2013-2014 Study Abroad Courses

Warren Wilson College encourages students to study abroad and offers special funding and support.  The following study abroad courses will take place during the 2013-2014 academic year.  WWC study abroad courses include at least sixteen weeks of on-campus coursework, class meetings and orientation sessions prior to departure for off-campus sites. Travel may last an entire term (eight weeks), but most study abroad courses fit into students’ summer or winter break schedules with a shorter travel segment of two to three weeks. Students are required to return to campus the semester following travel to complete assignments, reflect on their experiences and share their observations and stories with the community. All courses are 4 credits.

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 course with winter break travel

Cuba - SWK 378: Intersections of Agricultural and Social Welfare Systems in Cuba: Paradigms and Paradoxes

Prerequisites: Spanish II level or equivalency with instructor permission.

This course offers a historical and contemporary examination of various components of Cuban society through the lens of agricultural and social welfare systems. 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 group activities, individual portfolio assignments, as well as direct contact with agencies, communities, farms, families, and individuals.



Semester II courses with summer break travel

Brazil - GBL 377: Ports of Entry: Narratives of the Brazilian Amazon

Prerequisites: None. Spanish or Portuguese are helpful.

Students will consider the ways that grand narratives and imaginings of Amazonia have shaped conceptions of the region ever since first encounters with Europeans. The group will look closely at the ways in which those narratives are challenged by community members of the river delta region. While abroad, students will stay in two communities: an Afro-Brazilian colony founded by escaped slaves, and a small river community where descendents of that colony have migrated and settled. Students will listen to the experiences of native plant healers, keepers of cultural heritage, artisans, fishing families, small farmers, and other individuals. They will also collaborate with residents on a service project. Throughout the course, students will examine the ways in which individuals create narrative to bring meaning to their own experiences of a culture and landscape. Each student will complete a narrative project in written, spoken, or visual form.



Costa Rica - BIO 37X: Tropical Ecology and Education

Prerequisites: Bio 202 Ecology or ENS 201 Applied Ecology, or equivalent with instructor permission. Students must be physically able to hike at least 3 miles with a full pack, and must not have rigid dietary requirements.

Tropical forests are incredibly rich centers of biodiversity and are also a focus of major environmental concern due to their current rate of destruction. This upper-level biology course introduces students to tropical ecology and conservation issues, focusing on the diverse systems of Costa Rica. After an on-campus semester of studying ecosystems, species interactions, biodiversity, and environmental and cultural issues, the group will spend 2-3 weeks in Costa Rica.  Exploring different ecosystems, students will become more familiar with the ecology and natural history of each area, the cultural systems that impact them, and current conservation efforts. Service projects are planned that will enable the group to become directly involved with local conservation efforts.



 Indonesia - GBL 37X: Monkey Chants and Ancient Dance: Art and Social Change in Indonesia

Prerequisites: MUS 176; or SOC 271; or GBL 116; or SOC 100; or MUS 112; or with instructor permission.

Bali and Java remain the most popular centers of artistic expression in Indonesia. This course will use traditional Indonesian art forms – including music, dance, and theater - as a lens to view social change in Bali and Java. Students will have opportunities to explore the ancient roots of Javanese and Balinese art, especially the performing arts, and discover the ways in which these traditional arts are changing in response to the pressures of globalization, modernization, and international tourism. Additionally, students will participate in a service-learning component, homestays, and interact directly with local Indonesian artists, college students, professors and community members.



Italy - ART 37X Art in Italy

Prerequisites: A Warren Wilson College ceramics or drawing course, or permission of the instructors.

Italy offfers a remarkably rich environment for artists. Students will practice techniques in water color or ceramics on campus. Each student will choose a topic of study as a focal point for independent projects that will continue throughout the travel portion of the course. While in Italy, students will create art work in and around a villa located in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, drawing on their Italian surroundings and the techniques they developed on campus. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the colors of the Tuscan landscape as well as visit the art centers of Florence and Sienna. Readings focused on Italy and Tuscany will be used to explore the character of a particular geography and culture and their effects on artistic expression. A brief introduction to Italian language will be incorporated into the course in preparation for travel.




Turkey - ANT 37X Pax Romana: The Archeology of the Eastern Roman Empire  

The Roman Empire grew to be one of the largest imperial structures ever seen – but what constitutes being ‘Roman’ in a broad Mediterranean context and more specifically, in the Anatolian (today’s Turkey) region? In this exciting new offering, students will gain an introduction to archaeology of the Roman Empire in its eastern region. Students will examine the material evidence for the study of Roman society including cultural identity, daily life, economics, imperialism, the military, politics, and religion. Students will be introduced to the range of evidence from its material remains, ranging from artifacts and art to architecture and landscape survey. Travel plans include visits to sights of archeological significance, and opportunities to explore and learn about modern and historic Istanbul as well as other smaller towns and cities. An introduction to Turkish language and culture will be incorporated into class meetings, readings, assignments, and travel.