These courses are designed to bring on-campus, academic coursework together with culturally immersive opportunities beyond campus. Taught by two professors, these are rich experiences that stretch our levels of cultural understanding, our capacity to relate well with others who are different from us, and finally provide an opportunity to move outside our own zones of familiarity into relations that are exciting and new.
This coming Spring 2017 semester the following courses are being offered:
IS/PL 360: Human Rights & Social Justice
Drawing from the perspectives of Catholic Social Teaching and Social Work practice, this course explores the concept of social justice and examines the intercultural skills needed to address issues of social justice with individuals and communities. Through a cultural immersion experience abroad in multiple Indian cities, students will be engaged with local communities and participate in community-based learning opportunities in order to develop, practice and assess the intercultural skills needed in working towards social justice on a local- global scale. CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life- Contribute level; Interdisciplinary Studies, Civic Engagement, and Global Studies designations.
IS 357 Urban Culture
Travel to an identified city and encounter the cultural spaces through exploring local art museums, engaging with the architecture, studying the local film and music venues, and experiencing the ethnic enclaves as a way to learn about the culture of urban spaces and the interaction of art and environment. Students will be expected to integrate, synthesize, and communicate knowledge from the disciplines of communication and art + design.
IS 337: Tropical Culture & Nature, A history of invasions
Using a combination of a 10-day trip to a tropical location (such as Hawaii or the Bahamas) and classroom experiences at Avila both before and after the trip, this interdisciplinary course will examine the cultural and natural history of the selected tropical location. During the tropical location field experience, students will engage in both biological and social research experiences. Students will study the biology and geology of the tropic location and the surrounding Coral Sea environment. In addition, students will examine the tropical location’s past, present and future, with an emphasis on the cultural diversity of its residents. (3, CORE III)
IS 355 Cross Cultural Explorations: Investigations in Education and Social Justice
In keeping with Avila’s mission to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community, this travel course will examine interactions among people of diverse cultural, language, gender, class, and religious backgrounds in educational and community settings. Students will participate in cultural immersion experiences and service learning projects within another country in the world. They will investigate issues of poverty, educational access, health care access, discrimination and social justice from anthropological, development, educational, geographical, historical, psychological, sociological, religious, and economic perspectives. The course is intended to prompt students to examined and responsible action as citizens of the global community. PRE 2015 CORE: Level III. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Contribute, Interdisciplinary Studies, Civic Engagement, Global Studies.