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SNL Study Abroad and Travel Courses
SNL study abroad and travel course opportunities are designed for adult students. Travel is scheduled during December or Spring breaks as intensive, short-term programs. Applications for Spring are due Nov. 1 and for December on May 1;
Recent SNL Travel Courses:
HC 168: Cultural Communications - Jamaica: Who Talks to Whom in Schools and Cafes? (Flyer
and Syllabus) Pre-requisites: Approval by Program and Study Abroad Directors required for Autumn enrollment.
This study abroad course will provide participants with a foundation in the theories of intercultural communications and apply them in Jamaica. Students will take on the role of participant-observers in different cultures within Jamaica; e.g., in public spaces, music venues, schools, other institutions, and examine how communications are affected by place. Through visits to Montego Bay, Kingston, Mandeville, Ocho Rios and the Accompong community, participants will analyze how different socio-cultural factors interact to shape interaction patterns in these different settings, as well as in the United States. They will engage with host country scholars and university students to evaluate the impact of communication differences that diverse religious, social, ethnic and educational backgrounds have on individuals communicating within an organization and in social settings. During Autumn term and prior to departure, SNL co-directors Gretchen Wilbur
and Nancy Morgan will conduct on-ground and online class sessions.
Tanzania: Connecting with Africa: Cultural and Social Issues in East Africa (Flyer)Develop a fresh understanding of local peoples, the environment, and cultural practices in Tanzania. The travel experience prepares students for life in an increasingly globalized world by engaging issues and questions of the East African experience, including foreign pressures and influences on indigenous values, social justice dilemmas like class marginalization and the impacts of globalization on lifestyles and economies. Simple observation serves as a powerful tool for uncovering deeper meanings in everyday events in the lives of Tanzanians. Participants’ ongoing dialogue with local cultures and peoples raises consciousness on global issues of justice, peace, politics and traditions. Course destinations will include a safari, a visit to Mount Kilimanjaro, a trip to the island of Zanzibar, and a visit to a former slave town. The class can be completed for eight credits, or three to four competencies H5, A1H, H3B, A3E, FX, A1D, H1H, E1 & E2, L10 & L11. Faculty: Ray Mosha and Steffanie Triller Fry.
England: London Alive
Theatre, live performance, museum collections, and street markets are integral parts of English cultural history; they also represent Britain’s international heritage. London theaters not only celebrate English history, culture and language, they also carry the banner of the English artistic imagination into the future. London’s museums make it one of the most visited cities in the world for the range of its collected artifacts and images. Outside the theater and museum doors, markets teem with life. From Borough Market, established in Roman times to those established in the nineteenth century, the farmers' markets, flea markets and antique markets present a unique juxtaposition with the established forms of representation and performance found in museums and theaters. We will glimpse at how theaters, markets and museums create a magical intersection of past with present and future, of art with life and politics, of cultural stasis with social change. We will question our own approaches to these sites of tourism, entertainment and consumption: what does it mean to perform a service vs. perform for entertainment? How do individuals and groups represent themselves in an effort to draw crowds, customers, audiences, and viewers? The goal of this study abroad program, offered in conjunction with SNL, is to bring London “alive” in both the past and present, and to deepen participants' understanding of London, and the global marketplace the city itself both performs and represents. Email SNLinternational@depaul.edu
for more information.
In this domestic travel course, learners will walk the Freedom Trail, visit Boston’s most famous art collections, and its equally famous North End. Issues such as Boston’s immigrant populations, fame as a seat of American higher education, connection to events in American history, and economic output will be discussed. Tuition plus fee for museum entry and group tours. Students make their own travel and hotel arrangements. Travel to Boston in Fall term. Competencies: H4, A5, L10 & 11, or negotiated H1X, A1X. Faculty: Betta LoSardo, Susan McGury.
Ghana, Togo & Benin: History, Culture & Spirituality in West Africa
What do traditional healing, ancient kingdoms, colonial history, culture, creativity and self-development, and modern technology have in common? Come to Ghana, Togo and Benin and find out! While learning about traditional African world views in connection with modern culture and technology, you will explore the richness of West African cultures. Visit world historical sites, universities, marketplaces and cultural venues to challenge the myths and misconceptions about the continent and her people. SNL students earn 4 competencies from the following: H1F, H3B, A3B, S3B, S3X, L10, L11 and FX. Non-SNL students receive 8 credits: INT 399 in Fall quarter and REL 299 (JYEL) in Winter quarter. Derise Tolliver and Osofo Kwesi Atta co-direct the course. Email SNLinternational@depaul.edu
for more information.
South Africa: The Quest for Change 25 years and Counting
In 1990, sociopolitical forces in South Africa began formally dismantling the structure of racial segregation kn
own as “apartheid” that had been in force since 1948. Despite its advanced economy today and boasting one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, post- apartheid South Africa still faces considerable challenges—providing social and economic equality for all races and groups, maintaining the country’s economic strength while fostering social justice, and battling the largest HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world.
Through visits to historical sites and lectures by local experts in law, business and public health, this study abroad course explores these issues first-hand. See the Constitutional Court and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Visit Soweto Township and walk down Vilakazi Street, home to both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Tour Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years) and visit the District Six Museum in Cape Town. Additional excursions include a safari.
There will be opportunities for service learning, as well as ongoing reflection about the relevance and meaning of this incredible experience via a travel journal and four on-site formal class meetings. SNL students receive 3-4 of the following competences: L3, L10, L11, E1, E2, H1X, H1X, H2X, H5, FX, in
addition to possible negotiated competencies. Non-SNL students receive 8 credits total, SAP 200 in the Winter quarter (EL) and SAP 200 (usually an elective) in the Spring quarter. Contact Ludovic Comeau at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.