Tanzanian people and influenced their creative arts in particular. These objectives are approached from a historical, economical, societal, and political perspective. Students participate in experiential learning through visits to rural villages and various development programs, museums, family visitations, and performances of the arts. Students also experience the safari of the northern circuit, which includes visiting the famous Lake Manyara , Serengeti National Parks , Oldupai Gorge, and Ngorongoro Crater. Students are expected to attend two orientation sessions in the fall. Evaluation is based on an on-going journal reflecting on key learning objectives and a final five-page paper that integrates readings with knowledge learned while traveling . This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. Fee: $3,855. A. Mpesha, N. Mpesha. Off campus.
W33 An Inside Look at the January Series. The January Series is an award-winning program that brings some of the world's greatest authorities in their respective fields to Calvin College . Students will have personal interaction with the presenters during the morning class and be challenged to identify the worldview of the presenter as well as clarify and articulate their own personal worldview in response. Students will also attend all January Series programs, submit a reflection paper on each presentation and present a research paper on one of the speakers. Each class member will be required to attend and write a reflection paper on all the January Series presentations as well as research the background and philosophy of one of the series participants. Students will be evaluated by a research paper, class attendance, January Series attendance and a presentation. R. Honderd . 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
W34 After-Effects and the 60-second Seduction. Students in this course will learn to use the Adobe animation software After-Effects 7.0. Working in teams of three, they will demonstrate their competency by shooting and editing a promotional video. This course will be taught at the Genius TV facility in Orlando , Florida . Fee: $2375. J. Korf. Off campus.
W35 Jazz: A Cultural and Musical History. T he course aims to enhance students' understanding and appreciation of jazz as one of America 's significant contributions to world music and American culture. It is suited to both novice and seasoned jazz listeners. Students develop an understanding of the basic rhythmic, harmonic, melodic, and formal conventions of jazz. Students also come to understand the history of jazz–especially its stylistic evolution, key figures and their music, significant events, and its cultural influence. Student learning is evaluated by two exams, a listening journal, and a short essay. The course has an optional weekend field trip to Chicago to attend a live performance at the Jazz Showcase and/or Hot House. G. Pauley. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W36 Knitting: Creativity, Community, and Social Support. The word “knitting” calls to mind images of grandmothers in rocking chair. Yet, in the last few decades, knitting has exploded in popularity among women in their teens and twenties. Simultaneously relaxing and productive, the craft of hand-knitting wearable hats, sweaters, and scarves holds deep appeal for many people. In fact, knitting is no longer exclusively female territory—increasing numbers of men are discovering its interest and benefits. This class will explore the role and function of the craft of knitting in a variety of contexts: the building of community and delivery of social support; leisure; mental health and creativity; educational benefits for children; international development in women's cooperatives; social service and social justice; and the gendered nature of knitting. The class will also include practical instruction in the craft of knitting and time spent with both older adults and middle-school aged children, knitting together. Students need not know how to knit in order to enroll in the class. At least one field trip is likely. Evaluation is based on class participation, completion of a knitting sampler, contributions to group knitting projects, a research-based group presentation, attendance of at least one community knitting group and several short reflection papers. Students will be expected to purchase materials for at least one significant project, the cost of which will vary depending on the student's ambitions. No prerequisites. Materials fee: $15.00. C. Van Dyke, D. VanderPol. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W37 Theory and Practice of Quilting. This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of quilting. We will examine the most important forms of quilting in the American context, such as whole cloth quilts, pieced quilts and the significance of various patterns, album quilts, appliqué, slave quilts, and Amish quilting. The course examines the historical context of this unique art form, and the role that quilting played in social settings, such as the Westward expansion and in slave communities. In particular, the course focuses on the way that various faith communities used quilting as a location for creating meaning, the significance of simplicity in Amish quilting, and the importance of aesthetic creation in human life. The course will also introduce students to basic techniques in quilting: design, piecing, machine quilting and binding. Students will design and complete a lap quilt in a traditional log-cabin or nine patch design, using scrap fabrics. The course requires regular journal reflections on the practice of quilting in American History as well as the completion of the student's own quilt. In addition to the textbook, students will need access to a sewing machine (which will be brought to class on a regular basis), and basic sewing supplies: scissors or rotary cutter and mat, fabrics, thread, batting, etc. S. Clevenger. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W38 Social Justice, Spiritual Longing, and U2. Arguably no other musical group has had as much pop cultural influence over the past two decades as U2. The band has been widely embraced by mainstream culture and has seemingly reveled in all the rewards that such popularity esteems. However, underneath a guise of throwaway rock/pop hooks reside sacredness and an urgent call to those listening hard enough. This interim class employs U2 as a vehicle for exploring themes such as political morality, liberation theology, and current social arrangements. Students critically examine U2's body of work in an effort to clearly articulate the responsibilities and agency of Christians in a fallen world. The study and processing includes lecture, discussion, films, CDs, readings, and presentations. Students are evaluated on participation and research projects. M. Mulder. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W39 Christian Discipleship. This course uses two books by an exceptionally gifted and helpful writer on Christian discipleship. The Life You've Always Wanted addresses spiritual disciplines (e.g. slowing, celebration) that can help one become more God-centered. Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them focuses on the challenges (e.g. authenticity, forgiveness) of relating Christianity to others. The primary goal of the course is stronger Christian commitments and greater awareness of contravening personal and cultural dynamics. Students are expected to prepare for and engage in class discussions about those issues and challenges and do daily reaction papers. W. Joosse. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W40 Guatemala's Historic Paradox . This on-site course explores how the paradox of Guatemala 's cultural wealth and economic poverty has arisen historically and how it manifests itself today. Students will visit Mayan ruins, modern indigenous communities, colonial-era towns, sites of Cold War atrocities, contemporary development projects, sites of natural/environmental interest and religious sites - shrines and churches ranging from Mayan to Roman Catholic and Pentecostal. Students will read assigned texts prior to departure and en route to be used for reflection on their experiences in an academic journal written during the trip. The course serves as an elective in the History and Archaeology concentrations. By tailoring the reading and writing assignments accordingly, elective credit is also possible in Art History, International Development Studies or (request pending) Environmental Studies. Taught in English. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $2,485. B. de Vries, D. Miller. Off campus.
W41 The Globalization of Christianity. Christianity has become the first truly global religion and its characteristics have been transformed. The course examines how this globalization of Christianity has taken place and who the key actors have been. It looks at global Christian reality today: who the Christians are now, what their social composition is, where they are located and what sorts of Christianity they practise. We then ask what these changes represent for Christianity today, especially in the areas of politics, missions and diasporas. 'Christian politics' today must refer as much to Lagos and Santiago as to London and Chicago . Christian missions are being transformed by a flood of missionaries from the global 'South'. And transnational migration is bringing huge Christian diasporas from the 'South' to Europe and North America . The goals of this class are for the student t o become aware of the reality of Christianity as a global religion, to understand the processes which have led to the global spread of Christianity, to connect the global spread of Christianity to current processes of globalization, and also to become more aware of the presence of global Christianity within North America. This class will provide elements for thinking globally about the mission of the church and its public presence, give historical and sociological perspectives for Christian reflection in a globalizing world, and in the end the student will appreciate the responsibility of a global community which transcends all the major divides of the world. Evaluation is through class participation and a seminar presentation. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. P. Freston. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W42 Sand Dunes. Sand dunes are dynamic landforms created and shaped by the wind. Michigan 's costal dunes are part of the most extensive freshwater dune complex in the world; they are internationally famous for their beauty and ecological significance. This course explores the diverse shapes, sizes and environments of sand dunes in the world, with a focus on Michigan dunes. Dune activity will be examined in terms of dune processes, short-and long-term changes to dunes, and influential variables such as wind patterns, sand supply, vegetation, and seasonal factors. The course also considers human interactions with sand dunes, including resource use, human impacts, hazards, management practices and stewardship. Classes include lectures, discussion, activities, videos, slides and demonstrations. Field trips to Michigan dune sites will illustrate the topics covered in the course and introduce students to the unique dynamics of winter dune processes. Evaluation is based on class participation, assignments, tests and a project. This course can be used as an elective for the geography major and minor, environmental studies minor and integrated science major (elementary education). D van Dijk. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
CANCELED W43 American Environmental History. This course explores the environmental history of North America from pre-colonial times to the present. Students will explore the major themes of how people have historically interacted with the landscape; perceptions of nature are shaped by environmental surroundings and time; and the environmental movement of the mid 20 th century currently impacts social, economic, and political ideologies. Student performance is evaluated on class discussions, exams, reading quizzes, and a final presentation. D. Splinter. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W60 The Amazing Amazon: Searching for El Dorado . In 1541 Francisco de Orellana organized an expedition and floated down Ecuador 's Napo River in search of gold and cinnamon. Although he never found the fabled city of El Dorado , he did discover one of the most biologically unique and fascinating ecosystems on earth—the Amazon rainforest. Participants in this course travel to Ecuador to retrace the first few hundred miles of Orellana's historic journey. Traveling on a riverboat, we navigate the twists and turns of the Napo River and trek through dense Ecuadorian rainforest. Daily fieldwork combines plant and animal identification with an investigation of ecological processes and an evaluation of human impacts. Particular attention will be given to discussions on cross-cultural issues and to our Biblical calling to be Earth keepers. Daily excursions include hiking and canoeing. Evaluation is based on a daily journal, active participation in course activities, and an exam. To prepare students for their field studies, the class meets monthly during the fall semester. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Prerequisites: one biology course (high school or college) and permission of the instructor. Fee: $3,373. C. Blankespoor. Off campus.
W61 Independent Study L'Abri Fellowship: Switzerland . L'Abri fellowship is a Christian study center situated in the French-speaking portion of the Swiss Alps. Founded in the 1950's 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. Typically students study half the day, and spend the other half working in the community. Up to five Calvin students may spend the month of January at L'Abri in independent study for interim course credit. Students determine the course of study with their tutors on site. Evaluation for course credit is based on a daily journal of reading notes and reflections. CCE credit is an option. Fee: $1,995. L. Hardy. Off-campus.
W62 Games and Movies for All. Computer generated animation (movies) and simulation (gaming) are revolutionizing the entertainment industry. Each year, the number and quality of computer-generated animated movies (e.g. Toy Story, Shrek, Finding Nemo, The Polar Express, Madagascar ) increases; and computer gaming (e.g Counterstrike, Everquest, Myst, the Sims ) has become a $31 billion industry (2004). In this course, students will create and showcase original computer-generated movies or games using Alice software package. Alice simplifies computer animation by providing an empty virtual world, a library of over 1200 3D objects that can be used to build sets, and a simple mechanism for animating those objects by programming the objects' behaviors. Working in teams of 1 or 2, students will learn craft plotlines, create storyboards, and then use Alice to create original computer-generated movies or games. Students projects may be educational, entertaining, or both. No previous experience with computer animation is required. Students will need to supply a flash drive (at least 256MB, under $20) for storing their projects. Creative students from all disciplines- especially Arts and Humanities – are welcome. Prerequisite: IDIS 110. J. Adams. 8:30 a.m. to noon .
CANCELED W63 Bioinformatics for Everyone. Students taking this course will be introduced to the purpose of Bioinformatics and how to use the software tools of its practitioners. The course will examine the patterns and computation models of interest to researchers and medical practitioners through hands-on use of software tools now available. While the concepts to supporting algorithms will be discussed, students will not be expected to write or code software. Students will be evaluated based on their understanding of the goals to bioinformatics, recognizing the purpose to existing tools with the underlying logic behind them, and their participation and full completion of lab exercises. Specific topics include the following: The central dogma (DNA->mRNA->tRNA/Ribosome->amino acid chain->folds->protein/functionallity), Sequence analysis (PAM, BLOSSUM, BLAST), Microarray analysis, Computing support in the Human Genome project along with 3D analysis. Research databases and accessing their content (GenBank, Entrez,SRS), Data mining, Perspectives on computing challenges (the holy grail: predictive models), Research applications (homology, medical etc ), Industrial applications (agriculture, anti-terrorism etc) and also a discussion on ethics on genomic information. P. Bailey. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
CANCELED W64 Gender Discrimination in LDC's. In many less developed countries, certain inherited beliefs, traditions, taboos, customs, and myths continue to play significant roles in marginalizing women, limiting their capabilities, participation, and effective representation in many spheres of life. Using case studies on such practices as female genital mutilation, domestic violence, discriminating personal status laws, dowry burning, and honor killing, this course examines both the causes of such extreme gender bias and the proposed solutions that hope to redeem the victims and end human rights violations. By approaching the topic from an economic perspective, students gain an understanding of why women in different societies have different levels of access to resources, voice, and representation. Students also learn how these differences affect access to and participation in economic and non-economic activities in less developed countries. After acquiring a basic understanding of ingrained gender bias, students use a Christian perspective to critically analyze proposed interventions, comparing programs that fail with successful initiatives that improve women capabilities, representation, and participation as agents of renewal in the different spheres of their lives. Students will be evaluated based on attendance, class participation, journals, quizzes, presentations, and a course project. This course will fulfill an elective requirement for the International Development Studies (IDS) major. Prerequisite: Econ 221 or Econ 151. A. Abadeer. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W80 Dead Man Walking. In December, 2005, the U.S. executed its 1000 th death row inmate since capital punishment was re-introduced in 1976. This course examines the whole issue of the operation of the death penalty in this country, and in relation to the practice of other countries, from perspectives that are historical, social, political, moral, cultural, and Christian Reformed. This work provides the context for what is the end-product of the course: a fully-staged production in the Laboratory Theatre of Tim Robbins' stage version of Helen Prejean's book, DEAD MAN WALKING. Prerequisite: Casting of production will be by audition and selection of other class members will be by interview. M. Page. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W81 World Language Education in the Elementary School. Theory and practice of world language teaching in the elementary school. Study of language skill development, second language acquisition, methodologies, curricula, and programs. Off-campus school observations and aiding experience required. Should be taken in the junior or senior year, prior to student teaching. Required for elementary certification or K-12 endorsement in world languages, including ESL. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent registration in Education 302/303. M. Pyper. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
242 Global Ecosustainability. An introductory study of earth systems with emphasis on computer modeling as a way to provide insight into societal issues related to global sustainability. Examples of global issues pertinent to the human society include climate change, the ozone hole, biodiversity, spread of epidemics, water resources, etc. A primary purpose of the course is to introduce "systems thinking", and to show the web of connections between systems. Hence students will be able to comprehend at a deeper level the connections between molecular substances such as chlorofluorocarbons and ozone hole depletion, as well as how government policy affects the economy, and relationship of population to various ecological issues. One of the ways to deepen understanding of these connections is through computer modeling. Computer applications such as STELLA will be employed, making use of a graphical user interface to build the necessary computer models. This course meets the core requirement for the Global and Historical Studies category. Not open to first year students. Prerequisites: Four years of high school mathematics or one college level mathematics or physics course. R. L. DeKock, K. Piers. 8:30 a.m. to noon.