The Thorpe Center
"The truly great advances of this generation will be made by those who can make outrageous connections, and only a mind which knows how to play can do that." - Nagle Jackson
Previous Travel Courses:
May Term 2019
- FIS 360: Brexit with Professors Jaime Peters and David Willis [London (7 days), Dublin (6 days)]. This travel course will take the students to the heart of London and Dublin to see the impact of this major change. A typical day will include class in the morning, followed by site-seeing in the afternoon and free time in the evening. Highlights include the Tower of London, Westminster Abby, the Harry Potter Studio Tour, the Book of Kells, and Dublin Castle.
- HLTH 310/NUR 390: Transcultural Healthcare in Hawaii with Professors Noel Kerr and Amy Funk. [Students visit three islands over 3-weeks; Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii (The "Big Island").] This course provides students the means with which to develop the awareness needed to identify and meet the healthcare needs of persons from varied cultural backgrounds, and to explore/discuss healthcare delivery concerns through site visits to hospitals and meetings with traditional healthcare providers and those trained in complementary/alternative healthcare modalities. Small group projects allow students to visit and learn from a provider who practices a complementary/alternative ("non-Westernized") healthcare modality (such as massage, acupuncture, or aromatherapy) and then report on what they learned about that modality to the larger group.
May Term 2018
- CHEM340: Hawaii Biochemistry of Food with Professors Baur and Roesner. This course focused on the fundamental biology and chemistry of food preparation and metabolism as well as the agricultural production of food, food processing, and food manufacture. Students met with local farmers, molecular biologists, horticulturalists, and USDA scientists to examine the science behind modern food production techniques in Hawaii.
- ENST375: Vietnam Today: Adressing the Challenges of Sustainable Development with Professors Jahiel and Shoults-Wilson.
- LC265: Renaissance Italy with Professor Sheridan (IT). From its passion for antiquity to its contrast with the Middle Ages, the Italian Rinascimento represents a turning point in Western history. The goal of this travel course was to introduce students firsthand to the art, architecture, literature, and history of Renaissance Italy.
- PSCI217: Politics and Society in Contemporary South Africa with Professor Munro. This course examined South Africa's transition from authoritarian apartheid rule to a democratic dispensation. It focused on the legacies of apartheid and the characteristics of the liberation struggle; emerging political issues; the design of new political institutions; the political economy of uneven development; the challenges of poverty and social reconstruction.
Primates in our Midst: London, Gibraltar, Louisville, KY with Professor Furlong.This course examined how primates flexibility adapt to humans
both in captivity (the London Zoo, Howlett's Animal Park) and the "wild" (Gibraltar
Nature Reserve). This was applied to what was taught to construct enrichment items
for primates at the Louisville Zoo. httpFROs://sites.google.com/a/
May Term 2017
- ES/PSCI 270: The Greening of Great Britain: Environmental Sustainability Past, Present and Future (AV Gen Ed credit, ES major/minor elective) See attached flyer. This May Term Travel Course to England, Scotland, and Wales, provides a transatlantic perspective on environmental sustainability. In it, we explore our attitudes and impacts on the environment, where they come from, and what to do to live sustainably.
- GRS/ART 307: The Art and Archaeology of Greek Myth (ART Gen Ed credit) See attached flyer. Myths and rituals constitute the religion of ancient Greece, and are expressed art, monuments, and in writing.