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Past International Courses

2019

International Accounting and Operations Management

Travel Dates: May 2-14
Instructors: Jeff Hopper and Christi Hayne
Location: Germany and Austria

Course Description

An examination and comparison of international accounting and business operational similarities and differences highlighted through the Beverage Industry in Kentucky and the southern region of Germany. A focus on domestic versus international production, production costs, logistics, logistics cost management, inventory management, and accounting will be reviewed. Particular emphasis will be placed cultural influences and their impact on business and accounting methodologies.

China’s Capitals: Exploring the Vases of Power through Politics and Art

Travel Dates: May 4-20
Instructors: Steve Hess and Wei Lin
Location: China

Course Description

The course, China’s Capitals, will introduce China’s development as a grand narrative, demonstrating how the country’s rulers and intellectuals have creatively innovated upon existing social, political and cultural norms and traditions in the interest of consolidating control over their territories and populations, maintaining social unity and harmony, and addressing the persistent threat of invasion and incursion by outsiders along China’s numerous frontiers. The course content will emphasize that China’s recent and distant past have contributed significantly in shaping the country’s present and future. We will emphasize the notion that China’s historical memory is contested space, noting that previous and contemporary rulers have worked actively and strategically to shape popular understandings of the country’s past, particularly in regards to historically consequential “critical junctures” that have defined the trajectory of China’s development. These junctures include the dynastic cycle of establishment, consolidation, decay, collapse and renewal; periods of invasion and incursion by Mongols, Manchu and Western imperialists; and the country’s episodic rise as a global power and influencer and its decline during historical periods of decline and disunity, including the most recent, the 19th-20th Century of Humiliation. By combining the teachings of an art historian and a political scientist, we can demonstrate to students how political power-brokers use the selective presentation of both cultural and historical images (and suppression of subversive content) to enhance their legitimacy and mitigate the risk of opposition challenges.

Journey Through the Bible

Travel Dates: April 23-May 14
Instructors: Paul Jones and Frank Russell
Location: Israel/Egypt/Jordan

Course Description

As it’s title states, this course is a journey through the Bible and visits numerous religious sites in three countries. Example activities/sites: Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Petra, Egyptian Pyramids, Galilee, and the Great Sphinx of Giza.

Public Policy and the Culture of Health in the Netherlands

Travel Dates: April 30-May 15
Instructors: Alan Bartley and Sharon Brown
Location: Netherlands

Course Description

An interdisciplinary course focused on the public policies and the culture of health within another country, specifically the Netherlands. This course will allow students to study and to experience firsthand a culture of health fundamentally different from that of the United States. We will research and discuss national public policies of the Netherlands dealing with health issues not normally encountered within the Unites States, such as legalized prostitution, marijuana consumption, and euthanasia. We will also study and see firsthand the cultural of health experienced daily by an average Dutch citizen through biking within both urban and rural environments. The purpose of these studies and experiences is to allow students to better understand and critically analyze alternative policies for promoting health.

Cultures of Southern Spain- Medieval and Contemporary Convivencia

Travel Dates: May 2-16
Instructors: Veronica Dean-Thacker and David Kaufman
Location: Spain

Course Description

This course is focused on the coexistence of various religious cultures in Spain during the Middle Ages (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Example sites: Sevilla, Cordoba, Grenada, Madrid (visiting various churches, cathedrals, synagogues and mosques).

Galileo: His Words and His Time

Travel Dates: May 6-20
Instructors: Robert Rosenberg and Jeremy Paden
Location: Italy

Course Description

This course will focus on how Galileo’s discoveries and writings had a profound effect on philosophy, religion, and society and on initiating the scientific revolution. Students will directly experience the cultural context in which Galileo lived by travel to Venice, Florence, and Rome.


2018

Tropical Ecology

Travel Dates: May 3-16
Instructors: Sarah Bray and James Wagner
Location: Belize

Course Description

A May term travel course that explores firsthand a variety of unique habitats found in the tropics such as rainforests, savannas, and coral reefs. The course also investigates the structure of tropical soils, nutrient cycling, tropical forest dynamics, tropical species diversity, mutualism and habitat conservation. Lecture, laboratory and travel. Prerequisite: BIO 1206. GE Area IV

Introduction to Fines Arts/Rhetoric of Criticism in the Arts

Travel Dates: May 6-20
Instructors: Greg Partain and Timothy Soulis
Location: London

Course Description

A survey of basic ideas, guiding principles, and historical and contemporary practices in art, drama, and music. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the creative process, analyzing various works of art, developing critical tools for appreciation, perceiving the relationships among the three art forms, and comprehending fundamental issues in the representation of reality through art. Travel to artistic events will occur as part of the course when available

Excursions Into Non-Western Music

Travel Dates: May 9-16
Instructor: Larry Barnes
Location: Costa Rica

Course Description

Introduces students to the music of cultures that developed apart from the Euro-centric tradition, including, but not limited to, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific Rim, Latin and South America, Native America, and the Asian Subcontinent. GE Area III A.

Costa Rica is a stable, safe democracy in the heart of a tropical rainforest. Travel with us from the Arenal volcano in the northern rainforest to the Caribbean. Hear live music in clubs, schools, streets and the National Theater. Swim in La Fortuna waterfall and the Caribbean Sea, and take the zipline above the Arenal lake rainforest. A stunning tour for the musician, biologist, and social scientist.


2017

International Accounting and Operations Management

Travel Dates: May 8-21
Instructors: Christi Hayne and Jeff Hopper
Location: Germany

Course Description

This course is an examination and comparison of international accounting and business operational similarities and differences highlighted through the Beverage Industry. A focus on domestic versus international production, production costs, logistics, logistics cost management, inventory management and accounting will be reviewed. Particular emphasis will be placed cultural influences and their impact on business and accounting methodologies.

Drawing on Ireland

Travel Dates: April 29-May 13
Instructors: Jack Girard and Zoe Strecker
Location: Ireland

Course Description

Think of “Drawing on Ireland” as an artists’ retreat—not a class. Think of it as an opportunity to be something, rather than just to learn something. Consider it an experience, a chance to spend a whole month in the company of like-minded and like-spirited artists, a chance to find your voice, clear your vision, and work in fresh and interesting ways.

“Drawing on Ireland” is designed as a workshop/studio experience. Once we get our feet on the ground in Ireland, we will commence working as writers and artists in a place that, throughout history, has inspired people to create and to express. There is no question about it, the Burren will ignite your imagination and shift your perspective in ways that are going to be expansive and transformative. The time you will be spending together (both in Ireland and back here at Transylvania) will be time to explore, talk, ponder, read, write, create, and express. You will find the place where you will spend the next couple of weeks to be amazing—to the eye, to the ear, and to the heart. To be totally affected by it, you need only be alert and interested.

Our first days together, here on campus, will be spent getting grounded, getting to know one another, engaging primary literary and historical texts, and preparing to take flight in an “arts” experience that will be, if you choose to make it, life-changing. From there, it’s up to you.

Public Policy and the Culture of Health in the Netherlands

Travel Dates: May 1-15
Instructors: Alan Bartley and Sharon Brown
Location: Netherlands

Course Description

An interdisciplinary course focused on the public policies and the culture of health within another country, specifically the Netherlands. This course will allow students to study and to experience firsthand a culture of health fundamentally different from that of the United States. We will research and discuss national public policies of the Netherlands dealing with health issues not normally encountered within the Unites States, such as legalized prostitution, marijuana consumption and euthanasia. We will also study and see firsthand the cultural of health experienced daily by an average Dutch citizen through biking within both urban and rural environments. The purpose of these studies and experiences is to allow students to better understand and critically analyze alternative policies for promoting health. Standard grading.


2016

Tropical Ecology

Travel Dates: May 1-14
Instructors: Sarah Bray and Belinda Sly
Location: Belize

Course Description

A May Term travel course that explores firsthand a variety of unique habitats found in the tropics such as rainforests, savannas, and coral reefs. The course also investigates the structure of tropical soils, nutrient cycling, tropical forest dynamics, tropical species diversity, mutualism and habitat conservation. Lecture, laboratory and travel. Prerequisite: BIO 1206. IV

The Politics and Religious Narratives of Jerusalem’s Holy Places

Travel Dates: May 3-18
Instructors: Michael Cairo and Paul Jones
Location: Israel

Course Description

Land (space and place) is an essential theme of the Bible/Qur’an for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Land is also an essential theme of the political discourse in the Levant. In order to understand the politics of Israel/Palestine in general and Jerusalem in particular, one must understand the interconnections between the religious ideologies and political realities of the land. Jerusalem is the ideal place to study these themes since it locates the confluence of the three Abrahamic traditions – their narratives and their places. This course will explore, by traveling to and studying in Jerusalem, this contentious interaction by examining the history, geography, and archaeology of the biblical sites int eh city, as well as the history and politics of the contemporary land. IV.

The Art of Persuasive Writing: Digital Travel Writing

Travel Dates: April 30-May 15
Instructors: Scott Whiddon and Kerri Hauman
Location: Ireland

Course Description

This newly created iteration of WRC 3124: “The Art of Persuasive Writing” allows for both the study and creation of texts concerning travel. Grounded in Aristotelian notions of imitation and contemporary genre theory, students will read current and historical examples of “writing about others/other places” and then develop several short pieces of their own making—with guided feedback from all class members and instructors. Participants will also gain skills in digital literacy by sharing these writings in a public forum (such as a shared class blog—and, potentially, publishing these writings on TU’s public web space as student writers, working abroad). The course defines “texts” broadly and expects student products will include alphabetic text as well as audio, digital images, and video. We will spend a week and a half on campus for pre-travel preparation, including advance readings, lectures, and workshops; two weeks in residency at the Burren College of Art (with possible side-trips; see below); and the final two days on campus to provide a concluding period for assessment, revision, and refinement of field work.


2015

Drawing on Ireland

Travel Dates: April 25-May 9
Instructors: J. Girard & M. Gehringer
Location: Ireland

Course Description

Situated at the Burren College of Art, this artist-writer retreat will center on the notion of inspiration—drawing from Ireland’s rich resources for shaping new ideas and creative works. Students will spend two weeks exploring the back roads of County Clare in the company of local historians, folklorists, environmentalists, writers, and artists. Contemporary and traditional Irish music, step-dancing, storytelling, and caving will provide context for side trips to the Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher, Yeats’ Coole Park, Galway, and Doolin.

Introduction to the Fine Arts: Communicating Art

Travel Dates: May 4-18
Instructors: T. Soulis & G. Deaton
Location: London, England

Course Description

We will spend roughly 8 days at Transy exploring the range of Fine Arts—primarily topics in visual arts, music, and theater—and discussing principles for understanding, appreciating, and communicating art in today’s society. We will then fly to London, England to spend about twelve days studying the practice of art in London. We will hear live concerts potentially at the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, and/or Saint Martin in the Fields Church; see plays in the West End, at the New Globe, and/or the National Theater; and attend art galleries and museums, such as the Tate, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery, and/or the British Museum. In addition, we may take tours to backstage at the National Theater and the Globe Theater Museum, and explore the Bloomsbury District and Covent Garden area.