Office of International Programs and Services

Archived Faculty-Led Courses

2016-2017 Faculty-Led Courses

Explore the courses below and discover a destination to start your journey abroad...

Jamaica | October 14 - 23, 2016 (Fall Break 2016)

 

TRVL 300 (0 credit)

Nursing students will work with Jamaican Nurses in various health care settings, such as pregnant mothers and children, restaurant inspection and treatment assistance. The students will tour a hospital and provide health teaching on various disorders such as diabetes and hypertension.

For more information, contact Dr. Cheryl Clark at cclark@email.wcu.edu or Elizabeth Sexton at ehsexton@email.wcu.edu

Kenya | October 14 - 23, 2016 (Fall Break 2016)

 

HESA 693 Special Topics: Global Perspectives in Higher Education (3 credits)

This course will address higher education practices and student development theories within the contexts of Kenya. The pre-departure focus will be  on gaining a foundational understanding of Kenyan culture, history, religion, education and language. Students will participate in the "field experience" portion of the course where they will immerse themselves in the county's culture, while experiencing local tertiary education  through lecture, campus visits, meeting with administrators and interactions with locals. After the trip, students will apply what they have learned to practice through reflections, debriefing sessions and term papers.

For more information, contact Dr. April Perry  at alperry@email.wcu.edu

Kenya | October 14 - 29, 2016 (Fall Break 2016)

 

EDPY 493/593/EDMG 417/EDEL 417 Special Topics: Issues in Kenyan Social Studies Education (3 credits)

The aims of this course are to gain knowledge of world cultures, understand the historical, geographic, economic, political, cultural, and environmental relationships among global reficitions and peoples, examine the nature of cultural differences and national or regional conflicts and problems, learn to act to influence the public policy and private behavior on behalf of international understanding, develop tolerance and empathy, demonstrate a passion for and love of learning about the world, and express an understanding  of what it means to be a global citizen.

For more information, contact Dr. Russell Binkley at rbinkley@wcu.edu 

London| October 14 - 22, 2016 (Fall Break 2016)

TRVL 600  Accounting in London( 0 credit)

The purpose of this trip is to learn more about international accounting and business. The class will visit Mazars, and international provider of audit, accountancy, tax, legal and advisory services, and will also meet with the International Accounting Standards Board and other business and accounting organizations, such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Associattion of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Buenos Aires, Argentina| May 7 - June 3, 2017 (Summer Break 2017)

SPAN 394 Immersion Experience: History and Culture (6 credits)

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires while immersing yourself in the culture of this amazing country.

For more information, contact  Dr. Alberto Centeno-Pulido at acentenopulido@wcu.edu 

Buenos Aires, Argentina| May 7 - June 3, 2017 (Summer Break 2017)

 

SPAN 394 Immersion Experience: Medical Spanish (6 credits)

Learn about Argentina health care system and shadow medical professionals in different specialties, while honing your Spanish skills.

For more information, Dr. Alberto Centeno-Pulido at acentenopulido@wcu.edu 

San Jose, Costa Rica | March 7 - 17, 2017 (Spring Break 2017)


ND 410 & HSCC 493  (3 credits each, 6 total)

ND 410's purpose is introduce the student to nutrition and dietetics in a global environment. It will involve academic and service learning opportunities in a variety of health and food industry environments.

HSCC 493's purpose is to introduce the student to healthcare in a global environment. It will involve academic and service learning opportunities in a variety of health and food industry environments.

For more information, contact Dr. Beth Wall-Bassett at ewbassett@wcu.edu

San Jose, Costa Rica | March 7 - 17, 2017 (Spring Break 2017)

 

MHS 693 & ND 693 (3 credits each, 6 total)

The Purpose of these courses is to introduce graduate students to nutrition and dietetics in a global environment.  These courses will involve academic and service learning opportunities in a variety of health and food industry environments.

For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Wall-Bassett at ewbassett@wcu.edu 

Ludwigsburg, germany | May 9 - 14, 2017, 2017 (Summer Break 2017)

 

EDEL 446 (3 credits)

EDEL 446 Digital explores the issues, trends, skills and practices related to digital technologies in the K-6 classroom as well as the larger context of education as profession. Computer applications and digital tools are explored and opportunities are provided for teacher candidates to make authentic connections between digital technologies and best practices in instruction, teacher productivity and professional development.

For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Luke at ncluke@wcu.edu or Dr. Dan Grube at dgrube@wcu.edu

Japan | May 10 - 31, 2017 (summer break 2017 )

JPN 493 (3 credits)

Welcome to JPN493 Faculty-Led Summer Travel Course in Japan: Japanology ~ Beyond Borders ~. This course is designed for students who are eager to explore BEYOND THEIR COMFORT ZONES. This would require you to be open to profound understandings about language, culture, and people you encounter in Japan. Also, throughout this travel course, you would LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF in a way you (probably) have never experience. One of the goals of this class is to cultivate sufficient intercultural skills in order to create a personal response to current events in Japan, Asia, and the world. You will be required to develop your ability to view each topic multi-dimensionally and discuss it with supporting arguments. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate meaningful comparisons BEYOND AMERICAN and JAPAN CULTURES in order to enhance our intercultural understanding as global citizens.

For more information, contact Dr. Yumiko Ono at yono@wcu.edu

Spain & Portugal | May 10 - 22, 2017 (summer break)

IDES 465 (3 credits)

This course involves five pre-trip mini-papers detailing the architectural significance, details, and photos of sites such as St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Roman Colosseum, etc. as well as a narrative od what you hope to learn on this trip. Following the trip, students are expected to write a research paper and narrative essays on the political, historical or architectural details pretainting to trip sites in Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Gibralter, Seville, Madrid, Toledo, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal.

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Adams at eeadams@wcu.edu 

Germany, Austria, liechtenstein, switzerland & france | May 10 - 23, 2017 (Summer break)

SM 350 (3 credits)

This course will explore sport with several countries in Europe. Students will meet with and learn from entrepreneurs, managers and administrators in business areas of marketing, operations, management, law and others. Students will also partake in tours and events related to the core product of the sporting competitions themselves. Through these experiences, students will learn about the role that sport plays within these cultures, as well as business principles and practices that guide sport managers decisions.

For more information, contact Dr. David Tyler at dtyler@wcu.edu 

Australia & New Zealand | May 14 - 25, 2017 (summer break)

SOCW 348 (3 credits)

This course is designed to assist students in the development of generalist social work skills, with an emphasis on culture in Australia and New Zealand. Students will learn about the differences in the social work systems used in the U.S. and above-mentioned places. This course will be taught online and through travel experience and all students are expected to play an active role in their own learning through the use of online discussions, case studies and other experiental exercise.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeanne Dulworth  at jdulworth@wcu.edu 

Cape Town at Stellenbosch, South Africa | May 14 - 25, 2017 (summer break)

TRVL 300 (0 credit)

The smokey Mountain Brass Quintet 9faculty) and Balsam Mountain Brass Quintet (students) will perform concerts at South African College of Music, Stellenbosch University and D.F. Malan High School, along with musical clinics, museum tours and a safari.

This course is a closed group.

For more information, contact Dr. Brad Ulrich at ulrich@wcu.edu
 

Cartago, Costa Rica | May 14 - June 4, 2017 (summer break)

SPAN 240 (6 credit)

SPAN 240 is a highly intensive course that will cover the equivalent of SPAN 231 and 232 in only one semester. It is designed for motivated students who have completes SPAN 102 or have placed into SPAN 231. The class will meet for 5 hours daily during the week on campus of Instituto Technologico in Cartago, Costa Rica. This is an intensive 3-week course involving grammar and culture lessons, guest speakers and educational trips while interacting with the people of Costa Rica to increase fluency. This course also includes living with a local family in Costa Rica to increase fluency and cultural knowledge. There will be weekend trips to musums, schools, historical ruins, etc.

For more information, contact Dr. Garrett Fisher at gdfisher@wcu.edu

Madrid, spain | May 15 - 30, 2017 (summer break)

LEAD 494 (3 credit)

The course will address leadership practices and theories within the contexts of countries around the world. The spring semester will focus on studying leadership within several cultures around the world, and will include extensive history and bachground on the embedded internatioal experience sites.

For more information, contact Dr. Mike Corelli at corellij@wcu.edu

Stuttgart, Germany | May 31 - June 30, 2017 (summer break)

GER 240 & GER 493 (6 credit)

In this intensive course, students will continue to develop thier basic knowledge about the German speaking world, and through that content, acquire functional proficiency in German. In the morning, students will spend three hours(including break),  working in the classroom. In the afternoons, students will undertake various activitives in Stuttgart.

For more information, contact Dr. Will Lehman at welehman@wcu.edu

odorheiu secuiesc, romania | June 3 - july 3, 2017 (summer break)

ANTH 493 (6 credits)

This class is a project centered around the excavation of an abandoned medieval church in the Transylvania village of Patakfalva. Students will explore how centuries of religious and political upheaval have influenced demographics and health of individuals interred within the church walls and associated cemetery. Students will work outside, 40 hours per week in temperatures ranging from 65 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, carefully excavating human remains.

For more information, contact Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua at kzejdik@wcu.edu

Valencia, spain (summer break)

SPAN 394 (6 credits)

Spend three weeks in Valencia, a beautiful, historic and cosmopolitan city on the Mediterranean Sea. It is highly recommended that students complete SPAN 232 or 240 before participating in this program.

For more information, contact Dr. Albert Centeno-Pulido at acenopulido@wcu.edu

Odorheiu Secuiesc, romania | June 30 - july 31, 2017 (summer break)

ANTH 493 - Section 2 (6 credits)

This project is the excavation of an abandoned medieval church in the Transylvania village of Patakfalva (Valeni). Students will explore how centuries of religious and political upheaval have influenced demographics and health of individuals interred within the church walls and associated cemetery. This field school project ia part of a broader investigation of the abandonment of medieval churches in the area and provides significant opportunities for students to get involved in the international bioarchaeology, multi-institution networking and collaboration and addressing biological, archaeological and cultural questions.

For more information, contact Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua at kzejdik@wcu.edu

2015-2016 Faculty-Led Courses

Explore the courses below and discover a destination to start your journey abroad...

London, England| October 9 - 7, 2015 (Fall Break 2015)

 

TRVL 600 (3 credit)

Students participating in the International Trip to London will study and learn about companies headquartered in the U.K. that have publicly available financial statements prepared using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). They will present their findings to the class.

For more information, contact Dr. Jane Livingstone at jrlivingstone@email.wcu.edu 

Kenya | October 9 - 25, 2015 (Fall Break 2015)

 

EDPY 493/593 (3 credits)

A group of interns will go to Kenya to Observe and teach under the supervision of Kenyan teachers. Course aims are to gain knowledge of world cultures, understand the historical, geographic, economic, political, cultural and environmental relationships among global regions and people; examine the nature of cultural differences and national or regional conflicts; listen to act to influence public policy and private behavior on behalf of international understanding; demonstrate for and love of learning about the world, and express an understanding of what it means to be a global citizens.

For more information, contact Dr. Rus Binkley  at rbinkley@email.wcu.edu

cuba| October 8 - 16, 2015 (Fall Break 2015)

 

TRV 300 - Cuban Culture

Students in SPAN 493 will travel to Cuba so that they can observer the Cuban social, political, and cultural phenomena that they have been studying in their on-campus class. while at the same they will gather information for their end-of-semester presentations on a symposium open to the university community and the public. They will attend several lecture given by a professor/poet and an anthropologist at a Cuban research institute. They will meet  and speak with an international renowned Cuban novelist whose work they will have studied. They also will meet a group of students, in the in the Social Communication Program at the University of Havana to learn about the student involvement in social projects, held in an event at the Centro Luther King. The students will be housed with Cuban families and will have opportunities to learn firsthand about versions of a Cuban Experience that will invitaly vary from that portrayed in textbooks and academic journals available in the US.

For more information, contact Dr. Lori Oxford at ifoxford@wcu.edu 

France | October 8 - 18, 2015 (Fall Break 2015)

TRVL 300 

An immersion experience in a French educational setting at the middle or secondary school level for students enrolled as education majors during the fall semester. Pedagogical hand historical topics releavant to the mathematical history of the region are include.

For more information, contact Axelle Faughn at afaughn@wcu.edu

Honfuras | december 26 - January 8, 2016 (Swinter Break 2016)

PT 880 (3 credits)

The purpose of the independent study is to prepare students who are in the third year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program to optimize the delivery of care to individuals in a remote area of Honduras, enhancing both clinical skills and cultural competency through an interdisciplinary perspective. the focus of the independent study in on introduction to global health with various triage, medical screening and direct patient care interventions requiring complex clinical reasoning performed in a small group for an ambulatory (walk-in) clinic. The independent study will include assigned readings and a variety of online resource regarding Central American culture.

For more information, contact  Dr. Todd Watson at twatson@wcu.edu 

South Africa | march 16 - 28, 2016 (spring Break 2016)

 

CJ 305 (3 credits)

The course focuses on issue of diversity, oppression and social justice. Course focus will be on how the law can be a tool for social justice or instrument of repression, marginalization. It examines the role of law in promoting social focusing on the inequalities that occur between racial, ethnic, social and economic lines

For more information, Dr.Cyndy Hughes at caravelis@wcu.edu 

Scotland | March19 - 26, 2016 (Spring Break 2016)


NSG 408  (3 credits)

A comprehensive exploration of global nursing issues within a travel study opportunity to collaboratively build leadership skills and establish learning partnership.

For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Metcalfe at metcalfe@wcu.edu

Peru | March 8 - 18, 2016 (Spring Break 2016)

 

ND 480  (6 credits)

The Purpose of this course is to introduce the student to nutrition and dietetics in a global environment. It will involve academic and service learning opportunities in a variety of health and food industry environments. Course participants will observation nutrition professionals in professional roles, will gain exposure to global health organizations, develop a basic understanding of how health care is delivered, gain enhanced skills in culture competence, gain knowledge of nutrition standards of practice and indentify regulatory agencies and guidelines for nutrition related health care and food service delivery.

For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Wall-Bassett at ewbassett@wcu.edu 

Austria & Ireland | May 9 - 16, 2016, 2016 (Summer Break 2017)

 

SPED 493/593 (3 credits)

This course will use site visits, guest lectures and readings to introduce students to programs and services for adults with developmental disabilities in Austria and Ireland. Additionally,in Salzburg, Austria, students will participate in "Diversity Week" activities at the Padagogosche Hochschule Salzburg

For more information, contact Dr. David Westlingat westling@wcu.edu

Europe | May 12 - 23, 2016 (summer break 2017 )

BA 393 (3 credits)

BA 393 Sport &Culture is an interdisciplinary examination of sports a global phenomenon. historical, cultural, political, economic and managerial perspectives are considered. Focus is given to international sport leagues and teams, the globalization of sport, global cultural influences on sport, market dynamics, emerging contemporary issues in the global sports industry, and U.S. based sport organizations operating internationally.

For more information, contact Dr. David Tyler at dtyler@wcu.edu

Japan | May 11 - 31, 2016 (summer break)

BA 393 (6 credits)

Global Business in Asia is an international experiental course undertaking the study of marketing decisions, strategies and operations of firms involved in international business. Special focus will be placed on global marketing in Asia, through the lens of Asia's economic powerhouse and commercial gateway: Japan. On-site tours and interaction with top Japanese corporations will be part of the experience.

For more information, contact Dr.  Scott Rader at srader@wcu.edu 

Japan | May 11 - 31, 2016 (Summer break)

JPN 393 (3 credits)

Special Topics in Japanology is designed for students who have already earned strong and unique intercultural awareness and eager to go beyond. A course goal is to cultivate critical skills in order to create a personal response to current events in Japan and Asia, including local and west Asian countries. Students will be required to acquire skills to view each event multi-dimensionally and discuss it with supporting arguments.

For more information, contact Dr. Yumiko Ono at yono@wcu.edu 

Kenya | May 13 - june 2, 2016 (summer break)

SOC 493/ANTH 494 (6 credits)

the purpose of this course is to provide a window through which students can begin to explore and understand through practical experience the African cultures, histories and challenges that Africa id experiencing.

For more information, contact Dr. Tony Hickey  at hickey@wcu.edu 

Costa Rica | May 15 - June 12, 2016 (summer break)

SPAN 240 (6 credit)

SPAN 240 is for highly motivated students who have completed SPAN 102 or have placed into SPAN 231. The class will meet for 4.5 hours daily during the week on the campus of Tecnologico. the intensive 4-week course involves grammer and culture lessons, guest speakers and educational trips while interacting with the people pf Costa Rica to increase fluency. This course also includes living with a local family to increase fluency and cultural ruins; tour of San Jose to see the capital and National Museum, Natioanl Theatre, market and parks; tour of Orosi to see and learn about coffee plantation and a visit to Colegio Cartago to see the high school and interact with students.

For more information, contact Dr. Garrett Fisher at gdfidher@wcu.edu
 

Botswana | May 17 - June 1, 2016 (summer break)

CSD 683 (3 credit)

This course provide students with a supervised and multidisciplinary international service learning opportunity for the reciprocal exchange of cultural perspectives, knowledge and skills. Through interactions with Botswana health ad educational professionals as well as patients/clients and their families, students will gain perspectives on broader speech and language issues across the globe. Students will have opportunities in government and non-government organizations to gain knowledge of and experience with varied healthcare and educational system in under-resourced communities.

For more information, contact Dr. Amy Rose at ajrose@wcu.edu

Seville, spain | May 16 - 31, 2016 (summer break)

LEAD 494 (3 credit)

The course will address leadership practices and theories within the contexts of countries around the world. Students will participate in the "field experience" portion of the course where they will immerse themselves in the country's culture while experiencing local leadership through lecture, visiting with local government agencies and interaction with local leaders.

For more information, contact Dr. April Perry at alperry@wcu.edu

Berlin & Munich, Germany; Warsaw & Krakow, Poland | May 19 - June 3, 2016 (summer break)

 

This course examines the psychological factors that gave to one of the worst atrocities in human history. the course reviews the social, political and historical factors that sent the stage for the Third Reich. Students will then attempt to understand , from a psychological perspective, how seemingly normal and ordinary individuals could participate in genocide. The course also examines how crimes against humanity are not limited to the Nazis and have unfortunately occurred multiple times after World War II.

For more information, contact Dr. Alvin Malesky at malesky@wcu.edu

Wyoming | May 31 - june 14, 2016 (summer break)

PRM 427 (3 credits)

This class is intended to serve as an intensive and complete introduction to off-trail alpine travel, and to all the fundamentals alpine mountaineering skills of rock and snow climbing. The course offers exposure to a large variety of landforms and climbing surfaces. If condition allow, there will be attempts to summit a 13,000 foot snow covered peak using skills learned..

For more information, contact Andrew Bobilya at ajbobilya@wcu.edu

Ludwigsburg, Germany | June 5 - 19(summer break)

HPE 305 (3 credits)

HPE 305 Adventure Education is an interdisciplinary based class focusing on the integration of adventure-based physical education across the school curriculum. The focus will be on identifying key learning theories and philosophies in adventure education..

For more information, contact Dr. Dan Grube at dgrube@wcu.edu

Cape Town, south Africa | June 9 - 19, 2016 (summer break)

USI 393 (3 credits)

This is an educational and cultural experience to Cape Town, South Africa. The course focus on the retention of the traditional African world view and culture among the beliefs and practices of participants. Participants will study various organizations such as Samaritan's Feet, Express Employment Professionals and Cape Town Universities, and how these organizations work within a different international context and system.

For more information, contact Lane Perry at laneperry@wcu.edu

Valencia, spain | June 2 - July 4, 2016 (summer break)

SPAN 394 (6 credits)

the SPAN 394 Immersion Experience is designed to improve oral and written proficiency as well as expend  vocabulary to include precise terminology on a number of topics. Students will aslo gain an enhanced appresiation of the Spanish-speaking world, particularly the city of Valencia, Spain, in which they will reside for the duration of course.

for more information, contact Alberto Centeno-Pulido at acentenopulido@wcu.edu or Lori Oxford at ifoxford@wcu.edu
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