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Interim 2012

Interdisciplinary (IDIS)

IDIS W10 Glaciers, the Outback and the Great Barrier Reef.  This course takes students to Australia and New Zealand to experience local indigenous populations, explore the natural world, and discover the interdependence and interconnectedness between human populations in different places and the non-human natural world. Specifically, students will witness the relationship between the people of the South Pacific and their natural environment, and process how life in North America is interrelated with this life. The classroom is Australia—the home to the Outback and Aboriginal communities, lush tropical rainforests, golden beaches, and the marine diversity of the magnificent and stunning Great Barrier Reef—and New Zealand, an island nation with a unique population and natural heritage, that contains geological formations, flora and fauna unknown elsewhere in the world. The course focuses on learning through guided action. Students spend about 70% of their time traveling the national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, and coastlines of South Queensland, Australia and the South Island of New Zealand. Students take classes and local field trips with program faculty and local experts. Highlights will include snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, experiencing Aboriginal bush life, and hiking in a tropical forest, swimming with dolphins at Kaikoura, a guided kayak of Abel Tasman National Park, a guided hike on Fox Glacier, a visit to a Maori marae (meeting house of the New Zealand indigenous people), and a whale-watching boat cruise on Milford Sound. Students will gain an understanding of the natural history, biogeography, ecological diversity, and related economic, social and cultural contexts of Australia and New Zealand.  As well as be able to address relationships between human societies and their natural environments. Evaluation will be based on a daily journal, active participation in course activities, and two exams. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 4-24.  Fee: $5700. C. Blankespoor, S. Vander Linde, A. Warners.  Off campus.

IDIS W11 Business as Mission in India. It has become important for business persons to understand India. It is also important for Christians to understand God’s intended role for business in society. Explore both by engaging with business people in India, many of whom are Christian. Travel to India (Delhi, Agra,Jaipur and Hyderabad) and explore the history and culture of India as well as engage in a ten-day unpaid internship in Hyderabad at either a non-profit or for-profit organization, many of which are operated by Christians with a business as mission model. The course includes twelve distinct internships for twelve students. All internships are in a specific area of business, accounting, economics or development studies, and students are matched according to expertise and interest. The internships allow students to experience business in India and work alongside their Indian peers. The course includes readings on Indian culture, business as mission and cross-cultural understanding. Evaluation is based on engagement in the internship, an internship presentation and a reflective essay. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors of any major. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors majoring in business, accounting, economics or international development studies. The course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 4-25. Fee: $3850. L. Van Drunen. Off campus.

IDIS W12 Business and Culture in Brazil. Brazil has become an important part of the world for a business person to understand. It is important for Christians to understand God’s intended role for business in society. Learn about both by exploring global and local businesses and by engaging the culture in Brazil, one of the major emerging markets and economies in the world today. Travel to Manaus, Sao Paolo, and other interior cities in Brazil as we meet with leaders in business, religion, and education to learn more about the history, culture and economy of this emerging global power. The course includes readings in the history and culture of Brazil, the current trade situation, the history of several Brazilian companies and also economic and political reports and briefings on the current status of the economy. We will also examine the condition of the Church in Brazil as part of the trip and plan to have extensive engagement with Brazilians at the Mackenzie Presbyterian University and other higher ed institutions that we will stay with and learn with during the trip. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors of any major. Preference will be given to students majoring in business, economics, accounting or international development studies. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course Dates: January 4-25. Fee: $3945. R. Eames, E. Van Der Heide. Off campus.

IDIS W13 French Feminism in Paris. French feminist philosophy emphasizes lived experience and perspectivalism, situatedness, and context in a way that is quite different from Anglo-American feminism. For American students, however, have very little understanding of French history, language, religion, and culture. This interim class will read French feminist theory in its own context, focusing on three central issues in feminist theory: essentialism, the relationship between gender and rationality, and the relationship between gender and ethnicity, culture, and race (with special emphasis on Islam). While reading the most important works that have shaped this debate, the class will consider the cultural and linguistic factors within which these questions arose, and meet with some contemporary French theorists. The class will also consider the ways in which these issues intersect with Reformed perspectives: feminist discussions of standpoint theory share enormous epistemological ground with Reformed worldview discussions; feminist wrestling with issues of culture/race/ethnicity helps us understand the complexity of similar questions in a Reformed context. French is not a requirement for the class, students fluent in French will have the opportunity to read and write in French; English translations will be available for all the readings as well. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class discussion, regular journal entries, and a final reflection paper. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Course dates: January 2-24.  Fee: $3568.  V. DeVries.  Off campus.

IDIS W14 River & Rainforest: Costa Rica. This 19-day cross-cultural wilderness adventure features two primary phases.  The first phase consists of a nine day backpacking descent from high elevation cloud forest to low elevation tropical rainforest.   During this trek, students will master backcountry living and travel skills, gaining introductory knowledge of the diverse ecological systems.  The main emphasis of this phase is on cultural immersion.  During the trek students enjoy cultural and Spanish immersion experiences through continuous home stays with Costa Rican Families.  Following the trek, students will trade backpacks for whitewater boats.  Over the next eight days, participants will engage whitewater rafting skills, hard shell kayak instruction, and a Whitewater Rescue Technician course.   The course will conclude with three days of surf instruction and exploration of magnificent natural beauty of the Manuel Antonio National Park along the Pacific coast.  Along with gaining wilderness and whitewater travel skills, students will develop cross-cultural awareness as they interact on a daily level with remote Costa Rican communities and instructors.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course Dates: January 4-24. Fee: $3300. R. Rooks, D. Vandersteen.  Off campus.

IDIS W15 L'Abri Fellowship.  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 is CCE optional. Course dates: January 3-28. Fee: $2500.  L. Hardy. Off campus.

IDIS W16 Green Cuisine. There are many reasons why individuals choose a diet that reduces or altogether eliminates animal products, in favor of plant-based whole foods.  In this course students will learn about the nutrients needed for healthy living, and they will explore the spiritual, moral, social, environmental, and health issues that lead many individuals to “eat lower on the food chain.”  Although many are intrigued by a “Green Cuisine,” they don’t’ know how to buy ingredients and prepare delicious and nutritious foods from scratch. This course will highlight firsthand experience in the preparation and enjoyment of plant-based foods, and will include readings and videos concerning nutrition, health and the social, spiritual, and moral issues that arise when we all sit down to the dinner table. In addition to lots of hands-on experience cooking, students will take a fieldtrip to a restaurant for some hands-on experience eating and being in community around food.  Students will be evaluated by participation in cooking, journals, reading quizzes, and a reflective paper.  Fee: $125.  A. Hoogewerf, A. Wolpa.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W17 Local Food Options & Challenges. For many different reasons, more and more people are opting to become locavores – those who eat primarily local foods.  Some do so because they want foods that are fresher and more nutritious.  Others choose local foods because they are concerned about the environmental costs of the alternative: foods grown in the global industrial food system.  Local gardens, farms, and processors also increase local food security – another reason why this movement is increasingly popular.  In this course students explore the movement, grapple with some of its challenges, and learn first-hand from local leaders how locavores are striving to make Michigan more food self-sufficient.  Students also explore sustainable options for eating products from local domesticated and wild animals.  They learn the principles and practices of growing and processing local produce, and then try their hand at gardening, canning, freezing, and dehydrating.  Field trips showcase real-world challenges and opportunities for local food producers, processors, and retailers.  Students reflect on the opportunities and sustainability of our local food system through class discussions and journal-writing, culminating in oral presentations at the end of the course.  Fee: $150.  D. Koetje.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W18 Chinese Medicine & Chinese Culture. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with its practice in acupuncture and herbal remedies is becoming more and more recognized and popular in western societies including the US and Europe. With a holistic approach, TCM focuses more on improving the body’s natural ways of healing rather than combating germs directly. Therefore it is very effective in dealing with chronic conditions such as migraine, asthma, depression and infertility. It has also been used to complement the use of western medicine (for example alleviating the side effects of Chemotherapy). Knowledge about and familiarity with TCM has increasing values for future healthcare professionals. In this course the students learn the theory and practice of TCM and observe patient treatments in local clinics.   We will also discuss Chinese history, philosophy and culture in this class, as Chinese medicine is based on a wider cultural background of the Chinese people. Through instructions by native Chinese instructors, as well as field trips to Chinese restaurants, stores, churches and Chicago Chinatown, students will have first-hand experience of Chinese culture. The course consists of lectures, discussions, exercises, independent projects and field trips. An all-day field trip on Jan 14 2012 is required. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $250.  A. Shen.  2:00 p.m.to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W19 Exploring the Arts to Foster Creation Care.  This course uses the arts (visual, literary, film) to develop and deepen a faith-based care for creation.  Questions to be addressed include: How do the arts inform, challenge, and shape us to consider the need for creation care? How does our perception of beauty and ugliness contribute to the way we think about place?  Can our sense of beauty promote unhealthy practices and erode creation’s integrity?  How and why do aesthetics vary among different cultures and how can this inform our understanding of beauty’s potential to inspire and exhilarate?  This class will be actively engaged with the Center Art Gallery Exhibition by Mary Abma (Jan 4-Feb 18).  We will also be discussing readings from the disciplines of philosophy, biology, theology, and art.  This class will include guest speakers, films and field trips.  Evaluation will be based on class assignments, participation in discussions and a final project.  G. Heffner, D. Warners.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W20 Social Media: for Business? The role and impact of the internet and social media changes quickly in society today. In this course students would study and discuss this field and its impact on business, including: the history of the Internet and evolution of social media, types and functions of different social media applications, the business and personal uses of the leading social media applications, the ethics and other implications, the effect of social media on relationships and the development of actual social media sites for business and personal use—possibility including work
for outside clients.  This course will include multiple guest lecturers who are experts in the field and have practical experience.  Evaluation will be based on presentations, participation, quizzes, a group project and a final reflective paper. T Betts.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W21 Maximize Your Job-search Strategy.  This course is an introduction to and application of the principles and methods of conducting a successful job search. Students will learn how to prepare and conduct themselves through the process of their job search campaign. Students will utilize the methods from within the context of a professional sales process which utilizes four primary sales steps: Approach; securing desire; handling objections; and closing. Each of these steps allow the student to both understand what is required through research, introduction, rapport, determining the needs of potential employers, presenting themselves properly while also being able to handle potential objections or deficiencies within their skill-sets through the preparation and creation of the necessary materials to effectively search for, find and act upon employment opportunities that may arise.  Evaluation will be based on class participation, assignments, and reflections. S. Van Oostenbrugge.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W22 Better Cooking through Chemistry.  In this course fundamental cooking techniques will be examined to improve understanding and reliable food preparation. This course will emphasize ingredient measurement, order of addition, and temperature control in food preparation. Flours, eggs, and fats will be discussed from a cooking perspective, but also from a health and affordability perspective. Students will prepare basic recipes not only to understand the principles presented, but also to understand how pre-existing recipes can be improved. In addition to learning and cooking, students will practice hospitality in serving each other. This course assumes no prior knowledge of chemistry or biochemistry. Students will use kitchen and laboratory equipment for cooking. Hospitality will be provided to the community through practicing learned cooking techniques at local outreach organizations. A detailed analysis of each laboratory group’s product will be discussed with an eye towards improving technique through a scientific rationale. Evaluation will be based on short quizzes, lab participation, cooking notebook, and an independent cooking project.
Fee: $50.  D. Benson, C. Tatko.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W23 Bridge, a Card Game for Life. Bridge is arguably one of the best games ever, combining unmasterably complex strategy (like chess) with teamwork, analysis, and a very small dose of quantifiable luck, all with just 52 cards. Students who study this surprisingly challenging yet social game through this course learn to play the game, including the bidding and scoring. They become well-versed in common bidding conventions and ultimately adapt their own between themselves and their partners. They learn the etiquette and variations associated with tournament play. Ultimately, members of the class play at the official Grand Rapids Bridge Club and possibly begin to earn Masterpoints. To begin to master the game, students train their problem solving, decision making, and partnership building skills. More importantly, students develop an appreciation for a mentally invigorating game that they will enjoy for the rest of their communal lives. Students will also get a chance to join the nearly 700,000 member World Bridge Federation. For evaluation, class members compete against each other in tournaments as well as take several written tests that promote problem solving and informational learning.  D. Vander Griend.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W24 Computer Games as Theatre. The form of personal computing first introduced commercially by the Apple Macintosh (1984) and Microsoft Windows (1985) and dominant to this day was strongly inspired by a team of researchers at Xerox PARC in the 1970s.  Years later, team leader Alan Kay reported that key to their revolutionary invention of “point-and-click” personal computing at Xerox PARC had been their persistent discussion of this technology as a form of theatre.  Likewise, Brenda Laurel demonstrated in Computers as Theatre in 1991 that programmers continued to struggle in the design of Macintosh and Windows software primarily because of their lack of awareness and understanding of the fundamentally theatrical user experience they were trying to construct.  Formerly of Atari, Laurel pointed to computer games as only the most obvious examples of the theatricality that has continued to inform personal computing, to this day.  In this course, students will explore ways in which a specifically theatrical approach – considering character, (inter)action, space, and audience – can enrich our understanding, experience, and design of computer games.  Students will work in small teams to create simple computer games using Adobe Flash and its built-in scripting language, “ActionScript.”  Other course activities will include looking at theatrical aspects of existing computer games, visits by experts, and (following the example of designers at Pixar and other studios) a few simple theatre and improv games played as a class.  Special consideration will also be given to ways in which the situation of this work at a strong liberal arts college with a Christian perspective can make a difference to both the process and product, in the hope of creating computer games that are not only entertaining but also thought-provoking.  This course is intended for any Calvin student, and no prior formal experience in theatre, computer programming, or scripting is required.  J. Nyhoff.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

CANCELLED IDIS W25 Exploring Bioinformatics.  Ever wondered about the science behind the genomic revolution?  How about exploring bioinformatics, an exciting interdisciplinary field that has transformed medicine and biology?  This course highlights the range of bioinformatics by covering topics such as: what analysis of genomes can tell us about organisms, how DNA sequences can be used to construct the tree of life, why computers AND human trial and error are needed to predict the structure of proteins, and how bioinformatics could be part of your career. The class is hands-on, using preexisting bioinformatics software and elementary programming in Python (no previous experience required), and is designed for students from any science major. Teams of students will be formed to work on a collaborative project. Evaluation will be based on a quiz, a test, a variety of assignments including laboratory activities, and a project.  R. DeJong, S. Nelesen. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W26 The Beatles, U2, and you, too. In this course the students get an overview of the careers of two of the most important artists in the history of popular music.  They study the music and the lives of the Beatles and U2 in both their musical and historical settings.  The course includes an analysis of their recordings and films, videos and concert recordings.  Readings include recent books and articles that give context to their music and their careers.  The students are required to make some sort of personal response (artistic or academic) representing their serious engagement with either a song or an album by one of these artists.   Students are also required to write journals reflecting on their readings, viewings and listening.  There is an emphasis on understanding the music in the context of the career path of each artist, other music of the time and other things going on in the world that both influenced and were influenced by their art.  The spiritual dimension of the music of U2 is also a significant component of the course.  R. Keeley.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W27 Inside the January Series. The Award-winning January Series brings some of the world’s greatest authorities in their fields to Calvin to speak on a range of topics. Participants in this course encounter a diversity of issues and perspectives by attending the January Series programs. Students enjoy additional opportunities to interact with the speakers by watching live interviews with several presenters and spending part of each morning in personal conversation with the speakers. In response to the values and ideas they encounter with each speaker, students are challenged to clarify and articulate their own worldviews and to find ways to put their values into action. Course requirements include attendance at all January Series events, a short reflection paper on each presentation, and a research paper on one of the Series speakers or topics.  R. Honderd, K. Saupe.  8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

IDIS W29 A Real Pain of a Class. This course will introduce students to the human pain experience as a sensory and emotional experience that is influenced by one’s social history and cultural expectations as well as individual differences in physiological, developmental and psychological makeup. The student will compare and contrast the values, beliefs and issues regarding pain as found in the Bible as well as ancient and modern philosophical texts. The student will demonstrate understanding of pain mechanisms and pain management strategies at both the central and peripheral nervous system level.  Finally, the student will identify patient, health care provider and health care system characteristics that influence the human experience of pain, treatment of pain, as well as pain-related research.  Students will be evaluated through class participation, exams and assigned activities.  E. Byma.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W30 Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings".  Part of the power of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic story The Lord of the Rings is the fully developed mythological world of Middle Earth in which it is set.  Its development began long before The Lord of the Rings was written, and was an intentional vehicle through which Tolkien could work out complex ideas about creation and art, evil and suffering, death, stewardship, service, friendship, and hope.  Evidence of the power of the (nonallegorical) story is the degree to which readers find it an insightful commentary on current issues of faith, politics, and more. Students in this course read The Lord of the Rings in its entirety, as well as portions of The Simarillion. Occasional lectures illuminate the biographical and literary contexts for Tolkien's work. Most class time, however, is devoted to discussion of the daily readings, with the themes and applications that arise from them. In the final week, portions of the Peter Jackson film adaptations are viewed, accompanied by discussion of how the themes from the book are treated. Students are evaluated on participation, a reading journal and a final project. The work load for this course is heavy: reading assignments typically exceed 100 pages per day. Students registered for the course should read The Hobbit over the break and expect an extensive quiz on the first day.  L. Molnar.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W31 Dancing Across the Arts. This course explores the creative process across the arts. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp and other readings form the basis for improvisation exercises and dance compositions using visual art, music, poetry and drama. Students study and employ artistic elements common to dance and the other arts. Using creative problem-solving techniques and working alone or in groups, students create new dances inspired by
the arts, “embodying” visual art, music, poetry and drama. Students study selected readings, journal their daily experiences and reflections, and write in-depth about their creative process and compositions. Students are assessed through writings, in-class activities and dance compositions (peer and instructor-evaluated).No prerequisite except an open mind and body.  E. Van't Hof.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W32 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. In addition to the text book, 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.

IDIS W33 Spiritual Strength Training. Do you want to build your spiritual strength and be strong in the Lord?  Do you want to deepen your relationship with God through the power of the Holy Spirit?  This course is designed for students who desire to have a dynamic, intimate relationship with Jesus, and who long to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in all aspects of life. The third person of the Trinity is often the least known, yet it is He who makes Jesus Christ known to us.  Special emphasis is placed on teaching students about the Holy Spirit to understand how one may be transformed and empowered to live as Christ leads, rather than charting one’s own course and asking God to bless it.  Course topics will include, historical overview of the church’s understanding about the Holy Spirit; waves of renewal within the 20th century; theological and historical reasons why many traditions have resisted emphasis on the Holy Spirit; what the Bible teaches about the divine personhood, and inward and outward works of the Holy Spirit; how to receive guidance from, cooperate with, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit; how to discern and develop one’s gifts from the Holy Spirit; and what the Bible teaches about the healing ministry of Jesus, as it relates to spiritual, inner, relational and physical healing.  Students are regularly provided with opportunities for the practical application of theoretical topics via the incorporation of in-class exercises; opportunities to pray with classmates; opportunities to dialogue with, and receive personal prayer from spiritual trainers; and participation in a local 2 1/2-day spiritual retreat  (1/19/12-1/21/12), sponsored by the Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International Dunamis Project.  Students are evaluated by written tests, critical reviews of assigned books, group research project and presentation, and reflection papers.  J. Kraak, N. Van Noord.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W34 Crime & Detective Fiction. This course involves close study of crime and detective fiction—mostly by American and British authors, though also by writers from Scandinavia. The course focuses on reading novels and short stories, but students also watch and analyze film and television adaptations. Learning objectives include an understanding of the history and development of the genre; an understanding of how crime and detective stories address cultural attitudes about crime and punishment, social problems, and human nature; and an ability to engage in a close reading of literary and cinematic texts; and the ability to write a short piece of crime fiction. Student understanding and skills are evaluated by a reading and viewing journal, an exam, a book review, class participation and creative writing. G. Pauley. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W40 Transforming Cambodia. The goal of this class is to identify and understand the root causes of abject poverty in Cambodia.  Issues to be engaged include food production capacity, land use trends, availability of adequate water or reasonable quality, availability of education and human health care.  We plan to engage a variety of non-governmental organizations involved in supporting the holistic transformation of communities; CRWRC village projects enabling people to produce greater quantities of healthful food, water filtration and pumping methods, orphanages, Kindergarten classes, hospitals, and several Christian churches.  Students will have opportunity to contribute service-learning hours by working with several of these organizations.  The class will start by engaging the historic and cultural underpinnings that created the current situation in Cambodia.  A visit of the Angkor Wat temples will lay an ancient historical foundation of Cambodian culture, followed by the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng prison to underscore the recent impact of the Khmer Rouge.  Students will gain a clear understanding of what current living conditions are in Cambodia for an average Cambodian citizen, how they have come to be as they are, what the impediments to change are, what can and is being done to make a positive and sustainable change, how to be agents of redemption in a deeply troubled society.  This class is a cooperative learning adventure with Calvin College and Handong Global University (South Korea).  Student evaluation will be based on participation with local culture, group discussion, individual journaling, and in a final report describing key features of their learning experience.  This course may fulfill an elective in the International Development Studies major and minor.  It also qualifies toward the requirements of the Engineering Department’s International Designation program.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Course dates: January 4-24.  Fee: $3900.  D. Dornbos Jr., L. De Rooy, P. Dykstra-Pruim (Calvin College), S.K. Lee, H. Kim (Handong Global University). Off campus.

CANCELED IDIS W41 Jazz in New York.  An introductory course in jazz history, theory, and criticism for both seasoned and novice 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, its key figures and their music, and its cultural influence.  Student learning is evaluated by an exam, a group project, a listening journal, and a cultural learning journal.  Experiencing live performances is essential to understanding how an improvisational art like jazz works: As such, a week-long trip to New York City (January 16-23) to attend jazz concerts is a vital part of the course.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Music major and minor.  Course dates: January 4-23. Fee: $1685. G. Pauley. Off campus.

IDIS W42 Italy: Ancient & Medieval.  The primary academic objective of this trip is to gain an understanding of the classical context in which western Christianity developed and flourished. Participants visit many sites in Italy, with special emphasis on the urban centers of classical, medieval, and Renaissance culture. On-site lectures address topics in Roman and early Christian history, religion, literature, art, and architecture. The itinerary includes Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Sorrento, Amalfi, Palestrina, Perugia, Assisi, Ravenna, Bologna, Florence, Tivoli, and Ostia. Participants write a take-home test on background readings (available in October), prepare an oral report for delivery at an assigned site, keep a detailed journal, and write a comprehensive essay on one of the major topics covered by the course. This course may fulfill an elective in the Classics major and minor. Optional cross-cultural engagement credit is available for those who meet additional requirements. Prior course work in classical languages or culture is not required. Course dates: January 4-24. Fee: $4,320. K. Bratt, M. Williams. Off campus.

IDIS W43 Economic and Environmental Planning in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.  This course explores the economy, environment, and culture of the region of the Pearl River Delta in Southern China, including Hong Kong, the adjacent industrial regions of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, as well as the city of Macao.  The course focuses on the themes of cross-cultural understanding, globalization, social justice, and social and environmental sustainability. Through this course students will  be able to see issues from the perspective of people from another culture and region, to articulate the issues related to understanding the Christian faith within another cultural context, to consider the interplay of economics, environmental stewardship and social equity in building a sustainable future and to be able to understand the conceptual and theoretical concept of sustainability at various scales of application. Student evaluation will be based on class participation and active engagement; completion of a reflective journal which will form the basis for final essay ; preparation for being assigned and carrying out being lead person for particular site and a final essay.This course may fulfill an elective in the Geography and Environmental Studies majors and minors. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Course dates: January 1-25.  Fee: $3975. J. Curry.  Off campus.

IDIS W44 "Just" Leisure: Living our Virtues. (3 semester hours + PER 143). Through this course, students will explore a number of issues related to living justly in our work and play.  South Florida, one of the United States fastest growing and diverse areas, provides the context for students as they explore issues related to stewardship, where they live, what they eat, and how they play.  Special emphasis will be placed on developing both a leisure and outdoor ethic within a Christian worldview. In addition, students will learn and practice a variety of outdoor skills (such as outdoor cooking, canoeing, kayaking, and snorkeling) as they paddle parts of the wilderness canoe trail in Everglades National Park; snorkel in parts of the Florida Keys, and explore issues of justice as they relate to leisure in and around Miami.  Student evaluation will be based on daily journal entries, individual presentations, and a final summary paper/report. This course may fulfill an elective in the Recreation majors. Course dates: January 4-24. Fee: $1300. D. Bailey, D. DeGraaf.  Off campus.

IDIS W45 Building Communities in Uganda. This course asks a basic question in the ethics of development:  how can governments, churches, and nonprofit agencies work together most effectively to address urgent needs and strengthen political and social structures in Africa today?  The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee will again coordinate in-country visits.  But in 2012 the site will move to neighboring Uganda, a former British colony bordering Kenya, and CRWRC contacts will be supplemented by those that the instructor has established with Catholic mission and relief initiatives.  Sites to be visited will include schools, clinics, and agricultural projects in cities and rural areas of central and northern Uganda.  We will meet community leaders, medical workers, pastors, members of religious orders, and business owners and learn how Ugandans are coping with a history of civil war, drought, and autocratic government to build a better future.  We will also hear from guest lecturers at leading Catholic and Protestant universities.  Readings on East African history and politics, recent critiques of foreign aid, selected fiction set in East Africa, and class lectures and discussions will provide a basis for student reflection on issues of justice, human rights, health care, and community development in Africa today.  Student will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges facing impoverished rural communities, the resources available to address them, and the supporting role of church and nonprofit organizations.  They will also make plans for sharing what they have learned with church and community groups after their return.  Included in our activities are visits to view birds, animals and primates in some of Uganda's extraordinary game reserves and national parks, such as Murchison Falls National Park on the Victoria Nile and the chimpanzee communities of Rabongo Forest.  Evaluation will be based on a daily journal with responses to assigned questions and active participation in group activities and discussions. This course may fulfill an elective in the African and African Diaspora Studies minor and the International Development Studies major and minor. Course dates:  January 4-24.  Fee: $3350. D. Hoekema.  Off campus.

IDIS W46 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. This course may fulfill an elective in the Film Studies major and with prior permission, in the History major. J. Bratt, W. Romanowski.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W47 Sexuality & Rock and Roll.  Rock and roll music has always been inextricably linked to sexuality; noting historical and contemporary examples of this axiom, this course introduces students to key critical and theoretical concepts wrapped up in the dynamic fusion of gender, sexuality, and popular music. Students analyze historical and contemporary musical examples from a wide variety of popular music genres that loosely fall under the umbrella
term “rock ‘n roll.” After taking the course students are able to offer an intelligent, Christian response to historical and contemporary representations of sexuality and gender in popular music. Evaluation will be based on a music listening journal, write a small reflection paper, and present on a variety of required readings and musical texts. This course may fulfill an elective in the CAS majors.  C. Smit.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W48 Western Films & American Culture.  The cowboy and gunfighter are iconic figures in American film and television and in American culture more generally.  From countless ordinary men and women to presidents like Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and celebrities who buy ranches, for more than a century Americans have styled themselves after these iconic Western figures.  Foreign observers also identify the cowboy and gunfighter as representing something essential about the American character.  Even today, the nation’s frontier West heritage often is used to explain its obsession with gun rights and its high levels of violence. In short, the Western film and its iconic elements are fascinating in their own right, but also powerfully representative of the nation’s mythology, identity, and political ideology. This course focuses on the major directors and films in the Western film, surveying the genre in its classic and contemporary forms, including iconic actors like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and characteristic plot lines, settings, characters, and symbols. It does so in the context of the history of the West as a region and the nation as a whole, beginning in the late 1800s when Buffalo Bill Cody’s “Wild West” show played to millions of customers around  the world each year. It focuses on the film era, at the beginning of the twentieth century, looking at how urbanization and the end of the frontier shaped the genre, and then how World War II, the Cold War, and the war in Vietnam reshaped it, concluding with “anti-Western” films like Eastwood’s Unforgiven, which tried to redefine the genre.  The course examines the roles of women and men, the place of Indians and Mexicans, and themes of redemptive violence and vengeance. Evaluation is based on two short papers, a group presentation, a final exam, and daily class participation.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Film & Media major and the History major/minor. W. Katerberg, C. Plantinga.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CANCELLED IDIS W49 The U.S. Civil War: a Tragedy in Three Acts. The middle of the nineteenth century was a watershed in U.S. history: the Federal Union broke apart after a generation of sectional bickering; civil war left half the nation in ruins; and a campaign to promote racial justice was undone by paramilitary violence. The nation that emerged from the ordeal was richer and more powerful than ever before but it was no closer to the egalitarian promise of the Declaration of Independence. This course deals with the history of slavery and the secession crisis, rival explanations of the war's outcome, and the controversial history of Reconstruction. Classroom activities include lectures, videos, discussions, student presentations, and a simulation game. Students are evaluated on the basis of an oral report, two written reports, a journal of class readings, a final examination, and participation in class activities.  This course may fulfill an elective in the History major/minor. D. Miller.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W50 NGOs and Grassroots Development – The Salvation of the Global South?  Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have exploded in numbers since the early 1900s, and are often regarded as being especially instrumental in alleviating poverty in the Global South. In the 1990s, in fact, the international development community shifted its support from large-scale, International Monetary Fund (IMF)/ World Bank (WB) initiated development projects to grassroots development, civil society, and NGO supported projects. This course will examine why this shift was made within the development community and whether NGOs and civil society, as some argue, ‘do development better’. This course will cover the academic literature regarding these debates as well as study a significant number of NGOs, both faith-based and secular, involved in the field of development. Through readings, movies, guest speakers and classroom discussions, students will discern the complexity of the grassroots sector of development as well as the many opportunities and challenges it poses for development. Evaluation will be based on participation, written journal entries, a paper and an in-class presentation. This course may fulfill an elective in the International Development Studies major.  T. Kuperus.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W51 The Changing Faces of War. Over the past one hundred years, the practice of armed conflict has changed more rapidly and dramatically than in the previous millennium.  Who can be a soldier, what constitutes an army, what practices are legitimate in the course of battle, what technologies are available to uncover, target and destroy enemies: these and many other questions have found radically new answers at the opening of the 21st century.  This course examines the changes to the practice of war and their consequences for military personnel, civilians, and the very shape of the international system.  By examining scholarly studies, as well as journalistic reports, first-person narratives, fictional accounts, documentaries, and feature films, students will reflect on the implications of contemporary understandings of war and potential future developments.  Students will learn to analyze representations of armed conflict, to evaluate claims as to the legitimacy of any particular war, and to compare the conduct of war before 1945 to the more recent experiences of armed conflict.  Evaluation will take place through oral and written responses to readings and videos, group presentations, and a final project.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Political Science and International Relations majors. S. Goi, J. Westra.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W52 Business, Engineering & Religion. In Today's global economy, business practices, engineering design, product development, and product marketing must take the international market into account. This course introduces the students to the business practices and product development in the international market, focusing on business and R & D in Europe. Students will learn how the languages, history, culture, economics, regulations, and policies of Europe shape the business and design process through tours of businesses, engineering research facilities, manufacturing facilities, as well as discussion sessions with leading business executives and research engineers in Europe. A second theme of the course reviews the history of the reformation with visits to Wittenberg, Heidelberg, and more. Locations will include Amsterdam, Brugge, Paris, Trier, Munich, Nurnberg, Prague, Leipzig, Berlin, and Bremen. Additional religious and cultural locations will include visits to the Begijnhof, The Hague, Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims, Dachau, Neuschwanstein, St. Vitas Cathedral, and more. Evaluation will be based on a research paper, a daily journal, class participation, and a paper regarding the cultural aspects of the course. This is a CCE Integral Course. This course qualifies towards the Engineering Department's "International Designation" program. Course dates: January 6-28. Fee: $4,395. C. Jen, N. Nielsen. Off Campus.

IDIS W53 One Bible, Many Readings. This course examines the emergence, development, and practice of non-Western-centered biblical hermeneutics. Special attention is given to the phenomenon of biblical interpretation in Asia: how the Bible, a Semitic book formed in an entirely different geographic, historical, and cultural context, and interpreted for so many centuries by the West, can and should be interpreted in Asia by Asian Christians for their own
people. In what way does biblical authority help Asian Christians confess Christ in a multi-scriptural content?  Through engaging in meaningful dialogue with others, students learn a balanced attitude toward diverse readings of biblical texts. Student learning objectives will include an extensive amount of reading of biblical theological works of the Third-world perspectives, especially Asian perspectives; the ability to summarize and analyze the nature and contribution of this movement; and the examination and construction of their own biblical hermeneutical perspective.  This course is designed for active dialogue sessions among participants on the subject matter. To facilitate discussions, each student will lead two sessions on how non-Western readers interpret biblical texts (one from the Old Testament and the other from the New Testament); lead one session on a reading from “Asian faces of Jesus”; bring a short paragraph reflecting the assigned readings.  A final 5 page paper on a chosen biblical text which show how “you” read the text will also be required.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Asian Studies major.  W. Lee.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W60 Science & Religion: Italy & England.  Italy and England present some of the most significant developments in science, religion and culture.  Through on-site visits, this course explores the lives and times of prominent scientists from antiquity through the Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment, their seminal discoveries as influenced by culture, and their struggles with the Christian faith and the church.  Students begin their journey in Rome with an introduction to the history of western science and the Catholic church.  Visits include the Colosseum and Vatican City.  The class travels to Florence, Pisa, and Venice, with particular emphasis upon Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), but also Galen, Leonardo da Vinci, Andreas Vesalius, and their European predecessors and counterparts.  From Venice, the class travels to London, to explore the lives and contributions of Isaac Newton (1642-1727) and Charles Darwin (1809-1882), and their struggles with their faith and the Church of England.  Attention also focuses on Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle, John Flamsteed, William Harvey, Robert Hooke, John Hunter, John Snow, Florence Nightingale, and Alexander Fleming.  Visits include historical sites and museums in London, Cambridge, Oxford and Windsor as well as Stonehenge and Salisbury.  Students read biographies of Galileo, Newton, and Darwin, and select writings of these individuals and other scientists.  They learn about crucial experiments, clashing interpersonal relationships, and tensions between science/technology/medicine, culture and Christian faith traditions.  Short daily lectures, group discussions and
projects focus the issues.  Visits to homes, science and cultural museums, cathedrals and universities enhance their learning.  Students will learn how to travel through Europe on an economical budget using hostels for accommodations and public transportation.  Evaluation is based on readings, discussions, journals, and an on-site oral presentation.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: One course in the Physical World or Living World, or permission of the instructor. Pre-course meetings on November 20 and December 4.  Course dates: January 3-24.  Fee: $4,050.  H.
Bouma III. Off campus.

IDIS W61 Int'l Missions Computing/Accounting.  Students will travel to Carlisle, England, to the international headquarters of Operation Mobilization, to learn first-hand the needs of an international missions organization in the areas of business/accounting and software development.  While there, computer science and information systems students will learn the Open Petra open-software system, including its culture, how to build it, test it, document it, file and fix bugs, etc.  Accounting students will work with the international finance team to learn non-profit international financing procedures, generate end-of-year fiscal reports, document internal controls, etc., and how to market OM internationally to donors.  CS/IS majors will be required to know some C+ before the trip, and will be encouraged to contribute to OpenPetra after the trip.  Students will be evaluated on their written journals, their work with the team at OM, and their teamwork within the student group.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: CS 108 & 112 or BUS 203 & 204.  Course dates: January 4-24. Fee: $1882.  V.  Norman. Off campus.

IDIS W62 Partnering to Improve Health in Rural India. In this course students learn how a community-based primary health care (CBPHC) approach to health and development enables and empowers people and communities to take health in their own hands, particularly in a developing country. Sustainable community-based health and development are discussed as students learn about the multi-tier approach to community health that is practiced in the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) villages with village health workers providing the majority of primary health care and health education at the grassroots level. The objective of CRHP is to work with poor and marginalized people and enable them to achieve an acceptable level of health through the primary health care approach. Through this approach people are enabled to improve their health and lives in a holistic sense. The emphasis is on building capacity, empowering people and working towards achieving equity and integration of all health services. The overall success of this project has prompted CRHP to focus increasing attention on its role as a model project for both government and non-government organizations throughout the world. The model is used by the World Health Organization. Students have classroom sessions aimed at practical application of concepts and take part in field visits and discussion sessions with village health workers and members of farmers clubs, adolescent girls clubs and the mobile health team. Topics addressed include the principles of community-based health and development and understanding primary health care and its implementation. The course also includes sessions on leadership and personal development. Students are personally challenged by issues of justice, compassion and faith as they interact with Indian people in a rural setting.  Evaluation is based on reflective journals, a presentation, and participation. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above.  Course dates: January 3-24.  Fee: $3125. D. Bossenbroek, M. Doornbos.  Off campus.

IDIS W63 The Creative Toolbox.  The Creative Toolbox: is an interim course that shepherds students through a repertoire of principles and practices of effective visual communications. It consists of a knowledge base that can only be developed through a practical hands-on experience. The course covers a series of challenging exercises in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop that focus on personal and conceptual thought processes with an emphasis on concept rather than on technique. Preference is given to individual solutions that lead to developing one’s graphic design skills.  Focus is on principles such as framal reference, positive/negative relationships and cropping techniques, which engender innovative visual communication skills.  Prerequisite: ENGL 101.  F. Speyers.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W64 Creating Smartphone Apps. Women and men who are interested in smart-phones are encouraged to enroll in this course, where they will learn how to create their own apps for phones running Google’s Android operating system.  To simplify this task, Google has created App Inventor – an innovative system that lets people with no prior programming experience build mobile apps.  This drag-n-drop system eliminates typing errors, letting students create apps without having to learn arcane programming language syntax.  Students will learn about a variety of topics including web/network services, graphical user interface design, usability testing, and basic programming concepts. For the course project, students will design and build their own original apps using App Inventor. Students who own Android-based phones will be able to install and run their apps on their phones; others will be able to run their apps using App Inventor’s phone simulator software.  In this hands-on course, evaluation will be based primarily on a student’s completion of the course project.  Prerequisite: IDIS 110, its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.  K. Vander Linden.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W65 Fluorescence: science & use.  Fluorescence is a very important and practical phenomenon in science and every-day use. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) has allowed the detection of gene expression in living organisms, and its discovery and application was recognized with the 2008 Nobel Prize.  Fluorescent materials have high visibility.  The success of the Human Genome Project was due in part to the use of fluorescence for automated gene sequencing. Fluorescence has applications in chemistry, biology, geology, physics, medicine, engineering and technology.  This course will give you a better understanding of what fluorescence is and how it is used.  What kinds of substances are fluorescent, what colors do they emit, and how can they be used in practical applications?  Our primary mode of learning in the course will be hands-on activities investigating aspects of fluorescence, with some class discussion and visits to local research labs that use fluorescence.  Participants will get experience using a variety of scientific instrumentation, and they will also complete a fluorescence project of their own choosing.  Students in any science and engineering field are encouraged to take this course.  Student work will be evaluated based on lab and classroom participation, lab electronic-notebook/journal, project report and presentation.  Prerequisite: CHEM 103 or one college science major course or permission of instructor.  M. Muyskens.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W80 Performing Asian Choral Music. This course will examine the study and performance of Southeast Asian choral music in their local contexts and social setting.  For this interim course, students will travel to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Manila, Jakarta, and Singapore to perform among others, selected Asian choral repertoire. The class, as a choir, will have frequent interaction with local choirs and churches through workshops, rehearsals, performances, and home stays.  Students will gain a contextual understanding of Asian choral music, competency in performing music from other cultures and cross-cultural engagement of God’s creation. Student evaluation will be based on a reflection paper performances and daily engagement in the local culture. This course may fulfill an elective in the Music majors and minors.  This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Prerequisite: Enrollment in MUSC 141. Course dates: January 3-25.  Fee: $3870.  J. Navarro.  Off campus.

IDIS W81 Chinese Characters: Origins & Meanings. This course analyzes the entire Chinese writing system by studying the 100 most important “radicals” and the top 40 “phonetics” that are the principal building blocks of the Chinese and Japanese written languages.  The etymology and resulting meanings of over 1000 characters are learned systematically.  Much is also learned about the history and culture of China through the pictographs.  Students read Chinese Characters, which is a translation of the 1800-year-old Shuowen, the famous Chinese classic of etymology.  The fundamentals of calligraphy with a brush are also introduced.  Extensive daily quizzes on the origins and current meanings of the 1000 most commonly used characters plus a final exam, along with attendance and class participation, provide the basis for evaluation.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Chinese, Japanese, and Asian Studies majors, as well as for the Chinese Group Minor, the Japanese Group Minor, and the Asian Studies minor.  Prerequisite:  a
minimum of one semester of Chinese or Japanese language study, or its equivalent. Prerequisite will be waived for students from Korea.  L. Herzberg.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W82 iPhone App Startup. Students who know how to program and students interested in business and entrepreneurship collaborate on development of new iPhone applications and learn how to start a business around their apps.  Teams work together to learn product development skills, determinate customer-driven requirements, identify market niches, brainstorm software designs, develop the apps, and test them on simulated and real hardware.  The class includes a panel discussion with industry experts regarding the integration of knowledge, marketing research and product development theory.  Top performing students in the course will be invited to interview with a start-up iPhone app company.  By the end of the course, technical students are able to develop simple iPhone applications and make improvements based on customer feedback.  Business students are able to create and evaluate the business case for an app, perform market research, and create a marketing campaign.  All students are able to start their own iPhone app business.  Faith aspects of entrepreneurship will be emphasized through the innovation virtues of creativity, diligence, and wisdom supported by the foundational virtues of justice, stewardship, and compassion. Course evaluation includes graded software design and code for technical-track students and graded business case reports by business-track students.   Evaluation for all students includes instructor and peer evaluation of team-work.  Prerequisites:  for students in the technical track only, must have taken at least one object-oriented programming course (e.g., C++ or Java).  Instructors reserve the right to balance and limit the enrollment to allow sufficient technical and business-track students.  This course may count as an elective in the Engineering major (for technical-track students). R. Brouwer, S. Vander Leest.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W83/PHYS W80 Biophysics.  Biophysics is a growing discipline in which the tools of physics are used to elucidate biological systems.   The course covers a broad spectrum of topics, including why ants can easily lift many times their own weight, how bees fly, why the cells of an elephant are the same size as those of a chipmunk, and why cats have a higher survival rate when dropped from taller heights. An additional feature of the course is that no calculators are used.  All results are achieved by estimation, with a focus on learning the art of approximation. The class is highly participatory and the hope is that students will make the application of physical reasoning to biophysical systems their own, so that they can draw on this skill in the future.   In addition to the above items, there is also a section devoted to the construction of simple biophysical simulations using the open source software package Sage, though no previous experience is required.  Course objectives are to be able to apply the laws of physics and physical reasoning to biological systems, to develop the art of estimation, and to run computer simulations of biological systems.  Evaluation will be based on homework, tests and labs.  This course may be used as an elective in the Biology major. Prerequisites: The course is designed to be accessible to any student with at least a semester of algebra based college physics or a year of algebra based high school physics. P. Harper.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS 103 Oral Rhetoric for Engineers.  A study of the principles of oral rhetoric, with emphasis on developing student competency in preparing and delivering effective speeches.  The emphasis is on basic speech design for engineers communicating their creation and refinement of ideas to peers, managers, subordinates, venture capitalists, and to the public at large.  This course will be offered at an accelerated pace during he interim term.  Pre-requisite: Enrollment in the engineering program. M. Steelman-Okenka. 8:30 a.m. to noon or 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS 306 A History of the Book.  This course will explore the history and various aspects of books and book production in the Middle Ages, both in their material and intellectual context.  It will explore issues of medieval literacy, the history of books collections and libraries (including a visit to a medieval manuscript collection), as well as provide some hand-on experience of medieval book production, in the making of paper, the cutting of pens, writing the text, and bookbinding.  Although it is primarily intended as a capstone course for those students who have selected a minor in medieval studies, it will also be of interest to anyone with an interest in the Middle Ages. F. van Liere.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS 340/HIST 380 Field Work in Archaeology. Offered in conjunction with field work done by Calvin faculty or quality field schools of other universities. This course is 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 2012 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, planning of a community heritage center, architectural analysis of a large Byzantine house, working as part of a team of professional archaeologists from Jordan and the United States. A lecture series on contextual subjects and lessons in Arabic will round out the week-day routine. Three weekends will be used for travel in Jordan, including a visit to Petra; a post session trip to Jerusalem is included in dates and fee. This course may fulfill an elective in the International Development Studies major. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement.  Prerequisites: IDIS 240 or permission of the instructor. Course dates: January 2-28. Fee: $3400. B. deVries. Off campus.

IDIS 375 Methods & Pedagogies for Secondary Social Studies. This course introduces prospective teachers to important curricular and pedagogical issues related to teaching history and social studies at the middle and high school level. It examines the links between a Christian understanding of human nature, pedagogy, curricular standards, lesson planning and curriculum construction, teaching resources, classroom methods, and assessment instruments. R. Schoone-Jongen.  8:30 a.m. to noon.