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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

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.

BA 355-01 NT: Supply Chain Management (4 credits)
This course introduces students to study, design and management of supply chains, providing a comprehensive view of the concepts and decision models in effectively managing the flow of goods, services, and information in a global context. Using case studies, simulation, and advanced Excel tools, the course explores important areas of supply chain management (such as logistics, procurement, transportation, and demand planning) in an integrated context.

CIV/HUM-355-02 Habitat for Humanity Travel to Romania  (2 credits) 
Travel Course from May 29-June 13, 2020
Students will travel to Romania where they will engage in cultural explorations and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. The course will begin with visits to Bucharest -- a modern large city -- and Southern Transylvania, where students will learn about Romania's culture, politics, art, architecture, and food. In the second week, students will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and build houses for low-income families. Permission from the instructor required. Please contact Ramona Ilea (ramona.ilea@pacificu.edu) or Roxana Ciochina (rciochina@pacificu.edu). Fulfills CE and IDP core requirements.

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 155-01 Global History of Food (4 credits)
This course introduces students to the history of food practices from the ancient world to the present. The first half of the course examines philosophical and religious attitudes towards eating habits and the transfer of these ideas through empire, trade, and migration in the ancient world. The second half of the course covers the globalization of food, the impact of food cultivation on the environment, the industrialization of food systems, and dining out culture in the modern period. Throughout the course we will examine the relationship shared between cooking and eating and national, ethnic, class and gender identities. 

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. 

HUM-355-01 Habitat for Humanity Travel to Romania Preparation (2 credits) 
This class is required for students taking the Habitat for Humanity Travel to Romania, but it can also be a standalone 2-credit class. Permission from the instructor required. Please contact Ramona Ilea (ramona.ilea@pacificu.edu) or Roxana Ciochina (rciochina@pacificu.edu). Fulfills the International and Diverse Perspectives Core Requirement.

HUM/CIV-355-02 Habitat for Humanity Travel to Romania  (2 credits) 
Travel Course from May 29-June 13, 2020
Students will travel to Romania where they will engage in cultural explorations and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. The course will begin with visits to Bucharest -- a modern large city -- and Southern Transylvania, where students will learn about Romania's culture, politics, art, architecture, and food. In the second week, students will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and build houses for low-income families. Permission from the instructor required. Please contact Ramona Ilea (ramona.ilea@pacificu.edu) or Roxana Ciochina (rciochina@pacificu.edu). Fulfills CE and IDP core requirements.

PACU 155-01 Advantage: Social Impact Professions (1 credits) 
Course description coming soon. Please see the following informational handout (pdf). 

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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