January Term Extensive Travel Courses
January Term 2014 Extensive Travel Courses
Professor Hugh Graham
Location of travel: San Francisco, California
Course fee: $1,750
This study travel course will focus on development and application of business knowledge, exploration of world class organizations and business leaders, and service to community. Class activities will include in-depth study of current events, a comprehensive and competitive simulation and in-depth field experience of world class organizations/leaders.
Catholicism Encounters Modernity-AC
Professor Fr. Douglas Wathier
Location of travel: France & Italy
Course fee: $4,000
This course will investigate attributes of the cultural landscape, from the time of the French Revolution until the present, that influenced the Catholic Church’s self-understanding and its articulation of its relationship to the wider world. We will explore the customs, rules, and language that shaped the Catholic Church’s internal discourse and influenced its exchange with the world outside its boundaries. We will visit sites in Paris, Lyon, and Rome that provide insight into the Church’s posture toward modernity throughout the 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries. There will be 12 days, 10 nights, of travel in France and Italy.
Chinese Cities in the Past and Present
Professor Lee Zhu
Location of travel: China
Course fee: $3,000
This study travel course explores China’s urban history and the current transformation of Chinese cities. Students travel to Shanghai, the largest city in China; Nanjing, a city on the southern bank of the Yangtze River and one of the four great ancient capitals of China; and Suzhou, a historical city that Marco Polo compared to Venice. Themes to be studied include (1) the development of cities and their political and economic roles in imperial China, (2) physical and spatial features of pre-modern Chinese cities and the social and cultural contexts that created these features, (3) traditional Chinese gardens and the underlying philosophical and aesthetic views, (4) China’s current accelerated urbanization and urban planning,
(5) the social and cultural transformation of Chinese cities.
Eastern Christianity: Then and Now
Professor Roman Ciapalo
Location of travel: Ukraine
Course fee: $3,750
This study travel course aims to explore the general nature and essential features of Eastern Christianity by focusing primarily, though not exclusively, on the Byzantine Rite Catholic Church in Ukraine. Site visits, interviews, and guest lectures will help students to understand the nature and history of the key sacred spaces, rituals, liturgical practices, and people (both religious and laity) associated with the Byzantine Rite Catholic Church in Ukraine. Students will also be given opportunities to become acquainted with other Christian religious traditions in Ukraine.
Catholic Church in Latin America
Professor Matthew Shadle
Location of travel: Peru
Course fee: $4,000
Beginning a three week journey at the magical mountain fortress of Machu Picchu and the Inca capital of Cuzco high in the Andes, and then traveling to Lima, the capital of Peru, this study travel course covers the history of the Catholic Church in Latin America and the current issues facing the church in this region. The course will primarily focus on indigenous culture and religion, Spanish and Portuguese colonialism, church-state relations, liberation theology, and the contemporary period.
Professor Rick Anderson
Location of travel: Belize
Course fee: $3,750
This study travel course explores Belizian culture emphasizing inequality by examining social, historical, political, and economic issues. Located South of Mexico and East of Guatemala on the Caribbean Sea, this small country (about 1/3 the size of Iowa) offers a fascinating mix of culture. Unique physical features from the Maya Mountains with their extensive cave systems, to rainforests hiding many Maya ruins, to the Belize Barrier Reef shape the lives of distinct ethnic groups each retaining elements of its own culture. The course immerses students in Belizian culture and includes excursions to a wide range of culturally rich sites. Students will hear several guest lectures, see significant artifacts, tour with local guides, engage with various cultures and exercise a sociological imagination.
El Camino de Santiago
Professor Dana Livingston
Location of travel: Spain
Course fee: $3,250
Caminos de Santiago. Ours are misty stone trails through the same green lands that legend says St. James the Elder travelled during and after life. We will follow the Route of the Sea of Arousa and the River Ulla to Santiago, the legendary routes of the Apostle’s first trip to Galicia and his final, funeral journey. Into this same time and place we will weave the theme of modern human migrations across the Galician landscape, learning the emigrant/immigrant history of recent years. How do the modern American pilgrim and the modern African immigrant move through this landscape; how are they received by the inhabitants of the place? Throughout the trip we will investigate the efforts of Cáritas Diocesana. After two days of work in Santiago de Compostela, we hike to the end of the world on the Route of Fisterra-Muxia. Two days on La costa de la muerte and it’s back to Santiago for final presentations and wrap-up.