BIOL 271 - Study Abroad: Science
3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [Instructor Permission ]
Students will travel to and study in a foreign country, which enables them to learn about different cultures. Students will explore differences and commonalities between the foreign country and the United States. Students will participate in activities and structured observation of their surroundings while abroad, including museums, historical sites, cultural events, architecture, natural landmarks, as well as centers of religion, government, business, and education. Students will meet several times before and after the travel experience, completing short papers and presentations.
OFFERED: odd-year spring semesters
Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1: Research the culture of a specific country, region, and/or city.
- Define culture.
- Summarize significant events in the country’s history.
- Summarize major religions.
- Describe the governmental system.
- Discuss major cities and geographical features.
- Describe major events and trends in the humanities (Art, Music, Architecture, etc)
- Describe cultural norms (Customs, values, beliefs).
Goal 2: Explore the similarities and differences between the native and host locations.
- Compare cultural components between the United States and the host country.
- Compare cultural components between the local region and the host region.
- Contrast cultural components between the United States and the host country.
- Contrast cultural components between the local region and the host region.
Goal 3: Explore the impact of a study abroad experience on one’s self.
- Summarize the influence of culture on behaviors and values.
- Justify another culture as a legitimate way of life.
- Recognize cultural norms and behaviors.
- Demonstrate intercultural competence through appropriate behavior.
- Reflect on how the study abroad experience affected one’s worldview.
Goal 4: Investigate scientific concepts in the study abroad location.
- Describe major climate and weather conditions occurring in the host country and host region.
- Describe major natural landmarks in the host country and host region.
- Compare dominant plant and tree species found in Michigan and the host region.
- Contrast dominant plant and tree species found in Michigan and the host region.
- Describe a common food chain in Michigan and in the host region.
- Describe common crop species grown in the host country and host region.
- Compare most common human diseases in the United States versus in the host country.
- Contrast most common human diseases in the United States versus in the host country.
- Describe the most common scientific careers in the host country.
- Determine if there are any scientific concepts taught differently or not taught at all in the host country.
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