Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Summer BSOS Study Abroad Programs

BSOS Faculty and Staff are Offering Several Summer Education Abroad Programs:

 Austria: Freud's Footsteps: Psychotherapy Then and Now (PSYC)
There is no better place to learn about the history and development of psychotherapy than the ancient, exciting "City of Dreams," Vienna, Austria, where Dr. Sigmund Freud established his "talking cure." Freud lived in Vienna for almost his entire life and practiced his own theory of psychoanalysis for nearly 50 years. On this program you will learn about the history of the mental health movement in Europe, the zeitgeist of the Austrian region and culture in the late 19th century and early 20th century, the life and contributions of Freud and other mental health practitioners of his time, and the changes to psychotherapy that have occurred in contemporary times. Overnight trips to Salzburg, Austria and Budapest, Hungary are included, as are a variety of cultural excursions, traditional meals, and sight-seeing opportunities. Come study psychology through the years, and explore beautiful Vienna with us!

Austria: Methods in Archaeology: Forensic Aviation Archaeology (ANTH)
The Forensic Aviation Archaeology: Recovery of a World War II Aircraft Crash Site program is an archaeological field school to survey and investigate previously located aircraft crash sites from the Second World War. The mission is to identify and recover the wreckage of the aircraft and the human remains of the missing-in-action (MIA) flight crew member(s) of this aircraft. The Department of Defense (DOD) is tasked by the U.S. Congress through the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to provide the fullest possible accounting of missing personnel to their families and the nation. The DPAA recognizes the valuable experience and training that can be gained in these recovery missions and has requested a strategic partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park to carry out a part of their mission.

Cuba: Physical and Cultural Geographies (GEOG)
The door to the exploration of the physical and cultural geographies of Cuba has opened - and we are walking through it! Come join us as we examine the special intricacies of the largest island in the Caribbean. You will see what the Spanish heritage, the early colonization, the era of slavery and the communist experiment have done to this island. You will also see how plate tectonics, changing sea levels and just how the physical and cultural geographies of Cuba are reflected in the island's people and landscape. We are looking for explorers. Come join us!

Iceland: The NABO Gufuskalar Historical Ecology Fieldschool (ANTH)
Interested in learning how to do Field Archaeology? Interested in Environmental Science, Medieval and Early Modern History, Geology, and/or Marine Biology? Ever wanted to go to Iceland? Then apply for the NABO Gufuskalar Fieldschool in Iceland. Centered on the excavation of the site of Gufuskalar at the end of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula about 2 hours north of Reykjavik, this fieldschool will train you in archaeological field methods, as well as introduce you to a variety of environmental science issues dealing with everything from fisheries management to how past cultures survived previous episodes of climate change. You will learn how to excavate using the single-context excavation method. You will learn how to record all the data that you produce through excavation. Mapping as well as accurate drawing of layers and profiles will be taught. The opening and closing of an archaeological site will also be included in the training. You will participate in post-excavation field conservation and artifact recording methods. Gufuskalar has some of the best preservation of artifacts and faunal material in Iceland and you will obtain a basic knowledge of medieval and early modern artifacts as well as of faunal analysis.

Singapore: Countering Violent Extremism and Deradicalization (START)
Ever wondered why people commit terrorist acts? Or why they stop? How about what we can do to curb it? Join us for a class designed to help answer these very questions. This course looks and feels like a traditional summer term class until we pack up and head to Singapore for 10 days. There, we'll put to use the theoretical understandings gained on terrorist radicalization, deradicalization, and countering violent extremism by engaging with experts at Nanyang Technological University, and we will look in depth at Singaporean prisoner deradicalization and rehabilitation programs. We will also take a day-trip to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to study the impacts of terrorism in Southeast Asia.

South Africa: Understanding Social Inequalities in Post-Apartheid South Africa (AASP/SOCY)
Following on the legacy of luminaries such as W.E.B. DuBois, Malcolm X, Eslanda Robeson and Martin Luther King Jr., this program builds on the African American Studies Department's commitment to understanding race and social inequality in international and, in particular, Black diasporic contexts. This exciting study abroad opportunity will expose you to the many dimensions of social inequality and the consequences for well-being in post-apartheid South Africa, while traveling to Johannesburg and Bushbuckridge. While racial inequality is, by far, the most visible and most documented form of social stratification in South Africa, other factors - gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, language, religion, geographical location – all contribute to well-being for all South Africans. Whatever the issue of interest - early childbearing or HIV infection or achievement gaps in education or crime – a grounding in the multiple dimensions of social inequality is critical to understanding the what, why, who and how in these social issues.

Thailand & Cambodia: Human Trafficking in Context (CCJS)
Human trafficking, while not widely understood, ranks among the most severe and lucrative of criminal enterprises around the world. During this course, students will be exposed to the consequences of and reactions to human trafficking in an international context, specifically in Thailand and Cambodia. Students will travel throughout Thailand, spending time in Chiang Mai, Mae Sai, and Bangkok. Students will also travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Highlights of the two-week trip will include cultural excursions, speaking engagements with knowledgeable people on the state of human trafficking in southern Asia, and volunteer work at the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre (DEPDC) and the Ponheary Ly Foundation, both NGOs working to fight trafficking by providing education to youth who, otherwise, would not receive it. Without an education, youth are much more vulnerable to traffickers. Through these activities, students will gain exposure to and an understanding of human trafficking in a way that is not possible in the United States.

Application Deadline is March 1!

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