IDIS W10 Grand Canyon Outdoor Educator. This community based learning experience held in the Southwestern United States is designed for students interested in developing wilderness leadership skills and advanced skills in expeditionary backpacking, backcountry first aid, and rock climbing. The course begins at the Red Rock Nevada Climbing Area with a 3 day Climbing site manager clinic. The second phase takes place in Flagstaff, Arizona with a 10 day Wilderness First Responder certification course through the Wilderness Medical Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). The third phase of the course will be a 5 day backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. Here, students will gain skills in backcountry living and travel, outdoor education, and group leadership. During this phase, students will cover the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) backcountry curriculum. Over the period of three weeks in the Southwest, students will also be exposed to the following topics related to outdoor education and leadership; group dynamics and development, expedition planning, models of facilitation, group management and supervision, land management agencies, Leave No Trace, regional natural history, and environmental ethics and stewardship. Evaluation is based on exams and participation. Course dates: January 5-26. Fee: $2362. R. Walter-Rooks. Off campus.
IDIS W11 Taos Arts and Literature. The literature and art of the American southwest are inextricably tied to the history, culture, and landscape of the area, and its writers and artists come from three primary ethnic groups: Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and Anglo Americans. Students will learn of the richness and diversity of the art in these converging traditions in Taos, New Mexico, and the surrounding area by visiting the places that form the basis of the literature and art developed here. Writers/ storytellers include Joy Harjo, Robert Mirabal, Leslie Silko, Willa Cather, and Rudolfo Anaya, among others. Students will also visit artists, studios, galleries, and sites to experience both traditional and contemporary art and artifacts. Artists include ceramists (e.g., Maria Martinez), painters (e.g., Georgia O’Keeffe), and contemporary regional artists. Students who would like to learn more about the art and literature of the American southwest are welcome. Students will be evaluated on short papers, journal/sketchbooks, brief presentations, and participation. Course dates: January 7-27 Fee: $2153. L. Naranjo-Huebl. Off campus.
IDIS W12 Christianity and the Scottish Enlightenment. The Scottish Enlightenment (1745 to 1790) was a magical time of astonishing innovation when the Scots ruled the intellectual world in philosophy, economics, science, and literature. This class explores the ways in which the Scottish Enlightenment exemplifies the uneasy relationship between modern-day Christianity and the modern world that was created in 18th-century Edinburgh. The Scottish Enlightenment and its thinkers had strong Christian underpinnings, but most of its founders left Christianity behind. Students will visit the scenes of this great drama, starting in London where students study the foundations of the Scottish Enlightenment. After establishing small groups (“houses”), the class will then travel to Edinburgh by train from Kings Cross Station. Students interact with intellectuals from the past including philosophers Frances Hutcheson, David Hume, and Thomas Reid; poets and writers Robert Burns, Allan Ramsey, and Sir Walter Scott; scientists Joseph Black and James Watt; and economist Adam Smith. Students attend lectures by Enlightenment scholars at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Learning continues at national libraries, castles, cathedrals, and museums. Study breaks include pub visits, ghost walks, concerts, as well as nightly read-alouds in the common room. . Evaluation is based on readings, journals and a presentation. Course dates: January 8-26. Fee: $2763. S. Matheson. Off campus.
IDIS W13 International Teaching. This course is for students who want to explore the possibility of international teaching and consider what it means to be a foreigner involved in the education system of a developing country. Students will live with families in the capital city of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, and work in the International School and the Kingdom School, two different bilingual Christian schools which serve contrasting populations. The group will make a several visits to visit other Honduran schools and to the development community in Nueva Suyapa. There will be weekend excursions to historic and cultural sites such as the Ruins of Copan, Lago de Yajoa, and the waterfalls at Pulaphanzak. Evaluation is based on journals, participation in course activities, and a final paper based on the readings, lectures, and experiences. Course dates: January 2-27. Fee: $2465. J. Rooks. Off campus.
IDIS W14 Pubs, Clubs and Post-Christian Faith Communities. What does it look like to follow Jesus in an environment that is inhospitable to Christian identity? What does it look like to be a Christian in a post-modern and post-Christian culture? Travel to London, England and Belfast, Northern Ireland to talk with, learn from, serve and worship with Christians who are living out their faith in just this sort of context, and doing so in radical, imaginative, innovative and often times surprising ways. You’ll explore the importance of community, personal and structural transformation, worship and social engagement in the context of social realities unique to the UK through readings, discussions, meetings with key church leaders, and participation in traditional, emergent and alternative worship services, some of which services, discussions and meetings will take place in the most unlikely of places, like clubs and pubs. The course will be led by professor Corcoran (Philosophy) and Kurt Wilson (Compass Outreach Media). Course dates: January 7 - 24. Fee: $2565. K. Corcoran. Off campus.
IDIS W15 Harnessing the Wind: Learn to Sail. For thousands of years people have taken to the water in boats propelled by wind and sails. Whether for business or pleasure, sailors have had to learn the skills needed to meet the challenges of sailing. In this course students learn to sail on 24 - 26 foot sailboats specifically designed for sailing instruction, using the facilities of Eckerd College on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, FL. Students progress from beginning to advanced levels of sailing skill and are introduced to a lifetime activity that can be enjoyed at various levels. During onboard instruction students explore the ways in which wind, water, sails and hulls interact to efficiently send a boat on its way. Leadership development, team building, cooperative learning, and an introduction to sailboat racing are integral to the sailing experience. In addition to extensive on-the-water instruction, the course includes classroom presentations, readings, projects and discussions on techniques and physics of sailing, sailboat design, navigation, meteorology and history. Excursions to observe marine environments and wildlife are included in the course. Evaluation is based on written tests, skills tests, presentations and participation. No boating experience is required. Students must have the physical ability to operate a sailboat and pass a 150 yard swimming test. Course dates: January 5-24. Fee: $2825. J. Ubels, S. Vander Linde. Off campus.
IDIS W16 Celebrating Sexuality. God created us as sexual beings, yet we often attempt to cover up our sexuality, or even worse, act ashamed of it. But deeply woven into the fabric of our existence, our sexuality defines who we are. It affects how we think and act; it contributes to the diversity found in every living creature. This course begins to explore the complexity and meaning of sex and sexuality. Primarily through open and frank class discussions, we examine the influence that sexuality has on many facets of life—our emotions, our culture, our view of self, and our interactions with others. Particular attention is given to viewing human sexuality as a gift from God and to understanding it in the context of singleness, dating relationships, marriage, and above all our call to be image-bearers of Christ. Evaluation is based on class participation, short reflective papers, group projects and presentations. C. Blankespoor. 8:30 to noon.
IDIS W17 Examining the Right to Die. The ethical dimensions of life and death, health and sickness, caring and curing are a timeless feature of human experience even while becoming more complex and perplexing because of scientific advances and social changes. Through examination of key end-of-life cases in biomedical ethics, students will engage in ethical decision-making as individuals and as members of interdisciplinary teams. Cases will be considered in their legal and clinical contexts. Teaching/learning strategies will include debate, multimedia, interaction with experts, and an off-campus observation experience. Evaluation is based on journal reflections, participation, a group presentation, and a paper. J. Tatum. 8:30 to noon.
IDIS 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. Evaluation is based on class participation, a daily journal, quizzes, projects, and nutritional analysis. Course dates: January 6-31. Fee: $4012. R. Blankespoor, N. Meyer, C. Tatko. Off campus.
IDIS 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, 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, 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. Evaluation is based on participation, written journal entries, and a final reflective paper. This course may fulfill an elective in the International Development Studies major. Course dates: January 8-26. Fee: $2,862. L. Schwander, T. VandenBerg. Off campus.
IDIS W20 Business & Engineering in the Context of European Culture. 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 business, 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, Rotterdam, Brugge, Paris, Trier, Koblenz, Munich, Nurnberg, Leipzig, Berlin, and Bremen. Additional religious and cultural locations will include visits to The Begijnhof, The Hague, Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims, Dachau, Neuschwanstein, Prague, and St. Vitus Cathedral. Evaluation will be based on a daily journal as well as a paper regarding the cultural aspects of the interim. Course dates: January 2-24. Fee: $3990. L. De Rooy, N. Nielsen, E. Prince-Broekhuizen. Off campus.
CANCELED IDIS W21 Introduction to Storytelling. This course offers an introduction to traditionally oral stories and the art of storytelling. Participants learn about the qualities of oral narratives as these contrast with written literature. Although the class depends on textual collections to survey the main genres of cultural oral expressions, students will tell and listen to each other storytell, riddle, share fables, tell tall tales, and share folktales. Participants consider the significance of Jesus’ use of storytelling to teach. What may have been lost in the shift from the message told and heard, to a message received in text? Throughout the course, participants will consider storytelling as a spiritual activity of Koinonia, community building. The realization that Christians are called to be tellers of the Story, supplies urgency for growing abilities to listen, tell and make meaning with storytelling. Other emphases include the social-cultural root of stories as well as issues of voice and appropriation; the relationships of teller and listener as these elaborate narrative words into present relationships; storytelling as the development of a learning community; and storytelling as verbal art. Evaluation is based on class participation, a research project, and a storytelling performance. J. Kuyvenhoven. 2:00 to 5:00.
IDIS W22 Adventure in the Waters of Panama. In this wilderness adventure course, students challenge themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually as they develop new outdoor skills and live in intentional community. The course uses the setting and way of life to focus on the idea of simplicity and contentment. Students 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 23 day wilderness adventure features sailing, scuba diving, sea kayaking, surfing, and white-water 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 church worship services and other intercultural activities. Evaluation is based on class participation, an oral presentation, reflective daily journaling, and a final paper. Course dates: January 5-27. Fee: $3500. J. Britton, D. Vander Griend. Off campus.
IDIS W23 Knitting: History, Culture, Science. This course engages students on academic and experiential levels with the practice of knitting as a craft, art, meditative and relaxation technique, a component of religious devotion, a community-building ritual, and most of all an activity that has been shaped by and has contributed to form our conception of gender. While knitting has historically been identified as a feminine craft, the younger generations of knitters have included men as well as women. This has changed some dynamics of knitting communities, as well as the nature and style of the projects undertaken. To explore these issues, the class will study the history of knitting, its practice in different cultures, its use as a basis for politically subversive activities, its representation in classic and contemporary literary works, and even the science underlying the production of yarn and of knitting patterns. These have more recently become central to cutting-edge scholarship and experimentation in knitting. All of these topics will be considered in light of gendered conceptions of who the knitter is and how the practice is situated in relation to other fields of expertise, such as domestic activities, manual labor, artistic production, medical practices, and scientific planning. Readings, guest speakers, outings as well as the actual practice of knitting is designed to explore and illuminate these questions. Evaluation is based on participation in daily class activities and at least one community knitting group, the completion of a knitting sampler, a research-based group presentation on one of the themes of the course, three or four short response papers, and contributions to a group knitting project such as a prayer shawl. Students will purchase materials for at least one project of their own choice, depending on their knitting skills and experience. There are no prerequisites for this course, and students do not need to know how to knit to enroll. Materials fee: $20. S. Goi, D. VanderPol. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W24 Sports in Film and Fiction. This course examines sport and its place in human life and culture through films and novels that feature sport. Students review several sport films and novels, identifying and evaluating why people play and watch sports, the interaction between sport and society, and the effects of sport on individuals and culture. In addition, the course explores common psychological issues in sport such as competition, motivation, leadership, and aggression as well as sociological themes including race, gender, social class, youth development, and religion. Novels and sport films serve as a catalyst for evaluation and discussion of sport in modern society and stimulate students to dig beneath the surface to explore the meaning of sport, including its intersections and contrasts with Christianity. Students work toward developing and articulating a Christian perspective on sport. A book club format is used for novel reading, and an elimination tournament is used to critique and debate sport films. Imagine Rocky vs. Raging Bull, or Sea Biscuit vs. Miracle to determine the greatest sport movie of all time. Course evaluation includes written and oral book reviews, written film reviews, public presentations and debate evaluations, and a final paper. B. Bolt, J. Timmer Jr.. 8:30 to noon.
IDIS W25 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 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 effects of pollution. While many chemicals were restricted during the 1970-80s, the publication of Our Stolen Future in 1996 revealed the ability of some chemicals to disrupt hormonal systems at very low doses in wildlife and humans. Today our society uses 60-80,000 chemicals, with 1000-2000 new chemicals introduced every year. Legacy pollutants still contaminant some ecosystems, concern is emerging about newer chemicals, and old debates have been revived about whether DDT should be used to control malaria. This course explores issues related to the sustainable use of chemicals in both developed and developing countries. Scientific and policy issues are examined within the context of Christian environmental perspectives. The primary texts are written for the general public, making this course accessible to students majoring in biology, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, political science, and international development. Student evaluation is based on written reports, presentations, and participation. K. Grasman. 2:00 to 5:00.
IDIS W26 Theory and Practice of Quilting. This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of quilting. The course examines 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. A sewing machine and basic sewing supplies are required. S. Clevenger. 2:00 to 5:00.
IDIS W27 Film Noir and American Culture. This course is an interdisciplinary analysis of film noir, a “style” or “historical genre” of film that emerged during World War II and flourished in the postwar era. This course begins with an examination of representative films from the classic noir period (1941-1953), approaching them through close analytic and interpretive readings which we will discuss together in class. Exploration of the legacy of film noir affords opportunity to see how filmmakers have amended and adapted aspects of its style and subject matter in different periods in American history. Identified as “neo-noir,” films like Chinatown (1974), Body Heat (1981), and L.A. Confidential (1997) reflect historical and cultural changes in the American society and raise questions about remakes, nostalgia, and pastiche in the contemporary cinema. Evaluation is based on two 3-page response papers, a 6-page final paper and a journal. This course may fulfill an elective in the Film Studies major. J. Bratt, B. Romanowski. 2:00 to 5:00.
IDIS W28 The Binding of Isaac: Jewish and Christian Responses to this challenging Old Testament episode. The Binding of Isaac is one of the most dramatic and controversial events in Jewish and Christian history. The goodness of God and humans’ duty towards God are both called into question by this episode. For example, it seems impossible for a wholly good God to demand Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Such a demand calls into question the goodness of God. Are we required to obey such demands? Would it have been permissible for Abraham to refuse to obey God? The New Testament tells us that Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead. How is this relevant? Does the fact that Isaac will be raised imply that Abraham’s killing of Isaac would not be murder? Both Jewish and Christian thinkers have attempted to explain the event often in ways that are often incompatible with each other. In this course we will explore the binding of Isaac from Jewish and Christian perspectives, employing Biblical, theological, philosophical, literary, cultural, artistic (paintings, sculptures, musical compositions, texts of relevant operas) and other resources. Among works and authors we will read are: Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed, Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, Potok’s The Gift of Asher Lev. Evaluation will be based on daily journals, research and a class presentation on an approved topic and a summary paper at the end of the term. D. Alexander.2:00 to 5:00.
CANCELED IDIS W28 Understanding Your Strengths in the Workplace. (1 semester hour). This course will investigate one's individual career andacademic talents through a series of assessments, journaling, and interactive assignments. Students will complete a minimum of 20 hours of an apprenticeship experience to develop and apply their talents in a local minority business of the students interest. Exploration will be guided by the tenets of Christian faith formation, prayer, and textual readings. Evaluation will be based on reflective journals, class assignments, and participation. M. Van Til.
IDIS W29 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. R. Hondered, K. Saupe. 8:45 to noon and 12:30 to 1:30.
IDIS W30 Dancing Across the Elementary Curriculum. This course explores the use of creative movement as a tool for teaching elementary curriculum. Students “move” through elementary math, Bible, social studies, science and language arts material by creating improvisational studies and playing movement games. Students visit elementary classrooms, meet teachers, discuss the curriculum, and custom-design movement lessons. In pairs, students teach their lessons to elementary children in a local school. No previous dance experience required. Evaluation is based on in- class creative movement, discussion, reading and writing assignments, final lesson plans and elementary classroom teaching. E. Van't Hof. 8:30 to noon.
IDIS W31 WILDFIRE: A Natural and Cultural History. For millennia fire has played a role in shaping Earth’s plant and animal communities. This course traces the ecology and cultural uses of fire through three historical periods dominated successively by naturally occurring fire, fire use by native human populations, and fire control under European settlement. The course will examine adaptations of organisms to fire, ways in which fire structures communities in different biomes, and how human use of fire may have shaped signature natural landscapes of North America and other continents. The place of fire and fire policy in the sustainable stewardship of public lands like national parks and wilderness areas will be studied. The use of fire in managing and restoring ecosystems will also be examined. The course will include lectures, laboratory exercises, videos and at least one field trip. One college biology course is recommended. Evaluation is based on a test, papers, a group project, written and oral reports and class participation. R. Van Dragt, D. Warners.
CANCELED IDIS W32 Theology and the Arts. This course examines the expression of theological themes in select musical works and films. Compositions studied include works by Haydn (The Creation), Bach (St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Cantata 106), and Mozart (Requiem). Films analyzed include Babette’s Feast, The Mission, The Seventh Seal, and Amadeus. Where possible, the relevant libretto or screenplay is read prior to listening to or viewing the work in question. Students who have an interest in theology, the arts, and their intersection; readiness to listen carefully and watch discerningly; and willingness to engage in discussion are encourage to participate. Evaluation is based on readings, a journal , a paper, a final exam and class participation. R. Plantinga. 8:30 to noon.
IDIS W33 Chinese Medicine and Chinese Culture. In this course the students are introduced to the basic principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). They learn the basic theories of TCM and study its practice in various treatments. Students are also exposed to Chinese Culture through field trips to Chinese restaurants, stores, Chinatown and churches. The course consists of lectures, discussions, exercises, independent projects and field trips. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. No prerequisites. Fee: $250 to cover field trips and invited speaker fees. A. Shen. 2:00 to 5:00.
IDIS W34 Cinema & Difference. Surveying the history of cinema, this course offers a comprehensive look at how film has portrayed difference, particularly physical and mental disabilities. Students work towards understanding the cultural, political, and aesthetics development of cinema’s representations of disability, while at the same time working through a Reformed Christian understanding of difference. Students read contemporary scholarship in the fields of disability studies, film studies, and popular culture studies. The class surveys such films as City Lights (Charlie Chaplain), The Best Years of Our Lives, Scent of a Woman, Murder Ball, and Praying with Lior. Students write a film Journal, and two short reflection papers. T. Hoeksema, C. Smit. 8:30 to noon.
IDIS W40 Inclusion and Development in Himalayan Communities. This course introduces students to the issues facing mountain communities in the Himalayan region through a hands-on participation in service projects that address issues of development, focusing especially on the inclusion of women and people with disabilities. The course will devote 2/3 of its time to active service work alongside community residents and development workers who operate in this region. At the same time, the students will learn (through daily discussions and readings) about the history of the region, its location at the crossroads of Buddhist and Islamic religions as well as Pakistani, Chinese and Indian cultural influences, its interaction with tourists and visitors from the Western countries of North America and Western Europe, and its current efforts to provide better health and education for its communities. Particular attention will be devoted to the conditions of women and children, and their role in promoting and benefiting from development. Evaluation is based on participation in the service work and cultural visits, on daily journals, and on a final essay. Students need to be in good physical shape, and be able to hike a few hours a day on moderate terrain. This course can fulfill an elective in the Political Science, International Relations and IDS majors. Course dates: May 25 - June 11. Fee: $ 4553. S. Goi. Off campus.
IDIS W41 Dutch Landscapes. 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 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 have opportunities for direct engagement with people from this country. We 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, topographic maps, and study sheet assignments. Additionally, each student spends part of the first weekend with a Dutch family. Students are evaluated based on written answers to questions posed in the field excursion guides. This course may fulfill an elective in the Geography and Environmental Studies majors. Course dates: January 5 - 31. Fee: $2870. H. Aay, R. Hoeksema. Off campus.
IDIS W42 Interim in Greece. This course is a three-week experience 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, Ioannina and Sparta. Evaluation is based on a take-home test on required readings (list available in October), an oral report for delivery on-site, a detailed journal, and a comprehensive essay on one major topic. This course may fulfill and elective in the Classical Studies, Classical Languages, Greek and Latin majors. Course dates: January 7 - 27. Fee: $3994. M. Williams, J. Winkle. Off campus.
IDIS W43 Leadership in Africa: Development, Church, and Civil Society in Kenya. This course will focus on how leaders in East Africa develop businesses, provide health care, organize media and government, respond to crises, and conduct worship. We will enjoy lectures on Kenyan history and politics from leading African scholars and travel to rural development sites to see leadership in action. We will examine leadership in city and country, with an eye to the leadership/partnership role Americans may have in East Africa. Evaluation is based on daily de-briefings, discussion and journals. This course may fulfill an elective in the CAS and IDS majors. Course dates: January 6-28. Fee: $4130. R. Crow, M. Fackler. Off campus.
IDIS W44 Hawaiian Farms and Food Systems. While most of us take for granted an abundance of global foods, concerns about sustainability are on the rise. This course explores how the tensions between global and local food systems affect researchers and growers in Hawaii. Our ten-day trip to Hawaii is preceded by a week-long overview of the issues as expressed in films, media reports, and scholarly articles – preparing students to be intelligent “readers” of the Hawaiian agriculture “text.” In Hawaii students visit research labs and field stations, including developers of transgenic crops and of sustainable agriculture. Students visit various farms, including producers of tropical fruits, seed crops, fish, and aquaculture products. Students examine how the tension between local foods and global foods is affecting the enterprise of farming and the fabric of rural communities in Hawaii. The course culminates on campus with each student writing and presenting a reflective paper on the tensions in contemporary agriculture. Evaluation is based on presentations, participation and a reflective paper. Students must have completed their Living World and their Societal Structures in North America core requirements. Course dates: January 7-24. Fee: $3000. D. Koetje, H. Quemada. Off campus.
IDIS W45 Tale of Two Cities: London and Paris. This course examines the complicated cultural and political history of England and France over the last 1000 years, from the Norman Conquest to the beaches of Normandy. Students visit historical and cultural sites in London and Paris (and surrounding areas), investigating the many ways in which these two countries have been intertwined as allies and enemies--as well as the many times they have inspired and infuriated each other. The class travels first to London, then across the English Channel to Normandy, and then into Paris. In addition to their on-site work in museums, art galleries, and other cultural sites, students are evaluated on presentations, discussions, and journals. Course dates: January 6-26. Fee: $3950. J. Holberg, L. Mathews. Off campus.
IDIS W46 Gender and Performance in Muslim Societies. The rise of pockets of Islamic communities in the West as well as expansion of existing ones in the global south point to a need to discussions of the role of religion in public life within contemporary globalization. This course will explore how received notions about being Muslim are constantly negotiated and constructed in everyday life as expressed through popular culture. Students will be invited to consider how popular media report and construct Muslim identities especially regarding gender (e.g., images of women as oppressed and men as irrational), and then contrast that with the ways in which Muslim peoples (especially women) express their own identities through musical performance. In so doing, students will have a chance to critically consider how idealized images of a people contrast with their performed and/or lived realities as they discuss religion as text and practice. Evaluation is based on reading responses, group presentations, case building essays, and class participation. This course may fulfill an elective in the Sociology major and the International Development Studies major. M. Ntarangwi. 2:00 to 5:00.
IDIS W47 The Philosophy of Film. This course will be an examination of the major philosophical issues having to do with the film medium. This course does not use films to understand philosophy, but rather uses the philosophical method to understand the film medium and its significance. Topics covered include the issue of whether film is an art form; cinematic realism; film authorship; the nature of film narrative; our emotional responses to films and the role that identification plays in them; the “paradox of fiction” and the “paradox of horror”; the distinction between fiction and documentary; and the ethics of filmmaking and film viewing. Evaluation is based on quizzes, a take home exam, and leading discussions. This course may fulfill an elective in the Film Studies major. C. Plantinga. 2:00 to 5:00.
IDIS W48 Exploring African Cultures and Traditions Through Folklore. The course explores a variety of themes such as time , work, sense of community; practices, such as polygamy; and rituals such as naming ceremonies, weddings and funerals as they are expressed through folklore. The course draws from folkloristic texts drawn from Sub-Sahara Africa. Students study folklore genres including folktales, myths, legends, riddles, proverbs and various types of songs. Student will also learn how these texts are influencing people today. Although the texts are in English, the students get opportunity to hear some clips in the original languages. Evaluation is based on completion of preparatory readings, reflective journals, and a final paper based on one of the themes covered in the course. This course may fulfill an elective in the International Development Studies major and the African Diaspora Studies minor. N. Mpesha. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W49 Drama and Worship. Students participating in this course explore the use of drama in worship settings. Why is drama used in worship? What are the various ways people use drama? How do we create opportunities to use drama in worship? Students respond to these questions by connecting drama use to worship elements such as the call to worship, call to confession, assurance of pardon, and the reading of scripture. Students work together to create and/or perform liturgical drama pieces for worship settings. Students may also participate in the video production of these pieces for a possible worship resource. Students interested in worship, writing, and/or performing will find the activity and experience of this interim course helpful in developing their knowledge and skill of using drama in worship. Evaluation is based on the writing and/or performing of liturgical drama elements of worship, a reflection paper and class participation. R. Buursma. 2:00 to 5:00.
IDIS W60 Business and Engineering in China. China’s emerging economy has a large impact on today’s world, especially in business and engineering. During this interim students will spend three weeks in China meeting with business and engineering professionals who are part of this reshaping of the global economy. The course will include the major cultural and economic centers of China, starting in Beijing, continuing in Shanghai and surrounding areas, then Xiamen, and finally Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Approximately ten meetings will be arranged with business and engineering professionals. In addition many important historic and cultural sites will be explored, including the Chinese new year celebration. Evaluation is based on a journal and a reflective essay. Preference will be given to students majoring in the business department or engineering department. Course dates: January 7- 27. Fee: $4000. A. Si, L. VanDrunen. Off campus.
CANCELLED IDIS W61 Rural Health - Liberia, West Africa. Health care in the developing countries is varied and typically less complex than in the United States. This course will expose nursing students to some of the unique nursing care situations in a developing country. Clinical experiences will occur in small government hospitals and in small clinics and other community settings. Students will spend the majority of the course involved in clinical work in community nursing settings. Students will visit NGO’s working in health promotion projects. Students will be involved in a Nagel-sponsored ongoing research project regarding attitudes about HIV prevention, testing and treatment. There will also be informal lectures, observational visits and reflective discussions. Preparation for the class includes an orientation session prior to travel as well as preparatory readings. Evaluation is based on the pre-trip meetings, a journal, presentations, and participation in course activities. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Course dates: January 6-27. Fee: $3519. D. Slager. Off campus.
IDIS W62 Independent Study at Swiss L’Abri. 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. Typically, students spend half the day in study, 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 their study with their tutors on site. Evaluation for the course is based on a daily journal of readings notes and reflections. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $2,268. Off campus.
IDIS W63 The Devil in Western Culture. Satan. Lucifer. Beelzebub. The Prince of Darkness. The Devil. There are many names to describe the Evil One, the supernatural enemy of God, and there have been many characterizations of the Devil in Western culture. Students in the course will examine some of these different depictions of the Evil One, from medieval religious art and the early modern stories of Faust to 19th-century opera and contemporary film. We will discuss the development of Christian thought regarding the Devil and the ways in which conceptions of the Devil have changed in post-Enlightenment Europe and North America, paying special attention to what images of the Devil and the struggle among the Devil, humans, and the forces of Good have come to represent in the modern world. B. Berglund & H. Luttikuizen. 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
IDIS W64 Animation & Interaction - Flash! Over the past decade, Adobe Flash (until recently, Macromedia Flash), has become the leading multimedia technology for creating web-based animations and interactivity. More recently, Flash has also become one of the leading technologies for the creation of digital video – most visibly, as the video format of YouTube. In addition, especially since Adobe’s recent release of the CS3 software suite, Flash has become an increasingly popular platform for the creation of games and other small software programs for cell phones and mobile devices, as well as for such social networking sites as Facebook. Evaluation is based on individual and group project work, frequent online quizzes, and a final presentation of project work. Prerequisites: IDIS 110 or its equivalent. J. Nyhoff. 8:30 to noon.
IDIS 110 Foundations of Information Technology. (1 semester hour.) A first-year introduction to the foundations of information technology. Topics discussed include computer hardware and software systems, quantitative analysis with spreadsheets, networking and web publishing, the cultural impact of this technology and the ethical responsibilities of its users. Evaluation is based on hands on projects and three exams. P. Bailey.
IDIS 196 Transcultural Caring for Health Professions. The major focus of the course will be to increase student understanding and knowledge in the area of transcultural care (culture care), and area of study that is essential in the diverse and global world in which we live in the 21st Century. Students will examine culture care from a Christian perspective, implementing a variety of theoretical perspectives on culturally congruent care. Students will have the opportunity to directly be involved with several ethnic groups as they examine the lifeways and cultural norms and values of groups in relationship to their health care needs. This course provides valuable information to students who are interested in entering the health care professions. C. Rossman. 8:30 to noon.
IDIS340/HIST380 Field Work in Archaeology. This course is offered in conjunction with field work done by Calvin faculty or quality field schools of other universities. An on-site introduction to archaeological field work designed to expose the student 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 Jan 2009 Interim field school involves students in a Documentation Season at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan, a well preserved town from the Roman, Byzantine, Early Islamic and modern eras. Students 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, architectural analysis and soil sampling, working as part of a team of professional archaeologists from Jordan, Germany and the United States. Three weekends will be used for travel in Jordan, including a visit to Petra; a post session trip to Jerusalem is optional. Prerequisite: Interdisciplinary 240 or permission of the instructor. Course dates: January 3-26. Fee $3212. B. de Vries. Off campus.
IDIS 356 World Language Pedagogy - Elementary Education. An introduction to the theory and practice of teaching world language in the elementary school, including the study of language skill development, second language acquisition, methodologies, curricula, and programs. Off-campus school observation visits and a teaching field experience required. Open to students in their junior or senior year, prior to student teaching. Required for elementary or K-12 certification in world language, including ESL. Prerequisite: EDUC 302/303. M. Pyper. 8:30 to noon.