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Spring Cultures Course with Travel Component in Iceland

May 16-26, 2016

ILP 291-01: Globalization and Conflict Resolution 3 cr.

The course will consist of a 15-week class at Western New England University in spring semester 2016, followed by a 11-day trip to Iceland following the end of the semester.

Iceland offers towering volcanoes, enormous glaciers, cascading waterfalls…and a wonderful environment to develop professional skills and intercultural understanding in a land of constant geological and cultural change. Western New England University students will be traveling to “the land of fire and ice” as part of ILP 291-01: Globalization and Conflict Resolution course. The populations of the entire nation of Iceland and of the greater Springfield area are approximately the same, offering a fascinating opportunity to gain cross-cultural insights in a variety of fields, as well as a study of resolution of cultural conflict in an ever increasingly global economy and society.   

Contact: Dr. Laura Hansen in Criminal Justice and Dr. Michaela Simpson in Sociology.

How much will the trip cost?

Approximately $3,400 based on the participation of 10 students.

Note:$100 non-refundable deposit due by December 1, 2015 to SAS. Copy of receipt should be taken to Prof. Hansen, Herman 200H. 

What will I see in Iceland?

The trip will include lectures at Reykjavík University. We will also take adventures into the Icelandic landscape (where astronauts trained for the moon landing), which may include:

  • Snorkeling in the fissure between continental plates
  • Riding the famous Icelandic horses
  • Hiking on a glacier
  • Spelunking in the lava tunnels of an (extinct) volcano

What can I do to satisfy interests in my major?

The Iceland course offers the opportunity for professional growth for students from all majors. For example:

Engineers will experience Iceland’s geothermal power system.

Business, Accounting, and Finance majors will visit the banks of Reykjavík, at the heart of global financial markets and the 2008 global crash that was partly credited to the malfeasance in Icelandic financial institutions.

Criminal Justice and Sociology majors will compare the social problems and justice systems of the two countries, with a special focus on juvenile justice issues. 

History majors will examine the development of one of Europe’s first democracies.

English students can experience the great literature of Norse mythology and the Icelandic sagas.

Religious Studies students will have an opportunity to study Icelandic paganism and its clash with Catholicism. 

Arts and Entertainment Management majors and Music minors will visit a city with a vibrant indie rock and club scene, which produced such artists as Bjork and Sigur Rós.

How can I participate in the trip?

Students must be in good academic standing to participate in study abroad opportunities. Students participating in year-long or semester-long study abroad programs must satisfy the specific grade point average required by the foreign university they will be attending.

Note: Graduating seniors should be aware that if you sign up for this course, you will receive an incomplete for the course until the travel portion is completed. You will then receive your diploma in August rather than May after travel has been completed and a grade has been submitted for the course in early June 2016 when we return.  

To learn more, contact:

Dr. Josie Brown-Rose, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Director of the Study Abroad Program

Phone: 413-782-1279

Email: jbrownro@wne.edu

Dr. Saeed Ghahramani, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Study Abroad Program

Phone: 413-782-1218

Email: sghahram@wne.edu

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