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January Term

 J. Christopher  Gaiser, Ph.D. (on-campus courses)
Shaik Ismail (off-campus programs)

In the four-week January term, students and faculty undertake intensive study either on campus or at off-campus sites in the U.S. and abroad. January Term is designed to foster global awareness, develop insights into major issues of our time, and deepen understanding of American society. It offers participants unique opportunities for innovative learning experiences beyond the standard curriculum.

During January Term, students concentrate on a single academic course of 2-5 credits. With permission of the instructor of that course, a one-credit paracurricular class may be added. More information is available in the Off-Campus – International section below.

Off-Campus - International

January Term off-campus courses are planned and led by Linfield faculty. They are usually limited to 10-12 students for each site chosen through a competitive interview selection process. Students cannot participate in both a Semester Abroad and January Term off-campus international program in the same academic year without special permission from the International Programs Office.

For all students, regardless of their major or minor, Linfield provides the first round-trip air transportation from the Portland International Airport to one destination outside the continental U.S. for one off-campus program – for approved travel for semester, academic year, or January Term programs – for each student who meets program requirements. Students who have already taken one program at college expense must pay airfare for subsequent programs arranged by the college unless a second program is certified by the Registrar as necessary for completing a major or minor with a required study-abroad component. Students who are so certified are entitled to a second round-trip airfare at college expense.

Students participating in an off-campus January Term course pay a program fee to cover the cost of the program and their living expenses such as accommodations, entrance into museums and land transportation.

  • The program fee varies according to location and format.
  • Course costs and estimates are subject to change.
  • A fee of $219 per credit hour is charged for all January term courses, both abroad and domestic.
  • Passports and visa fees are the responsibility of each student. Linfield will help to facilitate the visa processes and students’ accounts will be charged accordingly.

Students are responsible for any meal costs incurred during course days on campus prior to departure or after return. Meal provisions for the periods spent off-campus vary for each course. Depending on location, student should plan on spending approximately $600-900 for meals and personal expenses.

The following courses will be offered during January term 2015:

AAVC 398 Vienna 1900: Modern Art, Freud and Wittgenstein – This course examines the epochal cultural fervent known as “Vienna 1900.” A study of an influential generation of Viennese artists, scholars, doctors, musicians and architects from the late 19th century through the 20th century. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2014. 4 credits. (CS or IS)

ECON 398 Island Economics: Economic Development in Samoa – Examine the economic development paths and experiences of American Samoa and Independent Samoa, with special emphasis on natural resources, tourism, and food systems. Compare how the economies of American Samoa and Independent Samoa diverged during the colonial era and how these differences affected the evolution of the region’s economy. Explore how integration into the global economy affected the Samoan culture and assess the positive and negative effects of that integration. Prerequisites: ECON 210. Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2014. 4 credits. (QR or GP)

ENGL 398 Creative Writing in the UK – Living a writer’s life: paying focused attention, writing daily, learning and refining writers’ techniques, and forming a community of shared interest and effort. Instruction and experience in writing a significant collage travel essay. Completion of prompts in fiction and poetry as stimulated by exposure to cities and sites of literary, historical, and cultural significance. In-class writing and critiques. Explore cultural and historical similarities and significant differences between the US and the UK. Site visits to places associated with Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, and others; to places of historical interest, including Winchester College (circa 1394), Stonehenge, Tintern Abbey, Hampton Court Palace and others. Stays in the south west (Winchester, Bath, and others) with significant time in London. Prerequisites: INQS 125. Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2014. 4 credits. (CS)

HHPA 398 Island Health Care: Type 2 Diabetes in the Bahamas – This experiential and service learning field based course will introduce students to the social, economic and cultural influences that are directly or indirectly related to the development of a chronic health condition. Students will investigate the confounding factors that are contributing to the high incidence and prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the remote areas of the Bahamas. Students will examine the current state of the local health care system in the remote areas of the Bahamas to gain a better understanding of the cultural influences. Students will complete a service component that will provide basic diabetes education to a regional Bahamian population. 4 Credits. (IS)

HHPA 398 Health Care in Kenya – Off-campus service learning experience focusing on health care outreach in rural areas of Eldoret, Kenya, under the auspices of Open Arms International. In addition to health promotion activities, students will gain cultural insights and understanding through collaboration with local partners; visit historical, environmental, and health care sites; and engage in integrative group discussions. This course is designed for nursing students who will be on the Portland campus Fall 2014. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2014 or consent of instructor. 4 Credits. (GP or IS)

MLSP/HIST 398 Citiscapes & Cultural Encounters: Andalusian Spain and Morocco – Study of the cross-cultural exchanges and common history of various cultural groups in the greater Andalusia region covering Spain and portions of Morocco. Examining the city as a space of interaction, cultural development and political dominance, especially during periods of conquest and colonization. Exploration of identity politics of multi-cultural societies dealing with issues of migration. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2014. 4 credits. (GP or VP)

MSCM 398 Mass Media in the European Union – Contemporary issues in mass communication within the European Union, primarily through the examination of the mass media institutions of EU nations. Students engage in field studies of mass media governance, content production, distribution, and regulation in EU nations, with a particular focus on the United Kingdom and Belgium. Studies examine the structures and functions of national and transnational governing agencies, a variety of media institutions and practices in each nation, and the influence of political, economic, and social forces on media content, consumption patterns, and social movements. Students produce content for convergent media and audio channels. Students who have taken one or more of the following courses have preference: MSCM 011/111, 012/112, 150, 275, 320, 322, 325, 329, 333, 337, 375, 378, POLS 210, POLS 362, ECON 331, TCCA 230. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2014. 4 credits. (GP or IS)

NURS 298 Health Care in New Zealand – Examination of the health care system in New Zealand with emphasis on delivery of care in various settings. Impact of history, economy, policies, culture and religion on health care. Study of nursing and other health-related provider roles in selected health care agencies. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2014. 4 credits. (IS or GP)

PHIL/RELS 398 Religion and Socio-political Philosophy in the Himalayas – Situated amongst the highest mountains in the world, Nepal and Bhutan remain somewhat on the cusp of the modern world. Both countries have only very recently (Nepal in 2008; Bhutan in 2006) begun to transition from monarchies to parliamentary-style democracies. Given Bhutan’s much stronger monarchy and more homogenous culture, its transition has been far smoother than Nepal’s. Both countries sit between the ancient civilizations of India and Tibet and both have extremely long and complex histories, which must be taken into account in any analysis of present sociopolitical circumstances. We will travel in Nepal and Bhutan in order to conduct research toward a comparative sociopolitical “Tocqueville-style” study of the nature and challenges facing these new democracies. We wish to evaluate the changes taking place in light of traditional religion and culture, as well as modern developments, such as the influx of Tibetan refugees into Nepal and Bhutan since 1959. In addition, we will critically reflect on the comparisons between these newly democratic cultures and our own U.S. culture(s) and democratic system. Prerequisites: At least one PHIL or RELS course. Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2014. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)

For Further Information

Students interested in any of the above programs should consult with the International Programs Office, Melrose Hall, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon 97128. Telephone: (503) 883-2222 or email ipo@linfield.edu. Linfield reserves the right to cancel or change the provisions of the program at any time.