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May Term 2021 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

The online study abroad application system opened on July 1, 2020 for the following international travel courses and will remain open through the Priority Deadline of Oct. 6, 2020.

Courses traveling to Africa:

SEA 297-AFR  South Africa & Ghana:  Healing from Apartheid and the Slave Trade (Carolyn Dallinger & Walter Lain); ECC: Global Perspective & Collaborative Leadership

Preliminary cost estimate: $4,296 plus $180 for meals not covered by course fee, $160 yellow fever vaccine fee, and $145 passport fee, if needed.   Anticipated length of time abroad: 18 days.

This course will allow students to learn about various concepts of the global community by intensively studying the culture and people of Ghana and South Africa. Students will learn about the sociological principles of race, poverty and social welfare systems within the cultures of two African countries.  Students will also learn the impact of the Atlantic slave trade from sub-Sahara Africa to the Americas. Students will also learn the impact of the Apartheid system on South African citizens. Students will engage in service learning projects within rural and/or urban schools. Students will engage with culture through eating, dancing, and a naming ceremony in the traditional method. Students will be involved in extensive reflection activities (both written and verbal), quizzes, journal writing, presentations and research project of current events.

Courses traveling to Asia & the Pacific Region:

SEA 197-JPN  Mt. Fuji, Sumo, and Samurai: from Fantasy to Reality in Japan (Kiyo Matsuyama & CoryAnne Harrigan); ECC: Global Perspective & Intercultural Communication; Preliminary cost estimate: $4,800 plus $145 passport fee, if needed.  Anticipated length of time abroad: 14 days.

This course will help students advance from first impressions to deep impressions of Japanese culture by using the subject of tourism in Japan as a vehicle for cross-cultural understanding. To gain such understanding, students will share their impressions of typical cultural activities—watching Sumo wrestling, visiting shrines, attending a major fireworks festival, and visiting Mt. Fuji—with native Japanese students in the Global Policy Management and Communication program (similar to a U.S. Hospitality and Tourism Management program) at Yamanashi Prefectural University. After the exchange with YPU students, Simpson students will use the cultural insights they have gained as the basis for their final projects when they return to campus.

SEA 197-NZP  New Zealand through Photography (Luke Behaunek & Justin Clinton-Gohdes); ECC: The Arts, pending approval; Preliminary cost estimate: $3,995 plus cost of a digital camera if student doesn’t already have one to use, 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. Please note: Students must provide their own photographic equipment.

SEA 197-ASI  Thailand Change Makers; Businesses that Make a Difference (Kelly Swinton & John Walker); ECC: Global Perspective; Preliminary cost estimate: $4,300 plus $75 for meals not covered by course fee, $10 for a journal, $150 for immunizations if not covered by insurance, 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, businesses making a social impact, 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 2021, students will learn about the cultural, political, economic, religious and business backgrounds, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit in both countries.

Courses traveling to the Americas:

SEA 297-CRI  Sport & Recreation Development in Costa Rica (Clint Huntrods) ECC: Global Perspective, pending approval; Preliminary cost estimate: $3,795 plus $112 for meals not covered by course fee and $145 passport fee, if needed.  Anticipated length of time abroad: 14 days.

This course is designed for students to study how sport and recreation organizations operate in Costa Rica including their role in developing the country socially, economically, and educationally. Students will immerse themselves in the local culture, participate in local sport tourism opportunities and engage with local sport and recreation organizations to complete service learning projects. An extensive consulting study will also be done for a partnering sport organization. This major project will result in a written deliverable document and presentation in-country. There will be journaling, in-person and online discussions completed while students are in-country and two reflection papers completed as a part of this course.

SEA 197-MEX  Mexico and the Maya World (Molly Tun & Lau Cesarco Eglin); ECC: Global Perspective & Intercultural Communication, pending approval; Preliminary cost estimate: $3,100 plus $145 passport fee, if needed.  Anticipated length of time abroad: 18 days.

Did you know Mexico has over 200 indigenous cultures? While many perceive cultures like the Maya civilization as a remnant of the past, there are over a million Maya-language speakers in Mexico and Central America and their cultural traditions remain strong.  In this course students will develop Spanish language skills and intercultural competency to better explore cultural products, practices, and perspectives in the Yucatan Peninsula in relation to its rich Maya heritage.  Through language practice, travel journals, photo essays, written reflections, cultural exchanges, and excursions to Maya cultural sites, students will draw comparisons between Yucatec Maya culture and their own.

Courses traveling to Europe:

SEA 297-FIN  Finland: Comparing the U.S. and Finnish Educational Systems (Jesse Wilcox & Marcy Hahn); ECC: Global Perspective; Preliminary cost estimate: $4,825 plus $316 for meals not covered by course fee, and $145 passport fee, if needed.  Anticipated length of time abroad: 13 days.

Side-by-side, the American and Finnish school systems are quite similar. Yet, Finnish students out-perform American students at an alarming rate. This course will delve into the educational, social, political, and economic differences and similarities between Finland and the United States. Students will learn about different pedagogical approaches followed in Finland and the innovative use of learning environments. Students will learn first-hand while interacting with professors in university education programs, public school teachers, and fellow students. Coursework will include in-depth readings, learning journals, a final paper, and a presentation the following fall semester. Prerequisite: EDUC114 or permission of instructors.

SEA 297-ITA  Merchants of Venice: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Northern Italy (Mark Green, Lisa Carponelli, and Mark Juffernbruch); ECC: Global Perspective; Preliminary cost estimate: $3,776 plus $355 for meals not covered by the course fee, and $145 passport fee, if needed.  Anticipated length of time abroad: 16 days.

This course is an introduction to the accomplishments and challenges of small- and medium-sized enterprises in Northern Italy's agricultural, design, hospitality, and manufacturing sectors. Participants will also explore creativity in the visual arts at La Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition 2021. Another focus is the environmental challenges facing Venice due to tourism and climate change and the innovative solutions that have been proposed. Participants will learn about Italy's role within the broader euro zone and European Union at a time of political divisiveness. Instruction in basic Italian will also be provided.

SEA 197-LON  Media, Culture & Sport in London (Brian Steffen & Mark Siebert); ECC: Global Perspective; Preliminary cost estimate: $3,995 plus $360 for meals not covered by the course fee, and $145 passport fee, if needed.  Anticipated length of time abroad: 13 days.

An exploration of media and creative industries that contribute to an understanding of British culture. Students will visit television networks such as the BBC; London newspapers such as The Guardian; state and political institutions such as Parliament; cultural institutions such as the British Film Institute; museums such as the National Gallery and Victoria & Albert; Simpson’s partner university, Roehampton University; and sports facilities such as the national football stadium at Wembley and the national rugby ground at Twickenham. Students will learn that culture is a combination of product, process and perspective and how the industries they visit help create a British culture that is distinctive from their own.