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Winter Courses Abroad—Global Studies 298

Fall (second 8 weeks) and Winter Break 2014

Globe See how countries respond to the growth of a world economy. Learn how immigration, culture, and religion influence ideas about the world. Discover how global flows have been shaping civilizations and the natural world for centuries.

In GLBL 298: Global Studies Seminars Abroad, you will experience firsthand the impacts of globalization and enhance your global perspective. Each course highlights how its destination reflects the distinct cultures, economies, and politics that have impacted it through global processes and how these influences have been integrated locally to give the place and its inhabitants their unique history, challenges, opportunities, and identity.

The courses are taught in English and offer ample opportunities for you to explore local history, culture, and contemporary society. The excursions include unforgettable sights.

All courses include an 8-week fall seminar in addition to the overseas portion, which is held during winter break.

The GLBL 298 courses begin during the second eight weeks of the Fall semester, and include about two weeks “in the field” abroad. You must first apply and be accepted into these programs before you can register for the hours. The overseas portion of the seminars generally take place between December 27-January 14.

GLBL 298 courses carry three hours of college credit and are taught by U of I faculty.

Open to all U of I students.

Program Fee: $2,700-$3,700*
Includes airfare, accommodations, excursions, and most meals.

Deadline for Applications: September 15, 2014

Applications and a non-refundable $25 application fee can be submitted online. Confirmations of course offerings and dates, based on minimum enrollments, will be made after the deadline.


All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences receive a scholarship ($300-$1,000) toward the program cost, and the amount varies depending on program destination. Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.

Israel program participants will receive an Arie and Ida Crown Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship and India program participants will receive a Charles Wert Scholarship, which will be reflected in the program fee.

All participants should apply for the I4I Scholarship and other possibilities suggested by the Study Abroad Office. Other students should check with their college for scholarships.

*Price is subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

Global Studies 298 Fall/Winter Break 2014 Courses

Culture and Linguistic Diversity
Analyze the impact that globalization has on the language and culture of India in various settings. Explore the metropolitan (in Delhi), urban (in Jabalpur), and rural areas to examine the challenges that transnational cultural integration brings to the Indian identity.
Contact: Mithilesh Mishra
Department of Linguistics
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Cultural Tourism and Economic Development
Tourism is one of the world’s largest global industries. But not all tourism and development yield equally beneficial results in the local communities where great sites are located. Investigate these issues at Peru’s most spectacular World Heritage sites based near Cuzco.
Contact: Helaine Silverman
Department of Anthropology
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Cultural Diversity
Explore the linguistic and cultural diversity of Istanbul, Turkey, from a historical perspective and from the lens of today. Through homestays, get a better understanding of the interactions and conflicts between the East and the West, and secularism and religion, at the crossroads of history and modernity.
Contact: Ercan Balci
Department of Linguistics
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Urban Inequalities
Cape Town
Explore and map Cape Town, South Africa, to discover how urban social movements appropriate and contest the designated uses of planned public spaces. Resettlement areas, urban parks, and streets serve as places to protest persistent spatial segregations and social hierarchies of race, class, and gender.
Contact: Ken Salo
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
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Immigration and Integration
Focus on challenges faced by individuals displaced across borders by war and political instability. This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the situation of refugees in Jordan as well as other parts of the world.
Contact: Eman Saadah
Department of Linguistics
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Gender and Land in Southern Africa
Focus on issues of gender and land ownership rights in an agrarian context in rural and peri-urban settings in Lesotho. This course will provide a context in which students can evaluate ongoing land reform efforts intended to improve women’s land access.
Contact: Thomas Bassett and Charles Fogelman
Department of Geography
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