January 2020 Off-Campus Courses

Information about 2020 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-371 International Sport Governance (C-3GC)
Instructor: Ryan Hedstrom
Location: Spain 
Approximate Cost: $4700
Any student with an interest in international sports business ( especially international football, Olympics, Marketing & Sponsorship) would find this course a great option. The itinerary is still being confirmed but planned highlights for Madrid include city and cultural landmarks, Real Madrid/Athletico Madrid FC match, Spanish sport and culture, international sport business and event management, La Liga (planning on a visit to their offices) and international football, tapas culinary experience, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (including dinner overlooking the Real Madrid field), professional tennis, and the Real Madrid Academy/Training Center. Planned highlights for Barcelona include city and cultural landmarks (which there are many in this city), FC Barcelona/Espanyol FC match, Camp Nou Stadium, 1992 Olympic Stadium and venues. This is very inclusive trip in terms of travel, lodging, meals, and cultural/academic access! The course would travel with Jeff Beer’s International Sports Medicine course. A passport (valid through August 2020) is required for this course. Contact Professor Hedstrom for additional information. 

ESAT-313 International Sports Medicine (C-3GC)
Instructor: Jeffrey Beer
Location: Spain
Approximate Cost: $4700

Students will explore the countryside, history, and culture while staying close to the sports medicine focus. This class will take students inside the Spanish Model of Health Care and Sports Medicine where they will receive firsthand experience and knowledge at various facilities, clubs, universities and other sporting events.Contact Professor Beer for additional information. 

INTD-445 Development of Modern Scientific Thought in Great Britain (C-5CC)
Instructor: Susan Klein
Location: London and surrounding areas
Approximate Cost: $3300
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 for additional information.

INTD-T45 Tapping into Beer Culture & Community (C-5CC)
Instructor: Michelle Calka
Location: Ireland
Approximate Cost: $3700
What is so unique about Irish beer culture? What made Guinness one of the most popular beers in the world? In this travel course, we will critically explore the social, economic, and cultural history of Irish beer, from pubs to Guinness to the burgeoning Irish craft beer industry. We will tour major historic breweries such as Guinness and Smithwick’s as well as smaller breweries that focus on building local communities and economic development. Along the way, we’ll tour the Irish countryside, discuss the influence of Irish pub culture worldwide, and analyze beer marketing to various audiences over time.This course with travel with Professor Tim Brauch’s Math and Culture class, and will include stops in Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry, Galway, Sligo, and Belfast. Contact Professor Calka for additional information.

MATH-223 Math in Culture (C-3GC)
Instructor: Tim Brauch
Location: Ireland
Approximate Cost: $3700 (includes meals)
The Irish have a long history of being mathematical people, starting in the middle ages.  Most people are unaware of the contributions of Irish mathematicians to the way we understand the world.  We will visit the Guinness Brewery where William Sealy Gosset developed the statistical T-test while an employee.  George Boole created a system of logic that allowed modern computers to be developed.  We will visit other cultural sites and learn about the Irish mathematicians who changed the world.  This course is a joint travel course with Michelle Calka’s INTD–T45 Beer Culture course. Contact Professor Brauch for additional information.

NASC-310 Medical Practicum
Instructor: Jeff Osborne
Location: Guatemala
Approximate Cost: $2550

The Medical Practicum is a short-term experience in global health in which students experience health care in a less-developed country by living and working with physicians, dentists, pharmacists to help run a clinic in rural Guatemala. Three credits, P/NP only, and open to any major.
Go to www.medicalpracticum.org for an application and more details, or contact Professor Osborne.

PEAC-275 Practicum in Peace Studies
Instructor: Katy Gray Brown
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Approximate Cost: $900
This practicum at will provide an intensive experiential education opportunity focusing on intersectional justice through prisms of race, poverty, climate change, sustainable urban development, and insider/outsider privilege.  We will visit important sites in the struggle for racial justice (Whitney Plantation museum on the slave trade; Mississippi Civil Right Museum; the National Civil Rights Museum) as well as work with organizations in New Orleans to learn about the ways that poor communities of color are disproportionately affected by climate change and other factors of economic and environmental injustice.  This class includes a significant service work requirement.  Permission of instructor required for registration. Contact Dr. Gray Brown for additional information.

POSC-274 Topics in American Politics: Presidential Nomination Campaigns
Instructor: Leonard Williams
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Approximate Cost: $1050
This course examines presidential nomination campaigns in the U.S., with a particular focus on campaigns in advance of the Iowa caucuses. Students will learn about modern presidential elections from academic, journalistic, and electoral perspectives. During our week in Iowa, students will attend campaign events for candidates of both parties, volunteer to do campaign work for a presidential candidate, discuss news of the presidential campaign, and learn about the precinct caucus system. Contact Professor Williams for additional information.

PSYC-201  Social Psychology (C-3RC)
Instructor: Marcie Coulter-Kern
Location: France
Approximate Cost: $2900
This class meets the Responsible Citizenship (C-3RC) in the core and is an elective for the Psychology major and elective in the minor.  Cost is approximately $2900 for a 16-day trip. France provides a unique context to learn about Social Psychology, because it holds a wealth of history related to culture, diversity, major wars, and religious conflicts. In Paris, we study the power of persuasion and attraction by visiting the, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. In Lyon, we visit the Museum of the Resistance and Deportation and learn about the most noble and shameful moments of French participation in World War II.  In Strasbourg, we learn about human-rights by visiting the European Parliament and The Council of Europe.This course will also give students a basic sense of the major periods of French history, the outstanding intellectual and artistic movements that shape formal French culture, and the distinctive features of French daily life.  Much of the time in France will be devoted to activities that illustrate, extend, and synthesize the background material.  All students will complete exams, quizzes, journal writing, an individualized project, and other short written assignments. Contact Professor Coulter-Kern for additional information

PSYC-385 Applied Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Instructor:  Rusty Coulter-Kern
Location: France 
Approximate Cost: $2900
This class meets the Global Connections (C-3GC) in the core and is an elective for the Psychology major and elective in the minor.  Cost is approximately $2900 for a 16-day trip.  Culture and Psychology is the study of how culture influences human development, motivation, thinking, abnormal behavior, and social interaction. It includes an in-depth comparison of US culture with one other non-US culture. France will provide an excellent setting to explore the cultural conflicts we study in psychology. You will develop new insights and appreciation for the economic, educational, and social disparities that exist in our world and explore how psychology can help us think about differences between US and French culture.  Included will be an introduction to the history, culture, and daily life of France.  Background reading, presentations, and lectures will give students a basic sense of the major periods of French history, the outstanding intellectual and artistic movements that shape formal French culture, and the distinctive features of French daily life.  Much of the time in France will be devoted to activities that illustrate, extend, and synthesize the background material.  All students will complete exams, quizzes, journal writing, an individualized project, and other short written assignments. Contact Dr. Coulter-Kern for additional information. 

SOC-311 Cultural Anthropology
Instructor: Jared Friesen
Location: Belize, Central America
Provides a theoretical framework and methods for the study of cultures. Questions related to the unity of humankind and the diversity of human custom are central concerns. Study of several related subcultures within the context of the larger Belizean culture and comparisons with their own culture enables students to consider the relationship among the individual, culture and society and encourages them to develop respect for other cultures and a better understanding of their own. Contact Professor Friesen 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.