Fall 2015 Global Field Study Courses
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Asian America: A Study of Culture From Philadelphia to San Francisco
Course ID: GFS381.1/481.1 | Destination: San Francisco | Travel Dates: TBD January 2016 | Faculty: Calvin Wang and Robert Buscher | Fee: $1,500 max
This course is an introduction to the sociology of persons of Asian descent living in the United States, examining important historical events and ongoing challenges facing the Asian American community today. The course will study a variety of localities spanning the US, but will specifically focus on Greater Philadelphia and San Francisco. The course includes travel to San Francisco for field study. This course requires a Special Travel Fee, to be determined.
Routes/Roots, Religion, and Royalty
Course ID: GFS381.2/481.2 | Destination: Benin | Travel Dates: Jan 3-11 | Faculty: Setondji Adjovi | Fee: $3,000
The countries bordering Western Africa maintain a rich cultural legacy and ongoing social, political, and economic connections to the Americas. “Routes/Roots, Religion, and Royalty” will closely examine the history, cultural productions, social structures, and economic and political realities of a country in western Africa. This course will introduce students to Benin, a democratic country of ancient kingdoms and vast resources. We will explore how the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean can be traced to Benin through religion (Vodun); the repatriation of Afro-Cubans and Afro-Brazilians in Africa (Tabom/Aguda); the flourishing slave trade in the 19th century; and agriculture. Additionally, students will learn about the current political stability within the country which makes it one of the most “stable and safe” governments in Western Africa and women’s roles in the society.
Teaching, Volunteering, and Backpacking in Ecuador
Course ID: GFS381.3/481.3 | Destination: Ecuador
Travel Dates: Dec 28-Jan 9 | Faculty: Stephen Tippett, Maria Gatica Riquelme | Fee: $2,200
This course examines the intersection of international tourism, teaching, and volunteerism. To pick up and take off on an international adventure on a ‘shoestring’ budget is a right of passage for many, often privileged, young Americans. The pedagogy of this course combines a seminar format with fieldwork experience to investigate this phenomenon. The development of intercultural knowledge is the principle academic construct of analysis and the skills-based portion of this course is on Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Because teaching EFL is often linked with international volunteering, the skills of TEFL are crucial so that students develop the methods to be able to impact student learning as well as being able to understand the culture and become part of the school community wherever they go. The teaching approach is the analysis of different aspects of TEFL; such as how languages are learned, approaches in EFL, lesson planning, and classroom evaluation. In order to accomplish this, this section focuses on ‘doing’ as well as ‘knowing’ EFL. Students work in pairs and small groups to develop micro teaching activities, and the analysis of these micro-classes helps students improve practices in the classroom. This analysis also helps to connect theoretical aspects of language teaching with the reality of the classroom. Classroom TEFL activities are supplemented with fieldwork in TEFL teaching in Philadelphia. In this fieldwork, once a week students teach or co-teach English classes.
Dominica: A Developing Caribbean Nation
Course ID: GFS308.1 | Destination: Dominica | Travel Dates: Jan 3-14 | Faculty: Thomas Brinker and Wayne Morra | Fee: $2,495
This course examines development, economic citizenship, international taxation, offshore financial centers, poverty and health care, and eco-tourism in the Caribbean nation of Dominica.