IDIS W10 Simplicity in Central America. In this wilderness adventure course, students challenge themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually as they develop new outdoor skills. As they live intentionally together in a variety of rustic settings, the focus on the ideas of simplicity and contentment. Students will develop a deeper awareness of self, a better understanding of Godly relationships, and a greater appreciation of God's world as reflected in the indigenous people, cultures, and environment of remote and extraordinary Central American locales. This 22 day wilderness adventure features hiking, scuba diving, surfing, and white-water rafting Costa Rica and Panama. Students also interact extensively with local guides, families, and churches through a variety of joint projects and intercultural activities. Students study and experience the spiritual discipline of simplicity; participate in extended solitude and reflection as a means of personal and spiritual growth; are challenged to learn to surf, raft and SCUBA; and experience God through His creation and the diversity of His people. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 5 – 26. Fee: $3116. J. Britton, D. Vander Griend, J. Witte. Off campus.
IDIS W11 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 Presbyterian missionary couple Francis and Edith Schaeffer L’Abri has become known as a place where people with questions about the Christian faith can go for instruction and counsel. This type of instruction is based on the tutorial system and is conducted in English. Typically, students spend half the day in study and the other half working in the community. Students determine the course of their study with their tutors on site. This course is a CCE optional course. Course dates: January 6-31. Fee: $2152. L. Hardy. Off campus.
IDIS W12 Arabic Language and Culture . This course is for students who have had no prior formal exposure to modern standard Arabic. It provides students with the essentials of standard Arabic as used in public communications throughout the Arab World. The first part of the course will focus on oral and conversational practice while introducing the students to the writing and reading systems. The second part emphasizes fundamentals of Arabic grammar, vocabulary building and writing at the sentence and paragraph level. A. Abadeer.
IDIS W13 Exploring German-style games. Traditional board games have been played by children (Chutes and Ladders), intellectuals (Trivial Pursuit), and at social gatherings (Taboo!) for many years. An emerging genre of games, frequently called German-style board games, has gained popularity in the United States in the past decade. These strategic games range in complexity from basic resource games such as Settlers of Catan and Seven Wonders to more complex games like Race for the Galaxy. These games enhance strategic development, critical thinking, spatial learning, creativity, risk assessment, conflict management, and collaboration, as well as the social skills associated with communal game play. Students in this course will learn how to play several different types of German-style games and analyze the underlying concepts essential for game play. Students will write several game reviews, in which they will evaluate and critique different aspects of the gaming experience. The course will culminate with students applying their knowledge towards the design of a new game or expansion of an existing game. Students will be required to purchase or provide a copy of a game from a specified list in lieu of any books. R. Bebej, J. Moes. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W14 I Long. Therefore, I Am. Probably by this point in your life you have experienced a sense of deep yearning or longing or unquenchable desire or ache or existential restlessness. You might yearn for a time, a place, a person, an experience, who knows what. Maybe you’ve never identified it as yearning or longing. Maybe you’ve never dwelt upon it or with it. Or maybe you feel like you spend too much time dwelling on it. Whatever your situation, it is this fundamental aspect of human existence the Germans call "sehnsucht" that this interim course is all about. Students will explore this feature of the human condition through both film and literature. Students will read the novel "The History of Love," by Jewish writer Nicole Krauss and the non-fiction work "Surprised by Joy," by C.S. Lewis. Among the films we'll watch are: Her, Before Sunsrise, Before Sunset, Hook, The Notebook, etc…. K. Corcoran. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W15 Art and History of Quilting. An introduction to the art and history of quilts. The course examines the various styles of quilting (Scrap quilts, Amish quilts, Applique, Whole-cloth quilts and so on), the historical development and importance of quilting as an art form, the social and communal context of quilting in American history, and the significance of various styles of quilt-making. It also considers the integration of quilting into faith communities, the theological significance of particular types of quilts, and the aesthetic quality of quilting as an expression of God’s image in human life. In addition to this theoretical knowledge, students will also learn the basics of making a quilt, starting with design, piecing, machine-quilting, and binding. In addition to the textbook, students will need a sewing machine, and will need to provide basic sewing notions such as thread, needles, and scissors. Students will need to purchase their own fabric and quilt batting. R. Groenhout. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W16 The Beatles and the Sixties. 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 W17 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, the Peter Jackson film adaptations are viewed, accompanied by discussion of how the themes from the book are treated. 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 W18 Japanese Art and Film. A study of Japanese art and film, including an introduction to Japanese history and culture as a context for art and film appreciation. The first half of the course surveys Japanese history, using illustrative art works and films as supplements. The second half of the course surveys contemporary Japanese art and film. Topics to be covered include the Kamakura and Heian periods of art, Bhuddism and Shintoism, the tea ceremony, Bushido and the Samurai, anime, and the films of Ozu, Kurosawa, and Miyazaki. Readings may include Traditional Japanese Arts and Culture, A Hundred Years of Japanese Film, Silence (by Endo), and parts of Paul Schrader's Transcendental Style in Film. Students will be introduced to works of Japanese art in the Calvin art collection, and some films will be screened in class. Guest speakers will talk about Japanese art and film. Students will be taken on at least one field trip, perhaps to the unfinished Japanese garden at Meijer Gardens and/or to the Art Institute of Chicago to view and discuss its extensive collection of Japanese art. Fee: $50. C. Plantinga, H. Luittikhuizen. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W19 Inside the January Series. The Award-winning January Series brings world-class 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 during our morning class sessions. 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. Attendance at all January Series events is mandatory. K. Saupe. 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
IDIS W20 Chinese Medicine and 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 17, 2015 is required. This course will fulfill the CCE core requirement. Fee: $200. A. Shen. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W21 Reading Don Quixote . The Impossible Dream: Reading Don Quijote. More than 400 years since the publication of the first volume of Don Quixote, the Spanish knight is one of the best-known fictional characters ever created. For many he is the dreamer of the impossible dream or a noble figure questing after an ideal love. Some see him as tragic, while for others he is essentially comic. Cervantes’ work has been read and interpreted in many ways at different times and places. Nevertheless, many English speakers know only the eccentric gentleman of the Broadway musical. There is much more! This class will plumb the depths of what it means to be a reader: a reader of texts of course, but also a reader of life. Don Quixote, the basis of our discussions, is perhaps the most representative text as far as this theme goes. After all, Don Quixote begins with Cervantes addressing the reader, the protagonist is an obsessive reader, the main characters of the second part are readers of the first part, and so on. Throughout the novel, Cervantes shows that history is something constructed by others and that everything depends on point of view. With that as a jumping-off point, students will examine how our point of view—our worldview—affects and influences our own histories/stories. Don Quixote lived his life by the book—the book of chivalry. Christians too are people of the book—the Bible. Having seen how Don Quixote viewed his entire world through the lens of novels of chivalry, students will reflect on how their lives are fashioned by the lenses through which they see the world. Students will read Edith Grossman’s translation of Don Quijote de la Mancha and explore some of the books, films, and art that have been inspired by Cervantes’ masterpiece. C. Slagter. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W22 Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Many students in the creative arts hope their craft will become more than a hobby after graduation. Often, however, these students struggle to see how they might use their artistic skills in concrete ways to sustain a fulfilling career. This course provides participants with tools to help them apply entrepreneurial models to their interests in the creative arts. Students with an interest in visual arts, architecture, poetry and creative writing, music, dance, theater, film, digital media production, and design explore their own passions and how they can be translated to successful careers. Throughout the course students engage with local creative arts institutions and talk with individuals who have successfully followed their calling into the arts. Topics that are covered include: steps to finding employment in the arts, funding sources for the arts, the legal organization of arts institutions, business plans and their key elements, a brief introduction to budgets and taxes, how to discern vocation in the arts, how to determine the value of a graduate degree in the arts, what it takes to be an entrepreneur in the arts, and the economic impact of the arts on society. The course involves field trips to local arts organizations. Through course activities and discussions, students formulate and articulate an understanding of how their unique skill set can be used to further God’s kingdom, both as a sustainable personal vocation and a contribution to the common good. S. Smartt, J. Risner. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W23 How to Change the World. Injustice, social breakdown, and ecological dangers are ever-present and all around. Illiteracy, poverty, maternal mortality, malnutrition, joblessness, conflict, habitat loss, and pollution are all examples. Government programs and charity can help, but they don’t always work, and they are not enough. This course will introduce students to social entrepreneurship, the new and increasingly appreciated strategy for bringing constructive changes to social and ecological problem areas. Social entrepreneurs develop social enterprises, organizations that marshal resources and people to make changes that set the world on a more positive course. These can be either for-profit or not-for-profit organizations, but their primary mission will be to address social or ecological needs in powerful and sustainable ways. In this experientially-based class, students will be introduced to the experiences of successful social entrepreneurs, both international and domestic, as they learn how to build a social enterprise. Students will then work in teams to identify a particular area of need, research their area of interest, imagine solutions, and design start-up social enterprises that move rapidly toward financial sustainability. To supplement the experiential learning, students will learn basic business and organizational tools, read stories of successful social entrepreneurs, visit local social enterprises, skype with international social entrepreneurs, engage with guest speakers, listen to TED talks, and more. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS major or minor. P. Snyder and R. Hoksbergen. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Note: This course description has been modified since first published in the printed Interim-2015 course catalog.
IDIS W24 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. E. Van Der Heide, D. Pruis. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W25 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 (not unlike learning a new language) and ultimately adapt their own as partnerships. 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. D. Vander Griend. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W26 Preparing for the Semester in Britain. 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, (3) preparing for specific excursions in England and Scotland, and (4) discuss a series of topics on practical living—everything from food to manners, to churches. 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 host (and provide guidebook materials for) excursions. D. Ward. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W27 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 (1/22/15-1/24/15), sponsored by Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International. J. Kraak, N. Van Noord. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W28 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 W40 Disney, Culture, and Progress. Walt Disney World projects a vision of global progress in cross-cultural engagement, scientific and technological innovation, environmental sustainability, and global citizenship. But this message of progress is often contested, and such a singular presentation raises a multitude of questions: Have we really progressed when there is so much violence, inequality, interethnic hostility and discrimination, environmental deterioration, and misuse of technology? How can we reconcile ideas of progress with the reality of a fallen world? Can we identify a global vision of progress, or are these ideas merely a veiled presentation of the “American dream?” This course equips students to explore cross-cultural understandings of progress. Students will learn about theories of progress from development literature, and then assess how we understand progress across cultural contexts in light of these theories. A significant portion of the class will take place off-campus at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where students will explore representations of human progress in science, technology, cross-cultural engagement, environmental protection, and global citizenship. During this visit we will reflect on some key questions: What does it take to progress towards a more sustainable future? Are we called to be global citizens or rooted in our local communities? Is progress a Western, liberal concept, or can we understand progress within our own cultural communities? How does our understanding of progress impact the way we engage across cultures? Most importantly, are there particular visions of progress that Christians should or should not endorse? This class may fulfill an elective in the Political Science and IDS programs. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 7-27. Fee: $2380. R. McBride. Off campus.
IDIS W41 Harness the Wind: Learn to Sail (3 hours + PER 140). For thousands of years people have taken to the water in boats propelled by wind and sails. Whether for business or pleasure, sailors have had to learn the skills needed to meet the challenges of sailing. In this course students learn to sail on 26-30 foot sailboats using the facilities of Eckerd College on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, FL. Students progress from beginning to advanced levels of sailing skill and are introduced to a lifetime activity that can be enjoyed at various levels. During onboard instruction students explore the ways in which wind, water, sails and hulls interact to efficiently send a boat on its way. Leadership development, team building, cooperative learning, and an introduction to sailboat racing are integral to the sailing experience. In addition to extensive on-the-water instruction, the course includes classroom presentations, readings, projects and discussions on techniques and physics of sailing, sailboat design, navigation, meteorology and history. Excursions to observe marine environments and wildlife are included in the course. No boating experience is required. Students must have the physical ability to operate a sailboat and pass a 150 yard swimming test. This course may fulfill an elective in the Recreation major or minor. Course dates: January 5-24. Cost: $2937. J. Ubels, S. Vander Linde. Off campus.
IDIS W42 Tourism, Migration and Development in Jamaica. Jamaica with its vibrant multi-national urban centers, attractive tourist destinations and rural countryside, provides the backdrop for examining issues facing developing countries in an increasingly globalized economy. This interim exposes students to Jamaican culture and history, including the African diaspora, Jamaica's colonial experience, Jamaica's contemporary identity as well as Jamaican migration patterns. Through readings, classroom discussions, and engaging lectures by faculty from Calvin and the University of West Indies, students examine the social and economic challenges facing Jamaicans today including political unrest, gangs, debt, remittances, tourism, sustainability, migration, and the influence of the United States on Jamaican affairs. Students travel through both the interior and the coast of Jamaica matching classroom content with participant observation and fieldwork. Field trips are also used to examine the various political, social, economic and international trends that have shaped the island and impacted its potential for successful development. This course may fulfill an elective in the Sociology, Social Work, International Development studies and Africa and the African Diaspora Studies programs. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 8-27. Fee: $2977. A. Greidanus. L. Schwander, T. Vanden Berg. Off campus.
IDIS W43 Dutch Landscapes. Few countries exist where human activities have exerted greater influence in the shaping of the land than the Netherlands. With daily field excursions, students will learn about this country’s richly varied and historically layered cultural landscapes. Many of the excursions will focus on land reclamation, water management, and environmental preservation technologies which have been used over many centuries. These technologies are important for understanding the complex interrelationships between society, technology and land. Students will also learn about Dutch society and culture via visits to museums, churches, and political institutions as well as readings and direct engagement with people of this country. Students stay in a group accommodation facility about 10 miles north of Amsterdam. The primary mode of instruction is field excursion to locations throughout the country. These daily trips are guided by briefings the night before, interpretation en route, presentation made by local experts, and study sheet assignments. Additionally, each student spends part of one weekend with a Dutch family. This course may fulfill an elective in the Geography, Environmental Studies, Dutch and Engineering programs. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 6-30 integrated through this period are 7 open days for personal travel. Fee: $3666. H. De Vries, R. Hoeksema. Off campus.
IDIS W44 Business, Engineering & Religion in the European Context. 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 qualifies towards the Engineering department’s International Designation program. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 2-24. Fee: $4700. R. Brouwer, R. Plaisier. Off campus.
IDIS W45 Galapagos Islands/Amazon Rainforest. As “living laboratories of evolution” both the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest are two of the most unique and fascinating places on earth. Having an equatorial climate, these two ecosystems are quickly becoming trendy vacation spots, generating local economies that are heavily reliant on the ecotourism industry. Participants in this course will investigate the biology of the local flora and fauna of these areas and also study the economic and environmental issues and tradeoffs that are necessary to maintain these areas. Particular attention will be given to the application of Reformed Christian principles of biological and economic stewardship as tools for assessing the current and future status of these important natural areas. Students travel to Ecuador to spend seven days on the Galapagos archipelago and six days living within the Amazon jungle. Daily excursions include hiking, canoeing, and snorkeling. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS program. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 7 -27. Fee: $5600. C. Blankespoor, D. Proppe. Off campus.
IDIS W46 Ethiopia: Community of Hope. This course travels to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This third world city of 6 million people is situated on a plateau 6,000 feet above sea level just north of the equator. Students from any discipline are encouraged to participate. We immerse ourselves in the Ethiopian culture, including exposure to economics, health care, religion, and educational systems. Opportunities exist for exploration and involvement in education, social work, nursing, development, international studies, and medical missions. There are also opportunities for volunteer work in health care settings. Optimally, students experience both urban and rural sites and are able to compare/contrast these sub-cultures. The reality of HIV-AIDS in Africa and current treatments and services available in Ethiopia are discussed. Visits are made to various hospitals, orphanages and clinics dealing with the impacts of HIV/AIDS as well as international relief organizations. Team discussions, guest speakers, and informal lectures share ideas for hope, community, and faith in the face of poverty and disease take place. Ethiopia has many beautiful natural attractions with abundant African wildlife. Field trips may include mountain resorts and national parks. Students should be prepared to be personally challenged as the complex realities of Ethiopia are explored. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS program. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Junior status or above required. Course dates: January 5-25. Fee: $4135. C. Feenstra. Off campus.
**IDIS W47 Exploring Honduras 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 coast in the North to the Pacific coast in the South. Traveling through 8 cities, students have the opportunity to learn about the issues of education in Honduras, to meet its best students and to 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, spend a week living with Honduran families in a small town outside the capital, and hear from Honduran leaders in the nation’s capital to learn about the tough issues this Honduras is facing and what is being done to bring about change. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS program. 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 3-27. Fee: $2947. K. Ver Beek. Off campus.
IDIS W48 Living Like Jesus Under Occupation. This course will expose students to Palestinian life under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Students will learn about the complex historical relationships between Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the land of Palestine. This history will include the rise of modern-day Zionism, the establishment of the state of Israel, the current construction of the Separation Wall and continuing Palestinian resistance to Western colonization. Regular day-trips will include visits to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron, Galilee, the Jordan Valley and several Palestinian refugee camps. Students will visit with the leaders of several local institutions working for the implementation of a just peace and reconciliation in the region. Leadership, classroom lectures and field instruction will be from local professors provided by Dar al-Kalima College (Bethlehem) and Bir-Zeit University (Ramallah) as well as Prof. Crump (Calvin College). Seeing and experiencing these circumstances first hand will facilitate discussion and reflection on the ethical responsibilities incumbent upon American Christians as well as US foreign policy-makers as two of the principal facilitators of Israel’s ongoing violation of Palestinian human rights. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS program. Course dates: January 7-27. Fee: $3676. D. Crump. Off campus.
**IDIS W49 Leadership in Africa. This course is held in Kenya. Students meet African leaders in health, education, government, media, church, environment, and development. Students spend one week in Nairobi, and then travel to visit rural Maasai people who welcome students into their homes, schools, and church. Students visit the Masai Mara, Africa's premier game reserve. Rural living situations may not include Western conveniences. Students hike, talk, discuss, participate in worship, visit local markets, and learn currency, history, and some Swahili while meeting nightly for debriefing. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS program. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $4584. R. Crow, M. Fackler. Off campus.
IDIS W50 Brazil for Beginners. Students will spend three weeks immersed in Brazilian culture, history and language, particularly of the Northeast. Two weeks of the Interim will be spent in Recife, the capital and largest city (ca. 3.75 million inhabitants) of the Northeastern state of Pernambuco, as well as the center Nieuw Holland (Dutch colonial Brazil, 1630-1654). Students will live with middle-class Brazilian families and take local excursions. Students will be able to study a country that is important to any discussion and research on Latin America and the African Diaspora. During the two weeks in Recife the students will have language classes and historical / cultural conferences at a local cultural center. The final week will be spent in Salvador, the capital of colonial Brazil (ca. 3.5 million inhabitants) and Rio de Janeiro, former capital and second largest city in Brazil (ca. 6.3 million inhabitants). Students will visit points of cultural interest, historical landmarks, museums, art exhibits and churches in Recife, Salvador, and Rio. This course may fulfill an elective credit for minors in Latin American Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, and International Development. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 4-26. Fee: $3740. D. TenHuisen. Off Campus.
IDIS W51 China, Business & Engineering. China’s emerging economy has a large impact on today’s world, especially in business and engineering. During this interim, students spend three weeks in China meeting with business and engineering professionals who are part of this reshaping of the global economy. The course includes major cultural and economic centers of China: Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Students engage with professionals at approximately thirteen companies. Additionally, many important historic and cultural sites are explored including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Students learn why China has a comparative advantage in many types of manufacturing and how some US firms have responded to that. Students learn what type of engineering is done well in China as well as the environmental impacts of China’s rapid growth. Students also learn how Chinese Christians shape their life, work, and business with their faith. Finally, students learn about the history and culture of China and how this has shaped modern events. Students are challenged to consider what China means for their future careers in business and engineering. Preference given to students majoring in the business or engineering departments. This course may fulfill the Engineering department International Designation program. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 7 - 28. Fee: $3800. R. Tubergen, L. Van Drunen. Off campus.
IDIS W52 Critical Approaches to Horror. This course addresses issues of the Gothic in contemporary art and media, paying specific attention to the aesthetics and cultural ramifications of horror, the sublime, and the abject body. Through the exploration of film, literature, music, and visual art, students are encouraged to understand the paradigmatic relationship between pagan and Christian, innocence and corruption, and the living and the dead. Philosophical and critical readings from the fields of cultural studies, media studies, contemporary art, and gender studies are used to explore theological implications of these genres. This course may fulfill an elective for the Film and Media major as well as the Studio Art major. Fee: $10. A. Wolpa. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W53 Women's Health. This course focuses on decision making in many dimensions of health. We investigate, explore and share health topics related to spiritual health, social health, physical health, psychological health and financial health. Community experts, personal life stories, and videos add to the learning experience. This course may fulfill an elective for Gender studies and Health minors. D. Bakker. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W54 Dancing the Elementary Curriculum. This course explores the use of creative movement as a tool for teaching elementary curriculum. Students "dance" through elementary math, Bible, social studies, science and language arts by designing movement-based lessons and playing movement games. Students visit local elementary classrooms, discuss curriculum with teachers and custom-design movement lessons for their classes. In pairs or trios, students teach their lessons to elementary children. Students are evaluated upon the following: in-class movement exploration, a test upon lecture and readings, writing assignments, peer-teaching activities, creative game design, written lesson-planning and in-classroom teaching. No previous dance experience required. This course is recommended to Elementary Education students for fulfilling their dance component. E. Van’t Hof. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W55 Music and Politics. This course explores the complex relationship between music and politics: how governments, institutions and special interests groups have influenced the kinds of music made (or not made) in a given context, the variety of ways music has been used to meet political objectives, and the many different ways music has been understood to carry political meaning. The course will introduce case studies drawn from the twentieth century onwards to illuminate these various relationships, including worker’s music from the North American labor movement (1920s and 30s), music in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Soviet music during the Cold War, the civil rights movement and urban folk revival in North America, music during and after Apartheid in South Africa, censorship and regulation of popular music in the US (especially the Parents Music Resource Council), and uses for music by American soldiers in the Global War on Terror. These diverse political contexts for music will highlight the extent to which music is implicated in questions of power and justice, and used as a political tool or weapon by political collectives of many places, eras, and ideologies. No musical training required. This class may be used as an elective towards a music major or minor but is open to students from all disciplines. B. Wolters-Fredlund. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W60 The Book of Revelation. No writing in the Bible has been subject to a wider range of interpretations than the Book of Revelation. Many Protestant evangelicals understand John’s apocalypse to offer a script for the end of the world and therefore seek to correlate passages in the book with contemporary events. But many Christian churches, including those in the Reformed tradition, recognize the highly symbolic nature of the book. This course begins by using a two-part documentary film on Revelation that devotes significance attention to the variety of ways in which the book has been interpreted through the centuries in Church history. The film also touches on the book’s impact on secular culture through the ages. Most class sessions will be devoted to working carefully through the text of Revelation section by section, with a focus on what the book would have meant to Revelation’s first audience: Christians in first-century Roman Asia Minor. Through group and general class discussion, however, attention is also given to the theological challenges raised by Revelation and to its relevance for Christian faith today. Prerequisite: one course in Religion. D. Harlow. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W61 Neuroscience & Education. The field of neuroscience is exploding with information about the brain. Largely because of novel technologies that can non-invasively monitor the brain in its active functioning in real time, an astonishingly large body of knowledge is accumulating about how the brain works. In this course, students will become aware of and understand the basics of neuroscience. This will also include salient features of recent developments and discoveries in neuroscience. Students will also become aware of and understand applications of neuroscience to the theory and practice of education, including learning and teaching. This will include examining commercial products and other successful and popular programs that apply brain research to education. And students will develop critical perspectives on neuroscience and its applications to education, exploring ways in which this fits with the faith-based mission of Calvin College and the Education Program. This will include learning how to judge current claims of neuroscience’s applications to education, including popular neuromyths and excessive claims by commercial products. Students will be invited to examine the burgeoning body of literature in education at the intersection of neuroscience and educational research and practice. The goal is to situate educational practitioners better in their understanding of neuroscience and neuroscience’s place in teaching and learning. Prerequisite: EDUC 202 or Psych 151, or permission from the instructor. C. Joldersma. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W62 Wildfire: Cultural Ecology. Grassland and forest fires are widely viewed today as threatening intrusions into natural and domesticated landscapes. Yet for millennia fire has played a major role in shaping Earth’s human and ecological communities. This course traces the ecology and cultural applications of fire through three historical periods dominated successively by 1) naturally occurring fire, 2) fire use by native human populations, and 3) fire control under European-style land settlement. The course will examine adaptations of organisms to fire, ways in which fire structures biological communities in different biomes, and how humans use of fire may have shaped the signature natural landscapes of North America and other continents. The place of fire and fire policy in the sustainable stewardship of public lands like national parks and wilderness areas will be studied. The use of fire in managing and restoring ecosystems will also be explored. The course will include lectures, laboratory exercises, videos and at least one field trip. Prerequisite: One course in Biology. R. VanDragt, D. Warners. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W63 Leadership & Emotional Resilience. This course explores the role of emotional health in the life of an effective Christian leader. Based on the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience, neuropsychology, leadership studies, economics, and sociology, students learn the nuts and bolts of psychological well-being as a prerequisite for effective leadership. A variety of practical exercises provide students with the opportunity for personal growth and insight, providing resources for living “the good life”—a life full of purpose and meaning. Open to Perkins Leadership Fellows only. C. Edmondson. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
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 206 Introduction to Medieval Studies. 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. Fee: $25. F. van Liere. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS 211 Honors: Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Examination of a Complex Disease. Current reports indicate that cancer affects one out of every three Americans. As such, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of cancer patients has become a priority for scientists, public health officials, and health care providers. However, cancer is complex, as is our current medical system. Providing high-quality, effective, affordable, and equitable care for cancer patients will require collaboration among those with varied expertise. In this course, students use a multidisciplinary approach to study cancer drawing on insights from cell biology, genetics, public health, sociology, economics, ethics and others. Discussions with health care professionals and scientists, and visits to health care facilities and research centers highlight the value of collaborative bench to bedside treatment strategies. Meetings with cancer patients and survivors provide insights into current successes and challenges in patient care. A final project challenges students to develop a multidisciplinary strategy for improving cancer care. This graded course is intended for Honors students from all disciplines. Individuals completing the course receive honors credit. Pre-course reading and attendance at one meeting in December are required. A. Wilstermann. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS 375 Methods and Pedagogies for 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.