2011-2012  Short-Term Study Abroad Courses

The following faculty-led courses will take place during the 2011-2012 academic year. All courses will meet on-campus throughout the semester, followed by travel over winter or summer break.

Fall 2011 course with winter break travel


EDU 37X Experiencing Chile in a Cross-Cultural Context Through Learning Modalities

Semester 1, 2 credits

The course will explore how different individuals use their senses—seeing, hearing, moving and touching—in the learning process, particularly in a cross-cultural context.  Students will reflect on Chilean culture through readings and interactions with the Chilean people and environment. Travel plans include service learning in Santiago, an adventure learning course, visits to coastal towns and connections with Chilean university students.

Spring 2012 courses with summer break travel



PSY 37X Comp arative Psychology: Behavioral Study and Con servation of Dolphins in Belize

Semester II, 4 credits

Pre-requisite: PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology or permission of instructor
This course will focus on the important and complex relationships between humans and animals in Belize’s rich coastal ecosystem. Students will use the techniques of comparative psychology—the study of the behavior and mental life of animals other than human beings—to learn about the behavioral adaptability of bottlenose dolphins. Participants will also examine community-based planning for sustainable marine development and the ways in which Belizean students, scientists, policymakers and fishermen interact with this exceptional ecosystem. Students must be in good physical condition and be willing to develop their swimming/snorkeling skills (some class sessions will meet at the WWC pool).


ART 37X Art in Italy

Semester II, 2 credits

Pre-requisite: A WWC ceramics or drawing course or permission of the instructor
Italy offers a remarkably rich experience for artists. Students will practice techniques in water color or ceramics, depending on their preference, on campus prior to travel. They will also select a topic of interest to use as a focal point for their projects at home and in Italy. Topics could include aspects of the landscape, architecture, gardens, regional food, or particular trades such as farming, viticulture or baking. While in Italy, students will create art work at a studio located in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, drawing on their Italian surroundings and the techniques they developed on campus. Day trips to Florence and Sienna are also planned.


SWK 37X Nicaragua: ¿Viva la Revolucion?

Semester II, 2 credits

Pre-requisite: Spanish II or permission of instructor
The beauty and resiliency of the people and environment of this small yet diverse Latin American country are extraordinary. Students will examine interdependent social, environmental, political, economic and cultural issues in Nicaragua from historical and contemporary perspectives.  The course specifically examines impacts of colonialism, dictatorship, foreign intervention, social revolution, and neo-liberal reform in Nicaragua. While in Nicaragua, students may have the opportunity to participate in community service projects. Travel to different Nicaraguan communities and stays with local host families will allow students to experience Nicaragua’s legacy and its present.


ENS 37X Natural History, Conservation and Culture of East Africa

Semester II, 2 credits

Pre-requisite: ENS 116 Introduction to Environmental Studies
This course introduces students to the geography, wildlife biology and conservation issues of East Africa, particularly Tanzania, bringing attention to the current status of the natural resources and ecosystem services utilized by the people of East Africa. Participants will also examine modern conservation planning (sustainable land use, maintenance and design of wildlife refuges).  Student-led discussions and research projects will focus on the biodiversity of East Africa, the history and culture of the Maasai tribe, conflicts in resource use, ecotourism and its impact on conservation management, and socioeconomic and public health issues.