International Development Studies
***The following courses will fulfill an elective in the International Development Studies major or minor.***
BIOL W10 Tropical Ecosystems: Development. Tropical ecosystems contain the highest concentration of Earth’s biodiversity. Under the pressures of human population growth and resource use, tropical ecosystems are also experiencing the highest rates of biodiversity loss. How can successful conservation work be done such that the well-being of local people is not compromised or even promoted? And how can human-centered development work be done in such a way that the natural ecosystem to which humans belong is not degraded but possibly even enhanced? These are the fundamental questions we engage as we survey a variety of tropical habitats in Belize and Costa Rica-including coral reefs, mangrove swamps, rain forests, alpine cloud forests and mountain pinelands. Daily field trips will combine plant and animal identification, investigation of ecosystem processes and evaluation of human impact. Extended interaction with local inhabitants, including an overnight stay with villagers of Maya Centre in Belize will provide cross-cultural engagement credit for the course. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $3755. R. Van Dragt, D. Warners. Off campus.
BIOL W80 An Eye Care Mission Trip to Mexico. Lack of access to corrective lenses is a major problem for people in areas that are medically underserved. In contrast, in the US thousands of glasses are discarded everyday as prescriptions change. Used glasses can, however, be put to good use when volunteer eye care professionals and assistants visit underserved areas to perform eye examinations and provide patients with glasses that most closely match their refractive error. The students in this course will spend 13 days in suburban Tijuana and rural San Quintin, Mexico with an ophthalmologist and an ocular physiologist, performing eye exams and dispensing glasses. The course will take place in the context of church development activities of Christian Reformed World Missions in these areas. The goals of the course are to study ocular function and pathology, learn about medical missions and international development, participate in and critically evaluate a service-learning experience and provide glasses to an under-served population. The course will begin with three days of class on campus introducing ocular biology, training in vision screening techniques and organization of donated glasses. Students will help to collect glasses and will read literature related to the course. The class will travel via San Diego, CA to Mexico. Clinics will be set up in churches where the students will interview patients, perform initial visual screening, serve as translators and dispense glasses under supervision of the ophthalmologist. On the final weekend students will visit the ophthalmology department at UCLA in Los Angeles and participate in recreational and Calvin alumni activities in San Diego. The course is intended for pre-optometry, pre-medical, nursing, public health and international development students. This course may fulfill an interim elective in the Nursing major. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisite: one course in biology. Courses in anatomy or physiology and Spanish are desirable, but not required. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $1600. L. Gerbens, J. Ubels. Off campus.
EDUC W10 Zambian Education Developments (MAY). This course explores preschool—high school education and development in the area of Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia. Participants will visit and later engage in aiding in Zambian public schools, in schools like the Esther School and the Helen DeVos Christian School started by American groups, and in International Schools in order to gain a deeper understanding of culturally sustaining pedagogy. The group will examine Zambian educational issues and the political, economic, and religious underpinnings to those issues through school visits and a weeklong classroom aiding experience, as well as through interactions with Zambian school leaders and church leaders. By examining another culture’s educational structure and practices, it is a goal of the course to develop new ways of seeing possibilities for American schooling and international schooling. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement Course dates: May 25—June 13, 2014. Fee: $3850. M. Terpstra. Off campus.
FREN W80 Cap Haitien, Haiti. In this course students will spend three weeks teaching French to the student orphans of EBAC Christian Academy and Orphanage in Morne Rouge, Haiti. Students are housed at the Joshua House Missionary Lodge on the IDADEE Orphanage compound in Cap Haitien, Haiti. The EBAC orphanage houses approximately 100-130 orphans ranging in ages from toddlers to high school. Course work at the school is currently conducted in English. However, since French is the official language of Haiti these students must have a mastery of French in order to progress in their studies at a Haitian University or to find gainful employment beyond their immediate neighborhood. The two missionaries who run EBAC would like to strengthen the French language instruction for the orphans with the help of Calvin students. During the interim, Calvin students are exposed to Haitian Creole and study it and its origins prior to the trip. Additionally, the history of Haiti is studied along with a focus on economics and Haiti’s extreme poverty and
infrastructural dysfunction. Guest speakers share their experience working in Haiti. Excursions include a visit to historical sites like the Citadel; however, extensive travel outside of the greater Cap Hatien area is limited due to poor road conditions. This course may fulfill an elective for the French major/minor and for the International Development Studies major/minor. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisite: French 201 or the equivalent. Course dates: January 6-24. Fee: $3140. J. Vos-Camy. 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 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 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 will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 6-27. Fee: $4,045. J. Bascom, D. Wunder. Off campus.
IDIS W43 Transforming 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 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.
SOWK W40 Development in Liberia. This course examines community development as one way to bring healing to a broken nation struggling to emerge from a lengthy civil conflict. Students listen and learn alongside some of the first social work students in Liberian history, at the Mother Patern College of Health Science in the capital of Monrovia. Together, this cohort spends time in the classroom and in the community, learning theory and witnessing it in practice at agencies throughout the capital and in villages in the interior. The course covers a variety of approaches to the problems of poverty and sustainable development, and focuses on cross-cultural engagement and participatory learning. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS major.
This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $3750. J. Kuilema, R. Venema. Off campus.