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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 $212 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 2014:

AAVC 298 Art and Visual Culture of Catalonia, Spain – Survey the historical succession of visual cultures of Catalonia, Spain. Attends to Greek, Roman, Visigoth, Gothic, Romanesque, Modern and Contemporary cultural manifestations in Catalonia through fieldwork, journaling and artistic response. Prerequisites: None, however Spanish and AAVC 120 preferred. 4 credits. (CS)

EDUC 398 Multicultural Experiences in Education: Culture and Education in Puerto Rico – Students will serve as instructional aides in various classrooms in Puerto Rico. The Linfield students will assist the classroom teacher by working with students on an individual and small group basis, and occasionally on a whole class basis. Linfield students may also assist in preparation of materials and other aspects of teaching. Students will be immersed in the culture of the surrounding community. Through readings, guest speakers, and personal experiences working directly with students and the community, Linfield students will learn about the culture and learning styles of students, and how best to meet their needs. While on location, seminars and discussion groups will meet regularly to discuss experiences and to share insights. Evening and weekend activities will include excursions to various locations to explore the culture, history, politics, economics, arts, traditions, and natural wonders of Puerto Rico. 4 credits. (GP)

ENGL 398/BIOL 398 Literary Biology of the Sea of Cortez – This course will retrace part of the 1940 voyage of the writer John Steinbeck and the biologist Edward Ricketts, who traveled to the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) to study life between the tides. We will spend roughly three weeks exploring the shores of Baja California, visiting many of the locales where Steinbeck and Ricketts collected sea life and wrote about the relations between humans and the natural world. We will not collect plants or animals, but will combine observation and identifications with discussion of conservation issues. During the time spent in Mexico, students will frequently present oral discussions of progress on their research projects. In addition, writing assignments will cover descriptions and analysis of organisms, as well as consideration of theoretical ideas in nature and nature writing, and environmental ethics. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2013. 4 credits. (UQ or NW)

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. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2013 or consent of instructor. 4 Credits. (GP or IS)

MATH 298 Traversing the Eulerian Trail – Leonhard Euler was one of the most prolific mathematicians of all time. More important, however, was his impact on almost every field of mathematics. There are few areas of mathematics in which Euler’s contributions have not played a significant role. In this course we shall retrace his steps, beginning in St. Petersburg and Berlin. It is in these two January Term Off-Campus – International Directors J. Christopher Gaiser, Ph.D. (on-campus courses) Shaik Ismail, Ph.D. (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 cities that Euler spent the majority of his life, alternating between positions at the St. Petersburg Academy and the Berlin Academy. We then end in Basel, Switzerland, the town of his birth, and where Euler attended the Universität Basel. The focus of the course is the mathematics of Euler. We investigate his work and influence in number theory, infinite series, logarithms, algebra, combinatorics, and graph theory. In addition, we consider how the concept of “proof” has changed from Euler’s time to the present. This course counts toward the major and minor in Mathematics. Prerequisites: MATH 170 with MATH 175 strongly recommended. Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2013. 4 credits.

MUSC 298 Italian Opera from Baroque to Verismo – Exploration of Italian opera as a gateway to European history and culture. Experience live musical performances at some of the greatest Italian opera houses—Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Communale (Florence), La Fenice (Venice), and La Scala (Milan). View the sites where this art form began, the birthplaces of numerous composers, and where many operatic plots take place. Explore how various artistic, philosophical, political and religious movements influenced opera and vice versa. Investigate the art, architecture, and musical life of Italy and acquire well-rounded understanding of its place in the history of western civilization. Recommended: MUSC 131 or MUSC 233; HIST 120, 121; and AAVC 110. 4 Credits. (CS)

NURS 398 Health Promotion in Cameroon II – Off-campus service learning experience focusing on health promotion outreach work in urban and rural areas of southern Cameroon under the auspices of the Cameroonian Association of Women, Environment and Health (WEH). In addition to health promotion activities, students will gain cultural insights and understanding through collaboration with local partners; visit historical, environmental, and healthcare sites; and engage in integrative group discussions. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in NURS Health Promotion in Cameroon I in Fall 2013. 4 credits.

NURS 398 Traditional and Modern Health Care in Southeast Asia – This course is designed to expose students to the impact of history, economy, politics, environment, culture and religion on health care in Southeast Asia. Students will examine health care by visiting various health care settings. They will dialogue with educators, health care providers, and policy makers to help identify strengths and weaknesses of Southeast Asia’s health care system. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2013. 4 credits. (GP or IS)

POLS 398 Religion and Politics in Turkey – Turkey, located at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East, offers a fascinating site for the exploration of questions crucial to understanding the relationship between religion and politics in the modern world. How have the Islamists in power negotiated governance in the context of a militantly secular constitution? What is the history of the relationship between Christianity and Islam in the territory of what is now Turkey? How has that history shaped the current political scene? How are various groups in Turkey—the military and other secular groups, Islamist groups, women, political elites, ethnic minorities—navigating the cross-currents of “Westernizing” dynamics, such as joining the European Union and its membership in NATO, and resurgent Islam in Turkey and the Middle East in general? As the Turkish government promotes the country as a model for democracy and economic development that the rest of the Middle East might emulate, what is the role of Turkey in war and peace in the region? The course examines how the politics of inclusion and exclusion, with implications for the functioning of democracy, are influenced by the various trends within Islam, and between Islam and secular forces, operating both within the country and as determinants of foreign relations. As we engage with members of different groups, we will identify those voices of moderation, tolerance and dialog between and among different social forces as we look at the struggle between secularism and religion in the Turkish context. Prerequisite: Students will be required to enroll and participate in IDST 098 Orientation for International Study (1 credit) in Fall 2013. 4 credits. (GP or IS)