Spring 2018

Applications for Spring 2018 Penn Global Seminars are now open! Please click on a program below to learn more and start an application. 

The Middle East in Conflict: A Century of War and Peace (INTL 290)
Travel to Israel and Jordan over Spring Break 2018

Dr. Samuel Helfont, International Relations
The modern Middle East has witnessed tremendous conflict and turmoil since it emerged following World War One. It would be impossible for one course to cover all conflict in the Middle East over the past century. Therefore, this course investigates three prominent conflicts (the Arab Israeli Conflict, Islamist Terrorism, and the Iraq Wars), which represent case studies on ethno-national conflict, religious conflict, and great power intervention. The course uses these conflicts to expose students to the primary types of conflicts that have manifested in the region over the past one hundred years.


Muslims, Christians, and Jews: Pilgrimage, Memory and History in Spain (RELS 312)
Travel to Spain in May 2018

Dr. Anthea Butler, Religious Studies
This course will investigate the interreligious lives of Muslims, Christians, and Jews during what is called the Convivencia, or La Convivencia. This refers to a time when Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in peace before the Reconquista, or reconquest of Spain, by Catholics in 1492. Our task is not only to understand this history, but to understand how convivencia is a problematic, but useful, term in understanding this time period of great cultural growth, building, and religious innovation. 

Human Rights, Forced Migration, and Education (PSCI 454)
Travel to Jordan in May 2018

Dr. Eileen Doherty-Sil, Political Science
Dr. Fernando Chang-Muy, Law
Dr. Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Graduate School of Education
An unprecedented number of forced migrants are challenging the world order. Recent approximate figures suggest that over 63 million people are forced migrants. While the bulk of these forced migrants are internally displaced, over twenty million are refugees in other countries. The bulk of these refugees are women and children. This course explores forced migration through the lens of human rights. Drawing on human rights frameworks to explore refugee policy and its applications (particularly in the context of education), this course will challenge and expand students’ understandings of human rights as they are applied to refugees. 

SEAS China Immersion (EAS 290)
Travel to China over Spring Break 2018

Dr. Howard Hu, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
This course will provide an opportunity for Penn students to experience rapid technological development and business environment in China, and expose them to engineering and technology innovations there. It will also provide a platform for Penn students to interact with business leaders at large and small companies and educators in China, and network with Penn alumni.

Sufis and Gods: Temples and Shrines of Southeast Asia (RELS 217)
Travel to Singapore and Malaysia over Spring Break 2018
This course introduces students to the religious worlds of the South Asian diaspora in Malaysia and Singapore, centered upon Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh temples and shrines. The course aims to deepen students' understanding about historical and contemporary South Asian religious worlds in port cities such as Singapore, Melaka, and Penang through introducing them to the academic literature on South Asian Sufis, gods, temples, and shrines in those cities, and alternatively, through visits to shrines and temples in Malaysia and Singapore. These visits will equip students with a deeper understanding of the religious practices, traditions, and rituals of the historical and contemporary South Asian diaspora.

Environmental Health Issues and Global Implications (NURS 343/543)
Travel to China in May 2018

Dr. Jianghong Liu, Nursing 

This class aims to introduce students to the field of environmental health using interdisciplinary methods to expose students to basic principles of environmental toxicology and epidemiology and a brief history.