International Development Studies
***The following courses will fulfill an elective in the International Development Studies major or minor.***
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 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: $2584. L. Schwander, T. Vanden Berg. 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: $4690. 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.
NURS W80 Belize: A Nursing Experience. Immerse yourself in the health issues and nursing care of the people of the small developing country of Belize, Central America. Belize is both geographically and culturally diverse with mountains, rainforests and the largest coral reef in this hemisphere! Explore health concerns and care strategies for a culturally, socially and economically varied nation of seven distinct groups including Creole, Mayan, Taiwanese, Garifuna and others. Nursing students have the opportunity to serve in community clinics, private hospitals, struggling government hospitals, mental health half-way houses and orphanages. Students learn from local herbalists, traditional midwives and folk healers. Students take an excursion to Guatemala for 3 days to explore the contrast in health care and culture of these two developing countries. Students will also have the opportunity to live in a Mayan village absorbing the culture firsthand. Students learn about village health needs and the role of the traditional birthing assistant. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS program. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of at least one semester of nursing courses and permission of the instructor. Course dates: January 7-27. Fee: $2990. R. Boss Potts. Off campus.
**SPAN W80 Spanish in Yucatan. In this course Students spend three weeks (January 7-28, 2015) immersed in Mexican culture and Spanish language in Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatan. Merida has a population of one million and offers a colonial past, strong Mayan influence in the present, and intensive globalization as it faces the future. It hosts two universities and several mission organizations. Students live with Mexican families and attend lecture and discussion classes focusing on aspects of Mexican culture such as Mexican and Mayan history, the history of Catholicism and Protestantism in Mexico, and the current political and economic context. Students also participate in excursions to Mayan ruins and attend religious and cultural events. Student learning objectives are to 1) improve comprehension and fluency in the Spanish language, 2) increase understanding of various cultural and religious phenomena of Mexico and particularly of Yucatan, and 3) grow in personal maturity and awareness of cultural differences. This course may fulfill an elective in the Spanish and IDS programs. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: Spanish 201 and permission of instructor. This course has a CCE integral component. Course dates: January 7-28. Fee: $2191. S. Lamanna. Off campus.