SPRING 2018 Learning Abroad Courses:
This course will explore a vast array of issues facing Australia and give Rutgers students the up-close chance to research and report on these subjects while in country, and then continue their research and reporting upon returning to the US. Students will gain a firm understanding of Australia’s past and present and learn about a country that is closely linked to the US, while also having a very distinct identity.
This learning-abroad course introduces undergraduate and graduate students with an overview of population health through the lens of community development within the Republic of Cuba. The emphasis of this course is to provide an introduction to key concepts of the Cuban health care system and sustainable community development: Why they are important, and how connections among social, cultural, educational and environmental systems are core to successful community development and health.
This seminar with travel to Cuba’s capital city will study the urban setting of Havana in its articulation with literature, film, and the arts from the early twentieth century to the present day. It will explore cross-disciplinary continuities, the engagement with multiple pasts, the city as a meeting place for all the arts and crucible of social identities.
ENGLAND & IRELAND | Comparative Criminal Justice
Through this Learning Abroad course, students will have knowledge of England’s political system, and the development of criminal justice through history – starting with the monarchy, parliament, and the significant development of the European Union over the past three decades which can inform a comparative understanding of tackling justice issues globally. Students will also have an understanding of how the police, courts, and corrections systems are organized geographically and hierarchically.
This course will introduce students to key historical figures and milestones within forensic science. We will examine the similarities and differences between the English and American legal systems as they pertain to forensic science and how these systems regulate and maintain standards within the profession.
This Learning Abroad course puts students in the role of urban explorers, facilitating a deeper understanding of Germany by going beyond just the traditional sites, and engaging directly with neighborhoods, the people, and the unique spaces of German culture. Students will ponder gentrification, social movements, and the extensive use of the arts as public expression and resistance. Students will also develop practical and applicable tools for navigating “foreign” space and communicate with locals as a confident and humble global citizen.
This service learning course introduces students to health and healing in Guatemala, one of many developing countries in the Americas with significant poverty and health care needs. Classroom and field experiences focus on: 1) Mayan history and marginalization as it relates to today’s setting 2) traditional and Western medical systems and their articulation within the health care system of Guatemala; and 3) current public health concerns that confronts the population. A service learning experience in the highlands of Guatemala exposes students to both Western and traditional health care settings and providers as well as opportunities to assist with ongoing health promotion projects.
GUATEMALA | Child Migration and U.S. Immigration Policy
This timely course will examine the factors leading to the recent surge in Central American children coming to the U.S. border alone. In a weekly two-hour seminar, taught simultaneously to students in Camden and Newark via the law school’s new immersive classroom, we will examine four main areas: (1) U.S. immigration policy towards children, including substantive law and procedure; (2) current push and pull factors leading to child migration from Central America; (3) best practices in working with children in crisis and (4) the challenges of reintegration after deportation. Up to 10 students in the course may participate in the spring break travel to Guatemala and earn an additional credit. By traveling to Guatemala over spring break, students will have the opportunity to meet with individuals and social service organizations that work with child migrants and repatriated children. Students will learn first-hand the reasons why children emigrate and the difficulties they face in the United States, and after repatriation.
SOUTH AFRICA | Community Service
Students will visit NGO's, schools, and key cultural sites, and meet with teachers, students, and community leaders in South Africa to participate in community service and engage in dialogue and shared experience on topics of racism and poverty, urban revitalization, global and regional development, and environmental degradation while focusing on the role that woman have played.
SOUTH AFRICA | Constitutional Law
The classroom portion of the course will begin with a brief introduction to the history of South Africa as it relates to the development of the country’s Constitution. The rest of our class meetings prior to the travel portion will be devoted to a study of the jurisprudence of the country’s Constitutional Court with a focus on the role the court has played and is continuing to play in shaping the country’s political, economic and social development.
A highlight of this Learning Abroad course is a 12-day travel component to South Africa over spring break to learn about management and marketing practices in this region. Students will visit with top executives at businesses and government entities such as Pick N Pay, Port of Cape Town, Johnson & Johnson, and Vodafone, and visit historical and cultural sites such as Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope, the Apartheid Museum, and Kruger National Park.
ENGLAND & IRELAND | History of Women in Healthcare
This course will offer a broad study of the historical and human science literature regarding notable women in healthcare. We will examine the life stories and contributions to healthcare of notable selected women from the British Isles, Central Europe and the United States.
FRANCE & BELGIUM | Psychology of Eating
The psychology of eating is all about why, when, and how we eat; our health, our perceptions of ourselves and others, and the role of food in our lives. Belgium and France are obvious destinations to pursue an understanding of the cultural influences on eating behaviors because both cultures focus on food so heavily.
IRELAND | Literary Ireland
This course will offer an introduction to the rich variety of Irish literature since the late nineteenth century, with special emphasis on the historical circumstances out of which it grew. The course begins in Camden, with readings in the fiction, drama, and poetry of the period, and concludes in Ireland, with explorations of its fascinating and complex historical context.
IRELAND | Travelogue
This course will cover three areas: history of the travelogue, a primer in documentary filmmaking, and finally, the core of the course at home is studying John Lawson Stoddard's writing as the premiere travelogist of the late 19th/early 20th century.
The program will be focused on exploring cultural traditions and language of the Jewish and Arab population, their similarities, differences, and how it brings them all together.
This seminar and international service-learning course introduces students to health and healing in Bolivia, one of the most poverty-stricken countries in the Western Hemisphere, with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of health and healing in this developing country.