Following the success of last year’s inaugural Global Engagement Seminars in Costa Rica and Jerusalem, the Global Studies Center has announced next year’s seminars.
In 2012, Smith College will again offer Global Engagement Seminars in Costa Rica and Jerusalem, and will add a seminar in Greece. The seminars are an intensive, credit-bearing summer seminars taught by a team of Smith faculty at an international site. The classroom experience is followed by a required internship or service-learning experience related to the seminar.
Students participating in GES 300 Globalization and Sustainability in Costa Rica, will examine “how Costa Rica’s history and politics and changing economic pressures affect resource use, conservation practices, and environmental protection, climate and biodiversity”.
Those enrolled in GES 301 Jerusalem will have the opportunity to explore Jerusalem’s “contested sacred and political space” and will cover topics such as religion, archeology, history, and politics.
Finally, students taking GES 302 From Labyrinth to Parthenon: Greek Myth and History in their Geological Context will examine “the relationship between the historical and cultural development of Ancient Greece and the underlying geology of the Greek islands and mainland”.
Students wishing to participate in one of the seminars must fill out both an application and a faculty reference form before December 7, 2011.
An informational meeting will also be held for students on Wednesday, November 30 from 6-7 p.m. in the Campus Center. Faculty and staff will be available to answer questions and pizza will be provided.