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GCC: Global Course Connections

Participate in a field-based extension of selected U-M courses. Enroll for specific courses in either fall or winter, and then travel for 2-4 weeks with classmates to field sites where students will put into practice what they have learned in their course, receiving 1-2 additional credits for their site work. Instructor permission is required to register, and courses are offered through individual academic departments.

GCC programs offered for Winter 2015 (course numbers subject to change):

ASIAN302 (Tokyo): Modern Japanese Literature

The off-campus component of ASIAN 302 will focus on the literature of Tokyo as a Global City in the early twenty first century including the changes to literary form and practice occasioned by the rise of blogs, chat rooms, and cell-phone novels and other media such as animation and manga. We will focus on understanding contemporary literature within the context of the city of Tokyo in the first decade and a half of the twenty-first century. Readings will build off of a semester-long focus on themes of the relationship of city and country, past and future, and tradition and modernity to examine the current literary moment within a long arc of modern Japanese literature.

Prof. Jonathan Zwicker

THTREMUS399 (Rio de Janeiro): Theatre & Incarceration

The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) trains students to facilitate arts workshops in prisons, juvenile detention centers, Detroit high schools, and community settings which bring together crime victims, former prisoners, and their families.  In the summer of 2013, PCAP began an exchange program with theatre faculty and students at the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UniRio).  The nation of Brazil has a long history with using theatre as a vehicle both to discuss and promote social justice causes, and the faculty at UniRio take their students into a variety of off-campus settings in which they engage in “teatro em communidade.”  We at PCAP have a great deal to learn from the UniRio faculty and students about how theatre can support community dialogue and social change, and they in turn have a strong desire to learn from and collaborate with PCAP faculty and students.

In Brazil Michigan students will be participant observers in the theatre work being done not just in Brazilian prisons but also in the Maré favela and in a hospital in Rio de Janeiro. In all instances students are learning about what theatre can accomplish in non-traditional settings and why people engage in performance practices in these challenging contexts. Students also receive training in Brazilian theatre traditions, particularly focusing on Agusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed methodologies.

Prof. Ashley Lucas and Prof. Shaka Senghor
N421 or N456 (Quito): Perspectives in Global Health / Community Health Nursing Prof. Meagen Eagle and Prof. Kim Cook
N421 or N456 (New Delhi): Perspectives in Global Health / Community Health Nursing Prof. Norma Sarkar and Prof. Amber Dallwig

PSYCH457 (Beijing): Research in Educational Settings

Students who choose to participate in Global Course Connections will travel to Beijing for 3 weeks in early  May. During this time they will work face-to-face with their collaborators comparing the U.S. and Chinese results,  visit Chinese educational settings to get a first-hand look at current issues in Chinese education, and travel to  Xi'an, the ancient capital of China as well as a modern regional center. We will also will organize a range of cultural activities (visits to cultural sites in China's capital) as well as language and culture lessons to give participating students an introduction to the culture that is China.  

Prof. Kevin Miller and Prof. Kai Cortina
HISTORY328 (Tokyo): Doing Environment and History in Japan Prof. Leslie Pincus

SOC230 (Pretoria): Population and Health in South Africa in Transition

Students who participate in GCC South Africa will visit several historical, socially important and cultural locations in May 2014! The program is centered in Pretoria, the administrative capital.  In Pretoria and Johannesburg, students will visit sites including the Voortrekker Monument, the Union Buildings, the Paul Kruger House, the Apartheid Museum, the Consitutional Court, the Nelson Mandela House, and the Hector Pieterson Museum. Students will have unique opportunities to engage with the local culture.  Visits to and NGO, a rural school and three days of meetings with South African scholars will provide students with a diversity of perspectives.  Everyone will be asked to keep a daily journal to reflect on the experiences.  In addition, a few fun excursions will be incorporated into the experience, such as a night safari in Kruger National Park.

Prof. Barbara Anderson and Prof. John Romani

SW647.001 (Amsterdam/Berlin): Policy and Services to Enhance Community Participation and Well-Being

Building upon the comparative urban policies perspective in SW 647, this additional course provides immersion experiences to graduate and advanced undergraduate students in studying the ways in which (1) social problems of immigration, community redevelopment, and (2) soial solutions of decriminalization of marijuana and commerical sex work in urban areas are defined, addressed and implemented in the European urban cities of Berlin and Amsterdam. The course analyzes the roles ascribed to social service professionals in these processes. It analyzes the recent historiesof various definitions, solutions and roles and puts these in a comparative European context. The course focuses on these social problems in urban regions in the two modern, advanced European democratic welfare states of Germany and the Netherlands. It compares the way social problems are defined and tackled in Berlin and Amsterdam, puts these in a historical context, and discusses the implications and ideas for U.S. urban cities in 'turbulent urbanism' (e.g. Detroit). US students will share experiences and policy observations with local university students in comparative urban policy courses in Berlin and Amsterdam.

Prof. Larry Gant and Prof. Christine Edward
RCHUMS334.001 (Berlin): German Theater Play Production Prof. Janet Shier and Prof. Michael Gould

JUDAIC255 (Jerusalem/Tel Aviv): Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israeli Culture

Students will explore by foot key sites in the history of two cities that they have studies in the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israeli Culutre course.  They will be meeting for a conversation with writers, filmmakers, and artists living and working in the two cities.  Students will also explore teh ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of the population in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, including Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jews (Jews from Arab countries), religious and secular Jews, Arabs (Moslem and Christians)  and migrant workers.  

Prof. Shachar Pinsker

GCC programs offered for Winter 2014 (closed):

ASIAN302 (Tokyo): Modern Japanese Literature Prof. Jonathan Zwicker
DAAS409/ANTHCUL408 (Nangodi): Maternal/Child Health, The Environment, and Pollution in Africa Prof. Elisha Renne
HISTART292 (Kyoto): Intro to Japanese Art and Culture Prof. Kevin Carr
PSYCH457 (Beijing): Research in Educational Settings Prof. Kevin Miller and Prof. Kai Cortina
RCHUMS334.001 (Berlin): German Theater Play Production Prof. Janet Shier
RCDIV318/ENVIRON318/EEB318 (Ann Arbor/Havana): Food, Land, and Society Prof. Catherine Badgley and Prof. Ivete Perfecto
SOC230 (Pretoria): Population and Health in South Africa in Transition Prof. Barbara Anderson and Prof. John Romani
SW647.001 (Amsterdam/Berlin): Policy and Services to Enhance Community Participation and Well-Being Prof. Larry Gant and Prof. Christine Edwards

GCC programs offered for Winter 2013 (closed):

AAS116/AAS216 (Tanzania): Elementary Swahili II or Intermediate Swahili Prof. Nyambura Mpesha
ASIAN257 (South Korea): Great Cities in Asia Prof. Juhn Ahn
HJCS281/JUDAIC281 (Israel): Jews in the Modern World: Texts, Images, Ideas Prof. Shahar Pinsker
MICRBIOL405/MICRBIOL415 (Zambia): Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (fall) or Virology (winter) Prof. Oveta Fuller
Prof. Bethany Moore
N421/N456 (Ecuador): Perspectives in Global Health/Community Health Nursing Prof. Norma Sarkar
PSYCH457 (China): Current Topics in Developmental Psychology: Research Methods in Educational Settings Prof. Kevin Miller
Prof. Kai Cortina
RCLANG295 (Italy): Intensive Latin II - Roma Viva! Then and Now Prof. Gina Soter
SLAVIC290 (Russia): Studies in Eastern European Cultures Prof. Alina Makin
Prof. Michael Makin
SOC230 (South Africa): Health and Population in South Africa (Honors Seminar) Prof. Barbara Anderson
AAS469 (TBD): Pedagogy of Action - Issues in Field Studies in the Diaspora Prof. Nesha Haniff

Deadlines for all GCC applications are on December 15.

What Students Say

It was an incredible experience and I felt like I learned a lot about Chinese culture, education, and methods of educational research. I made some great friends with the people on the trip and I will always fondly remember the trips to the Great Wall and Xian. Professor Miller and Professor Cortina were very helpful and knowledgeable and they were a big part of why I had a great experience.
—Eric Peist, GCC China 2012: Research in Educational & Cross-Cultural Contexts

My travels yielded tremendous personal and academic rewards from which I will continue to benefit for years to come. In the rural town of Vytegra, Russia, my peers and I visited local museums, schools, and cultural centers in order to grasp the differences between the bustling urban centers like St. Petersburg and the history and culture of life in the Russian provinces. By conducting interviews with local townspeople, I had the opportunity to improve my Russian language skills and, equally important, forge authentic ties with interviewees.
—Daniel Chardell, GCC Russia 2012: The Russian Heartland

As an active campus leader, student, and researcher, my experiences in South Africa have granted me the opportunity to improve extracurricular and campus life in general. I will now be equipped with a holistic background and understanding of world health and the disparities various populations face.
—Ryan Jackson, GCC South Africa 2012: Examining Apartheid and its Aftermath