Fall 2014 Global Field Study Courses
Jerusalem: Pursuing Understanding Conflict Worldview
(GFS381.1/GFS481.1) The city of Jerusalem is considered religious holy space by the “People of the Book” – Jews, Christians and Muslims – all of whom trace their religious heritages back to Abraham. In addition to these religious worldviews, a significant secular worldview – Zionism and the resulting State of Israel in 1948 – has laid claim to the same geography. During the three millennia of Jerusalem’s existence, various religious, cultural, and political groups have struggled for power and control over this disputed territory in the Middle East. Conflicting goals, aspirations, agendas and historical understandings have led to conflict, volatility, limited evidence of understanding perspectives of other groups, and the absence of lasting peace. Although these divisions continue into the twenty-first century, there are people and organizations striving for understanding, justice and peace. Upon completion of this course students will have developed an understanding of and appreciation for various narratives among people in Jerusalem, the State of Israel, and the Palestinian Territories. Students will also implement their “Compassionate Listening” training during a nine-day trip to Israel/Palestine in January 2015. Travel Dates: Jan. 1 (or 2) to Jan. 10, 2015. Special travel fee to be determined.
Dominica: A Developing Caribbean Nation
(GFS381.3) This course examines development, economic citizenship, international taxation, offshore financial centers, poverty and health care, and eco-tourism in the Caribbean nation of Dominica. Travel Dates: Jan. 3 to Jan. 11, 2015. Special travel fee: $2,495.
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