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Interim 2014

Interdisciplinary (IDIS)

IDIS W10 Adoption and Foster Care for Chinese Children with Special Needs (MAY). Through readings, guest lecturers, classroom discussions, and experiential learning, students examine the social, medical and educational issues of Chinese children with significant special needs. Students travel to Zhengzhou in the Henan Province of China and learn through active volunteering in a foster care program, school, or parent support program in partnership with Bethany Christian Services Global, LLC. Students gain an initial understanding of Chinese culture and learn about health and educational services for orphaned children with special needs. Students are personally challenged by issues of faith and compassion as they volunteer in the programs. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: May 26-June 12. Fee: $4481. J. Vander Woude. Off campus.

IDIS W11 W L'Abri Switzerland. L’Abri Fellowship is a Christian study center situated in the French-speaking portion of the Swiss Alps. Founded in the 1950s by the Presbyterian missionary couple, Francis and Edith Schaeffer, it has become known as a place where people with questions about the Christian faith can go for instruction and counsel. Instruction is based on the tutorial system; English is the language of instruction. Typically, students spend half the day in study, the other half working in the community. Up to six 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. This course is a CCE optional course. Course dates: January 8-February 1. L. Hardy. Off campus.

IDIS W12 The Rediscovering of Peru. This course is an opportunity to experience the hidden Peru. From the dry Pacific coast to the rugged Andes Mountains ancient cultures have left their footprint. Some were conquered; some abandoned, but all have contributed to the cultural development of modern Peru. Students will walk through the Moche Pyramids and the largest adobe city in the world, Chan Chan. The course will visit Cajamarca, an Incan resort town for the local hot springs. Students will travel to the site where Pizarro ransomed the last Incan ruler for a roomful of gold and silver. Additionally, a service-learning project will be undertaken with a local church. The goal of this course is to observe the historical development and geographical isolation that has instilled the cultural regionalism that persists in Peru today. This perspective will be used to examine the current tensions in environmental issues found in Peru. Additionally, students will engage the differences within the church in the developing world. Travel will center on Lima, Chimbote, Trujillo and Cajamarca. Day trips and trekking from these sites will give a broad scope to the students’ experience. Evaluation is based on an ethnographic study, photo-documentation report, reflective journals, an oral presentation and brief essays. There is no language requirement for this course. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $2655. C. Tatko. Off campus.

IDIS W13 Experiencing Honduras from Coast to Coast. This course provides students the opportunity to dig deep and see the many sides of Honduras. Students participate with dozens of Honduran cyclists in an 8-day trek from Honduras’ Atlantic cost in the North to the Pacific coast in the South. In 8 cities along the way, students have the opportunity to learn about the issues of education in Honduras, meet its best students and hear what the Transform Honduras movement is doing to improve education around the country. Students also spend time immersed in Honduras’ history in the Mayan city of Copan, experience snorkeling in its beautiful coral reefs and spend time with Honduran leaders in the nation’s capital to learn about the tough issues this amazing country is facing and what is being done to bring about change. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: students will be required to have a complete physical exam and will need to demonstrate a high level of physical conditioning prior to being accepted for the course. Course dates: January 5-25. Fee: $2485. K. Ver Beek. Off campus.

IDIS W14 Camino de Santiago: The Christian Tradition of Pilgrimage (MAY). Students experience the ancient Christian practice of pilgrimage, walking 450kms of the Camino de Santiago and staying in pilgrim hostels. Firsthand experience is supplemented by reading accounts written by pilgrims throughout the ages. As they walk, students interview fellow pilgrims to discover their motivations, their insights and the highlights of their journeys. Students collect and annotate a selection of these interviews as a part of their final project. In addition, each student chooses a particular focus to share with the group throughout the walk such as art, architecture, Spanish history, iconography, traveler stories, folktales and legends, religious rituals, physical challenges. No knowledge of Spanish language required. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: May 25-June 27. Fee: $ 3540. C. Slagter. Off campus.

IDIS W15 South Korea Business & Culture. South Korea as an emerging and rapidly growing economy has a significant influence and impact on the global economy, church and society. It is important for Christians to understand God’s intended role for business in society. Students will learn about national and international business practices by touring Korean and international companies while interacting with Korean business persons. The course includes the history, culture and religions of Korea as well as current business, economics and the Christian church today. Students will visit a Korean university and interact with their students on topics of education, business, culture, and international organizational relationships. Students will attend several very large and smaller Korean churches, and visit some local Buddhist temples. Travel throughout Korea will include major historical and cultural sites in a variety of cities such as Seoul, Andon, Gyeongju, Hapcheon, Busan, and Suncheon. Sites visited will include the demilitarized zone, important palaces, national parks, and folk villages. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors of any major. Preference given to students majoring in business, economics, accounting or international studies. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $4,400. C. Jen, E. Vander Heide. Off campus.

IDIS W16 Indian Business & Christianity. 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 for-profit or non-profit organization, many of which are operated by Christians with a business as mission model. The course includes fourteen distinct internships for fourteen 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. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors of any major. Preference given to juniors and seniors majoring in business, accounting, economics or international development studies. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 7-29. Fee: $4400. L. Van Drunen. Off campus.

IDIS W17 Costa Rica River & Rainforest Expedition. This cross-cultural wilderness expedition features two national outdoor recreation certifications, instruction in two distinct wilderness skill sets; rainforest backpacking and white-water kayaking, and explores cultural life, environmental issues, and the ecology of the central mountains, rivers, and costal marine environment of Costa Rica. Following a 2 day on-campus Wilderness First Aid course offered by the Wilderness Medical Institute of NOLS, students will fly to San Jose, Costa Rica. The first phase consists of an eight day backpacking descent from high elevation cloud forest to low elevation tropical rainforest. During this trek, students will master backcountry living and travel skills, as well as gaining introductory knowledge regarding the diverse ecological systems. Following three nights of rainforest camping, students will enter the homestay phase. During the trek students enjoy cultural and Spanish immersion experiences through home stays with Costa Rican Families in remote rainforest communities. Following the trek, students will trade backpacks for whitewater boats. Over the next eight days, participants will gain whitewater rafting skills, hard shell kayak instruction, and a complete a 2 day Whitewater Rescue Technician course. The course will conclude with three days of surf instruction, a sea turtle habitat restoration project, and general exploration of the marine environments of the magnificent 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 Tico instructors. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course Dates: January 6-26  Fee: $3325. R. Rooks, D. Vander Griend. Off campus.

IDIS W18 A Real Pain of a Class. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care. Unfortunately, pain is inadequately treated due to patient and health care provider-related barriers including fear of addiction. Pain that is poorly managed may lead to anatomical and physiological changes in the nervous system that can result in pain becoming a long-term or chronic condition. The Institute of Medicine has called for far-reaching reforms in pain management and the education of healthcare professionals regarding pain and pain management. This course introduces students to the human pain experience as an unpleasant 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. Human physiology behind the sensation of pain is presented.  Differing viewpoints on pain and suffering are discussed. Psychological and social aspects of pain and pain management including the effects of gender, culture and other socioeconomic factors are explored. Interdisciplinary representations of pain, including art and literature, are used to examine the experience of pain throughout history.  Guest speakers present on pain and suffering, opioid addiction and pain management, opioid diversion and the legal system, pain management at end of life and barriers in the health care system to effective pain management.  B. Byma.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W19 Beatles & the 60's: Music & More. In this course the students get an overview of the career of perhaps the most important artists in 20th century popular music. They study the Beatles in their musical and historical settings as well as other important music and culture of the era. The course includes an analysis of the Beatles recordings and films, videos, and concert recordings. Readings include recent books and articles that give context to their music and their careers. There is an emphasis on understanding the music in the context of the career path of the artist, other music of the time, and other things going on in the world that both influenced and were influenced by their art. Christian engagement with the music of the Beatles and the culture of the sixties is an important part of the discussions.  R. Keeley.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W20 Games in Community. Euro style games, made popular by games such as The Settlers of Catan, have pushed game playing into mainstream culture. New games stimulate interaction, reward planning and strategy rather than chance, and usually provide a mechanism to keep all players engaged until the very end. In this course students act as game players, critics, and designers. Through daily play of new games students explore aspects of well-designed games such as the mechanic, time of play, and clarity of rules. Students take turns serving as host, teaching both rules and strategies to small groups. Post-game discussions of game playability coupled with a daily journal provide students opportunity to reflect upon the appropriate balance between competition and cooperation in game play. Consideration is given for the role of hospitality in game play, choosing games appropriate for the audience, and employing games for fellowship rather than competition. One class session includes a Q&A with game designer(s). For a final project student teams design, construct, and present their own game.  E. Arnoys, C. Blankespoor.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W21 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.  K. Saupe.  9:00 a.m. to noon & 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

IDIS W22 Into the Woods, Jr.- Sondheim. Musical Theatre is the most collaborative of all arts, which include directors, choreographers, dancers, singers, actors, technicians, designers, musicians and the like.  This course will incorporate students in various roles with supervision. The goal of the course is to educate and give students the opportunity to exhibit their musical and technical skills in a performance practicum, which will culminate into six performances of Into the Woods Jr.  Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods Jr.” – takes favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless piece and rare modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse.  Everyone's wish is granted, but there are consequences.

This course will meet in the afternoons with afternoon and evening rehearsals and performances. Some mornings and Saturdays may also be required for play production work, but no more than eight hours will be required on any given day. The final production of Into the Woods Jr. will be performed for the public February 6-8, 13-15, 2014 as part of the CAS Department’s theatre season. All students in this course must commit to these two weekends for the performance of the play. Prerequisites for performers: basic music, acting and dance knowledge and availability for 6 performances in February.  D. Freeberg, C. Sawyer.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

IDIS W23 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 story tell, 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.  J. Kuyvenhoven.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W24 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 include:  historical overview of the church’s understanding of the Holy Spirit;  overview of Spirit-led waves of revival beginning in the 18th, through the 21st 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, emotional, relational and physical healing. Students are regularly provided with opportunities for the practical application of theological and 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 2-½ day on-campus Dunamis Project conference (1/23/14-1/25/14), sponsored by Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International. J. Kraak, N. Van Noord.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W25 Theology of Narnia.  Many Christians first encounter C. S. Lewis as children through reading his Chronicles of Narnia, but there is much in these books that children miss.  Reading the books again as adults allows for a deeper exploration of Lewis’ use of the Christian tradition, especially the medieval tradition that was his scholarly specialization.  Students in this class are expected to read all seven of the Chronicles as well as one major secondary source.  The class considers the theological and philosophical assumptions that drive these stories and the lessons - sometimes explicit,
sometimes hidden - that Lewis intends to teach.  Connections with Lewis' apologetic writing will be made throughout.  L. Smit.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W26 Theory & Practice of Quilting.  This 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.  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 W27 French Cinema. This course introduces French Cinema from the silent era to the present. Films chosen for the course cover a variety of genres (e.g., comedy, drama, documentary) and include classic films by directors such as Renoir and Truffaut as well as recent productions that earned popular and critical acclaim. The main goal of the course is to study the development of French Cinema and its presentation of French society, but we will also be looking at a number of films from other French-speaking countries (Belgium, Canada). Knowledge of French is an asset but not required as all films have subtitles. O. Selles. 8:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

IDIS W28 Personal Finance. All of us have been forced to make decisions that impact our future economic well-being. What is the best type of loan to finance college? Can I afford to study abroad next semester? How will I pay for a car to get to my job? Personal finance is a specialized area of study focusing on individual and household financial decisions: How much should I save? How much should I spend? Do I need life and health insurance when I get out of college? What type would be best for me? Financial planning is a process of setting financial goals and organizing assets and making decisions to achieve these goals, in an environment of risk. This class will consider financial goals for Christians and will provide information and techniques to help students be good caretakers of what God entrusts to them. Topics covered will include: financial planning tools, goal setting and budgeting, tax planning, cash management, consumption and credit strategies, automobile and housing decisions, insurance needs, concepts of investing, and retirement planning. Class sessions will include lectures, presentations by finance professionals, video, and group discussion. Students will be evaluated on the basis of quizzes from text material, short paper presentations, and a final exam. E. Van Der Heide. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W29 Preparing for the Semester in Britain (2 hours). This course is designed exclusively for students who will enroll in the 2014 Semester in Britain program. Because the 2014 Interim term ends after the Semester in Britain Program begins in England, we have planned this special Interim course, which will meet only until Monday, January 20 (on Friday, Jan. 17, we will meet in the morning and afternoon, so there will be a total of ten class sessions). The aim of the course will be to introduce historical and cultural context that will prepare students for living in York, studying at York St. John University, and living in Yorkshire, England. We will do that by (1) reading and discussing general English history, (2) focusing on particular interpretations of major periods and events in English history, and (3) preparing for specific local excursions in and around York. Students will read a general text in English history, watch parts or all of various video series on England, read a selection of essays pertinent to Yorkshire history and culture, and write informal responses to these. Students will also, in small groups, conduct research to prepare them to lead (and provide contextual materials for) local excursions. D. Ward. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

IDIS W30 I Long, Therefore, I Am. Descartes famously exclaimed, "I think, therefore, I am." He believed that we human beings are fundamentally thinking things. This course explores an alternative picture of human beings, one according to which we are essentially longing, desiring beings. Through readings of both fiction and non-fiction, through music and movies, we will examine that deep and pervasive feature of human existence the Germans called Sensucht, ' a kind of perpetual yearning or desire whose defining characteristic is that of unattainability. Students will be challenged to consider how this fundamental feature of human existence fits with Christian anthropology. K. Corcoran. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W40 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, Palestrina, Perugia, Assisi, Ravenna, Bologna, Florence, Tivoli, and Ostia. This course may fulfill an elective in the Classics major and minor. Optional cross-cultural engagement credit is available for those who meet additional requirements. Prior course work in classical languages or culture is not required. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $4,450. Y.Kim, J. Winkle. Off campus.

IDIS W41 Building Communities in Uganda. Like two previous courses, in Kenya in January 2010 and in Uganda in January 2012, this course seeks answers to a basic question in the ethics of development: how can governments, churches, and nonprofit agencies work together most effectively to improve lives and strengthen political and social structures in Africa today? World Renew (formerly Christian Reformed World Relief Committee) will again coordinate in-country visits, supplemented by contacts that the instructor has established with Catholic mission and development 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 meet students and faculty members at leading Catholic and Protestant universities. Included in our activities will be overnight stops in one of East Africa’s leading game reserves, Murchison Falls National Park, and in the Budongo Forest, where visitors can observe chimpanzee populations in the wild. Readings on East African history and politics, fiction set in East Africa, articles on development ethics, 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. This course may fulfill an elective in the African Diaspora Studies minor and the IDS major and minor. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 6-26. Fee: $3700. D. Hoekema. Off campus.

IDIS W42 In Search of Water in Kenya. This course travels to Kenya. Water is our primary focus. We explore its complexities in the context of a pastoral land use, increased population, climate change, land degradation, economic development, cultural change (including that spurred by Christianity) and the efforts of non-governmental agencies. In Nairobi, we walk the city and visit the Kibera slum as well as meet with church leaders, US AID officials and World Renew staff. The main portion of the course is a 12-day trip to Samburu region. The overland trip crosses a variety of geographical and cultural terrains en route to the rangelands of a cattle community. Students then make an assessment of technical efforts to secure water – boreholes, traditional wells, water catchments on rock faces, pan dams, rehabilitated dams, and a capped spring – as well as consider future alternatives. Students also conduct a social survey so as to understand the cultural, economic, health and spiritual issues associated with water as well as the perception and reception to water projects. Students have first-hand exposure to Samburu culture while camping in a small community, and, have the option to do a home stay in a traditional manyatta. En route back to Nairobi, we spend two days at a national game park. The course concludes with a trip to the coastal town of Malindi. We stay at a Christian environmental group’s guesthouse. We tour a mangrove swamp, debrief, and snorkel in Kenya’s best marine reserve. Kenyans brief the group in Samburu as well as at the US Embassy, World Renew office, the game park, and the coast. The course may serve as an elective for engineering and geography majors as well as for majors and minors in International Development Studies. This course is a CCE optional course. Course dates: January 6-27. Fee: $3995. J. Bascom, D. Wunder. Off campus.

IDIS W43 Engaging Development in Cambodia. The goal of this class is to identify and understand the root causes of abject poverty in Cambodia, then to visit and participate with a wide variety of organizations supporting development activities there. Issues engaged include food production capacity, land use trends, availability of adequate and clean water, availability of education and primary health care. We will engage with a variety of non-governmental organizations involved in supporting the holistic transformation of communities; World Renew (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 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 in urban and rural environments, 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). 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 7-28. Fee: $3700. L. De Rooy, D. Dornbos Jr, P. Dykstra-Pruim. Off campus.

IDIS W44 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, Strasbourg, 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. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. This course qualifies towards the Engineering Department’s International Designation program. Course dates: January 3-25. Fee: $4600. R. Brouwer, N. Nielsen. Off campus.

IDIS W45 Film Noir & American Culture.  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.  J. Bratt, B. Romanowski.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W46 Law: Portrayal, Perception & Practice.  This course offers students an opportunity to learn directly from legal practitioners about various aspects of law and legal practice. Students will participate in class lectures and classroom seminars led by legal professionals who will use feature films to explore specific aspects of law and to examine popular perceptions and cinematic portrayals thereof in comparison with actual legal practices. Through this process, students will be introduced to basic legal concepts and terms, as well as basic skills in writing and analysis. Students will be required to be active participants in class discussion and complete several analytical writing assignments based on topics covered in the course.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Political Science major. R. Vogelzang, J. Westra.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W47 Sound Design. Students in this course will learn about the acoustical and psychological basis of sound and how it is reproduced digitally by various means. Students will use “Pure Data” language to construct original sound objects, create sound pallets from sampled sounds they collect and process, and combine and modify ready-made sounds from music synthesizers. A substantial portion of the course will be spent analyzing and appreciating sound art as it appears in music for films, video games, web pages, and art installations. Such examples will serve as models for original student compositions. This course may fulfill an elective for Music majors.  D. Fuentes.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W60 China: Culture, Medicine & Bioethics. The world's most populous country has a long, rich cultural tradition featuring unique views of life, persons, the human body, medicine, nature and the environment. As China has sought to modernize over the last half century, some of its traditions and practices have persisted, while others have become westernized. During this interim, students will spend 2½ weeks in China studying Chinese history, culture, philosophy, and religion, with an emphasis on their foundations for traditional Chinese medicine and modern medicine, and issues they raise in medical and environmental ethics. In Beijing, students will visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, North Palace, Tiananmen Square, Beijing Zoo, and dine with local residents. In Shanghai, the class will participate in a short course on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) at a local medical school and its affiliated hospitals, and visit additional venues in Shanghai. In the beautiful city of Zhangjiajie, students will visit the first national park of China including the Hallelujah mountains, villages of local minority groups, and cultural performances. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisite: one course in Living World or permission of the instructors. Course dates: January 8-27. Fee: $3950. H. Bouma, A. Shen. Off campus.

IDIS W61 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  into 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. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. Course dates: January 3-24. Fee: $3900. D. Bossenbroek, S. Couzens. Off campus.

IDIS W62 Sustaining Hawaii. How do you feed a million people – not to mention plane loads of tourists – in an archipelago that is 2500 miles from everywhere else?  This course explores how global and local forces have intersected in Hawaii over the past two centuries and how sustainability, preservation, and diversification have become today’s most pressing concerns. Our two-week stay in Hawaii includes trips to food producers, food processing facilities, farmers’ markets, cultural centers, historic sites, and nature preserves. We also visit historic sites that feature prominently in Hawaii’s cultural heritage – from the Polynesians who first settled the islands to the sugar companies that featured prominently in the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and drive to U.S. statehood. We taste and explore the roots of Hawaii’s unique cuisine. This and other mindful interactions with native Hawaiians and diverse ethnic groups – many of whom are descendants of those who came to Hawaii from all over the world to work in the plantations – earn students a cross-cultural experience. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: Living World core and Societal Structures core. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $3500. D. Koetje. Off campus.

IDIS W63 Book of Revelation. Many Protestant evangelicals understand John’s apocalypse to offer a “blue print” for the end of the world and therefore seek to correlate passages in the book with contemporary events. But many Christian churches and traditions, including the Reformed tradition, recognize the highly symbolic nature of the book. This course utilizes a documentary film covering the history of how Revelation has been interpreted through the ages. Most class sessions will be devoted to working carefully through the text of Revelation. Attention is also given to Revelation’s relevance for Christian faith today. Prerequisite: one course in Religion.  D. Harlow.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CANCELLED IDIS W80 Poverty, Homelessness, and Schooling. Participants in this course will develop an understanding of the challenges of urban education with a particular emphasis on the effects of poverty on learning. Several schools that serve students in the urban environment will be explored. Participants will visit private and public schools in Chicago and Milwaukee. Particular emphasis will be given to the Cross Trainers Academy, a Christian school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin whose origins are in providing schooling to students who are homeless. Participants will engage in multiple experiences designed to explore aspects of educating students who live an urban schooling experience. Participants will learn from educators who coordinate programs for and who teach students in urban schools where a majority of students live at or below the poverty line. Participants will also read from authors who are engaged in this work, critiquing their ideas, and investigate challenges associated with living in large urban settings, including urban migration, decay, and revitalization. Students will also visit schools that educate students in an urban setting, comparing program strengths and challenges of these schools, aide in classrooms of the Cross Trainers Academy and engage visiting lecturers on the joys and challenges of urban education. This course may fulfill an elective in the Urban Studies minor. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: EDUC 102, SOC 151 or permission of the instructor. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $1250. P. Stegink. Off campus.

CANCELLED IDIS W81 Brazil: A Study of the African Diaspora in Brazil. Students will spend three weeks immersed in Brazilian culture, history and language of the Northeast. The first two weeks of the interim will be spent in Fortaleza the capital of the Northeastern state of Ceará. Students will live with middle-class Brazilian families, have local excursions around Fortaleza and take two weekend excursions to Salvador and Recife. Students will be able to study a country that is important to any discussion and research on the African Diaspora, consider the role that African culture has played in Brazil’s culture: music, religious forms, art, cuisine and literature. Students will be exposed to a people whose culture helped forge the racial identity that must be considered in any talk about Brazil—Afro-Brazilian culture and the African diaspora. During the two weeks in Fortaleza the students will have language classes and historical / cultural conferences at one of the local universities. The final week of the Interim will be used to visit Recife, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. Students will visit points of cultural interest such as musical and theatrical events, historical landmarks, museums, art exhibits and churches in Fortaleza, Salvador, Recife and Rio. This course may fulfill an elective credit for minors in Latin American Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, International Development and Spanish. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisite: Open to students that have studied 2 years of a romance language in college, but High school students that have studied a romance language for 4 years, or native speakers will also be considered (there will always be cases where a student might be allowed because of a particular situation, by permission of the professor.  Course dates: January 2-26. Fee: $3500. E. Miller. Off Campus.

IDIS W82 Big Decisions with Big Data. She is wearing a blue dress, flat shoes, and sunglasses; and she is chewing gum.  Will she buy jewelry or go to the sporting goods department?   People are buying a new car model for some unexplained reason.  How long should the manufacturer keep making them?  Marketing dollars are heavily invested in attracting new students to Calvin College. So, where are those dollars the most effective?  Some decisions are immediate and some decisions are long term.  Should the decision be made on gut feel, or should peta bytes of data be analyzed first? Leaders in business, education, politics, and other professions now have a wealth of data to support decision making.  Much of the data is now collected, analyzed and available in real time.  This course introduces students to the art of decision making and how to leverage technologies to support decision making.  Specific topics include how to avoid decision making pit falls, the basic concepts and use of data mining tools and the use of decision making tools (e.g. influence diagrams).  Students from business, liberal arts, computer science and information curriculums will collaborate to work through scenarios of policy and planning decisions.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Information Systems major.  Prerequisites:  IS 171 & Mathematics 143.  P. Bailey.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W83/PHYS W80 Biophysics. Biophysics is a growing discipline in which the tools of physics are used to elucidate biological systems and develop advanced medical technology.   The course covers a broad spectrum of topics, including why ants can easily lift many times their own weight, how CAT and PET scans work, how bees fly, and why our lungs must be coated with surfactant (biological soap). Medical biophysics is emphasized, both in using physics to understand the human body and in explaining how medical devices work.  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.  Note that no previous experience with simulations or Sage is needed.  This course may fulfill an elective in the Biology major.  Prerequisites: 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 the interim term. Prerequisite: 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 212 Global Health. Health is a common human experience and a fundamental human right. Health problems, issues and concerns transcend national boundaries and must be addressed through cooperative action. This study of global health includes biological, social and environmental contributors to health and disease in populations around the world. Students will learn about characteristics, risk factors and effects of infectious and non-infectious disease, about world health inequalities, the role of nutrition and environmental factors on health, international health priorities and health payment systems in various countries. Current effective solutions to global health problems are explored. The health status of people in even distant parts of the world affects our own health and we affect theirs. As citizens of God’s world Christians must be educated and informed in order to take action for their own health and the health of others.  Students will develop their own Christian response to global health issues. Evaluation will be through small group discussions, presentations, quizzes, short papers and personal reflection. Sophomore standing required. A. Ayoola, C. Feenstra. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS340/HIST 380 Field Work in Archaeology (MAY). 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 2014 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 presentations, interview-based recording of modern Umm el-Jimal village culture, planning of a community heritage center, preservation of a large Byzantine house, and working as part of a team of professional archaeologists from Jordan and the United States. A lecture series on contextual subjects and lessons in Arabic will round out the week-day routine. Three weekends will be used for travel in Jordan, including a visit to Petra. A post session trip to Jerusalem is included in dates and fee. Course may be taken as Archaeology Minor Field Work Requirement or as History or general college elective. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary 240 or permission of the instructor. Course dates: May 26 - June 23. Fee: $3615. B. de Vries. Off campus.

IDIS 375 Methods and Pedagogies for Secondary School 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.  Prerequisite:  Education 302-303.  R. Schoone-Jongen.  8:30 a.m. to noon.