Short-Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs for Summer 2019
Democracy, Justice, and Rights: Lessons from BELGIUM, THE NETHERLANDS, and LUXEMBOURG
3 Credits: CORE 140, CORE 190,CORE 289, HNRS 281, or PS 492
Dates: May 29-June 10, 2019; Estimated Cost: $2,250 plus airfare
This short-term program, led by Dr. Beth Admiraal (Political Science) and Dr. Regan Reitsma (Philosophy), will focus on democracy, justice and rights in the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). The learning outcomes of the program include:
- Gain survey-level understanding of modern Dutch, Belgian, and Luxembourgian history.
- Analyze and evaluate the concepts of democracy, law, and rights from within the context of the Benelux countries.
- Acquire a meaningful understanding of the issues surrounding the minority populations of the Benelux countries—including longstanding minority groups, immigrant populations from contemporary times, and refugees from the last decade.
Students will be learning about other cultures in a global context, some of them quite similar to ours and others very different, and witnessing the interconnected nature of global systems. Throughout all of these experiences, there will be discussion about major figures and central issues in social and political philosophy.
Philosophy as a Way of Life: The Sacred Spaces of SICILY and GREECE
3 Credits: Core 282
Dates: May 21-June 7, 2019; Estimated Cost: $4,200
Under the leadership of Dr. James Ambury (Philosophy) and Dr. Elise Heiss (Chemistry), this short-term study abroad course articulates and enacts a conception of philosophy as a lived exercise of the mind. The students will explore the ways in which ancient sites, artistic symbols, religious rituals, theatrical performances, and traditional mythology all contribute to the love of wisdom. The ancient Greeks believed these things educated, cultivated, and developed the human mind for the purpose of living well.
This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of:
- Philosophy understood as lived experience
- Key themes and topics in ancient Greek philosophy
- The philosophical importance of art and architecture in the ancient world
- The role of mythology and storytelling in the philosophical life
The travels will begin on the island of Sicily, where Greek colonists settled after sailing west in the 8th and 7th centuries BC. A tour of Athens will follow, and finally the major archaeological sites and religious sanctuaries of mainland Greece.
YUGOSLAVIA: Twice there was a Country
3 Credits: Core 140, CORE 190, SOC/CJ 491, or HIST 364
Dates: May 21-June 9, 2019; Estimated Cost: $4,100
Under the leadership of Dr. Bridget Costello (Criminal Justice &Sociology) and Dr. Cristofer Scarboro (History), students will travel through four of the six countries that comprised the former Yugoslavia – Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Yugoslavia is perhaps best remembered as the site of the Balkan Wars, the bloody conflicts of the 1990s that tore apart the now-former country so dramatically and forcefully as to give rise to a new term to describe them (“Balkanization”).
For this program, students will consider the potentials and consequences of real and imagined boundaries, and how landscapes shift and shape identity:
- How are borders constructed, naturalized, and destroyed? What do they mean?
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of borders – for instance, the border between “joining Europe” and being “left out?”
- How are these issues relevant to our own culture and society?
The former Yugoslavia is an ideal location to consider questions of boundaries – for instance, between the “Christian” and “Muslim worlds,” between visions of “civilization” and “barbarism,” and between “European” and “not” – against the backdrop of the tragic knowledge that these boundaries, for a while, did not officially exist.
To prepare for applying to the programs above:
- Apply for your US Passport if needed
- Fill out the King’s College
- Complete online Application for Short-Term Study Abroad Program
- Pick up a short-term program application packet in the Office of Study Abroad
- The completed application packet for short-term study abroad is due November 7, 2018 in the Office of Study Abroad