Courses

May Term 2019 International Travel Courses

The ECC designations for each course, if any, are listed following the course instructor name(s).  For specific questions related to the content and/or destinations of a travel course, please contact the course instructor(s). For information about how to apply to participate in one of these travel courses, please click here, and for application related questions, please contact Director of International Education Jay Wilkinson (jay.wilkinson@simpson.edu).

In Africa:

 SEA 297-MOR Morocco: The Legacy of Colonialism (Mark Freyberg & Ali Madanipour); ECC: Global Perspective

Preliminary cost estimate:$4,650 plus $40 for meals on travel days, $30 for books, and $145 passport fee, if needed. 

Anticipated length of time abroad:  16 days

This course explores effects of colonialism on contemporary Morocco through on-campus lectures and two weeks of observation in urban and rural Morocco. Lectures provide a brief history of Morocco and an overview of Western influence on contemporary Moroccan society. Students will learn how inequality is created and sustained by colonial and post-colonial social forces (economic, legal and cultural), and how inequality emerges within and between nations in a globalizing world. Students will complete short quizzes, a pre-travel essay, an interfolio photo project and a reflective journal. Destinations include Casablanca on the coast, Marrakesh in the High Atlas Mountains, and at least one rural village where we will complete a service project.

In Asia and the Pacific region:

SEA 197-ASI What’s a Wat?:  Understanding Business and Culture in Thailand and Vietnam (Marilyn Mueller, Kelly Swinton & John Walker); ECC: Global Perspective

Preliminary cost estimate: $3,900 plus $75 for meals not covered by course fee, up to $150 for recommended immunizations, and $145 passport fee, if needed.

Anticipated length of time abroad:  19 days

In this travel course, students will gain firsthand experience with the cultural, religious and economic realities of Thailand and Vietnam. We will visit US-based and local businesses operating in SE Asia, tiny market stalls lining the streets, and temples where worship intersects with daily life. We will see up close how and why things work in these ancient countries which are trying to find their places in a modern, entrepreneurial and global economy. Through preparatory work in spring 2019, students will learn about the cultural, political, economic, religious and business backgrounds, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit in both countries.

SEA 197-NZP  New Zealand through Photography (Luke Behaunek); No ECC designations

Preliminary cost estimate: $4,200 plus $400 for camera equipment (assuming new equipment is purchased), and $145 passport fee, if needed.

Anticipated length of time abroad:  15 days

In a country about twice the size of Iowa, New Zealand offers an incredible array of landscapes. The relatively small country offers mountains, glaciers, beaches, fjords, plains, and volcanoes all offering beauty and opportunities for exploration. This course will allow students to explore the country through photography, capturing the diverse geography through hands-on learning that will provide students with useful skills to take into their lives at or after Simpson. Through photo assignments, students will learn new perspectives, manual photography skills, and Adobe Photoshop techniques. Students will also gain insight into the Maori culture. Note: Students must provide their own photographic equipment.

In Central or South America or the Caribbean region:

SEA 197-CRI  Costa Rica:  Health and Education as a Human Right  (Jackie Brittingham & Cyd Dyer); ECC: Global Perspective and Intercultural Communication

Preliminary cost estimate: $3,800 plus $54 for meals not covered by course fee, $50 for books, up to $150 for recommended immunizations, and $145 passport fee, if needed.

Anticipated length of time abroad:  16 days

Costa Rica, known for its natural beauty, differs from its neighbors in its passion for human rights. What is unique about the historical, economic, and cultural forces that elevate healthcare and education as human rights? Experiences with Costa Ricans and the growing immigrant populations and engagement with government leaders, activists and educators will help us understand these forces. Readings and reflective discussions during the pre-course will provide a foundation for in-country journaling, conversations, and experiences. Students proficient in Spanish will help others practice conversational Spanish so all can fully enjoy the hospitality of our “Tico” hosts during our rural homestay.

In Europe:

SEA 197-IRM  Saints, Heretics, and Witches in Medieval Ireland (Maeve Callan & Daryl Sasser); No ECC designations

Preliminary cost estimate: $3,200 plus $50 for books, and $145 passport fee, if needed.

Anticipated length of time abroad:  16 days

This course explores changing perceptions of gender, power, and the sacred in medieval Ireland, with contemporary applications, particularly regarding issues of diversity and inclusion. Students will write one short (4-7 pages) and one longer (10-12 pages) paper, due at the end of term, and will give a brief (10-15 minutes) presentation on their longer paper topic during our last days in Ireland. Students will also be required to write short reflections to the required reading during the prep course, as well as journal reflections during our time in Ireland.


SEA 197-ITR  
Renaissance and Reformation in Italy: Florence and Rome  (Rebecca Livingstone & Judy Walden)  ECC:  Global Perspective

Preliminary cost estimate: $4,000 plus $45 for books, $135 for meals not covered by course fee, and $145 passport fee, if needed

Anticipated length of time abroad:  17 days

The Renaissance-Reformation marks the beginning of Europe’s modern era. The Renaissance represents the reawaking of the classical world and its transformation into innovative ideas while the Reformation saw a revitalization of Catholicism in its own much overlooked reform movement. The heart of both movements lay in Italy, particularly Florence and Rome. These two cities represent many of the facets of the Renaissance-Reformation period – culture, education, politics, religion and trade. Through their exploration students will gain greater insight into how western civilization transformed itself from the medieval ‘dark’ ages into the modern. Student activities will include a directed journal as well as a short paper and oral presentation.


SEA 197-SPA  Walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain
(Tracy Dinesen & Lau Cesarco Eglin); No ECC designations

Preliminary cost estimate: $2,960 plus $50 for books, $300 for hiking gear, and $145 passport fee, if needed.

Anticipated length of time abroad:  17 days

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage route that traces the path that St. James took to Spain as part of his crusade. This route remains sacred to modern pilgrims and provides an opportunity for deep reflection and spiritual growth, regardless of one’s religious affiliation. This course allows students to walk a portion of the Camino and requires them to develop personal goals for their pilgrimage. Readings range from medieval to modern day documentation (fiction and non-fiction) of pilgrimage. Prior to departure students will create a personalized pilgrimage plan and during their pilgrimage they will keep a reflective journal. This course is physically demanding requiring up to 16 miles of walking per day over rough terrain.


SEA 297-
AIT  Music in Italy and Austria with Music at Simpson (Tim McMillin & Kim Roberts); ECC:  Global Perspective

Preliminary cost estimate: $3,800 plus $200 for meals not covered by course fee, and $145 passport fee, if needed.

Anticipated length of time abroad:  19 days

Western Europe, and particularly Austria and Italy, has been exemplary in its continuous patronage of music and musicians. This course will explore the  historically significant sites in the development of Western Music, the modern manifestation of musical patronage, and how musicians are giving back through children’s outreach and refugee support throughout Italy and, to a lesser extent, Austria. Students will be expected to present a 20 minute in-class presentation, complete several reading assignments and accompanying 2-page reflections, keep an instructor-guided journal of the travel experience, and participate in cultural exchange assignments and opportunities while traveling. Note: Participation in or attendance at choral performances will be expected of all travel participants.


SEA 297-FRN  
Paris: Turning Points in French History (Sharon Wilkinson); ECC: Historical Perspective

Preliminary cost estimate: $2,825 plus $175 for meals not covered by course fee, and $145 passport fee, if needed

Anticipated length of time abroad:  10 days

Paris.  There is no other city quite like it anywhere in the world—cutting-edge, yet steeped in tradition and history.  In this course, we will follow in the footsteps of several colorful characters from the time of kings, queens, castles, and palaces, taking us to places like the Louvre, Versailles, Fontainebleau, and some castles of the Loire Valley.  Love affairs, bloody massacres, royal court gossip, assassinations, and some pretty eccentric people will all come alive as we study three key events in the period of French history from the Renaissance to the Revolution.  The May Term portion of the course will include 10 days in Paris and the surrounding area, as well as class sessions on campus before and after traveling.  Besides your active participation in the course, graded work will include a photo journal project, a book presentation, and a final learning assessment.


SEA 297-IRE  A Photographic Tour of Ireland
(David Richmond); ECC: The Arts

Preliminary cost estimate: $3,350 plus $250 for meals not covered by course fee, $145 passport fee, if needed, and cost of a digital camera if student doesn’t already have one to use

Anticipated length of time abroad:  14 days

The purpose of this course is to allow the students to reflect on their interests and artistic expression as they discover themselves through practicing the art of photography in Ireland. The creative act of photography and the experience of recording images in an unfamiliar and exotic location will stimulate self-awareness. Hands on practice of photography will be a key component to this course by the student’s active engagement with understanding proper composition, contrast, technical quality and an artistic message.  Students will also learn how to edit their electronic Images through Adobe Photoshop software. Other key components to the course include class presentations about the history, physical environment and culture of Ireland. We will also gain some understanding and insight into some of the unique qualities of the Irish culture through talking with Irish artists and visiting Irish educational institutions.


No longer being offered for May Term 2019:

 

SEA 197-TEG  Theatre, Arts and Culture in London and Stratford (Steve McLean); ECC:  Global Perspective

Preliminary cost estimate: $3,750 plus $260 for meals not covered by course fee, and $145 passport fee, if needed.

This course will combine opportunities to explore important historical and cultural sites in Great Britain with opportunities to experience theatrical performances by important British companies. Study will be centered in London and Stratford. Students will have free time for individual exploration geared to personal interests. Students will depart for the trip having participated in selecting components of the itinerary by studying and reporting on cultural sites and having studied key plays on the schedule. During the study, students will maintain a reflective journal with entries related to required activities and will participate in an online component documenting their study.