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Faculty-led, Short-Term Travel Courses

Each semester Avila University offers in which students complete coursework throughout the semester on-campus and also partake in a short-term, faculty-led travel component either within the U.S. or abroad. Most of these courses fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements and designations.  

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Prior faculty-led study away travel courses:

IS/PL 344: Music and Politics
Berlin, Germany

Musical works representative of folk, popular, and refined art idioms will provide subject matter for analysis and discussion of the following: Conceptualizing the distinct nature of music from other art forms and human activities, the role of emotion in music an politics, the political use of music and the musical representation of politics and political action as well as the possibility of music effecting social and political relations.

IS cross-cultural explorations: investigations in education and social justice rwanda

IS 355 Cross Cultural Explorations: Investigations in Education and Social Justice

In keeping with Avila’s mission to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community, this travel course will examine interactions among people of diverse cultural, language, gender, class, and religious backgrounds in educational and community settings. Students will participate in cultural immersion experiences and service learning projects within another country in the world. They will investigate issues of poverty, educational access, health care access, discrimination and social justice from anthropological, development, educational, geographical, historical, psychological, sociological, religious, and economic perspectives. The course is intended to prompt students to examined and responsible action as citizens of the global community. PRE 2015 CORE: Level III. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Contribute, Interdisciplinary Studies, Civic Engagement, Global Studies.

IS urban culture chicago and montreal

IS 357 Urban Culture 
Chicago and Montréal

Travel to an identified city and encounter the cultural spaces through exploring local art museums, engaging with the architecture, studying the local film and music venues, and experiencing the ethnic enclaves as a way to learn about the culture of urban spaces and the interaction of art and environment. Students will be expected to integrate, synthesize, and communicate knowledge from the disciplines of communication and art + design.

is/pl 358 understanding violence in guatemala

IS/PL 358: Violence

A multidisciplinary investigation into acts and relations of social and political violence. This investigation may focus within the following arenas: The social phenomena of violence and power; the extent of its moral justifiability, political legitimacy, and practical efficacy; the reality and responsibilities of perpetrators, victims, and others; and, the place that violence occupies within individual and national identities. An off-site travel component is required. (3, CORE III)

IS/RS issues in social justice india

IS/RS 360: Issues in Social Justice

Drawing from the perspectives of Catholic Social Teaching and Social Work practice, this course explores the concept of social justice and examines the intercultural skills needed to address issues of social justice with individuals and communities. Through a cultural immersion experience abroad, students will be engaged with local communities and participate in community- based learning opportunities in order to develop, practice and assess the intercultural skills needed in working towards social justice on a local- global scale.

IS 362 the art of war washington d.c.

IS 362 The “Art” of War
Washington D.C.

Using an interdisciplinary methodology drawing upon the expertise from the disciplines of English and visual design, this course develops students’ ability to see beyond the surface meaning of works of art in order to develop an understanding of the ways in which art is used to both clarify and confuse the issues behind war in modern America. Students will explore several rhetorical theories and apply them to a variety of genres including art, architecture, film, literature, and posters. Key components of this course are a reconsideration of what should be properly considered “propaganda” and a focus on the moral and ethical implications inherent in creating art in service to a political/national cause.


IS 365 Ecology Through the Writer's Lens
Kansas Prairie

In this course students will integrate literary and scientific modes of inquiry while engaging in an in-depth study of the natural world. Each semester will focus on a particular ecosystem such as a tropical forest, temperate rainforest, temperate grasslands or montane ecosystem. The course will include a 6-8 day field trip, providing a first-hand experience of the ecosystem of interest. This ecosystem will serve as both a laboratory and a writer’s workshop where students will be encouraged to generate hypotheses and create new meanings. Before the trip, students will study the particular ecosystem and read representative works in nature writing, including science writing and creative writing. During the trip, students will write journals and narratives, do scene painting with words, and conduct detailed natural history observations geared toward generating hypotheses about species interactions and ecosystem dynamics. For their final writing project, students may focus on natural history, creative nonfiction, or fantasy. Final projects will be collated in a single volume and published online. PRE- 2015 CORE: Level III.

IS 366 food and culture south korea

IS 366 Food and Culture
South Korea

An introduction to the role of food in society as a system of intercultural communication with an emphasis on advertising, packaging design, cultural identity, and food symbolism in film and art. Students critically analyze how humans use food, from how it is selected, obtained and distributed to who prepares it, serves it and eats it. As a universal human experience, food serves as a lens to better understand the diversity of the human experience. The course may sometimes be offered as a travel course, which would focus primarily on one individual country and culture. In its non-travel variation, students may visit various local food-related sites, i.e., restaurants, farmer’s markets, grocery stores, industrial food producers, or farms.

PY 333/633 applied research methods france and switzerland

PY 333/633 Applied Research Methods
Paris, France & Lausanne, Switzerland

PY 333/633 is a Special Topics course. Students will learn about methods used in psychological research, including the theoretical and practical background behind the methods, with hands-on experience in the collection and interpretation of data. For Fall 2015, students will learn about clinical applications of psychology in the laboratories of researchers in France and Switzerland.

PY 380/680 cultural psychology england

London, England

The purpose of this course is to expose you to the world of psychology as it exists for everyone else but you. Through readings and discussions, you will discover how everything from sociocultural development to the self/identify to memory and perception interact with cultural processes. We will end the semester with a trip to London, England—one of the most multi-cultural cities on our planet. (3, CORE III)

IS 337 tropical culture and nature, a history of invasions bahamas

IS 337: Tropical Culture & Nature, A history of invasions

Using a combination of a 10-day trip to a tropical location (such as Hawaii or the Bahamas) and classroom experiences at Avila both   before and after the trip, this interdisciplinary course will examine the cultural and natural history of the selected tropical location. During the tropical location field experience, students will engage in both biological and social research experiences. Students will study the biology and geology of the tropic location and the surrounding Coral Sea environment. In addition, students will examine the tropical location’s past, present and future, with an emphasis on the cultural diversity of its residents. (3, CORE III)

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