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Sophomore Expedition
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CCC- 202 Common Statement for All Courses 3 credits

This is course is intended to be taken by students in the same semester that they travel abroad with the Sophomore Expedition.  It will prepare students to travel and serve in the destination country, provide students with relevant cultural and historical information about the destination country, and offer a specialized course of study designed to maximize the opportunity this study abroad opportunity provides.  This course is required of any student who participates in the Sophomore Expedition study abroad trip. 

Ancient Philosophy in Greece - Elizabeth Meade

Ancient Greece is the birth place of many aspects of modern life in the US and the Western world generally: democracy, the scientific method, classical architecture, even the Olympic Games!  This course will take students back to the origins of those features of modern life in the ancient world, specifically in the context of ancient Greek philosophy.  The trip to Athens will then give students the opportunity to see the place where the ideas originated, but also their current incarnation in the modern city of Athens. This course is offered as part of the Honors Program; therefore, it is only available to Honors students and counts as one of the Honors Exploration courses in that program.

Ancient Greece to Modern Science - Jeanne Berk

We will examine Ancient Greece and its role in the birth of modern science by exploring several of the philosophers whose ideas and technologies led to the development of modern science and medicine.  Students will get an overview of key ideas and discoveries in the areas of zoology, botany, astronomy, chemistry (alchemy) and medicine.  An understanding of how they influenced these disciplines and technologies that formed the foundations for modern understanding of many areas of science will be explored.  This will be accomplished through readings of modern and historical texts, as well as through visits to museums and historical sites in Greece, as well as local sites near Cedar Crest College.

Beyond Hippocrates: Healthcare in Greece - Wendy Robb

In this specific course, students will examine health care practices in Greece including Greece’s universal health care policy, the National Health Care Service (ESY). Sacred places and practices from ancient Greece related to health care, like Asclepius, Hygieia, Hippocrates, the Byzantine Empire’s first hospitals, and more will be explored as will the roots of nursing and caring in ancient Greece.

Global Social Justice: Refugee Resettlement in Greece - Suzanne Weaver

The course provides students with a global awareness of human rights violations through the examination of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Students will study theories of social justice and problem solving approaches to develop social action and advocacy strategies to combat human suffering. Concepts of refugee transitions, adjustment to exile and the creation of new meaning of home will be analyzed. The class will complete a service-learning project in a refugee camp or human service agency working with refugees in Greece. We will explore the geo-political decisions made with regards to refugee legal status, social, psychological, health and educational needs.

Health Literacy in Greece: What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us - Sandy Axt

In this course, students will examine the health literacy of students/young adults of Greece. Health Literacy, the degree to which individuals obtain, process and understand health information, is an important determinant of overall health. Health Literacy varies among populations and is affected by economic and demographic factors. These factors will be explored, along with health and risk behaviors displayed by the young adults of Greece. Students will also examine the variations of health literacy between Greek and American young adults. 

How Theatre Saved the City: Writing Your Myth - Roxanne Amico

As a preparation for the Expedition, how theatre saved the city is explored through myth and myth writing. The power of myth is examined through theories, value systems and propaganda with a focus on whether myth defends against cultural chaos and builds citizenship. Upon return from the Expedition, students will write and produce their own one act play written in the form of a myth.

The Impact of Culture on Attitudes and Behavior - James Scepansky

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. In other words, the field of psychology attempts to explain WHY people feel, think, and act as they do. Psychologists have devoted their lives making observations of human behavior, generating hypotheses as to why those behaviors occur, designing research investigations to test those hypotheses, and developing theories to explain it all. However, for much of its history, the discipline of psychology failed to account for a major factor that greatly influences behavior and mental processes: culture. Quite simply, WHERE you grow up and live during the course of your life plays a major role on everything from how you interact with other people, to how you view the world. This course, and the accompanying travel component, will provide you with an opportunity to observe many of the ways that culture impacts our actions and interactions. Special emphasis will be placed on the influence of culture on gender stereotypes and gender roles that exist in this year’s destination, Athens, Greece.  

Children in Danger in Greece! - Jill Purdy

Many children of Greece are living in deployable conditions.  This course will examine two specific groups of children.  The first are the Greek children affected by the economic crisis and the second are the Syrian refugee children.  Participants in the course will explore the political, economic and historical factors leading to the plight of these children.   

The Meaning of Greek: Immigration, Emigration, and Identity -  Joy Karnas

What defines your cultural identity—is it where you were born, where you lived most of your life, or where you live currently? How is your own cultural identity shaped by your family roots? In this course we will explore what it means to be Greek as we look at the cultural aspects of Greek society in the United States and contrast this to life in Greece. We will examine the lives of Greek immigrants as well as expatriates who have moved to the Greek isles and reflect on whether culture is mutable and impacted by immigrants, refugees, and/or tourists. Finally, we will discuss genetic makeup and talk about how DNA can give us insight into who we are and how this may (or may not) alter our own perception of self-identity. This course is offered as part of the Honors Program; therefore, it is only available to Honors students and counts as one of the Honors Exploration courses in that program.

The Role of Women in Ancient Greek Religion - Allen Richardson

This course will offer students an opportunity to explore Hellenistic spirituality with an emphasis on the role of women and the divine feminine as important components in ancient Greek religion. By taking the course students will be more informed about what they will experience in Athens and also gain an understanding about the role of women in an ancient religious tradition that has had significant impact on the West.  
The course is taught from the perspective of the anthropology of religion with further exploration in art history and archaeology.  Students will examine the role of polytheism as a religious system, examining the theological and cultural forces that created cultural and individual identity for women in a Hellenistic world. Students will explore the function of women in rituals, festivals and home devotion.  At the same time they will also explore the role of the divine feminine in Greco-Roman religion and discuss the absence of this important aspect of religion in the West and the consequences for its omission. 









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