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Faculty Led Study Abroad Courses

Courses 2016/2017

Geography of China Field Course

Course Number: 3901 – Special Topics: China Field Course

Location: Pearl River Delta, China Cost: $1500 (not including airfare)

Instructor: Clare Gordon

Pre-Requisite: GEOGRAPH 2041

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Description: A group of 5 students and 2 faculty members (Clare Gordon and Dan Shrubsole) will travel to Pearl River Delta Region in May 2017 for 8-12 days for the China Field Course. Western is partnering with Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and students will be completing this course alongside students from CUHK.

Information Session: Friday, September 23 at 1:30pm in SSC 2032

To Apply: CareerCentral – Experiential Learning > Global Courses > Geography of China Field Course

Italian Study Abroad Program

Location: Tuscany, Italy

Cost: $1200 - $4000 (not including airfare) includes: accommodation, weekly lunch, monthly transit pass, some cultural excursions, local coordinator, language course materials

Course numbers: ITA 1045 Italian for Travellers I (0.5); OR I ITA 1046 Italian for Travellers II (0.5); OR  ITA 2202 Intermediate Italian in Italy (1.0); OR ITA 2267/SJSP 3377 Who is the Other? Ethical Responses to the Contemporary Crisis of Migration in Europe

Instructor: Rondine and Western instructors

Pre-Requisite: N/A for students interested in taking ITA 1045 (0.5 credit); ITA 1045 for students taking ITA 1046 (0.5 credit; Italian 1030/ITA 1033 for students interested in taking ITA 2202 (1.0 credit); ITA 1045 for students taking ITA 2267/SJSP 3377

Description: A group of 20 students will be travelling to Tuscany, Italy to improve Italian language proficiency, intercultural communication competencies, global awareness and conflict resolution abilities at Rondine cittadella della pace. Rondine works to promote a global culture of peace and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. Students from Western will have to opportunity to learn alongside Studentato Internazionale, both groups of students work through their programs of study.

Information Session: TBA for Winter Term

To Apply: CareerCentral – Experiential Learning > Global Courses > Italian Study Abroad Program

DAN Management Semester Abroad Program

Courses: MOS 3330 – Operations Management, MOS 3367 – Fraud Examination, MOS 3370 – Management Accounting

Location: Radboud University, Netherlands

Cost: Students are responsible for their own accommodations, meals and flights

Instructor: Maria Ferraro Pre-Requisite: BUS 2257

Description: This is a semester abroad program, with 3 Western DAN courses taught by Prof. Maria Ferraro. Students will live in the residence of Radboud University, a Western partner institution, and be able to enrol is a Radboud course. The group will experience living in another country, connect with students and faculty from the university community, and wider community. They will also learn outside of traditional classrooms by visiting local businesses and organizations and connecting with Western Alumni.

Information Session: Details TBD

To Apply: CareerCentral - Experiential Learning > Global Courses > DAN Management

DEADLINE: February 28, 2017 at 4pm.

Destination Theatre

Course Number: TS 3900

Location: London, UK

Cost: $2500 (not including airfare)

Instructor: Dr. Kim Solga

Pre-Requisites: N/A

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Description: Dr. Kim Solga and Dr. MJ Kidnie This half-course equivalent offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn about contemporary theatre and performance in a major international city. A two-week intensive learning experience in either New York or London, England is included as a core component of the course, and our study abroad will incorporate guest lectures, tours, post-performance discussion, and practice-based learning alongside theatre outings.

Information Session: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 5:30pm in AHB 2R21

To Apply: CareerCentral – Experiential Learning > Global Courses > Destination Theatre

Barcelona - Culture Through the Ages

Course Number: Spanish 2150

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Cost: $2300 (not including airfare)

Instructor: Dr. Silvia Perpiñán

Pre-Requisites: N/A

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Description: This 2-3-week course in Barcelona explores cultural differences between the Mediterranean life and North American life through artistic expressions, history, food, and values. You will engage with the local culture, discover new places, and be exposed to new perspectives; ultimately, this experience will likely re-shape your identity in the global context.

Information Session: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 5:30pm in AHB 2R21

To Apply: CareerCentral – Experiential Learning > Global Courses > Barcelona

Representing the Holocaust - Museums, Memorials, and the Politics of Memory in Poland

Course Number: MIT 3955G

Location: Poland Cost: $1250 (not including airfare and some meals)

Instructor: Dr. Amanda Grzyb

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Description: This interdisciplinary travel course explores the changing landscape of post-Soviet Holocaust memory in Poland through the study of museums, death camp memorials, and other forms of public memory. It includes five meetings between January and April, followed by a two-week trip to Polish sites of memory in May.

Information Session: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 5:30pm in AHB 2R21

To Apply: Contact Dr. Grzyb directly

Music Education Teaching and Learning Abroad Program

Course Number: Connected to Music Education in Action and Faculty of Education – Alternative Field Experience

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Cost: $2200 (not including airfare)

Instructor: Patrick Schmidt & Cathy Benedict

Pre-Requisite: N/A

Description: The objective of this course is to create meaningful practical experience of teaching and learning in an international setting. During this initial year, 15 spots are being offered and targeted to 4th year Music Education students and Faculty of Education – Year 2 Bachelor of Education students. Students will connect with children and youth from local schools, community centre and non-governmental organizations to strengthen their understanding and comfort with culturally relevant teaching and learning practices.

Information Session: Held in early Fall. Details to follow.

To Apply: CareerCentral – Experiential Learning > Global Courses > Music Education

Classical Studies - Vindolanda Field School

Course Number: CS 4580

Location: Vindolanda, UK

Cost: $2850

Instructors: Dr. Elizabeth Greene & Dr. Alexander Meyer Course


Description: This program will be an intense and very rewarding five-week experience for university students each summer. It is designed for motivated students of archaeology, Classics and history with some previous knowledge of the Roman world. No prior excavation experience is required as the archaeology component will provide in-depth field training. Ideally, the participants will be highly motivated individuals who seek a deeper knowledge of the Roman world, field archaeology, and current research tools for understanding the past through history and archaeology.

Information Session: Check Classical Studies website for detials for email Dr. Greene for information

To Apply: Contact Dr. Greene directly

Faculty of Education - Alternative Field Experience

Practicum Opportunity

Location Options: Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, Germany & Poland and Managua, Nicaragua

Cost: $2000-$4000 dependent on location & community partner

Description: Students taking part in their second year of the B.Ed program are able to complete their second Alternative Field Education experience within an International Education specialization, and International Community Engaged Learning specifically. Students will have a choice to partner with Amizade in Germany and Poland with a focus on the Holocaust, Companeros in Nicaragua with a focus on education, health and research and Outreach360 in Dominican Republic with a focus on equality of access to education and teaching English.

Information Session: Details TBD