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January Term Programs
JANUARY TERM OVERVIEW
The January Term immerses students and faculty in intensive educational projects not normally offered during the traditional semester/summer school that are deliberately innovative and experiential with the explicit goals of encouraging self-motivated independent learning and the ability to understand issues and concepts in action. All projects will incur a charge above and beyond fall/spring tuition. Some projects may also include special fees for materials. 1-4 credit projects are available. More information to come! Keep your eyes on the Guilford website. Types of Projects Internships — students secure a sponsor, determine number of credits, work with the Career Development Center to secure a site and register for a DEPT 290 or 390 course. Independent Projects — students develop a project in conjunction with a faculty sponsor, fill out an independent study form and secure both the sponsor’s and department chair’s signed approval, submitting to the registrar during advertised registration period. Group Projects — a group of students develop a project in conjunction with a faculty sponsor or mentor, fill out independent study forms, and secure the sponsor/mentor’s and department chair’s signed approval. Faculty-initiated group projects require Mentor or Leader level participation (see below). These projects will be listed as a department special topics course (250). Seminars — faculty propose these projects. Students enroll for these projects during the advertised registration period. Service Learning — students secure a faculty or staff sponsor and register either for independent study or internship credits within advertised deadlines. Study Away — these projects (both domestic and international) often require a two-stage application process for students: first to the study abroad office (with a deposit), and second to the affiliate partner organizing the trip. Once completed, students receive 2-4 ABRD, GST, or DEPT credits. Contact the Study Abroad office for more information, email@example.com. PROJECT LOCATION OPTIONS On-campus and/or in the local community These projects include (but are not limited to) internships, a student-initiated independent project, student-initiated group projects, faculty-initiated group projects, service learning and seminars under the leadership of a faculty or staff member. Off-campus distance US or international locations All these study away experiences involve travel that makes connections between a site and a subject being studied. Students may propose an off-campus independent project or enroll in one of the study abroad courses organized by the College.. Blended Projects These projects split the time between on-campus and off-campus distance locations. WHAT ARE THE OFFICIAL LEVELS OF FACULTY/STAFF SUPPORT? Projects require different levels of official support and/or endorsement from faculty or staff: Sponsor — endorses an internship or project with minimal involvement and engagement. Minimum of 2-8 total contact hours per student. Mentor — endorses a project that demands student independence while also requiring extensive ongoing faculty/staff engagement and involvement. Minimum 13-53 contact hours. Leader — significant responsibility for project’s execution. Minimum 13-53 contact hours. IF I LIVE ON CAMPUS, WHAT WILL I PAY? No room/housing fee Utility (heating/cooling) and housekeeping fee: $50 Required board plan chosen from the following options: • 60 meal plan $325 • 52 meal block $290 • 42 meal block, $240 • 30 meal block $175 WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING OVER THE SUMMER? Consider the type of project that would be best for you. Pick a project. Talk to possible sponsors for independent or group projects. Secure funding (semester financial aid cannot be used).
(All fees are estimates and subject to change) 1652 Quaker Country. 4 credits. Graded. Location: Birmingham, England Staff leader: Frank Massey Students explore the birthplace of Quakerism, Northwest England, gathering a sense of the rich heritage through the visiting many of the historic sites; engage in conversation with Friends of Britain Yearly Meeting Friends in the life and witness; understand the context (political, religious, and cultural) of England in the mid 1600s at the birthing of the Religious Society of Friends. Requires: daily reflective journal entries, daily meeting for worship (with local Friends when possible), Fast Track I Colloquium to pull together experiences, reflections, insights, 12-15 page research paper. Estimated cost: $3200-$3400 plus airfare. Actor Training Intensive at Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting. 3 credits. Graded. Location: Dublin, Ireland. No Guilford faculty presence IES Abroad sponsors this conservatory-style training at the Gaiety School of Acting. This intensive program is open to students at all levels of training and consists of intensive, practical rehearsal workshops, supplemented by elements of voice, movement and improvisation. Students read the plays of Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Sean O’Casey and John Synge and work in intensive rehearsals of scene work toward a final presentation. Includes visits to other cultural attractions, such as the James Joyce Museum, the National Museum of Ireland, and the Book of Kells in the historic library of Trinity College Dublin. Students will live in an apartment in a residential area of Dublin. Estimated cost: $4500, plus airfare. Afro-Brazilian Cultural Exploration (Salvador) Education & Community Development with Africana CHANGE & CCS. 4 credits. Credit/No credit. Location: on campus and Brazil. Staff leader: Jada Drew The project serves as the global extension of the current Africana CHANGE (AC) program sponsored and facilitated by the Psychology Department and Multicultural Education. Students will learn about community development methods in Salvador by volunteering with a grassroots organization to tutor youth in Brazil and work in community-organizing. Upon return to the USA, students will design a social justice and multicultural infused curriculum for youth at our community partner Dudley High School. Proposed major themes are history, neo-colonialism, the arts, religion, and resilience. Video chat session between youth in Brazil and at Dudley High School will introduce all to direct global communication.
Estimated cost: $3000-$3200, plus airfare and utility fee/ board if needed. App Development for iPhone and iPad (iOS). 3 credits. Graded. Location: on campus. Faculty leaders: Richard Schilhavy and Rob Whitnell Students will employ current best practices in software development. Students will learn: 1) Mobile application design theories and concepts; 2) iOS application framework; 3) Objective-C programming; 4) XCode3/4 and Interface Builder development environments; and 5) Effectively communicate and work in project teams. The project will result in students at least having a mobile application to add to their portfolio. Students with particularly strong applications will be encouraged to distribute their application through the App Store. Estimated cost: $1000, plus utility fee and board, if needed. Astronomical Observing. 3 credits. Credit/No credit. Location: on campus. Faculty mentor: Don Smith This project finishes full automation and calibration of the Guilford College 16” optical telescope, develops software tools for data analysis, and supports formal student observations recorded through the telescope. While turning our telescope into a professional-grade research instrument, students will also learn advanced techniques for testing and operation, and develop an independent project, recording their own data, and analysis in a final result. Estimated cost: $1000, plus utility fee and board, if needed. Caribbean Sailing and Leadership. 2 credits. Graded. Locations: Dominica, Grenada, Ile des Saintes, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Barts, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Martin, Statia, Trinidad and Tobago. No Guilford faculty presence Broadreach College provides a 50-foot boat for endless opportunities to lead, bond, master new skills, and achieve. This course puts students at the helm – of the boat, the journey, the crew and most of all, the overall experience. Learn basic seamanship, navigation and more as you sail 500 nautical miles, past fifteen Caribbean islands. Sail through the night on 80-mile, 15-hour jaunts. Learn and practice Theories of Risk Management, effective leadership, group dynamics, problem solving and decision-making. A large portion of the program lies in the hands of the students themselves. Each student leads a segment, plans passages, maintains a budget, and guides discussion. PROJECT DATES: 12/27/12-1/20/13. Estimated cost: $5480, plus airfare.
Caribbean Tropical Marine Biology. 3 credits. Graded. Location: Leeward Islands: Ile Fourche, Saba, St. Barts, St. Kitts, St. Martin, Statia. No Guilford faculty presence This Broadreach College program is an eye-opening exploration of the biology and ecology of marine communities. Living aboard a 45-foot yacht and hopping from one diverse island to another, gives students the freedom and flexibility to discover the unparalleled diversity of ecosystems found in this tropical region of the world. Learn under the guidance of professional marine biologists. Tackle marine conservation. Understand the biochemical nature of marine environments. Learning is always active, experiential and enlightening — never boring. PROJECT DATES: 12/27/12-1/20/13 Estimated cost: $6140, plus airfare.
Cold Case Investigation. 2 credits. Graded. Location: on campus. Faculty leader: Bryan W Brendley With over 185,000 unsolved murders in the US, forensic science that helps solve “cold cases” has become an important dimension of our legal system. Students will learn how to reconstruct the crime scene from the available evidence, to “roadmap” cases using famous cold cases like Jack the Ripper and Zodiac, learning how to think critically, and how to bring new techniques to bear on unsolved cold cases. Guilford County Assistant District Attorney Chris Parrish will also present two real cold cases. Students will look at the actual case files and will prepare reports for the Guilford County DA in order to assist with solving the case. Estimated cost: $800, plus utility fee and board, if needed.
Caves: Cracks, Critters, and Conservation. 2 credits. Graded. Location: 10 days on campus/11 days off campus. Faculty leader: Angela Moore This project provides students the opportunity to explore and understand caves through an interdisciplinary approach. Content would include the geology of cave formation, cave ecosystems, water quality, the cultural importance of selected caves, and international approaches to cave conservation. Estimated cost: $1500-$1575, plus utility fee and board, if needed.
Communicating with Laboratory Equipment using LabVIEW. 3 credits. Graded. Location: on campus Faculty leader: Steven Shapiro LabVIEW is the industry standard programming environment used to communicate with, control, and obtain information from laboratory equipment. This course is designed to teach students to (1) use the LabVIEW programming environment to communicate with, control, and obtain information from laboratory equipment; (2) conduct scientific experiments in groups; and (3) present work orally to a group. Though LabVIEW is the standard programming environment used by experimental scientists to communicate with equipment, it is very unusual for undergraduate students to have the opportunity to take such a course. Students who do research internships during the summer or go to graduate school in some scientific field will benefit greatly from this knowledge and experience. Estimated cost: $1000, plus utility fee and board, if needed.
Center for Principled Problem Solving. 1-4 credits. Credit/ No credit. Location: on or off-campus. Staff sponsor: Mark Justad The staff will support independent or group student projects. See Mark Justad for information. Estimated cost: $312 per credit, plus utility fee and board, if needed. Clinical Observation and the Cultural Aspects of Health Care in Chile. 3 credits. Graded. Location: Santiago, Chile. No Guilford faculty presence IES Abroad offers this project (ideal for students considering careers in health-related fields), which offers the opportunity to learn about health care policy and delivery systems in the context of Chile’s community-centered public health care system. An important component of the program introduces students to historical, social, and cultural aspects of health care specific to Chile, including the treatment of illness and patients’ rights. The project is one course divided into two components: Clinical Observation (examines the epidemiology and prevalence of frequent health deviations) and Intensive Spanish, designed for students who do not have any previous training in Spanish. Estimated cost: $3315, plus airfare.
Competing Narratives: Understanding the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict. 4 credits. Credit/No credit. Location: Ramallah, Ibillin, Jerusalem - Israel/Palestine. Faculty leader: Max Carter Using the template of 14 previous study programs in Israel and Palestine, this program introduces students to the political, religious, social, cultural, and economic parameters of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through the lenses of direct experience and persons directly involved on both sides of the conflict. Students will meet with Israelis and Palestinians, especially those actively involved in work toward a just peace, and come to understand the complexity of a conflict in which there are at least two narratives that are both true - but don’t meet. Estimated cost: $2700, plus airfare.
Costa Rica & Panama Primate Behavior and Conservation. 3 credits. Graded. Locations: Bocas del Toro, Cariari, Pacuare River, Quepos, San Jose No Guilford faculty presence Work with Broadreach College to learn everything you ever wanted to know about monkeys, in a place where your hands-on work can further their survival and preserve their endangered habitats. Learn about primate biology, behavior, natural history and ecology in a spectacular rainforest setting. Participate in ongoing monkey research alongside primatologists. Then assist local organizations with animal rehabilitation, reforestation, conservation and education efforts. The White-faced capuchins, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys and mantled howler monkeys need you. PROJECT DATES: 12/27/12-1/20/13 Estimated cost: $4780, plus airfare. Fiji Shark Behavior and Conservation. 3 credits. Graded. Location: Fiji. No Guilford faculty presence Work with Broadreach College to survey the natural history, biology, behavior, and ecological and social importance of these formidable creatures that now, after millions of years, are in danger of extinction. Observe and study sharks up close in a controlled underwater environment at the Shark Reef Marine Reserve (SRMR). Witness shark habitats and work toward protecting them. Thereâ€™s even time for a cultural visit in a Fijian village, where stories of an ancient protective Shark God are shared. Return from this trip having performed vital community service and engaged in cultural exchange. PREREQUISITE: PADI Open Water certification. PROJECT DATES: 12/27/12-1/20/13. Estimated cost: $6140, plus airfare. From Blank to Bank: Flyfishing A-Z. 4 credits. Credit/No Credit. Location: 2 weeks on campus; 1 week off campus. Faculty leader: Lavon Williams An overview of the basics for flyfishing beginners who wish to build their own rod, tie their own flies, and fish NC freshwater trout rivers. Study historical, ecological, and practical flyfishing, with reflection on the history of rod bulding and fly fishing, river conservation, where and how fish live and what they eat and flyfishing ethics/safety. Students develop a greater appreciation for the outdoors and its preservation. Estimated cost: $2084-$2325, plus utility fee and board, if needed.
Ghost Ranch Experience. 4 credits. Graded. Location: Abiquiu, New Mexico. No Guilford faculty leader on site; Austin College faculty onsite. Study black/white photography, painting, silversmithing, creative writing, earth adobe arts, or mixed media/abstraction in the famous education and retreat center near Sante Fe, New Mexico. Experience wide-open spaces, starry skies, mountains, mesas and red rock formations in the multicultural nature and stunning landscape of a 21,000-acre working ranch, a rustic setting renowned for creativity and self-exploration. Offered in partnership with Austin College. Estimated cost: $2400-$2700 plus travel. Guilford Game Jam. 2 credits. Graded. Location: on campus. Faculty leader: Dave Dobson A team of students with diverse skills will design and create a web-based computer game, releasing it to the public at the end of the project. Begins with an initial phase of research, brainstorming, and design, culminating in a design plan for our game that specifies theme, gameplay, and a master list of tasks, resources, and assets required to finish the game. Next phrase will be production, in which students will create the required art, sound, design, and code to produce the game. The final phase will be post-production, including playtesting, polishing, bug fixing, and advertising. Students will share duties but will focus on their strengths. Estimated cost: $675, plus utility fee and board, if needed. Interdisciplinary Study of the NC Coast. 4 credits. Graded. Location: 5 days on campus, 16 days off campus. Faculty leader: Maia Dery This course will introduce students to the complex forces, natural, political, economic, and social that have resulted in Bald Head Island at the mouth of the Cape Fear River Basin. Part conservation success-story, part exclusive coastal development, wholly unique, Bald Head has the northern-most subtropical island on the Atlantic seaboard, features a significant maritime forest, salt marsh, estuaries, and ten miles of ocean beaches. After preparatory work on campus, students will explore the Bald Head Woods and surrounding beaches and estuaries, learning by direct observation and participating in service projects for the island conservancy. Students will share this exceptional place with the year-round residents, including American alligators, red foxes, and loggerhead turtles; kayaking through salt marshes, while learning about barrier island and beach ecology. Final work includes an independent project including a portfolio of images or video and text documenting experiences and understanding of the place. Estimated cost: $2500, plus utility fee and board, if needed.
International Relations and Politics in the EU. 4 credits. Graded. Location: University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. No Guilford faculty presence. Comprehensive coverage of the key political and economic policies of the European Union with analysis of the different approaches to regional integration throughout the history of the European Union. Analyzes the historical, political and economic bases for the rise of the EU from its origins in the post-World war II recovery to its historic enlargement in 2004 and 2007. Also examines human rights with a comparison between the European and UN-framework for the protection of human rights applied to specific cases. This course will be highly interactive and engaging. Pedagogy includes study trips to Brussels and Bruges, The Hague and Amsterdam. Estimated cost: $4000, plus airfare.
Positive Psychology. 4 credits. Graded. Location: University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. No Guilford faculty presence. In this course, students will get acquainted with the field of positive psychology, gaining insight in different theories, scientific findings, experiments and measurement tools. As an applied science, the results of positive psychology lead to the creation of real-world interventions that can improve school, businesses, governments, and other aspects of individual and social life. Throughout workshops and interactive meetings, students will be provided not only with tools to be able to evaluate and design research in the area of positive psychology, but also with the skills to apply some (basic) intervention techniques. During two weekends, staff will take students around different European cities for cultural excursions and activities. Estimated cost: $5700, plus airfare.
Internships. 1-4 credits. Graded. Location: on or off-campus. Career Development Center assists students with finding appropriate opportunities and sponsors. Estimated cost: $312 per credit, plus utility fee and board, if needed.
The Power of Australian Summer: Integrating Sport, Culture, Health & Wellbeing. 3 credits. Graded. Location: Sidney, Melbourne, and Canberra, Australia. No Guilford faculty presence Arcadia Universityâ€™s College of Global Studies has designed the experience for students who wish to gain an understanding of the significance of sport and recreation in Australian culture. The course includes lectures, guest speakers, field trips and activities that focus on a range of sporting/recreation pursuits in society while exploring the dimensions of health and wellbeing. A critical analysis of the practice and meaning of sport and health in Australian culture provides an understanding of not only the unique nature of Australian sport, health & wellbeing, but also of Australian culture and society. Includes experience of the Australian bush and natural landscapes. Estimated cost: $4590, plus airfare.
Maya Civilization. 4 credits. Graded. Location: 10 days on campus/10 days in Yucatan, Mexico. Faculty leader: Robert G. Williams in partnership with Hastings College. Students will see first-hand the artistic, architectural, and scientific feats of the Maya Civilization of Mesoamerica that reached a classic peak around 800 A.D. Ten days at Guilford will be devoted to intensive preparation in the history, geography, economics, politics and culture of the Maya Civilization to be followed by a ten day field trip to the Yucatan Peninsula. Requires critical journaling, research and oral presentation of discoveries. Estimated cost: $2500 plus travel, $300 extra money for non-covered food, $100 materials, plus utility fee and board, if needed. The Oxford Fantasy Writers. 4 credits. Graded. Location: Oxford, England. Faculty leader: Caroline McAlister Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Phillip Pullman all spent most of their adult lives living and working in Oxford. While their fictional works are set in alternate fantastical worlds, they all found their inspiration in the physical reality of Oxfordâ€™s libraries, living quarters, churches, pubs, parks. We will immerse ourselves in their world in order to gain a deep understanding of their lives and works. Estimated cost: $2000-$2250 (depending on the number of students) plus airfare.
Quaker Funk and Leadership. 2 credits. Credit/No credit. Location: On and off campus. Faculty/staff leaders: Dave Limburg and Alan Mueller This project provides students an opportunity to explore popular pep band literature, leadership theory and systems navigation by establishing a sustainable college pep band for Guilford College. Students will learn all of the logistics of starting a pep band at a college/university including: collaborating with Athletics, securing instruments, working with cheerleaders, fostering donations, marketing, member recruitment, leadership structure, music selection and performance. Estimated cost: $1000-$1500, plus utility fee and board, if needed.
Quaker Service Trip to Cuba. 4 credits. Credit/No credit. Location: Holguin and Las Tunuas, Cuba. FUM leader onsite with possible Guilford staff leader. Friends United Meeting (FUM) sponsors this experiential immersion into Cuban culture, language, history and Quaker peace. It is designed to take students on both a journey of cultural awareness and a spiritual journey. Daily meeting for worship is required. Students partner with Cubans to learn basic communication skills, visit local establishments, homes and churches, and to participate in local festivals while absorbing cultural etiquette and awareness. Students will also join in a work project several days each week doing challenging but unskilled physical labor. Independent side trips are not allowed and all participants are expected to refrain from smoking and alcoholic consumption. Interest in communitybuilding and group cohesion is essential for participants in this project. Estimated cost: $3600 includes airfare from Greensboro. Service Projects. 1-4 credits. Credit/No credit. Contact James Shields in the Bonner Center. Homelessness Awareness - Participants will consider complex social issues contributing to homelessness in the United States and Greensboro through readings, speakers, films and discussion. Participants will tour and serve at area homeless shelters, work with street teams providing blankets, food and toiletries to area homeless,and take part in the annual Point in Time count of Homeless in Greensboro with the option to spend a night or two on the streets of Greensboro with area homeless. Multicultural Greensboro - Greensboro is lucky to have several ethnic communities resettled here, including Chinese, Bosnian, Montagnard, Liberian, Mexican, Salvadoran and others. We will visit a few of these communities as well as listen to speakers, discuss readings and films and enjoy a variety of ethnic meals. Afternoons will be spent on a shared project with one of our committed service sites, Glen Haven Multicultural tutorial center or African Services Coalition. Housing Greensboro - Participants will work with the nonprofit Housing Greensboro to provide simple home repair and winterizing services to low income owners unable to afford repairs due to illness, age or disability. We will consider housing issues in Greensboro through readings, speakers and films. Participants also receive introductory carpentry and repair training. Underground Railroad - The roots of the Underground Railroad are believed to be firmly planted here in Guilford and conducted by Quakers and free Blacks who populated what is now the campus of Guilford College. Participants will consider the impact of the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement on our history with particular emphasis on Guilford County. We travel to Maysville, KY; Ripley, OH and the National Underground Railroad museum in Cincinnati to explore the rich UGRR history that inspired Harriet
Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Each participant will help develop and participate in a re-enactment to illustrate how the Underground Railroad operated. Spanish Studies Abroad in Seville. 4 credits. Graded. Location: Seville, Spain. No Guilford faculty leader on site Intensive Spanish language work at the intermediate or advanced levels. 3.0 GPA in Spanish coursework required as a prerequisite. All courses are taught in Spanish by Spanish university professors with extensive experience in teaching American students. Intended for students who want to learn Spanish and truly immerse themselves in another culture. Students live with local host families. Estimated cost: $3400 plus airfare. Theatre at the Fringe. 4 credits. Credit/No credit. Location: on and off campus. Faculty leader: Marc Williams in collaboration with C. Brink and Mahealani Jones. Rehearse and perform Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Kafka’s “The Trial.” With rehearsal throughout the January term, initial performance will occur during the first weekend of the spring semester. In early August, the production will be revived with a week of rehearsals and travel to the International Collegiate Theatre Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. While in Scotland, participants will also attend workshops, see cutting-edge productions, network with professional artists, and enjoy sites surrounding the historic city of Edinburgh. Estimated cost: $3200 plus utility fee and board, if needed. Woodworking and Furniture History. 4 credits. Credit/No credit. Location: on campus and local excursions. Faculty leader: Jim Hood The project introduces students to the basics of traditional American woodworking and furniture making. Starting with the tree in the forest, students will learn to identify the primary types of wood used for furniture in this area, to understand some basic wood technology, and follow the furniture making process through design, basic joinery, assembly, sanding, and finishing. Through field trips to Old Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and local Piedmont furniture makers, participants will explore the history and variety of woodcraft in central NC. Students will spend most of their time in the studio, learning the fundamentals of measurement, layout, and hand tool use, and they will complete a couple of small furniture projects by employing their skills. Students will also do a research presentation on a traditional American furniture style or maker/firm. Cost includes field trips and a starter set of hand tools. Estimated cost: $2070, plus utility fee and board, if needed.
January Term Calendar September 14, 2012
Students intending to propose independent projects for January Term 2013 must secure a faculty sponsor by today September 17, 2012 January Term registration begins for all projects: internships, independent, group, and service projects, seminars, and study away. Deposits due for study away. November 19, 2012 Last day to register for January Term projects and internships January 3, 2013 January Term begins January 7, 2013 Last day to drop without a grade January 10, 2013 Last day to drop with a “W” January 20, 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (College Closed) January 24, 2013 January Term ends February 4, 2013 Grades Due
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