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Program Course(s) Offered Professor Program Cost
Africa- Think Impact
(Various countries and villages)

June 20- July 12, 2013
Independent Study Course
Interested students should contact Derek Brendel for course information
Varies $4,800
Beijing, China
Teaching, Service & Immersion Program

July 9- August 5, 2013
SOCI 494: Culture and Education in China Judy Liu, PhD

Geneva, Switzerland

At USD: May 28- 31, 2013

In Geneva: June 2- 13, 2013
PJS: 494/594: Development, Human Rights & Multilateral Governance Topher McDougal, PhD $4,800
Falmouth, Jamaica

May 29- June 20, 2013
SOCI 425: The Black Atlantic

ENVI 121: Life in the Oceans (4 units)
Rafik Mohamed, PhD

Nathalie Reyns, PhD

$6,750 (if taking 7 units)
London, England

June 27- July 20, 2013
BIOL 104: Topics in Human Biology: Microbes, Plagues & Peoples Terry Bird, PhD $4,800
BUSN 377: Negotiation in a Global Business Environment Linda Barkacs
COMM 494: British Cultural Studies Esteban del Rio, PhD
ENGL/THEA 494: London Plays in Production Cynthia Caywood, PhD

David Hay, PhD
ETLW 302: Business & Society Craig Barkacs
MATH 494: Cryptography & War: How Mathematicians Saved Democracy Cameron Parker, PhD
THRS 112: World Religions in the United Kingdom Lance Nelson, PhD
Paris, France
Arts & Sciences Program

May 31- June 27, 2013
ARTV 306: Digital Photography Duncan McCosker $4,800
COMM 475: Intercultural Communication Carole Huston, PhD
ENGL: 228/370: (Im)Migration: Francophone World Literature Atreyee Phukan, PhD
HIST 240: History of Food Colin Fisher, PhD
FREN 201: Third Semester French Richard Stroik, PhD
FREN 394/494: Topics in French "A Table!" Michele Magnin, PhD
PHIL 334: Existential Ethics Larry Hinman, PhD
POLS 302/363: French Political Thought & Practice Dr. Virginia Lewis
THRS 315: Islamic Faith & Practice Bahar Davary, PhD
Paris, France
Business Program

At USD: May 28- 31, 3013

In Paris: June 5- 27, 2013
ETLW 494: International Approaches to Sustainability Norm Miller, PhD $4,800
MGMT 309W: International Comparative Management Jo Hunsaker, PhD

Phil Hunsaker, PhD
MKTG 420: Consumer Behavior Dr. Kenny Bates
Salzburg, Austria

June 7- 28, 2013
GERM 201: Third Semester German Christiane Staninger, PhD $4,800
Shanghai, China
Computer Science Program

June 3-21, 2013

COMP 494: Data Mining

Eric Jiang, PhD $4,800
Shanghai, China
Engineering Program

June 25- July 12, 2013
MENG 210: Statics James Kohl, PhD $4,800
South Africa (Cape Town, Durban & Johannesburg)

Academic course: June 16-29, 2013

Safari excursion option: June 29-July 1, 2013

Service immersion option: June 29-July 6, 2013
HIST 369/POLS 494: Historical and Contemporary Issues in South Africa James Gump, PhD

Mike Williams, PhD
Verona, Italy

June 1- 28, 2013
ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian Emanuala Patroncini $4,800



SOCI 494: Culture and Education in China
Professor: Dr. Judy Liu
Pre-requisite: None

This course provides a community service and learning opportunity for students who want to experience first-hand the current poverty-stricken areas in China, and an opportunity to utilize their education through teaching the local teachers and students oral English and other high school subjects such as Mathematics and Social Studies, as well as basic research and learning methods, and the goal of these activities is to help those locals to become good academicians, and ultimately alleviate poverty through education.


PJS: 494/594: Development, Human Rights & Multilateral Governance
Professor: Dr. Topher McDougle
This intensive 3-week, 3-credit class would serve as an advanced introduction to the institutional infrastructure of peacebuilding, development, and international governance. The course would consist of 3 separately-themed weeks: Global Public Goods: Health and Environment, Security, Human Rights and Humanitarian Actions, and Global Migration, Cooperation and Development. The classroom location, The Graduate Institute, is a leading research and academic institution in development and international studies, hosting a large number of world-famous scholars and practitioners, as well as the Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). It boasts an impressive roster of extracurricular lectures and events, as well as alumni deeply embedded in the UN system (including Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General).


SOCI 425: The Black Atlantic
Professor: Dr. Rafik Mohammed
Pre-requisite: None

With a particular emphasis on Jamaica, this course provides an overview of Caribbean society and culture from the beginning of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present. Specific attention will be given to the themes of colonization, slavery, culture, and resistance. Students are asked to consider the role European colonization played in shaping Caribbean societies and culture for the bad and the good, and the role of the world's most powerful nations in detracting from the self-determination and global competency of less-developed former colonies. This course seeks to engender cultural competence in students and have them use Caribbean cultures as a lens through which they critically evaluate their racial, ethnic, gendered, national, and socioeconomic selves.

SPAN/ETHN 494: Caribbean Mothers
Professor: Dr. Leonora Simonovis
This course focuses on the role of motherhood in Caribbean society. The methodological frame is centered on Cultural/Ethnic Studies and students will read texts written by psychologists, anthropologists and sociologists that have studied gender roles in Caribbean culture and society and how they are re-defined in regards to the socio-economical and cultural restructuring in the islands brought about by tourism and foreign investment. Students will also read literary texts by Caribbean female writers that represent mothers from diverse perspectives (the absent mother, the nurturing mother, the overbearing mother, the castrating mother, etc.). In addition, students will conduct oral interviews with women in the community. Student who wish to receive Spanish credit wil lead basic Spanish instruction in some at a local elementary school on-site. Students will reflect on the importance of bilingual education and compare the experience in the US and Jamaica, where the learning of a second language is not a mere asset, but a necessity.  


BIOL 104: Topics in Human Biology: Microbes, Plagues, & Peoples
Professor: Dr. Terry Bird
Pre-requisite: None

The course will introduce students to the infectious microbes that have caused major plagues at various times throughout human history.  The central theme of the course will be to highlight how microscopic organisms have decimated human populations across entire continents with reverberations that continue to shape society.  The course will examine five or six devastating plagues that have been caused by either viruses or bacteria.  Tentatively, these include small pox, the bubonic plague, tuberculosis, cholera, typhoid fever, leprosy, and influenza.  Consequently, students will be introduced to the biology of different microbial species, the mechanisms through which they cause disease and the human immune system that fights against infectious agents. Although the course will focus on biological topics the class will discuss the influence plagues have had on different civilizations and on London in particular.  As a major European capital and center of trade and commerce for centuries, London, England has experienced all of the plagues listed above at one time or another. In fact, until the middle of the 19th century, London had a negative rate of population growth because of the high rate of death due to infectious disease.  If not for the constant influx of people from the surrounding countryside, the city would not have survived.  London is an ideal site for a course that is focused on microbes and infectious disease.  Students will be living in a city that is many centuries old where its history is preserved in churches, catacombs, castles and ancient ruins.  

BUSN 377: Negotiation in a Global Business Environment
Professor: Prif. Linda Barkacs
Pre-requisite: 60 units

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 and fulfills requirement for International Business majors.

COMM 494: British Cultural Studies
Professor: Dr. Esteban del Rio
Pre-requisite: None

This course, an upper division special-topics elective counting toward the Communication Studies major and minor, will dive deep into the theory, history, and contemporary cultural relevance of British cultural studies.  Students will examine the conjunctural studies from the 1970s  and follow the trajectory of cultural studies as it collided with feminism, questions of difference, and claims to postmodernism.  All the while, students will examine empirical work that studies British cultural forms up until the present  from television to museums. The class will visit working-class neighborhoods, television program sets, museums, and universities to better understand the contours of the dynamic area of British cultural studies.

ENGL/THEA 494: London Plays in Production
Professor: Dr. Cynthia Caywood, Dr. David Hay
Pre-requisite: None

London Plays in Production immerses students in the theatre culture of the greatest theatre city in the world. Students will read and see 8 to 10 plays, and visit a range of venues, from the Royal National Theatre and Donmar Warehouse to abandoned subway tunnels. We include as wide a range of shows as possible, putting together a season that includes classical, modern, multicultural and experimental plays and musicals. Past productions have included such award winning shows as Waiting for Godot (with Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart); Henry IV, Part 1 (with Matthew MacFadyen and Michael Gambon); and Elton Johns much lauded musical Billy Elliot. A number of field trips related to the plays will provide context and background. This course fulfills the GE fine arts or literature requirement as well as major/minor, upper division elective requirements in both disciplines

ETLW 302: Business and Society
Professor: Prof. Craig Barkacs
Pre-requisite: MGMT 300 + 60 units

This course examines principles of social responsibility, ethics, law, and stakeholder theory as they apply to organizations domestically and abroad. Coverage includes business ethics; individual versus societal interests; labor and employment issues; consumer protection; discrimination and diversity; the natural environment; politics, public policy, and government regulation of business. Particular attention is given to developing moral reasoning skills. Meets the requirements for the Environmental Studies minor. Prerequisite: MGMT 300.

MATH 494: Cryptography & War: How Mathematicians Saved Democracy
Professor: Dr. Cameron Parker
Cryptography is the mathematical study of creating and breaking ciphers.  I have taught this course twice before in London and I think it has be an excellent fit.  Field trips will give students a vivid account of World War II and how cryptography played an essential role in that war.  Possible excursions include a walking tour of the London Blitz area to understand the massive destruction of the city and loss of life in the early part of the war as well as a tour of the War Cabinet rooms, an underground museum where Churchill and his cabinet actually planned the war while being protected from the Blitz.  The highlight of the trip is a tour of Bletchley Park (north of London), where the code breaking was actually done.  The enigma machine was broken with the help of early work done by Polish mathematicians. This is also the place where the first programmable computer was used to break the code of the German high command.  This mansion has been preserved as a museum and is open to tours. There are many other places in London that tell excellent histories of this time period.  The most impressive and extensive is the imperial war museum in south London.  It also houses a large Holocaust museum that at least one student described as a life changing experience.

THRS 112: World Religions in the United Kingdom
Professor: Dr. Lance Nelson
Pre-requisite: None

The course will provide an introduction to three major religious traditions of the world Christianity, Hinduism, and Islamwith particular emphasis on the role that these traditions have played in the history and culture of Great Britain. The class will examine prehistoric and ancient religion, with focus on the ancient monument at Stonehenge, Celtic religion, and the religion of Roman Britain.


ARTV 306: Digital Photography
Professor: Prof. Duncan McCosker
Pre-requisite: None

This course will explore the rich resources of Paris and its environs through making color photographs. We will work digitally, and make large and descriptive digital prints utilizing the latest version of Adobe Photoshop. We will study photography within the fine art tradition, and will be making picturess on field trips to the Luxembourg Gardens, Pere LaChaise cemetery, and Trocadero. We will see exceptional museum and gallery exhibitions at the Musée dOrsay, the European Museum of Photography and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. We will discuss the great traditions of French photography, from its invention by Daguerre and Niepce to the ground-breaking contributions of Atget and Cartier-Bresson, to the work of contemporary photographers like Sophie Calle.

COMM 475: Intercultural Communication
Professor: Dr. Carole Huston
Pre-requisite: None

The city of Paris will offer multiple opportunities to explore cultural expressions in varying forms from fine art and music to urban street youth pop culture. Students daily experiences will constitute formal and informal field trips, whether they are forays into café culture or observational studies on the differences in stranger behavior and the use of urban/suburban space. Course content will situate personal and social identity issues, relationships, and conflict in larger political, historical, and socioeconomic contexts. Using news media and course readings, students will consider Frances brand of nationalism and immigration issues when discussing code use, cultural values, group formation and norming processes. The course will also explore the stages of culture shock, using theory and experience as a way of deepening understanding about issues all immigrants face. Finally, students will debate concepts such as global identity and globalization, and consider the efficacy of developing varying ethical frameworks.

ENGL: 228/370: (Im)Migration: Francophone World Literature
Professor: Dr. Atreyee Phukan
Pre-requisite: None

This course will introduce students to French literary terminology such as the colonial noble savage, Negritude, creolization, Francophone diaspora, etc. and offer a comprehensive experience that will open unexpected windows into Paris as an epicenter of cultural and literary exchange through the ages. Students will be introduced to some of France's most prestigious litterateurs and philosophers through subjects such as colonialism, slavery, and post-colonial identity. Almost every day in the week will include strategic walking-tours identifying sites of relevance to the course, including visits to local African and Caribbean markets, museum collections from Africa and the Americas in the Quai Branly at the Eiffel Tower, the gold Obelisk at the Champs-Élysées (originally a part of the Ramses temple in Luxor, Egypt), and the Frantz Fanon Foundation.

HIST 240: History of Food
Professor: Dr. Colin Fisher
Pre-requisite: None
Paris played formative roles in early world food history.  In Paris, the course will focus more on consumption (restaurants and the relationship between food and urbanization). This course is a survey of the history of food, from Paleolithic society to the present.

FREN 201: Third Semester French
Professor: Dr. Richard Stroik
Pre-requisite: FREN 102 or euqivalent

The final course of the core language sequence completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with increased emphasis on grammatical exactness to further develop communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the French-speaking community. In addition, students in Paris will have the opportunity to speak French in their host families, and will have a more direct experience of French culture than students taking French in San Diego.

FREN 394/494: Topics in French: "A Table!"- La gastronomie française du moyen âge à nos jours et ses secrets
Professor: Dr. Michele Magnin
Pre-requisites: for FREN 394: FREN 202; for 494: FREN 301, 302 or 303 and 320 or 321, or approval of the instructor

This upper division topics course taught in French will look at food in France from all angles: from the middle ages to today, from the fields, the oceans and rivers to the table; we will visit organic markets, learn the history of Les Halles and its move to Rungis, read literary texts about food (Balzac, Zola), watch movies about banquets or family cooking traditions, learn about the great chefs of France from Vatel (17th c.) to Paul Bocuse (20th c.-).We will watch great chefs on Tv and compare French tv shows to the programs on the "Food Channel", look at window displays of charcuteries, fromageries, épiceries, chocolatiers and pastry shops, and of course, try regional and ethnic food in Parisian restaurants.

PHIL 334: Existential Ethics
Professor: Dr. Larry Hinman
Pre-requisite: None
The principal focus of the course is existential ethics, with a particular emphasis on the works of Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. However, no study of French philosophy would be complete without looking at its most influential founding figure, René Descartes, including his classical statement of the mind- body problem and also his statement of systematic doubt in the Meditations. The course will examine a number of specific
themes running across these authors: authenticity, bad faith, humanism, ambiguity, gender, seduction, terrorism and violence, and the relationship
between personal commitment and political action, particularly as manifest in Marxism. Class visits to major museum may include the Louvre and the
Musée dOrsay.

POLS 302/363: French Political Thought & Practice
Professor: Dr. Virginia Lewis
Pre-requisite: None

The story of French politics in thought and practice in the modern period is largely one of replacing feudal absolutism with democracy, and that is a story of starts, stops, and revolutions and war. Democratic republics, socialism and nationalism, colonialism, post-colonialism, and membership in the European Community characterize more recent French political life.  France is, however, more than a polity with laws and geographic boundaries: it is foremost a people and a culture with a unique history of political experience. That political experience is the subject of this proposed course. Reading selections will all be from French authors (in translation to English). This course is ideal for study in Paris. Classroom lecture and discussion will be supplemented with field trips to offer students a unique immersion in academic and cultural insight.  Off site visits may range from the tombs of monarchs at St. Denis to the palace at Versailles, from the Conciergerie to Café Procope, where Voltaire and Rousseau wrote and Danton and Robbespierre and a host of luminaries plotted, from Les Invalides to the Institute du Monde Arabe.  Students will explore concepts in the development of political thought in the French tradition and will be particularly concerned with the interaction of political thought and its links to practice.  The course will set the stage for the modern period with French medieval theories of the state by examining church/state relations and views of kingship. Additionally, Montesquieus work on politics will be explored to see the influence of the British model of limited government on his views. The writings of Rousseau will offer arguments for equality and direct democracy, and the course will carry on with the French Enlightenment tradition and the writings of Condorcet. Anatole Frances The Gods will Have Blood will round out the revolutionary period for the course.  Readings from Fanons The Wretched of the Earth and de Gaulles speeches will take the course to the post war period.  Additional readings will also be assigned.

THRS 315: Islamic Faith & Practice
Professor: Dr. Bahar Davary
Pre-requisite: THRS 110, 112, or consent of instructor

A study of the life of the prophet Muhammad, the fundamentals of the message of the Quran, its relationship to Judaism and Christianity, and questions which Islam poses in modern history.


ETLW 494: International Approaches to Sustainability
Professor: Dr. Norm Miller
Pre-requisite: 60 units

To expose ourselves to the myriad strategies aimed at doing less harm to the world while still achieving the goals of profitability and providing attractive work environments.  This course will investigate best ideas for green shoot industries and transforming current business entitites into more sustainable ventures.   Incentives and regulatory approaches will also be addressed as alternative policy environments by governments.  Organizational goals and society goals will be discussed and researched.  Once goals have been established it is necessary to measure success at meeting these goals. In this course we will examine efforts from Japan, France, Germany, the USA, Canada and elsewhere to measure some of these impacts from sustainablepractices and policies. Course Method:  Readings, research, cases, local expert speakers and local site tours of buildings and business units. Pre-requisite: 60 units completed

MGMT 309W: International Comparative Management
Professor: Dr. Jo Hunsaker, Dr. Phil Hunsaker
Pre-requisite: MGMT 300 + 60 units; IB minors can substitute BUSN 361 for MGMT 300 as the prerequisite

This course addresses the dilemmas and opportunities that managers face as they work in multicultural and global environments. The main objective of the course is to increase the effectiveness of managers/employees in identifying, understanding, and managing the cultural components of organizational dynamics. Focuses on the relationships between cultural values and the practice of managing people. Prerequisite: MGMT 300. (For International Business minors only, BUSN 361 may substitute MGMT 300 as the prerequisite for this course.)

MKTG 420: Consumer Behavior
Professor: Dr. Kenny Bates
Pre-requisite: 60 units

Consumer behavior course focuses on cognitive processing, environmental effects on behavior, and cultural/subcultural influences. This course has a heavy influence on the analysis of international consumption cultures through ethnographic study.  Students will be trained on the techniques of participant observation and be required to analyze a chosen consumption practice or brand subculture through both observation and participation.  Students will learn proper methods of ethnographic research such as taking proper field notes, interviewing subjects, coding data, and analysis of findings.  Ultimately, students will gain a better understanding of the studied culture, build up a cultural framework, and develop a strategy for effective communication to the culture of study.  Pre-requisite: MKTG 300


GERM 201: Third Semester German
Professor: Dr. Christiane Staninger
Pre-requisite: GERM 102 or equivalent

German 201 completes the core language sequences of introductory German, emphasizing grammatical exactness to advance communication. During the first week of this course, students would stay with families in Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany. Eichstätt is the home of the Katholische Universität, the only Roman Catholic university in the German-speaking world. The students would conclude the course in nearby Salzburg, Austria, a city which offers something of interest for all students: music, art, water sports, history, mountaineering, hiking, and a rich tradition of Roman Catholicism. This course would expose them to the culture, language, and regional accents of Germany and Austria. The class in Salzburg and environs has been offered with great success for many years and has received consistently excellent reviews from students who participated.


COMP 494: Data Mining
Professor: Dr. Eric Jiang
Pre-requisite: MATH 150 and COMP 150/ENGR 121, or permission of the instructor

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to data mining with a primary focus on fundamental concepts, algorithms and applications of association analysis, classification and clustering modeling. It will also discuss ethical issues related to data mining and advanced data mining models. This course satisfies a 3-unit upper-division elective in computer science (COMP), electrical engineering (ELEC), or in industrial and systems engineering (ISYE), or a 3-unit upper-division tech elective in mechanical engineering (MENG).

MENG 210: Statics
Professor: Dr. James Kohl
Pre-requisite: PHYS 270, MATH 150, & MATH 250 concurrent or completed (recommended)

This course seeks to develop a basic understanding of the application of vector mathematics to the solution of static mechanics problems confronted by engineers in an industrial environment. It applies vector concepts to situations of static equilibrium, develops the ideas of centroids and moment of inertia to be used in solving problems in mechanics.Prerequisites: Physics 270, Math 150, and Math 250 concurrent or completed (recommended).


HIST 369/POLS 494: Historical and Contemporary Issues in South Africa
Professor: Dr. James Gump, Dr. Mike Williams
Pre-requisite: None
This course will examine the origins of segregation and apartheid in the history of South Africa and assess the prospects for a successful political and economic transformation in the post-apartheid era. As a country that is two decades removed from apartheid rule, the study of South African politics and history will enable students to think critically about the legacy of authoritarian rule, democratization, and race and ethnic reconciliation. In addition to reading and writing assignments, students will have opportunities to engage with South African communities, such as black townships and rural villages. More specifically, students will spend approximately one week in Cape Town, one week in KwaZulu-Natal and one week in the Johannesburg area. Each of these regions offer the student different perspectives on South African history and politics and students will witness first-hand the diversity in this country. In addition to visiting museums, historical sites, and political institutions, the students will also meet a variety of South Africans in their communities. These experiences will introduce students to different cultural traditions and practices that students can then share with their friends and family in the United States.


ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian
Professor: Prof. Emanuela Patroncini
Pre-requisite: ITAL 102 or equivalent

The experiential learning program, will be divided into three intensive weeks that will take place using a combination of classes (held in the Complesso Polifunzionale dellUniversita di Bologna) and a full immersion in the everyday Italian city life. In order to be involved in an authentic context and get a better grasp of the real meaning of the Italian academic life, students will have the opportunity to participate in classes, exams and all the other events/activities that are in full bloom in the month of June at the University of Bologna. Pre-requisite: ITAL 102 or placement exam