Study Abroad

 

Short Term Programs 

Availability varies for short term programs, please contact Mark Dalhouse at mdalhouse@elon.edu

Summer Short Term

Alaska 2017

Winter Short Term

Happiest Place? The Science of Happiness at Disney--Florida and California

GBL 202 US: Florida & California: Happiest Place? The Science of Happiness at Disney

In this course we will consider whether happiness can be constructed and engineered, socially and physically. We will consider happiness as it is manufactured by the Walt Disney Company and embodied at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Examining literature from sociology, psychology, economics, anthropology, humanities, arts and the natural sciences (neuroscience, biology, and behavioral genetics), students will be invited to consider the ways in which physical environments can shape individual and group experiences of happiness. We will consider happiness in a social context and with attention to the tangible and intangible costs of happiness. We will deconstruct the ways happiness is constructed and performed in the Disney setting. Emphasis is placed on the ways happiness is defined cross-culturally and on the different ways individuals and groups pursue and experience happiness. The relationship between happiness and social stratification is examined.

 The Winter Term and fall courses partially fulfill the General Studies requirement in the    area of Civilization or Society.

                              The WT course also satisfies the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.

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Ecology and Sustainability--Miami, Florida

GBL 203 US: Florida, Miami: Ecology and Sustainability

Modern American life demands significant resources and creates tremendous amounts of waste.  And yet, the preservation of healthy ecosystems and the services they provide are also crucial to a healthy and productive human existence.  This Winter Term Study USA course examines 1) where resources come from, 2) how waste is processed, and 3) how local, state, and national parks maintain ecological integrity in a world dominated by humans.  We will use the operation of the City of Miami, Florida to understand behind-the-scenes logistics, and the natural resources of South Florida to learn about sustainable land management practices.

More specifically, topics covered will include modern forestry methods, water treatment, floodwater management, solid waste disposal, recycling, state and national park management practices, ecosystem services, invasive species, ecological research, the role of zoos and aquaria in conservation, and conservation practices on public and private lands.  This course will include service projects in Everglades NP, Biscayne Bay NP, and/or Big Cypress National Preserve. As a city surrounded on three sides by ecologically sensitive areas, Miami is an ideal location to study the balance between modern human life and the maintenance of healthy ecosystems. 

     The Winter Term and fall courses partially fulfill the General Studies requirement in the area of Society or Civilization.        This course will also satisfy the non-science major lab requirement.

    The WT course also satisfies the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.

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The Trail Starts Here: The Iowa Caucuses--Des Moines, Iowa (offered in Presidential election years)

GBL 207 US: Iowa: The Trail Starts Here: The Iowa Caucuses

The trail to the White House in 2016, like most recent Presidential campaigns, begins in Iowa. Some Presidential hopefuls have already made numerous visits to the state. Within the next year, many Democratic and Republican officials will be going to steak-fry and county fairs, shaking hands with the Butter Queen, and engaging in retail politics that has been a part of our culture for generations. Students often read about the arcane process of the Iowa caucuses, and how they are either the end of the road for many, while beneficial to the campaigns of others. This course allows students to fully engage with this important process.

Students will be assigned appropriate reading for this class and will have discussions about the primary/caucus process, as well as the nomination process in general. Depending on when the caucuses are held (currently scheduled for mid-January), students will fly to Iowa a week before the start of the caucuses. Once in Iowa, they will have a choice of ways in which to engage with the process. Those who are prusuing journalism can choose to work for one of the networks or a local station in Iowa. They can also elect to work for Elon student media or a consoritorium of college media. Those pursuing Political Science or Strategic Communications can choose to work for a candidate or party. Anyone, regardless of major, can choose whichever path he or she wishes once in Iowa. Students will return to Elon to wrap up and write about this experience, expanding upon the knowledge and insight gained from studying the caucuses up close and in person.

Students will need permission from the instructors to enroll in this course. They will be expected to show political awareness to the instructors.

    The Winter Term and fall courses partially fulfill the General Studies requirement in the area of Civilization OR Society.

    The WT course also satisfies the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.

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NEW:  Mindful America, Mindful Elon--Boston, Massachusetts

GBL 208 US: Massachusetts, Boston: Mindful America, Mindful Elon

This course is designed to help students explore the history and development of mindfulness in America and consider the influence of mindfulness practices on trends in higher education. Travel is centered in Boston, Massachusetts—an important location for mindfulness research and training. Students will also participate in a mindfulness retreat at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Western Massachusetts. Guided by their own experiences and research, students will return to Elon consider how persuasion and advocacy efforts could be used to create a more “mindful” campus. Final projects will include creative communications campaigns designed to inform and influence the Elon community.

    The Winter Term and fall courses partially fulfill the General Studies requirement in the area of Civilization OR Society in the Studies in the Arts and Sciences.

    The WT course also satisfies the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.

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Hawaii: Nation or State?

This course is designed to show students the complexity of the Hawaiian islands and the fight that continues to this day for those who are in danger of losing their very identities.  We will explore the many tensions that exist in Hawaii that rest under the surface of the tourist propaganda.  From classes at the University of Hawaii to talks with native Hawaiian activists, we will look at such issues as whether Hawaii should be seen as its own nation or a state.  Historical, cultural and personal aspects of life there will be studied with the hope that students will come to understand in a deeper way the tensions between the image and the reality of the Hawaiian Islands.

Experiences Include:

  • Pearl Harbor
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Richardson's Black Sand Beach
  • City of Refuge
  • Snorkeling tour

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 Sundance - Park City, Utah

This Communications’ course will explore the many facets of the role of the modern day film festival. Students will interact with professionals in promotions, distribution and independent filmmaking while immersing themselves in the aesthetics and culture of film. Students will spend one week at Elon, put on a small film screening, and then travel to Utah to attend a week of the Sundance Film Festival. They will research topics prior to attending the festival and complete journals and related assignments upon returning to campus.

Follow students' blogs from the festival HERE.

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Wealth & Poverty - New York City

This couse fulfills upper level COR requirement and is open to students in ther third and fourth years of study. Students in this course will examine how economic globalization augments the divide between the rich and the poor in contemporary society and engage in a moral critique of the increasing disparities between wealth and poverty in our world. To that end, we will examine the ways in which people experience aspects of wealth and poverty in our world, by reading relevant philosophical and ethical resources, working with the Poverty Initiative (a grassroots organization working to end poverty in the US) and meeting with representatives of UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in New York City.  Students will also spend three days in Washington, DC exploring the topic further. 

Experiences Include

  • Working with the grassroots organization Poverty Initiative
  • Meet with United Nations representatives
  • Interact with other international non-governmental agencies
  • Walking tour of Wall Street
  • Tour of the United Nations
  • Meetings with UNICEF

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