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):
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|
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|
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|
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):
GCC programs offered for Winter 2013 (closed):
Deadlines for all GCC applications are on December 15.
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