Penn Abroad is pleased to announce that the applications for the Fall 2018 PGS courses are now open! Please read the course descriptions below and follow the link to apply for a course. The application deadline is April 9, 2018. Admissions decisions will be made on April 27, 2018.
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Exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine (NURS 343/543)
Class meets Wednesdays, 4 - 7pm
Travel to China over Winter Break 2018/2019
Dr. Jianghong Liu, Nursing
This class introduces students to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a form of complementary and alternative medicine. The students will learn about TCM theory, common therapies and treatments, as well as the safety, regulation, and efficacy of this practice. Classwork will be complemented by a 1-2 week trip to China to visit hospitals affiliated to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There, students will attend lectures/seminars, clinical observations, and hands-on experiences, gaining a global perspective and understanding of the implications of TCM.
Seeing, Hearing, and Encountering South Africa (AFRC/ANTH/COML/MUSC 056-401)
Class meets Fridays, 2 - 5PM
Travel to South Africa over Winter Break 2018/2019
Dr. Carol Muller, Music
This class provides a window into contemporary Africa through the study and travel to one of its most powerful nation states: South Africa. Students explore South African history, politics, arts and culture, and are introduced to a series of issues confronting post-apartheid South Africa: these include issues of heritage and the usable past, sustainability, environmental impact, climate change, energy challenges and fracking, defining from the global South slave and racial histories, music and cultural practices borrowed that are now considered local and particular.
Laboratory of Evolution: The History, Philosophy, and Science of Evolution in the Galapagos (PHIL 226-401)
Class meets Tuesdays/Thursdays, 12 - 1:30PM
Travel to the Galapagos over Winter Break 2018/2019
Dr. Michael Weisberg, Philosophy
Charles Darwin's first impression of the Galapagos was not a positive one. Upon landing on San Cristobol Island, he was underwhelmed, commenting that the island reminded him of "what we might imagine cultivated parts of the Infernal regions to be." But Darwin quickly recognized that the Galapagos is a unique place to study geology and natural history. This course consists of a detailed examination of evolutionary theory, especially within the context of historical and contemporary scientific research in the Galapagos. The climax of the course is a visit to the Galapagos archipelago to examine, first hand, the issues discussed in the seminar, and consists of 3 days on land and 8 days on the water.
Information Communication Technologies for Development
Travel to Uganda over Spring Break 2019
Dr. Guy Grossman, Political Science
The seminar will focus on the role that innovations in Information Communication Technologies can play in improving development outcomes in low-income countries, and focuses especially on the promises and perils for utilizing mobile technologies and GIS for better governance: to improve citizen voice and government accountability.
Culture, Health, and Development in Ghana
Travel to Ghana over Spring Break 2019
Dr. Robin Stevens, Nursing
Dr. Anastasia Shown, Africana Studies
This course serves as an entry point for undergraduates with a desire to gain knowledge and experience in Africa and in working on problems in the Global South. This course will be a broad overview on current health, culture and development topics in Ghana. The health segment will focus on the experience, treatment and impact of sickle cell anemia. The course will cover basic principles of Ghanaian culture as it relates to health and development. The first part of the class will be taught through lectures, case studies, discussions on campus and a local field trip in the Philadelphia area. The second part of the course will involve a field trip to Ghana during spring break to help students gain a global perspective on a health and development topics that impact Africans across the diaspora.
The City of Delhi: New, Old, and Unmapped
Travel to India over Spring Break 2019
Dr. Fayyaz Vellani, Critical Writing Program
This first year writing seminar provides an in-depth examination of the city of Delhi, India. Considered one of the world’s global cities, Delhi serves as India’s capital, and a key metropolis for commerce, tourism, art, architecture, politics, cultural production, and consumption, particularly of food, art, and literature. Delhi’s vibrant political economy, multilayered history, and fascinating geography will be explored through readings, as well as through the travel component of the course. This seminar covers such topics as socioeconomic inequality, gentrification, and the environmental challenges for a city inhabited by nearly nineteen million people, allowing students to witness firsthand some of the urban phenomena about which they will have read, written, and had discussions.
The Image of the City of Haifa: Literature, Architecture, Film
Travel to Israel over Spring Break 2019
Dr. Nili Gold, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
This course focuses on the literary works and architectural masterpieces of Haifa, and examines closely the relationship between the natural landscape, the man-made landscape and the psyche of the individual who inhabits them. Through interdisciplinary analyses of literature, film, and architecture, students explore how a terrain affects architecture and how the unique landscape of a city might affect those who reside in it.
Robotics and Rehabilitation
Travel to Jamaica in May 2019
Dr. Camillo Jose Taylor, Engineering
Dr. Michelle Johnson, Perelman School of Medicine
This course focuses on understanding the design of intelligent technologies for rehabilitation diagnostics and intervention, which include using biomechanics, computer science, robotics and mechatronics design principles Beyond technology, this course explores the design process in which medical technology is developed for foreign economies, cultures, and healthcare systems. Student projects focus on understanding stake-holders needs and developing technology able to address a Jamaican client rehabilitation needs.
South Africa Rising: Past and Present in the New South Africa
Travel to South Africa in May 2019
Dr. Sara Byala, Critical Writing Program
This first year writing seminar focuses on South Africa's recent history (from 1994) and the tensions that characterize this era. From Nelson Mandela’s lofty ideals of a nonracial country to the Rhodes Must Fall movement that has shaken college campuses and museums in recent years, it provides students with an entry point into a country that continues to stand as an harbinger for the African continent.
Disability Rights and Oppression: Experiences within Global Deaf Communities
Travel to Italy in May 2019
Dr. Jami Fisher, Linguistics
This course explores the linguistic and social statuses of global deaf communities with respect to language rights and efforts toward parity with spoken language communities. The course will expose participants to a module on Italian Sign Language (LIS) and will give opportunities to learn and use LIS in and amongst Italian Deaf community members while in Italy. The course centers on one key moment in history, the Milan Conference of 1880, in which several decrees made by hearing educators dictated that sign languages be banned in all instruction of deaf students worldwide. The impacts of said decree was catastrophic for the linguistic and social rights of deaf people; effects of these experiences were pernicious and long lasting. Since then, global deaf communities have fought to gain the legal rights and social recognition that are typically afforded hearing members of their respective communities. There are some deaf communities that have attained said rights, where others are still left far behind. This explores the lasting effects of the Milan Congress in global terms, using the United States and North American deaf communities as a standard for comparative measurement.
Case Studies in Environmental Sustainability
Travel to Iceland in May 2019
Dr. Alain Plante, Earth and Environmental Science
This seminar asks students to research and present a case study on an environmental topic specific to Iceland, including climate change, renewable energy production, land management, fisheries, food production and many other issues of environmental sustainability that span the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Iceland offers an unrivaled opportunity to study geothermal and other energy production, ecology, the effects of tourism on the environment, agriculture, aquaculture, and issues of environmental ethics, nature interpretation and resource management. Preference for students who have taken ENVS100, ENVS200, or GEOL100.
PRAGUE.EU: The Making of a European Nation
Travel to the Czech Republic in May 2019
Dr. Julia Verkholantsev, Russian and East European Studies
The focus of this course is Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and the geographical center of Europe. Prague has been the site of major European developments and is where the Czech national identity was forged. Focusing on what makes Prague a national capital, students will explore how the “national” negotiates its place with the “global.” The study of the many layers of Prague’s urban landscape allows one to observe how history is built into the physical environment, while the analysis of literary and artistic production reveals how the city has become perceived as a national shrine, embodied in word and image. By reading the “Prague text” as humanists, anthropologists, and historians, students learn to apply methods of literary, cultural, and historical analyses, and ask questions of what it means to be a Czech, a Central European, a European, and even, perhaps, an