May Module

2016 Module Overview

2016 Module Payment Schedule

2016 Module Handout for Advisors

Please note that:

*All module payments are non-refundable & non-transferable.
*Passport points may NOT be applied to the initial deposit.
*Passport Points are only applicable to international modules.

2016 Module Waitlist Form

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What is May Module?

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In order to enrich Centenary's curriculum, we offer a variety of short courses each May. These courses explore topics of general or specialized interest not normally offered in Centenary's semester and summer courses.

All students who entered Centenary prior to Fall 2014 must complete one Module for graduation, but an additional Module may be applied towards the hours required for graduation.

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Centenary's Module courses literally take place across the globe. Some are offered on campus, whereas others involve study and travel in other institutions and nations. Because of the variety of options available, many students attend Module courses that serve the additional purpose of fulfilling the COMMUNITY and/or the CULTURE requirements of the Trek Experience.

Experience our 2015 May Modules through the eyes of our students!


Passports

In order to travel abroad you must have an official passport valid for at least six months after you return to the States. The process of registering can be lengthy, so make sure you begin early!

Orientation

All students going on a May Module are required to attend one of the scheduled orientation sessions. Orientations will be held in the spring semester.

Before You Travel

Be sure to look at the forms you need to fill out before you travel, as well as helpful resources for traveling.

Center for Disease Control

Check the Center for Disease Control (CDC) before traveling to make sure you are caught up on your immunizations and aware of all health travel alerts.


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2016 International Modules

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AUSTRALIA: Journey Down Under

Instructors Barbara Davis & Lea Stroud
Dates TBD, 15 Days in May 2016, dates subject to change
Estimated Costs $4,730
Enrollment Limit 20
Credit Type Module & CU Credit
Credit Hours 4

• Course Description:
This Module allows students the opportunity to interact with the various cultures of the Australian people. Although Australia is commonly referred to as the “land down under,” the country has a significant impact on global economy and business. Formerly agrarian in nature, the economy of the country has evolved so that Australia is now a competitive player in diverse international markets. Originally, native indigenous peoples and convict settlements comprised the majority of the population. Today, the country is primarily populated by people of British descent. That being said, Australia is a tolerant and inclusive society—a nation built by people from many different backgrounds. Vietnam, China, Greece and the United Kingdom are among the main countries from which Australians have migrated. Cultural diversity has become a touchstone of Australia’s national identity. Participants in this module travel to Sydney, Brisbane, Noosa and Cairns, Australia to explore the history, culture and social environment of the country. Interaction with native Australian citizens will take place on a daily basis. Key differences between the social and cultural aspects of the people of Australia and the United States will be examined. - See more at: http://www.centenary.edu/academics/module#sthash.OxITPE9G.dpuf
• COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES/GOALS:
Module participants will be able to:
• Identify the climate, currency, history and customs of the Australian culture.
• Evaluate current economic, political, sociological, cultural and other newsworthy events.
• Analyze Australia's role and impact on global issues and concerns.
• Comprehend the tragic legacy and impact of racism in Australia.
• Acquire a general knowledge of the historical settlement of Australia and its impact on local communities.
• Acquire a general knowledge of the unique animal species of Australia.
• Acquire an understanding of the evolution, ecology, geology and geography of Australia and its role in the global environment.
• Recognize and appreciate Australia's art, music and architecture.
• Identify and analyze daily observations and experiences by translating thoughts into written words.
• Describe the differences and similarities that make Australia's culture an entity different from their own cultures.
• Describe Australia's heritage, history, beliefs and values.
• Evaluate cultural differences and similarities as they relate to their own lives.

Payment Schedule:
• 1st Payment: Monday, December 7 $1500
• *Drop on December 14 if the student has not deposited
• 2nd Payment: Friday, January 22 $1500
• 3rd Payment: Friday February 26 $865
• 4th Payment: Friday, April 1 $865

DENMARK: LIVED RELIGION IN COPENHAGEN

Instructor Spencer Dew
Dates Sunday, May 1 – Thursday, May 19, 2016, dates subject to change
Estimated Costs $3,801
Enrollment Limit 10
Credit Type Module and CU Credit
Credit Hours 4

2016 Denmark Syllabus - tentative

• Course Description: This class will expose students to a variety of lived religious cultures in contemporary Copenhagen, immerse them in the historical background of that city, and explore pressing issues in the contemporary study of religion and society, particularly the notions of “secularism” and “fundamentalism.”

Payment Schedule:
• 1st Payment: Monday, December 7 $500
• *Drop on December 14 if the student has not deposited
• 2nd Payment: Friday, January 29 $1101
• 3rd Payment: Friday February 26 $1100
• 4th Payment: Friday, April 1 $1100

FINLAND: The Finnish Miracle

Instructors Katherine Brandl & Mark Miller
Dates Monday, May 2 – Monday, May 23, 2016, dates subject to change
Estimated Costs $3300-$3520
Enrollment Limit 20
Credit Type Module and CU Credit
Credit Hours 4

Course Description:
In the 1950s, Finland was a poor, agrarian nation, battered by wars to expel both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany from their country during WWII. In less than 50 years, Finland became one of the wealthiest and most advanced countries in the world. This module will explore the culture and country of modern Finland. The elementary/secondary education system of Finland is widely regarded as one of the best in the world, as is its system for teacher training. We will study the role of the storied Finnish education system as we explore the history, business, culture, sights and people of the country Newsweek magazine named “Best in the World” based on education, health, political environment, economic competitiveness, and quality of life.

In this module, student will be able to explore five interesting and important cities, from small town in the Arctic to two different major European capitals. Students will travel between cities using the top-notch railway system, including a night in a private sleeper cabin on the way from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. Another highlight will be the overnight cruise from Turku to Stockholm, where students can rest in their cabins, hit the onboard dance clubs, shop duty-free, or view the thousands of islands in the world’s largest archipelago. We will visit the following cities:
Helsinki – The nation’s capital is a modern European capital with art, culture, architecture, nightlife, and shopping.
Rovaniemi – At the edge of the Arctic Circle don’t expect darkness even after the sun goes down around 11pm.
Oulu – This seaside town is a hub for technology and innovation in Northern Finland.
Turku – Finland’s first capital city, the European Union named historic Turku the Cultural Capital of Europe for 2011.
Stockholm, Sweden – Finland was part of Sweden for more than 600 years and has been independent for less than 100, so we will also visit Stockholm, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The best way to understand this module may be to see it through the eyes of the students who went last year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrRhhmRgRZA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUOaBvXyQT0

Payment Schedule:
• 1st Payment: Monday, December 7 $500
• *Drop on December 14 if the student has not deposited
• 2nd Payment: Friday, January 29 $1250
• 3rd Payment: Friday February 26 $885
• 4th Payment: Friday, April 1 $665 - $885

FRANCE: Americans in Paris-The Quest for the Good Life

Instructors Jeff Hendricks and Bruce Allen
Dates 14 days in May, dates subject to change
Estimated Costs $3515 Price subject to change depending upon the airline ticket costs at the time of purchase
Enrollment Limit 20
Credit Type Module & CU Credit
Credit Hours 4

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young (person), then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. - Ernest Hemingway

At the end of World War I, Parisians danced in the streets with British, Canadian, and American soldiers to celebrate the end of the war. The party continued into the roaring 20s, when artists like Cocteau, Picasso, Chagall, and Man Ray; intellectuals like André Gide and Colette; performers like Josephine Baker; and expatriates like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald flooded Paris's cafés and bistros. Whereas Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin loved Paris during the 18th century as the city of Light and Reason; Ernest Hemingway and the Lost Generation of the 1920s and 30s were attracted to Paris as a site of artistic energy and cultural tolerance; Americans (and many other nationalities) today visit Paris because it has come to represent the embodiment of "the good life." In this module we will examine this proposition by living for two weeks in Paris and asking each student to compare aspects of French culture with aspects of their own culture, with the goal of wrestling with the question of what it means to live a “good” and “meaningful” and “quality” life.

This module—"Americans in Paris: The Quest for the Good Life" – will examine numerous texts by American writers, artists, musicians, and intellectuals about Paris. We then ask Centenary students to compare and contrast their own experience of Paris with their own lived-experiences in the U.S. and with these readings from American writers, philosophers, statesmen, and artists who have traveled to Paris since before the American Revolution. We ask students to focus their cultural comparisons around the following topics, picking one from the following to write about in-depth: 1) religion, 2) food, 3) art, 4) music, 5) fashion and dress, or 6) transportation. As much as it's possible, we will try to live as the Parisians themselves: we will buy bread and cheese and ham from the corner markets; we will wash our clothes in the hotel laundromat; we will negotiate our way around the city using public buses and the metro; we will live for two weeks amidst some of the world's greatest historical monuments and art. All the while we will be reading, observing, taking notes, and talking to the French that we meet about our impressions and our thoughts.

Finally, the ultimate goal of this class is not only to learn about another culture, in this case one of the great cultures of the world, but also to use that knowledge to reflect deeply on our own cultural background and heritage and to try to answer the question: "what does it mean to live 'the good life'"?

Payment Schedule:
• 1st Payment: Monday, December 7 $500
• *Drop on December 14 if the student has not deposited
• 2nd Payment: Friday, January 29 $1015
• 3rd Payment: Friday February 26 $1000
• 4th Payment: Friday, April 1 $1000

GREECE: Life Amid the Ruins

Instructors David Havird & Lisa Nicoletti
Dates Wednesday, May 4 – Wednesday, May 18, 2016,dates subject to change
Estimated Costs $3356
Enrollment Limit 20
Credit Type Module & CU Credit
Credit Hours 4

Greece Flyer

Course Description:
Wherever you go in Greece—on the mainland or the islands (of which we’ll visit three)—ancient Greece is present. This, the conjunction between the past and the present, will be our theme as we experience Greek culture in Athens, where we’ll take our bearings from the Acropolis; on the island of Naxos, where the marble doorway to a never finished archaic temple frames the harbor town; on the sacred slopes at Delphi, where 21st-century scientists detected the fumes that induced the oracle’s prophetic high; at a still active Byzantine monastery, where the 10th-century founder’s mummified body is an object of religious pilgrimage; and in the Peloponnese, where we’ll “drink the sun” at a seaside resort while “reading the ruins” at Mycenae, where Clytemnestra stabbed her husband, Agamemnon, in his bath; at Nemea, where Hercules, whose “blood” we’ll taste, lost a finger to the lion; and at Corinth, the Roman city where Paul stitched tents and preached. We’ll be conscious of following in the footsteps of such famous literary travelers as Lord Byron and Henry Miller, selections of whose work we’ll read along with work by Greek authors. Each of you will become an expert on some topic of Greek culture and share the expertise as we explore urban and village life on foot and by public means, reflect on Greece’s aesthetic and intellectual contributions to the ancient and modern world, attempt to communicate with our hosts in their language, consider the effects of the economic crisis, and come to appreciate the food, music, dance, religious practices, and other customs of a resilient people.

Payment Schedule:
• 1st Payment: Monday, December 7 $500
• *Drop on December 14 if the student has not deposited
• 2nd Payment: Friday, January 29 $1000
• 3rd Payment: Friday February 26 $1000
• 4th Payment: Monday, March 15 $856

HAITI: (Ayiti)

Instructor Chris Ciocchetti
Dates May 6 – May 20, 2016, dates subject to change
Estimated Costs $3,300 includes all food and activities in Haiti
Enrollment Limit 10
Credit Type Module & CU Credit
Credit Hours 4

Zanmi Lasante has provided a preferential option for the poor since 1985. One of it’s founders, Paul Farmer, was the subject of Tracy Kidder’s Pulitzer-Prize winning biography Mountains Beyond Mountains, and he went on to become a leading figure global public health. He currently heads up the respond to Ebola in Africa. We will stay at the Zanmi Lasante hospital campus in Cange, a rural village in the mountains. We will explore Cange and the surrounding villages by foot. We experience daily life in Cange and learn about attempts to change it. We will see first hand how aid projects can go wrong and ones which work better. We will dance to twoubadou music. We will spend more of our time in the country-side, though we will take a short trip to Cap-Haitien during the visit. Haiti will test challenge us physically and emotionally. We will meet amazing people along the way who will help us understand Haiti and ourselves.

All students must take anti-malarial medication
No smoking during the trip

Payment Schedule:
• 1st Payment: Monday, December 7 $500
• *Drop on December 14 if the student has not deposited
• 2nd Payment: Friday, January 29 $1000
• 3rd Payment: Friday February 26 $1000
• 4th Payment: Friday, April 1 $800

2016 Regional Modules

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MISSISSIPPI DELTA: Encounters at the Crossroads-Art, Music, & Literature of the Mississippi Delta

Instructors Michelle Glaros & Michael Laffey
Dates Monday, May 2 –Monday, May 16, 2016, dates subject to change
Estimated Costs $1,613
Enrollment Limit 14
Credit Type Module & CU Credit
Credit Hours 4

2016 Mississippi Delta Syllabus - Tentative
Please note that we cannot guarantee this early that events will happen on the specific days indicated (so no one should make additional plans that depend on us experiencing the events/places in that order).

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
o Ever wondered what lay at the end of Lonely Street besides “Heartbreak Hotel”?
o Ever wondered where the Rolling Stones got their name?
o Ever wondered what it really takes to get your “mojo workin’”?
o What IS the price for stepping on his blue suede shoes?
o What DOES it take to get some R.E.S.P.E.C.T?

In this immersive module, students will find answers to these and many more questions arising from the creative soul stew that bubbles in the birthplace of rock and roll. By conducting field work while visiting and engaging with the Mississippi Delta, students will gain an understanding and appreciation of these artists who will provide them with the opportunity to make connections between the Delta’s unique and rich subculture and the broader American culture it has so profoundly shaped. By the end of the module, students will appreciate the indispensable contributions this region’s artists have made and continue to make to the world the students inhabit.

If you would like more information, contact Professor Glaros (mglaros(at)centenary(dot)edu) or Professor Laffey (mlaffey(at)centenary(dot)edu).

Payment Schedule:
• 1st Payment: Monday, December 7 $400
• *Drop on December 14 if the student has not deposited
• 2nd Payment: Friday, January 29 $400
• 3rd Payment: Friday February 26 $400
• 4th Payment: Friday, April 1 $413

2016 Local Modules

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  • Note: Local Module Costs do not include the cost of room and board for the duration of the Module for those who began enrollment prior to Fall 2014.*

CHIMP HAVEN: Intercultural Engagement at Chimp Haven National Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Instructors Jeanne Hamming & Jessica Alexander
Dates 15 weekdays + 1 Saturday in May, dates subject to change
Estimated Costs $506
Enrollment Limit 16
Credit Type Module & CU Credit
Credit Hours TBD

This module invites students to explore the meaning of “culture” and “intercultural engagement” in the context of our relationship to non-human primates. Students on this module will explore key works in cultural primatology and animal studies, and will apply that understanding during extensive observation of chimpanzee social groups at Chimp Haven National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Students will consider such questions as:
• What is culture?
• Does culture exist among non-human animals, and if so, how do we study those cultures?
• What implications does our intercultural engagement with non-human primates have for our ethical relation to other animals? To other humans?

Requirements include getting a TB test before module begins.

• Payment Schedule:
• 1st Payment: Monday, December 7 $56
• *Drop on December 14 if the student has not deposited
• 2nd Payment: Friday, January 29 $150
• 3rd Payment: Friday February 26 $150
• 4th Payment: Friday, April 1 $150

Independent Modules

None of these modules fit your unique interests or career goals? Develop an Independent Module.

Study Abroad

Did You Know? You can fulfill module & culture credit by studying abroad! Check out our Study Abroad Opportunities.