January 2021 Off-Campus Courses

Information about 2021 January Session off-campus courses and additional January Session opportunities are listed below. Off-campus courses are marked as OC on the Schedule of Classes. Contact the instructor for more details about individual travel courses. 

BUS-202 Exploring International Business
Instructor: Joe Messer

Location: New Zealand
Approximate Cost: $5,600
This course introduces students (first year to seniors) to the history, culture, and daily life of citizens and business enterprises in another country.  The course focuses on Business Studies in the Tourism, Adventure and Farming sectors and the local New Zealand culture. Students will learn about these dynamic two islands through their own eyes, with special activities along the way visiting and participating in businesses in the adventure industry, addressing actual risks and perceived risks and how to build a business around them.  At every turn, New Zealand’s scenery will provide awe and wonder. Contact Professor Messer for additional information.

EDUC-216  Building Communities In Schools (C-3RC)
Instructor: Kurt Kurtzhals
Location: Austin, TX
Approximate Cost: $1600
This course explores the ways schools reflect the communities around them, as well as how culture, linguistics, levels of poverty, and location directly impact what happens within the school walls.  Readings related to this topic as well as a partnership with a national, grass roots organization called Communities in Schools, enables MU students to delve deeper into these relationships. This travel course includes a powerful connection with a Manchester alumnus and important service learning components. Contact Professor Kurtzhals for additional information. 

ESAT-313  International Sports Medicine (C-3GC)
Instructor: Jeffrey Beer

Location: Australia
Approximate Cost: $5645
From an academic perspective Australia offer fantastic opportunities for students to visit and study a different model of sports medicine. These specific regions have unique medical professionals, health care, and sports medicine teams to compare and contrast.  Students will explore the country sides, history, and culture while staying close to the sports medicine focus in Sydney, Cairns and the Gold Coast. This class will take students inside non-US Models of Health Care and Sports Medicine where they will receive firsthand experience and knowledge at various facilities, clubs, universities and other sporting events. Contact Dr. Beer for additional information.

FREN-110 Inside Francophone Cultures (C-3GC)
Instructor: Tara Smithson
Location: Southern Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Arnaudville)
Approximate Cost: $1800 
This course offers an introduction to the history, cultural practices, and linguistic specificities of Francophone Louisiana, with attention to one of its most sacred social rituals: carnival. Through an interdisciplinary study of texts ranging from legal documents and literature to popular songs and Mardi Gras ephemera, students will explore the heritage of diverse francophone groups. Students will spend the first week of the carnival season in New Orleans and take part in one of its quirkiest processions: the Joan of Arc parade, dedicated to the French emblem of resilience that has become New Orleans’ unofficial mascot. During the second week, we'll venture from the city to the country, to witness some of the places where Louisiana French still thrives. Visits to tourist sites (bayou boat rides, voodoo museums) as well as participation in more informal “in-group” gatherings (Cajun jam sessions, zydeco dances) will deepen students’ understanding of Louisiana's francophone culture(s) and culminate in mini-ethnographies. Some elementary French recommended but not required. Contact Dr. Smithson for additional information.

HIST-252  Comparative Civilizations (C-3GC)
Instructor: Michael Staudenmaier

Location: Puerto Rico
Approximate Cost: $2500
This course will immerse students in the unique context of Puerto Rico:  a Caribbean archipelago that belongs to, but is not exactly a part of, both the United States and Latin America. Students will visit archeological digs, historical museums, and national parks, meet with environmental, community and labor organizations, and experience daily life in a place where beauty, tragedy, and courage define the contours of society. Contact Professor Staudenmaier for additional information.

INTD-445 The Development of Modern Scientific Thought in Great Britain (C-5CC)
Instructors : Dr. Susan Klein and Dr. Kyle Watson
Location: United Kingdom
Approximate cost $3500
This course examines the contributions of British scientists to the development of modern scientific theory.  By visiting museums and historical sites in Great Britain, the lives and works of many scientists will be explored.   The influences of the environment in which these scientists lived will be examined from the perspective of history, politics, social structure, and religion.  The period of scientific achievement and discovery to be examined begins in the 17th century and the effects on culture and society then, and now, will be addressed.  While spending most of our time in London at museums and tourist sites, we will also travel to Oxford, Cambridge, and Warwick Castle. Contact Dr. Klein or Dr. Watson for additional information. 

NURS-3xx  Missions Across Borders
Instructor: Beth Schultz
Location: Scotland, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland
Approximate Cost: $3800
Please join is for this 15 day trip, exploring three countries and engaging in hands-on missions with locals who have a passion to meet the needs of  the underserved. This course investigates missions in the U.S., The Republic of Ireland and Scotland.  We will engage in hands-on missions in all three countries and compare and contrast the way the needs of underserved populations are met across borders.  We will be part of direct and indirect missions, working directly with locals in each location.  Part of our course preparation time will be spent planning out our trip and preparing for missions.  We will also spend time exploring cities in three countries and learning about how each impacted the history of the other as well as the history of the United States. For more information contact Dr. Schultz.

PEAC-333 Peace Issues: Im/migration and Border Communities
Instructor: Katy Gray Brown
Location: McAllen and Rio Grande Valley Texas
Approximate Cost: $975 (includes airfare from Indianapolis, ground transportation, food, lodging, program expenses)
This course will explore modern day questions based around both human and species im/migration. Students will experience first-hand the conditions in border communities. Over the course, students will learn about the stories of people and communities facing the challenges and question of living near the border through visiting detention centers, accompanying citizen border patrol groups, and working alongside organizations serving immigrant communities. Course material will draw on readings on both human and species migration and supplemented through visits with communities as well as bird and butterfly nature reserves. Contact Dr. Gray Brown for additional information.

PSYC-201 Social Psychology (C-3RC)
Instructors: Marcie Coulter-Kern
Location: Hawaii: Oahu and Maui
Approximate Cost: $2600
In these classes you will receive an introduction to Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. We will review its intellectual heritage, history, conflict, geography and daily life. We will also focus on the variety of cultures which constitute Hawaii to develop a sense of its complex modern character in today’s world. Contact Dr. M Coulter-Kern for additional information.

PSYC-352 Culture and Psychology (C-3GC)
Instructors: Rusty Coulter-Kern

Location: Hawaii: Oahu and Maui
Approximate Cost: $2600
In these classes you will receive an introduction to Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. We will review its intellectual heritage, history, conflict, geography and daily life. We will also focus on the variety of cultures which constitute Hawaii to develop a sense of its complex modern character in today’s world. Contact Dr. R Coulter-Kern for additional information.

REL-102 Introduction to the New Testament (C-4RL)
Instructor: Justin Lasser
Location: Southern Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Arnaudville)
Approximate Cost: $1800
This course will survey the literature of the Christian New Testament and introduce students to the methods of modern Biblical scholarship and how these relate to contemporary mental health counseling theories. All of this will take place within the context of Creole Christian experience. The 1st century will meet the 21st century in this course as we contextualize these stories and compositional practices within the matrix of New Orleans art, music, and culinary delights. The course will teach students how to read New Testament literature from psychological, source critical, composition critical, and redaction critical perspectives. Beyond the literary dimension, students will engage the perennial theological and socio-historical issues that permeate the study of the New Testament. Contact Dr. Lasser for additional information.

 
ADDITIONAL JANUARY SESSION OPPORTUNITIES

Many colleges across the country offer a January Session similar to Manchester’s. Students who would like to experience life on another campus may elect to attend another college during January Session. Colleges attended in previous January Sessions or who have invited Manchester University students to attend include:

Huntington University (Indiana)
McPherson College (Kansas)
Saint Olaf College (Minnesota)
University of La Verne (California)

Contact the Registrar for more information.

Descriptions for new and temporary courses will be coming soon. See Manchester Catalog for other course descriptions.