2012-2013 Study Abroad Courses

WWC’s International Programs Office offers qualified students the educational opportunity to travel on a partially funded international or cross-cultural course or study abroad program that complements the college's mission of academics, work, and service.  The following study abroad courses will take place during the 2012-2013 academic year. These courses meet on-campus throughout the semester, followed by travel over summer or winter break.

The costs of tuition, airfare, lodging, local transportation and some meals are covered by program fees and financial support from the College. Students are expected to pay for the following additional expenses: fees for passports, visas, tourist cards or other necessary documents; medical expenses (eg, innoculations) and medicines; tips; laundry; telephone calls; postage; gifts; fees for non-required activities or excursions; and some meals. Participants must be qualified for the program in terms of credit hours, GPA, and any course pre-requisites.

Semester I courses with winter break travel


Intersections of Agricultural and Social Welfare Systems in Cuba: Paradigms and Paradoxes
SWK 378, 2 credits
Pre-requisite: Spanish II or permission of instructors
This course examines the ways in which Cuba develops policies, programs and practices to create a social safety net. Focus points of the course include cross-cultural comparisons of agricultural practices and social services delivery.  Students will explore social welfare and agricultural systems in Cuba through participation in individual and group activities and assignments, as well as direct contact with agencies, communities, farms, families, and individuals.
The City and the Stage: Theatre History and Criticism in London
THR 377, 2 credits
Since its founding in Roman times, London has been a lively crossroads for different cultures. For centuries, London has also been home to some of the world’s best theatre. This course combines an introduction to theatre criticism and appreciation with a study of London’s theatre history in a cultural and social context. Students will be able to relate their experience of live theatre to the larger framework of both theatre history and the social and cultural history of London with particular attention to the modern and contemporary period. Exploring London’s history will also enrich students’ overall experience of the city with its many galleries, museums, and historical sites.

Semester II courses with summer break travel


Natural and Cultural Histories of Alaska
ENS 377, 4 credits
Pre-requisite: ENS 116 Introduction to Environmental Studies

Students will learn about Alaska’s natural and cultural history as it relates to environmental issues, focusing on the region’s major natural resources and geological features and meeting with Native American communities, commercial fishermen and others in the region who rely on these resources for employment, cultural heritage or recreation. Participants will also gain an understanding of Alaska’s unique geology and participate in gathering traditional foods of the region. Good physical condition, primitive camping experience, and flexible diet are required. Students must also be comfortable around water, boats and cool, wet weather. Travel will take place in August.


Change, Continuity, and Environmental Issues in China
HIS 377, 4 credits
China is both an ancient culture and one of the most important players on the modern world stage. This course explores change and continuity in modern China, with a particular emphasis on environmental issues. Focusing on both urban and rural areas, students will be exposed to China’s broad, complex history through Mao’s revolution and post-Mao developments, including recent environmental practices and concerns. Travel plans include several days in Beijing and homestays and a service


Spanish Language and Contemporary Mexican Culture: Word, Image, and Immersion
LAN 377, 5 credits (1 Sem II + 4 during summer session)
Pre-requisite: Spanish II or permission of instructor
Students will use Mexican cinema, photography and literature to explore contemporary Mexican identity and culture. After on-campus study, students will travel to the beautiful city of Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where they will spend 4-5 weeks participating in the Universidad Popular Autóma del Estado del Puebla (UPAEP)’s summer session. Students will live with Mexican host families, take language courses at the university, visit cultural sites, and participate in community service projects while experiencing the vibrant life and culture of Mexico.



Ecology at the Crossroads: Conservation, Development and Globalization in Panama
GBL 377, 2 credits
Panama is the intersection of two of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Students will use the tension between globalization and conservation as the lens for viewing the basis of current environmental problems in Panama, combining the analytical tools of environmental history, political ecology and geographic information science. Travel plans include service-learning and research at the Cocobolo Nature Reserve and a visit to the autonomous region of Kuna Yala, home to the indigenous Kuna people. GIS training and knowledge of Spanish are helpful, but not required. Participants must be in good physical condition.