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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 2016 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 2016 course:


African American & Diaspora Studies -  GHANA STUDY ABROAD - Marcus Watson

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

Eligible students will participate in a two-week, two credit hour travel opportunity to Buluk, a rural kingdom in northern Ghana where residents’ domesticated agency is evident. Students will observe, participate in, and reflect on the everyday expressions of Ghanaians’ domesticated agency, whether in the king’s court, at a wedding ritual, or during routine activities such as eating lunch with hosts. Hosts diverse in gender, age, and religion will be selected by me, as my current research in the area has accrued a wide network of amenable contacts. Indeed, my own history of domesticating my agency to African standards through long-term field work in Ghana and South Africa gives me, I believe, unique awareness of how domesticated agency works, how it differs from “ours,” and how it may hold a key for harmonizing crosscultural relations and humanizing the workings of today’s global economy, two important themes in all four of the classes on which the summer abroad opportunity is based

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

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

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) introduce s  the  students to the cultures, sites, history, language, and art they  will experience  during the summer. This  is  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  is  interwoven with travel, discussions, research presentations, and site seeing. During the summer class and afterward students digest their experiences, refine and develop ideas laid down in sketchbooks, journals, and/or recorded by their cameras and audio/visual equipment. The summer course culminates in a final written paper and submission of research material on CDs. In the fall students can take part in a specially focused one  credit  course  (ART  4670)  for  the  development  of  a  cohesive  creative  visual  and/or  written  response  to  their experience in Turkey. During this fall course the students  are  responsible for  creating a coherent body of work based
upon their summer travel.

Criminal Justice - Urban Criminal Justice: Chicago - Eric Wodahl

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

Urban Criminal Justice: Chicago is an undergraduate course designed to expose students to the realities of crime and the institutions charged with controlling crime in a major metropolitan area.  Students will travel to Chicago, Illinois, to participate in a variety of field learning experiences related to crime and the criminal justice process.  Experiences include ride-alongs with Chicago PD, time spent observing Cook County Criminal Courts, and tours of local jail and prison facilities.  In addition, students will be exposed to the efforts of community-based organizations that focus on curbing crime and violence such as gang outreach programs and programs to assist prisoners who are returning to the community. 

Modern & Classical Languages - Contemporary and Traditional Chinese Culture Intensive Chinese Study in Xia Men - Yan Zhang

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

This comprehensive, stimulating, and interdisciplinary course will be offered in China.  Classes will run for a period of eight weeks.  Monday through Thursday, classes will focus on culture and language aspects in which all students will discuss the traditional and modern Chinese cultures: learning Taichi, calligraphy, paper cutting, tea ceremony, traditional red knot tying, etc.  On some weekends, students will take academic excursions to famous Chinese historical sites in order to explore Chinese history. In addition, the new business aspect of this course will help students understand the Chinese business culture by requiring students to participate in a number of projects where they will interview Chinese people and commercial businesses.  They will then make a formal presentation on what they learned.  Finally, all students will present an instructor approved “capstone” project in Chinese, based on their learning experiences.  In order to better immersed students into authentic China, students will live with a Chinese roommate and a host family. There also will be an opportunity for students to work with charity organizations volunteering at a school for underprivileged children.

Communication & Journalism - Cross-Cultural Communication: Experiencing Bejing  (CHINA) - Li Li

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

This “D” course at University of Wyoming is designed to study the interconnected relationship between cultures and communication through a three-week stay at Beijing, China. Besides experiencing how and why cross-cultural communication is filled with both challenges and opportunities in our everyday interactions with Chinese students from Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, we will also explore the ways in which cultures and communication interact, interrelate, and influence each other through our trips to different cultural sites at Beijing, such as the Great Wall, the forbidden City, Tian’an Men Square, the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Houhai Hutong, Buddhist temples, Kindergartens, middle schools, Chinese medicine hospitals, etc. Students need to register for the course and pay tuition according to UW policy. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required. Limited enrollment. Students interested in participating should contact Instructor Li Li at ASAP

Modern & Classical Languages - Looking for Macondo: The Caribbean of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia) - Conxita Domenech

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

Throughout the trip, students will attend academic lectures, engage with local scholars, and participate in relevant cultural activities, all conducted in Spanish. While the lectures will illustrate the influences and contributions of García Márquez and his works, students will learn about Cartagena, Colombia, and the Caribbean through a
variety of co-curricular activities. The strategic location and central role of this colonial port in Latin American history—from the slave trade to the Spanish Inquisition—will come to light through guided tours of the colonial center, the historical museum of Cartagena, and the incredibly well restored Castillo San Felipe, a fort built to protect the city against pirates and other colonial powers. While in Barranquilla, students will explore the Parque Cultural del Caribe, an innovative museum opened in 2009 where they will visit the Sala García Márquez, and will engage in a wide range of interactive stations to learn more about indigenous populations, biodiversity, mestizaje, music, storytelling, carnivals, and other regional traditions. In Santa Marta, the group will visit the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, where Simón Bolívar lived his final days

Theatre & Dance - Dance and Related Art in Paris & London - Jennifer Deckert

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

This course is designed to fulfill summer study dance requirements and expose dancers to diversity in dance and related arts through the international dance scene. This course will begin on campus with daily technique classes and an overview of current and historic European dance, opera, architecture, music and culture.  Through supplemental readings, projects and discussions, students will be challenged to expand their perspectives on dance while gaining an understanding of Western European culture.   Once abroad students will take daily technique classes in a variety of dance forms, and will visit historic dance sites including Covent Garden, The Paris Opera, and Versailles. Visual arts will be explored through visits to the National Gallery, Musée D'Orsay, and The Louvre. Additionally, students will attend performances by internationally renowned dance companies, and by dance artists not usually seen in the U.S., thereby expanding their performance vocabulary.  Students will also explore site-specific choreographic projects, gleaning from the architecture, culture and art in these cities. 

Social Work - International Social Work- A British Perspective - Carolyn Haney & Neely Mahapatra

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

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 in 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 systems 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.

Educational  Curiculum and Instruction - International Internship in Early Childhood Education - Nicole Baldwin & Samara Madrid

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

Following a tremendously successful first offering of an International Internship in Early Childhood Education in 2014, the College of Education is proud to announce that students and faculty will be returning to Kathmandu, Nepal in the summer of 2016.  The 6 credit course, EDCI 5580 – Internship in Early Childhood Education will take place May 21- June 11, 2016.  This internship is the capstone experience for students earning their Early Childhood Endorsement through the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education.  Students will be placed in preschools in Kathmandu for an intensive full-time teaching experience and will also participate in service-learning opportunities in well-respected NGO’s serving young children in the city.  Supervising faculty, Nikki Baldwin and Samara Madrid will begin collecting applications September 1st.  Contact Nikki at for more information.

History - History, Politics and Memory of the Holocaust in Europe - David Messenger

3 cr., May 23-June 10, 2016 in Germany and Poland

The death of nearly six million European Jews, carried out by the regime of Nazi Germany during the Second World War, is one of the most unique and ultimately incomprehensible events in human history. Traveling to Germany and Poland with Dr. David Messenger of UW's Global & Area Studies and History program, students will visit numerous sites in Munich, Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow related to the history of Nazism, European Judaism and the Holocaust. An important focus of the course will be on contemporary museums and memorialization practices to assess the significance of the Holocaust in Central Europe today. The students will also visit the sites of two concentration camps in Germany and three death camps in Poland, Treblinka, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

International Studies - Topics:  Democratization and Development Practices in China - Yi-Ling Chen

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

Being one of the East Asian developmental states, Taiwan is the exemplary case in development theories. It experienced rapid economic growth since the 1950s. The industrial strategies started from import substitution, export orientation, high-tech and knowledge based production, to cultural industries. The economic growth was
accompanied by the formation of a middle class and democratization. As a new democratic state since the late 1980s, Taiwan provides a very good ground to observe the process of democratization and the emergence of civil society. The transformation of the economy in different stages is also a very good case for students interested in development theories and practices. Taiwan is an island located in the center of Eastern Asia. It has been under different political regimes, from Dutch/Spain, Qing China, Japan, and the Republic of China. Before these regimes, several tribes of indigenous people inhabited in Taiwan. This course will also be beneficial to a deeper understanding of a society that has had to adjust due to colonization and rapid development and economic growth.

Economics - History and Economics of Sports (S. Africa) - Amber Brown

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

This 3 week study abroad course is designed to introduce students to the culture, economy and history of South Africa through the lens of their national sports. South Africans are passionate about their teams, yet the popularity of specific sports follows clear racial and ethnic lines. Students will gain a greater understanding of the history and culture of South Africa by drawing parallels between changes in the popularity, structure, etc. of South Africa’s sports with changes in the society. Through visits to important venues and key historical sites, and meetings with local experts, students will experience firsthand the important place that sports hold in South
Africa and how its evolution reflects the culture and history of the society in which it exists.

Political Science - Freedom, Regulation and Policy (Georgia) - Brent Pickett

3 Credit Hours Summer 2016

In what ways should our choices be constrained to protect us from ourselves? Many of the most pressing public policy issues today involve trade-offs between personal choices and collective outcomes. Is the government justified in intervening in the name of advancing the common good and preventing individuals from making bad choices? Should the government make persons save for retirement, mandate helmets for motorcyclists, and otherwise compel persons to do the ‘right’ thing? This course will examine these issues but will do so in an unusual, international context: UW students will sit alongside students from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in Tbilisi, the Republic of Georgia. Each student will develop a case study to illustrate the policy and moral complications and trade-offs. There will also be cultural activities built into this study abroad 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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