Global Practice—Preparing to Work Abroad

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Global Practice—Preparing to Work Abroad

This one unit seminar is for undergraduate students who are preparing to work abroad during the summer. The seminar meets once per week in a discussion format and will provide students with a theoretical framework, practical application, provocative readings and activities as well as lessons learned from practitioners with knowledge about working abroad in a developing country context.

Tu Jarvis and Lili Larson

Spring Seminar Class
(Science & Society 190x-002)

No prerequisites

Spring QuarterThis one unit seminar is for undergraduate students who are preparing to work abroad during the summer. The seminar meets once per week in a discussion format and will provide students with a theoretical framework, practical application, provocative readings and activities as well as lessons learned from practitioners with knowledge about working abroad in a developing country context.

Registration: Science & Society (SAS 190x-002)
CRN: #59314
Location: Hutchison #156
Time: Wednesdays, 4:10pm to 5:00pm

Units: (1) includes weekly seminar, guest lectures, hands-on demonstrations and discussion.

Topics

  • Motivations for "making a difference"
  • The cultural basis for difference
  • Communication and adaptation across cultures
  • Documenting the experience (photo voice, field notes and blogs)
  • Staying safe and healthy

Summary

This one unit seminar is for students who are preparing to work abroad during the summer months of June-September. This seminar will provide students with a theoretical framework, practical application, provocative readings and activities, as well as lessons learned from practitioners with knowledge about working abroad in a developing country context. Reading assignments will serve to engage students in thinking about the socio-cultural, environmental, practical and political dynamics they will encounter while working abroad. Students will research, write about and prepare for their summer field work in the developing world. Active class participation is required.

Course materials

Course materials will be available on the UC Davis Smartsite (e.g., the syllabus, PowerPoint presentations, readings, and handouts).