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Summer Travel Programs / Classes|Summer Session & Winter Courses

The Office of Summer Session & Winter Courses at the University of Wyoming is pleased to announce the recipients of a Summer 2014 Innovative Course Grant*.   Students who might be interested in participating in one of these exciting opportunities are encouraged to contact the instructor ASAP as all courses are actively recruiting for their summer 2014 course:


Art - Outdoor Studio Art (WY) - Patrick Kikut

Outdoor Studio-Art 4602 is a field course that takes place solely in the landscape of Wyoming. Most of the fieldwork is done in Albany, County along with weekend camping trips to the Red Desert, The Snowy Range, the Laramie Range, Castle Gardens, and UW’s AMK Ranch in Teton National Park.  Students in this course use the geology, history and unique and varied spaces of the Wyoming landscape as a stepping off point for their creative research and art making. Using the landscape as a major component in their work, students are encouraged to explore how working outdoors affects and informs the work they produce. 

Art - Summer in Turkey: A Creative Journey through Anatolia (Turkey) - Doug Russell

A  multi-layered cultural, artistic, historical, and visual experience   for students to respond to creatively  during a four  week,  three credit summer course  in Anatolian Turkey.  The complete program  spans  three semesters  for a total of five credit hours. A one  credit  course in the spring (ART 4635)  will introduce  the students to the cultures, sites,  history, language, and art they will experience during the summer. This will be followed  in the summer by four  weeks of travel to Turkey (ART 4650) and exploration of the various cities, towns, villages, histories, cultures, art and archeology, language, and foods. Downtime and creative studio time  will be  interwoven with travel, discussions,  research  presentations,  and site-seeing. A short visit to the Sabanci University department of art  in Istanbul  will allow students time to interact with Turkish art students and  faculty, and work in the department’s space. During the summer  class  and afterward students will  digest  their  experiences,  refine  and  develop  ideas  laid  down  in  sketchbooks,  journals,  and/or  recorded  by  their cameras and audio/visual equipment.


Criminal Justice - Pirates and Privateers Then & Now (Jamaica) - Cary Heck

This course is designed to provide students with a historical and educational adventure into the world of piracy.  Students will be taken back in time to study the lives and times of historical figures in the pirating world as well as being given information on this continuing problem of international crime and justice.  The course will include both on-campus lecture format classes as well as participatory learning experiences in Jamaica.  The course will be divided into three parts.  The first week of class will be held on-campus at the University of Wyoming.  This week will include lectures and group work and students will be given various readings related to both historical and modern piracy.  Students will be expected to create a timeline that covers the history or piracy from ancient Greek and Roman times to the present.  The second part of the class will involve travel to the Caribbean island of Jamaica.  The class will spend nine days in Jamaica exploring various pirate and privateering sights around the island including museums and historical sites.  Additionally, there will be a focus on the history of the slave trade and human trafficking, which was a central component of much of the history of the development of Jamaica.  Finally, the students will spend the last two days of the class back in the classroom in Laramie discussing the trip and pulling together materials in support of their papers, which will be the graded element of the class.


Criminal Justice - Urban Criminal Justice (Chicago) -Cheryl Burnett & Eric Wodhal

This course is designed as an undergraduate course in which students will travel to Chicago, Illinois, to participate in a variety of field learning experiences related to the criminal justice process. More specifically, three types of learning environments will be incorporated into this field experience. The first are observational learning experiences, which involve exposing students to a variety of criminal justice agencies and institutions dealing with law enforcement, the court system, and corrections. Examples of the types of experiences students will be exposed to include ridealongs with the Chicago Police Department, observations of the Cook County Criminal Court System, and a tour of the Cook County Jail. It is anticipated that these observational experiences will occupy the majority of the contact hours for this course.

Economics - Sports Economics (England) - Amber Brown

This course will explore the economic and cultural aspects of European sports. Through visits to important venues and historical sites, attendance at sporting events, and guest lectures by people involved in a variety of sports concerns, students will gain an understanding of the unique position sports has in European culture. Special emphasis will be given to the structure and practices of the Leagues and the incentives created for the team owners and players.  Economic concepts will be introduced as they help to explain phenomena in sports.

Educational Studies - Identity, Education and Change (Guatemala) - Aurora Chang

This four-week intensive summer study abroad course that will take students to Guatemala.  Students will receive instruction from various scholars from national universities regarding the schooling of Guatemalan children, focusing on the indigenous populations of Guatemala.  Students will learn about indigenous ways of knowing and the public schooling and curricula of this community.  The purpose of this trip is not to “serve” this community from a deficit perspective, rather, to approach the community from the standpoint of gaining knowledge from one of the oldest and wisest indigenous groups in the world.  Students will gain an understanding of indigenous “funds of knowledge,” observe and compare these ways of knowing with their own funds of knowledge (as informed by their U.S. schooling experiences) and visit several major national cultural sites, facilitated by various Guatemalan scholars.


Honors Program - Shakespeare in England & Italy - Duncan Harris

The course begins in Laramie, where for two days we give students an intensive introduction to Shakespeare, the Italian plays, and to performance studies. We then fly to Birmingham and immediately travel to Stratford where we spend four days.  We see Shakespeare’s birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage as well as plays at the theaters in Stratford.  Our time in Stratford, the center of the international Shakespeare industry, allows us to discuss Shakespeare as an enduring cultural and transnational phenomenon.  Next, we travel to London and spend seven days there.  We see typically see plays at the new Globe Theater as well as at the National Theater and whatever venue that the Royal Shakespeare Company is using.  The variety of theaters we visit in Stratford and London (including Middle Temple Hall, site of an early performance of Twelfth Night) allows students to consider the challenges and rewards of performing plays in radically different performance spaces.  Our days in London also include visits to museums like the Victoria and Albert and the British Museum, where students will research artifacts relevant to cultural exchange between Italy and England and to theatrical productions (i.e. costumes, jewelry, weaponry).  From London, we fly to Milan.  The week-long Italian portion of our course considers Shakespeare’s intensive interest in Italy, especially Verona and Venice, where he set some of his most important plays.  We visit Italian theaters as well, like Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, which significantly influenced the development of perspectival theater in Shakespeare’s England


Honors Program - Cloud Forest Ecology (Costa Rica) - Duncan Harris

After orientation in Laramie, students fly from Denver to Quito, Ecuador, where the they will have an opportunity to experience Ecuadorian culture, including native marketplaces, historical architecture, and cathedrals, as well as visiting the monument to the equator (where students can stand on the line of the equator with one foot in each hemisphere).  From Quito we travel by bus to the small village of Cosanga and onwards by foot to the Yana Yacu Research Station, where most of the course will be conducted.  On the first two days we will have orientation hikes, practical teaching, and the development of student research projects in the forest.  While at Yana Yacu, during the day students will have many opportunities to pursue their research projects in the cloud forest, will participate in the sampling of plants and insects, and will assist in the insectary (caterpillar zoo) with feeding and maintaining caterpillar cages, photographing and identifying plants and caterpillars, recording data, and preserving specimens for future research.  Students will gain practical experience with trophic webs (inter-relations of scavengers, herbivores, predators, and parasites) by assisting with an on-going research project.  Our current project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is Caterpillars and Parasitoids in the Eastern Andes of Ecuador.  Our goal is to examine the complex relationships between plants, plant-feeding caterpillars, and caterpillar parasites, such as parasitoid wasps. Understanding the identities and complex inter-relationships among forest plants, plant-feeding insects, and parasitic insects is crucial to understanding the ecology of cloud forests, and in the long-term is crucial to understanding how to conserve these complex habitats.


Honors Program - Modern Japanese Society & Culture (Japan) - Duncan Haris

HP 2152/4990 provides students with a broad consideration of Japan’s history and contemporary culture, with the course’s particular point of focus changing each year.  The students’ involvement in “Modern Japanese Society and Culture” in 2014 will come through: 1) a weekend homestay with a Japanese family; 2) an overnight field trip to Hiroshima; 3) carefully designed structured observations of the neighborhood around Kobe College; 4) interviews; 5) day trips with Kobe College students; 6) lectures by Kobe College faculty. We will again live at Kenwood House on the campus of Kobe College, using their classroom facilities and expertise in making local arrangements, and of course giving us the opportunity to be in daily contact with Japanese students and colleagues. In 2014, we will focus on traditional arts and contemporary culture.


Modern & Classical Languages - Summer Study Aboad (Germany) - Rebecca Steele

My culture course will take advantage of the abroad experience by incorporating daily outings to culturally and historically significant sites. The students will be encouraged to recognize similarities and differences between their own and German culture. While class time will focus primarily on theoretical understandings of history and culture through readings and discussion,
the outings will add valuable practical experience, allowing the students to experience centuries of German culture firsthand. Through academic journaling, the students will reflect on their daily cultural encounters by incorporating their theoretical knowledge with their newly won practical experiences. Among those cultural encounters will be folklore, architecture, food, art, geography,
politics, education, and industry. We will spend a week in each of the following cities: Berlin, Dresden, Oldenburg, Saarbrücken, as well as a few days in Prague. This will allow students to experience the variety of German language dialects and culture throughout Germany and former German speaking areas.

Modern & Classical Languages

Religious Studies - Religions of the Middle East (Israel) - Seth Ward

RELI  2040: Religions of the Middle East
Study Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the heartland of Western Religions. Experience sacred sites in Jerusalem, Galilee and elsewhere in Israel, while meeting with religious leaders and others committed to the teaching and living of religious life. Spend three weeks in Jerusalem, in Haifa and the Galilee, and elsewhere visiting the places associated with Israelite kings, the life of Jesus, Jewish Rabbis and Muslim caliphs, ancient Canaanite and Greco-Roman traditions, and Bahai and Druze communities. Experience ancient festivals such as “Feast of Weeks” and Whitsunday in the modern Holy Land!

Social Work - Social Work Origins (England) - Neely Mahapata & Carolyn Haney

This intensive, two-week, three credit study abroad program in London will allow students to experience the history, culture and the richly vibrant environment of London through various site visits, tours, and presentations.  Students are offered the opportunity to learn about the growth and development of social welfare systems England and understand their relevance in today's London: a "living laboratory" of multiculturalism, diversity, technological advances, human migration, and globalization.  Furthermore, students will gain knowledge of social service system that promote social justice and become familiar with the historic, economic and political forces that shaped the development of social welfare systems in the U.K. and their impact on U.S. welfare systems.


Social Work - Service Learning / Spanish Immersion (Mexico) - Joanne Theobald

Service Learning and Spanish Immersion in Oaxaca, Mexico provides a unique learning opportunity for those seeking language and cultural immersion while also serving those in need. During our two week stay in this beautiful cultural center, students will attend Spanish language classes at the Becari Language School in the mornings, and receive formal instruction by native Spanish speakers in grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. In the afternoons, students will perform service learning at social service agencies that provide support to the poorest families in the city.

Oaxaca has a rich history and is one of the most culturally diverse regions in Mexico. The city has an active social service community, as rampant poverty exists both within the city and in the rural areas. Service learning opportunities at the organizations serving vulnerable populations provide a real-life example from which to study political and social justice contexts. Opportunities exist to not only tour the city’s museums, markets and restaurants, but also to take outside educational day trips to visit the famous Monte Alban ruins, rural microfinance projects, and artisan workshops.


Zoology & Physiology - Darwin and the Gallapagos (Equador) - Craig Benkman

This 4-credit course will combine a seminar during spring 2014 (90-minute meetings each week) with a 2014 summer session expedition to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands National Park (17-29 May); syllabus is attached. A key component of the trip is that Greg Estes will lead us while on the islands. Greg is the coauthor of Darwin in Galápagos, published in 2009 by Princeton Press; we will use his book while in the Galápagos. Greg has 30 years experience as a researcher and guide on the Galápagos and has consulted on numerous projects about Darwin and the Galápagos including the BBC/National Geographic Society documentary Galápagos: The islands that changed the world.

Zoology & Physiology - Field Ornithology (Wyoming) - Matt Carling

This short field course will introduce students to the incredible diversity of habitats and associated bird life found in Grand Teton National Park (GTNP), one of our nation’s most spectacular National Parks, conveniently located in northwest Wyoming. Students will gain first-hand experience conducting and contributing to original research focused on key issues related to bird conservation in GTNP. Through intensive fieldwork, students will learn a variety of field techniques (e.g., mist-netting) and play an active role in on-going original research being conducted in GTNP by Carling and Cheviron. This research involves investigating the interplay between immune function and metabolic performance in wild populations; students will participate in data collection and analyses as participants in the course.


* In addition to the courses listed above the International Programs Office Study Abroad webpage has information on additional international travel course opportunities.

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