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Courses

May Term 2022 International Travel Courses

Courses traveling to Asia and 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: $5,000 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-NZE  From A to NZ: An Exploration of Physical Activity and Recreation in New Zealand  (Cal Busby & Katie Smith); ECC: Global Perspective; Preliminary cost estimate: $5,483 plus $60 for meals not covered by course fee, $35 NZ visa fee, and $145 passport fee, if needed. Anticipated length of time abroad: 18 days [This course has been postponed until May Term 2023 due to the uncertainty of NZ being open to international visitors for May 2022.]

The country of New Zealand has a high proportion of adults who participate in physical activity and recreation compared to the United States. Recent population studies suggest that about 30% of Americans do not participate in any physical activity compared to only 12.7% of adults in New Zealand. This course will allow students the opportunity to examine a culture where physical activity and organized recreational sport participation are a high priority. Students will engage in activities that allow them to interact with locals while participating and promoting physical activity and recreation. For a final project, students will create a travel guide, highlighting opportunities to participate in physical activity for each of the locations we visit during our travel course.

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. [This course has been postponed until May Term 2023 due to the uncertainty of travel within SE Asia due to the pandemic.]

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 2022, 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 197-BRA  Brazil:  From Empire to Dictatorship to Democracy (Eduardo Magalhaes); ECC:  Global Perspective; Preliminary cost estimate: $3,200 plus $100 for books, $75 for immunizations if not covered by insurance, and $145 passport fee, if needed.  Anticipated length of time abroad: 17 days.

Brazil is the only Latin American country to have been an empire (for 60 years!), a dictatorship (as recently as 1987) and a democracy (since 1988). On this trip we will explore this history through museums, national landmarks, and meetings with current politicians. We will also visit with families in their homes, business leaders (in ethanol production and oil exploration among others), and students from the Federal University of Alagoas. In addition, we will explore the environment of the Amazon river. While staying on the most beautiful beaches in the world, students will reflect on Brazilian culture and history in a journal and a paper.


SEA 297-CRI  Sport & Recreation Development in Costa Rica (Clint Huntrods) ECC: Global Perspective; 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-ECU  Natural History of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands (Ryan Rehmeier & TBD); ECC: Global Perspective; Preliminary cost estimate: $5,050 plus $30 for snacks and $145 passport fee, if needed.  Anticipated length of time abroad:  16 days

Ecuador has an incredible diversity of habitats, animal and plant species, and vibrant indigenous cultures. In this course we will explore high-elevation cloud forest in the Andes Mountains and then move deep into the rainforest of the Amazon River basin, one of the most biologically diverse habitats on Earth. Then we will travel to the Galápagos Islands, one of the world’s greatest natural-history treasures and a living textbook for ecologists. The islands’ renowned wildlife includes boobies, giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, and dolphins.  There will be unlimited opportunities to practice Spanish, and students will gain insight into contemporary Latin culture and environmental problems besetting tropical habitats. Grades will be assigned based on participation in discussions during the spring preparatory course and off-campus activities including a research project in the rainforest, journal writings, and a final reflective essay.  This course has no prerequisites and is designed for both biology and non-biology majors.

Courses traveling to Europe:

SEA 297-GRE  Greece:  Birthplace of Democracy (Adrienne Gathman & Kedron Bardwell); ECC: Global Perspective, pending approval; Preliminary cost estimate: $4,199 plus $332 for meals not covered by course fee plus $145 passport fee, if needed.  Anticipated length of time abroad:  15 days

Greece is the birthplace of democracy. Students in this travel course will explore democracy in Greece and compare it to democracies today. They will learn the origins, myths, and realities of Greek democracy (ancient and modern) and examine Greek values, institutions, and practices. This learning will be reinforced by site visits to the Acropolis and Parthenon, Delphi, Thermopylae, and related museums. By way of a cultural journal, photography project, and paper comparing Greek democracy to American democracy, students will gain new practical knowledge of democratic life.

SEA 197-ITS  Italy & Spain through Photography  (Luke Behaunek & TBD)  ECC:  The Arts; Preliminary cost estimate: $3,750 plus $500 for camera equipment assuming new equipment is purchased, and $145 passport fee, if needed.  Anticipated length of time abroad: 15 days

Italy and Spain are two countries rich in historical significance, amazing architecture, and beautiful landscapes.  This course will allow students to explore the countries through photography, capturing the environments through hands-on learning that will provide students with useful skills to take into their lives at or after Simpson. Through photo assignments and creation of images, students will learn new perspectives, artistic techniques, manual photography skills, and Adobe Photoshop strategies. Note: Students must provide their own photographic equipment.

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 2022. 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: $3,950 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.

For more information about these international travel courses, please contact the course instructor(s) and/or contact Director of International Education Matthew Kaye via email or by phone 515-961-1288.