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Travel Classes - Short-term Study Abroad

International Programs has the list of upcoming travel classes (short-term study abroad). 

New Course and Topic Course Descriptions

Fall 2019

ARTST-121-01 Studio I: The Creative Process (4 credits)       
Studio I courses engage students with the creative process. Emphasis will be placed on problem-solving in relation to the theme and media of the course. Paint, print, photo, ceramics, glass, metal, and other media are explored in different sections of this course. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.
 
ARTST-121-02 Studio I: Stained Glass (4 credits)              
This course is designed to acquaint students with three basic areas in the study and construction of stained glass; history, design concepts, and skills in cutting, soldering, and fitting glass. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.

ARTST-121-03 Studio I: Solar Art (2 credits)             
The Sun, as the source of energy and light for life on earth, has been a central object in culture and religion since prehistory. Ritual solar worship has given rise to solar deities throughout the world, and solar symbolism is ubiquitous. Apart from its immediate connection to light and warmth, the sun is also important in timekeeping as an indicator of the day and the year. In this course, we will explore “sun” through creative inquiry through the lenses of art and design. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.

ARTST-121-05 Studio I: Printmaking (4 credits)             
Students will explore the world of printmaking as they learn and apply different brainstorming techniques.  Projects will reinforce the steps of the creative process and that inspire innovation, teamwork, and play. Emphasis will be placed on finding multiple and novel solutions to problems. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.
 
ARTST-122-01 Studio I CE: Kitchen & Table (4 credits)
An introduction to clay with an emphasis on function in the context of preparing and sharing food. Students will try their hands at making casseroles, ferment crocks, serving dishes, tableware, and more as we work with community members to plan and serve a fundraiser meal to support local hunger organizations. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects. CE and SU credit.
 
ARTST-221-01 Studio II: 3D Digital Modeling (2 credits)           
Studio course exploring three-dimensional (3d) computer modeling. Topics include the creation and manipulation of 3d shapes using modeling software and preparation of output for 3d printing and other computer numeric controlled machinery. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.
  
ARTST-221-02 Studio II: Figure Studies (4 credits)              
This course involves an in-depth study of the human figure in a variety of mediums, including graphite, charcoal, clay, and more. Students will study from a live model, and will use the human figure as a vehicle to practice compositional skills and techniques Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.

ECON/ENV 355-01 Environmental Economics: Theory (4 credits)
Environmental economics is the study of market failure when unpriced environmental resources are depleted by the production and consumption of goods and services in the human economic system. The study of the history of environmental problems and regulation in the United States along with the benefits and costs of alternative policy responses comprise much of the course work. The fall course meets weekly and leads students to understand the theoretical underpinnings of the subject.   (Winter 2020 ECON 355 Environmental economics: fieldwork is the 2-credit companion to the theory course in the winter.) Prerequisite: ECON 102 Economics of Markets and Government

EXMB 155-01 Foundations of International Surfing (2 credits)
This is a preliminary seminar course for a January-term travel class investigating the academic aspects of surfing.  The winter term course will take place at Playa Guiones in Nosara, Costa Rica.  During the fall seminar, readings will investigate two broad topics.  The semester will start by learning about the history and sociology of surfing worldwide.  The second half of the semester will be dedicating to developing an appreciation of the unique location the travel course will visit.  During the second segment of the fall, readings will investigate the history, culture, and ecosystems of Costa Rica, including the benefits and costs of surf tourism on the coastal Costa Rican communities.

MEDA 255/355-01 Event Planning and Marketing II (2 credits)
The objective of this course is to plan a cultural event on the Pacific University Forest Grove Campus. The event will constitute a Youth Film Festival and other arts programming. You will develop skills in the following areas: social media outreach, event marketing, event planning. Students enrolled in the course at the 300 level will take on leadership roles. The class will host the event on campus in the fall. Students from all areas interested in the above skill-sets are encouraged to participate.

PHIL/THEA 355-01 Greek Concepts and Culture (2 credits)
This course is required in order to enroll in the January travel class to Athens, but it can also be taken as a standalone, 2-credit course.  On successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate concepts introduced by the Ancient Greeks that have ongoing impact on Western thought, identify culturally significant elements of the city of Athens, associate major philosophers and playwrights with their signature texts, and speak a small amount of modern Greek.  In addition, this course will introduce some of the most prominent figures from the intellectual culture of the 5th and 4th centuries BCE in Athens, preparing students to be conversant in the elements of classical Athenian culture.

PHIL 355-02 Islamic Philosophy
This course introduces students to the history of Islamic philosophy and Islamic mysticism.  Topics include the foundations of Islamic political philosophy in al-Farabi, the philosophical relevance of the cultural practices of dhikr, and the history and development of Islamic mystical philosophy since Rabia and Bistami.  Students will engage with central terms in Islamic philosophy and mysticism, including tawhid--the affirmation of monotheism in its mystical and non-mystical significance, fana--the annihilation of the self in mystical union, and wahidat al-wujud--the oneness of being.  Meets Analysis of Texts core requirement.

POLS 355-01 Gender & US Politics (4 credits) 
The course will have two parts. It will begin with a historical, legal, and political examination of gender in American politics. It will focus initially on interest groups/social movements, voting and civic participation behavior, as well as how gender affects electoral behavior as well. From there the course will then explore the role of gender in contemporary political issues, such as the confirmation hearings and abortion politics. Pre-req: sophomore standing.

SOC 150-01 Sport, Society, and Social Change (4 credits) 
This course will offer students the opportunity to gain a general understanding of foundational concepts, theories, and questions of sociology, with an emphasis on the role that sport plays in society. In many ways, sport is a microcosm of society, and we will pay particular attention to how intersecting issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and more pervade the institution of sport. You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy this course, and, in fact, it might forever change the way you view sport itself.

SOC 150-02 Intersectionalilty (4 credits) 
Course description coming soon.

SOC 355-01 Race, Class, and the City (4 credits) 
This course examines how race, class, and the intersection of the two are related to the organization of cities. The course will use local cities as fieldwork sites to help students develop an understand how race and class organizes and is influenced by the city. The class will be co-taught by sociology faculty with different methodological approaches, which enables students to explore and compare qualitative and quantitative approaches to the same topic.

SCI 110 PSiMS Seminar (0 credits)
This is a required seminar course for recipients of Pacific Scholarships in Mathematics and Sciences (PSiMS).  Students will meet each week for community building, exposure to career and research opportunities, discussion of current topics in science/math and to plan an outreach event.  May be repeated.  Pass/No Pass.  0 credits.

Winter 2020

ARTST-121-02 Studio I: Letterpress (2 credits)
Dating back centuries, letterpress printing has gained in popularity for printing postcards, business cards, invitations and more. This course Introduces the basics of letterpress printing and covers hand-setting type, mixing inks, image-making options, and the operation of platen presses. Letterpress terminology, typography and a list of resources will also be discussed. Successful completion of the course will allow you access to the presses in the Tran library Makerspace once the course is over. If you love ink on paper, this course is for you!

ARTST-121-03 Studio I: Photo (2 credits)
Photographs are carriers of information, tellers of truths and lies. And they are made by nearly everyone. Students in this course will use digital photography to explore their community and become complex visual storytellers. We will create narratives by constructing single images, making photo series, and combining images with text. 

ARTST-221-01 Studio II: Hawaii  (2 credits)
Students will use the unique nature and culture of Hawaii as the backdrop to experiment with drawing and watercolor materials. Emphasis will be placed on learning the steps of the creative process in order to more fully explore possibilities of the mediums and personal interpretation.  Each day the class will meet at a different location around the island of Oahu to find inspiration from beautiful vistas, majestic temples, exotic gardens and palm-lined beaches. All materials will be provided. This is a beginning level class. No experience is necessary.  Travel course to Hawaii

ECON/ENV 355-01 Environmental Economics: Fieldwork (2 credits)
Environmental economics: fieldwork is a 2-credity winter course and will consist of visits to pollutive commercial and industrial sites and affected natural areas in the Portland Metropolitan Area for interactive sessions with government regulators, representatives from environmental NGOs, and compliance officers at regulated businesses. These sessions will provide insight into the practical issues related to the theory and policy studied in the fall ECON/ENV 355 Env Econ: Theory companion course.  Prerequisite: ECON/ENV 355 Environmental Economics: Theory

EXMB 255 Fundamentals of International Surfing (2 credits)
This travel course is a unique opportunity for Pacific University students to learn about the academic fields related to the sport of surfing.  Topics will include: 1) physical oceanography, including the formation, propagation, and breaking of waves, as well as tides and wind,  2) human physiology as it relates to the surfing, including the interface of the human body with water and the ways that humans move and balance on a surf board,  3) the psychology of surfers, including localism, aggression, and risk-seeking behaviors, 4) the sociology of surfing, and 5) optimal nutrition to enhance surfing performance.

EXMB 255-02 Coaching Profession (2 credits)
This course will provide an introduction to the coaching profession, including general principles for success. Designed for the students interested in coaching at the youth, high school or collegiate level; emphasis will be placed on understanding professional expectations, preparation/training and program management.

PHIL/THEA 355-01 Travel to Athens Greece (2 credits)
The influence of ancient Athens' intellectual culture on Western civilization cannot be overstated, and two of the most important elements of this culture were philosophy and theatre.  In Athens and its surrounds, students will visit the places Socrates taught, the Theatre of Dionysus--where Greek tragedies were first performed--Plato's Academy, Aristotle's Lyceum, and other ancient Greek sites that are singularly foundational to Western culture.  On successful completion of this course, students will have gained a firsthand experience of Athens itself, both ancient and modern, and will be able to explain the role of ancient philosophy and theatre in terms of the community and physical spaces that comprised ancient Athens.

Spring 2020

ARTST-121-01 Studio I: Stained Glass (4 credits)
This course is designed to acquaint students with three basic areas in the study and construction of stained glass; history, design concepts, and skills in cutting, soldering, and fitting glass. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.

ARTST-121-02 Studio I: Sculptural Ceramics (4 credits)
Using clay as a medium, students will engage in creative processes to design and create sculptural works rich with meaning. Multiple hand building techniques will be explored and will include fired clay and unfired earth in larger work using cob. Cob is a traditional building material of clay rich subsoil, sand and straw. Historic and cultural examples of ceramic sculpture will inform student projects. Reflection upon one's work will contribute to skill development and understanding of processes and design. 

ARTST-121-03 Studio I: Printmaking (4 credits)
Students will explore the world of printmaking as they learn and apply different brainstorming techniques.  Projects will reinforce the steps of the creative process and that inspire innovation, teamwork, and play. Emphasis will be placed on finding multiple and novel solutions to problems. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.

ARTST-221-01 Studio II: Ceramics Throwing (4 credits)
Students will explore a variety of ceramics techniques with a focus on the wheel. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the use of modeling software to create ceramic works on a 3D clay printer. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects.
 
ARTST-222-01 Studio II CE: Interdisciplinary Design (4 credits)
This course provides an opportunity to work on a real-world design problem, which is determined by a steering group comprised of faculty, students, administrators, and staff and will typically consider sustainability in relation to the built environment, product development, landscape design, or community development. Basic course materials will be supplied, however students may be required to obtain additional materials necessary to complete their projects. CE and SU credit. 

EDUC 355-01 Outdoor Learning Curricula (2 credits)
In this course, students will learn to create outdoor learning spaces that are curiosity-inspiring, thought-provoking, engaging, and honor the needs of children. We will follow a permaculture-inspired process to design an outdoor classroom and learn how to engage students in the process every step of the way. Students in this course will be able to design and implement an actual outdoor classroom at one of the schools in the forest grove school district. In this course, students will learn strategies for developing collaborative relationships with the community, parents, and administrators for ongoing care and maintenance of the space and for creating change in their classrooms, schools, and community.

HIST 155-01 American Revolution (4 credits)
Chaos reigned in the year before the American Revolution of 1776. Patriots and Loyalists conspired against each other to win followers. This course situates you in New York city during that tumultuous time. As a role-playing class, you will be assigned a character and act in conjunction with teammates to develop strategies, form arguments, foment discontent, and ultimately, win the revolution (and the game). You will debate democracy along with rights for slaves, women, and workers. Political skills as much as oratory will decide the winner. 

HIST 255-01 Political History of Emotions (4 credits)
Humans are not simply rational beings. Emotions play a dramatic role in the way we experience the world. Yet traditional history often omits explorations of life’s affective dimensions. This course will investigate the role of emotions in modern American politics. Drawing on new methodologies developed in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and economics, we will try to understand how rage, resentment, and hatred as well as empathy, hope, and humanitarianism motivates involvement in the public sphere. Whether the issue is power or national security, capitalism or culture, feelings intertwine with cognition. 

SOC 150-01 Intersectionalilty (4 credits) 
Course description coming soon.

SCI 110-01 PSiMS Seminar (0 credits)
This is a required seminar course for recipients of Pacific Scholarships in Mathematics and Sciences (PSiMS).  Students will meet each week for community building, exposure to career and research opportunities, discussion of current topics in science/math and to plan an outreach event.  May be repeated.  Pass/No Pass.  

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