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Examples of Past Faculty-Led International Programs

Throughout the year students have had the exciting option of being able to go abroad as part of a course component through faculty-led courses such as IMC 491, BIOL 369, HIST 373, MGNT 454 and MGNT 465. The following are a few course descriptions:

Integrated Marketing Communications

IMC 491 INTERNATIONAL IMC STUDY EXPERIENCE
A topics course in studying IMC in international applications. Students participated in lectures/ discussions conducted both by RU and host-institution faculty on cultural-, industry-, and market-related topics, and make site visits to specific business/organization, the agencies providing its marketing communications services, and other relevant locations to examine the character and scope of IMC practice in Spain.

Biology

BIOL 369 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY: AFRICA
Conservation Biology Tropical Africa was a 10 day, field-based course in the Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania, where Dr. Norbert Cordeiro (Roosevelt University) and Dr. Henry Ndangalasi (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) have been working since 1998. Field work included (i) conducting applied ecological studies relevant to conservation in the area, (ii) discussing and problem-solving issues of poverty and conservation affecting human access to resources, (iii) meeting with Tanzanian stakeholders to gain an appreciation of the complexities of the solutions required to conserve one of the world’s most important forests. Students will also spent 2 days in a savannah habitat at one of Tanzania’s premier national parks. This course involved designing ecological experiments, experimental manipulation, statistical analyses, intensive field and laboratory exercises, and scientific report writing

History

HIST 373 SCANDINAVIAN WELFARE STATE AND NATIONAL IDENTITY
This course examined the history of the comprehensive social welfare state in Scandinavia and its impact on the construction of modern national identity beginning with the historical roots of the Scandinavian welfare state through its contemporary combination of market capitalism with a broad social net driven by a society first mentality in the public, corporate, and private sectors. A significant part of the course was a two-week study-trip to Sweden and Finland.

Sociology

SOC 329 WHITENESS IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT
Course addresses the history, economics, politics and social construction of whiteness. Specific focus on three white deep-settler countries (countries that whites colonized, controlled, and stayed for generations): U.S., Australia and South Africa. These three countries share many similarities and by examining the differences we can develop a sophisticated understanding of the (re)production of white privilege, white power and the continuation of white supremacy world-wide.

Business

MGMT 454 and MGMT 465 INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE FRANCE/POLAND
These graduate level courses helped students appreciate global issues and better understand cross-cultural challenges. This experience included participation in classes, company tours and interaction with students and the faculty of the host university. Students took part in local cultural activities. Preparation for this week-long experience  included at least two class sessions on the Saturdays prior to departure and a class session after returning from abroad.