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Intersession Programs 2012- At a Glance

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City, Country Course(s) Offered Professor Pre-Requisites Housing Program Dates Cost
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spanish Program
3 weeks
SPAN 201: Third Semester Spanish Dr. Alejandro Meter SPAN 102 or equivalent Host Families Jan. 2 - 21 $4,000
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Business Program
3 weeks
BUSN 494: International Negotiations Prof. Linda Barkacs 60 units Hotel Jan. 2 - 21 $4,000
ECON/BUSN 494: Business Environment of Latin America Dr. Denise Dimon ECON 102 + 60 units
Hong Kong, China
3 weeks
COMM 475D: Intercultural Communication Dr. Leeva Chung None Varies Jan. 2 - 24 $4,500
ECON/BUSN 494: Business Environment in Asia Dr. Alan Gin ECON 102 + 60 units
Oxford, England
3 weeks
ENGL 280: Introduction to Shakespere Dr. David Hay None Varies Jan. 3 - 21 $4,500
Sundance Film Festival, Utah
2 weeks
COMM 494: Independent Cinema Dr. Eric Pierson

Dr. Roger Pace
None Hotel Jan. 15 - 25 $4,000

Course Descriptions


SPAN 201: Third Semester Spanish
This course, instructed entirely in Spanish, will be an intensive 3 week language and cultural immersion program in which students explore various aspects of Argentine culture. Spanish 201 is the final course of the core language sequence which completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language. It also stresses the continuing emphasis on communicative proficiency. Lecture material will be enhanced through site visits and excursions throughout Buenos Aires and its surrounding environs.


BUSN 494: International Negotiations
Negotiation is a central skill in managing conflict, bridging cultural differences, exploring options, creating value, and distributing resources. Efforts to shape the goals, structures, and the direction of an organization are undertaken by individuals and groups who frequently hold diverse and competing perspectives. People use negotiation to address their differences and to influence outcomes. International law, geo-political considerations, methods and forums for resolving international disputes, cultural factors, and international standards for business conduct are crucial considerations for business people negotiating in the global marketplace. This course will explore the science and the art of negotiation. The science will be learned largely through readings and discussion of the readings. The art will be learned through experience and simulated negotiations.

ECON/BUSN 494: Business Environment of Latin America
This course, both theoretical and practical, is designed to prepare international managers to work effectively in a Latin American business environment through providing an understanding of the issues, opportunities, and complexities associated with doing business in the region. The focus is on the cultural, historical, economic, social, political and business environments in Latin America and on the activities of companies operating in Latin America, both foreign and domestic.


COMM 475D: Intercultural Communication
This course allows students to explore intercultural communication theory and research within both broad and interpersonal contexts. Topics include similarities and differences in values, norms, interethnic/intergroup communication, and adaptation, and the course explores mindful ways of enhancing such encounters.

ECON/BUSN 494: Business Environment in Asia
Provides an overview of various aspects of doing business in Asian-Pacific countries. The implications of political, socio-economic and cultural environment for developing successful business strategies will be discussed with reference to selected countries from the region (Japan, NIES, ASEAN).


ENGL 280: Introduction to Shakespere
The emphasis of the course will be on literature and theater arts. Students will enjoy the dichotomy of this program by taking in the vibrant energy of big city London, mixed with the slow-paced atmosphere in the rural countryside of Stratford. We will spend the first week in Oxford, reading and discussing plays and relating them to the area and historical sites around Oxford. Possible field trips: Stratford-Upon-Avon, it's historical sites, and a possible production at the Royal Shakespeare Company Swan Theatre; Warwick Castle; Broughton Castle; Christchurch College, Oxford University; Bodleian Library; Ashmolean Museum. We will then spend two weeks in London doing further reading and seeing productions as well as visiting historical sites relating to Shakespeare. Possible productions: Richard II, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice. Possible field trips: a walk of Shakespeare's London; the Globe Theatre and Exhibition; the Tower of London; Westminster Abbey; Middle Temple Hall. Productions will be determined by what is up while we are there, and field trips will be geared to relate to plays we are studying. Emphasis in the class is on close reading and viewing, and on making Shakespeare real, understandable, and enjoyable.


COMM 494: Independent Cinema
This is a two week course is taught at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah during intersession. Engage and interact with industries and individuals that gave the world, Harry Potter, The Beatles, Dr. Who, and Simon Cowell. We will explore British Media Systems for the inside as we connect with practitioners and products. The goal of the course is to garner a greater understanding and appreciation of how and why British media are so successful. The media content created within the UK ranks only behind the US in its scope and worldwide influence. The course will include trips to Leavesden Studios (the production home for the Harry Potter films) BBC television and radio division, The Advertising Council, The British Film Institute, The Guardian Newspaper, and Hard Rock Calling, one of the UKs premier music festivals.