UW to Offer Innovative Courses Next Winter Break

February 20, 2008
Student in front of Humayan's Tomb
Lauren Carroll, a junior communication and women's studies major from Cheyenne, stands in front of Humayan's Tomb in Delhi, India. Carroll enrolled in the "Women of India and Social Justice" course this winter through the UW Outreach School. Four classes, including this one, will be offered for the 2008-2009 winter courses.

The University of Wyoming will offer three overseas courses and one in New York City during winter break next year.

"These courses provide an opportunity to teach and learn in parts of the world where it's not appealing due to climate factors such as unbearable temperatures or monsoons," says Kimberly Good, coordinator in the UW Vice President for Academic Affairs Office. "Students who cannot study abroad for longer periods can benefit from the opportunity to study abroad and earn credits during the shorter winter break."

The UW Outreach School courses to be offered Dec. 15, 2008, to Jan. 16, 2009, are:

"Teaching in the Field: Bolivian Cultural Exchange," a three-credit course taught by Javier Pinell (jpinell@uwyo.edu). The class will offer students the opportunity to teach music classes in the cities of El Alto and La Paz, Bolivia and develop flexibility and awareness as music teachers.

"Special Topics: International Social Work Practice in Guam and Micronesia," a three-credit course taught by John Tracy (jtracy1@uwyo.edu) and Mona Schatz (mschatz@uwyo.edu). The class will introduce undergraduate and graduate social work students to key social work issues of social justice in the Pacific Rim, using Guam and varied islands in the Pacific to examine colonization, self-determination, socio-economic, and institutional aspects of social work practice in rural and isolated areas.

"Women of India and Social Justice," a three-credit course taught by Bonnie Zare (bzare@uwyo.edu). The women's studies course will focus on visits to organization and sites along with university guest lectures in India. Ground activism and creative works of literature and film that promote activism will be studied. Students will improve their understanding of the concerns that women have in common in the midst of wide disparities.

"A Cultural Tour of New York City," a course taught by Michael Griffith (symph@uwyo.edu). The course can count for 0-2 credits. Students will spend a week in New York City and partake in cultural opportunities such as the opera, symphony, theatre and other musical events. The main concerts will be prepared by orientation lectures encompassing the historical and musical aspects of the works to be attended.

To register or for more information on the courses offered, visit www.uwyo.edu/ocp.

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