Study Spanish in Spain, archeology in Greece, history in China, global studies issues in Chile, or human rights and human diversity in Mexico. A variety of field courses have been created by Laurier’s outstanding faculty to add an experiential learning opportunity to their courses.
Watch this space for information about field courses for 2016/17. You can also read our article about 2014 and 2015 field courses.
Field Courses Offered
ENTR310: Entrepreneurship Exchange: Israel 2017
Study and travel with a group of Israeli students from Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya for the month of August. Deepen your understanding of the ways in which Israel’s vibrant economy, rich history, and diverse culture have resulted in its achievements as a “Start-Up Nation”. You will generate and assess ideas for joint Israeli-Canadian start-ups, and gain an appreciation for and deepen your sensitivity to cultural differences and similarities between the two countries. Learn about the challenges and opportunities of global entrepreneurship while immersed in two of the world’s best entrepreneurial ecosystems. Over four weeks, you will complete course work, participate in site visits in Canada and Israel and be introduced to the principles of business model design.
Applications are being accepted until April 15, 2017.
We highly encourage applicants to submit application as soon as possible since we will be assessing and interviewing on an ongoing basis until the cohort is full.
Eligibility Critera and Required Application Materials
Full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing from all disciplines and faculties who are entering second and third year of their programs (as of Fall 2017) are eligible to apply. Additional considerations:
- Students must hold a valid passport and have ability to travel to Israel in August
- Preference will be given to students that have completed one of the following: BU111, BU121, ENTR100, ENTR200, SE200 or SC200 and have a demonstrated knowledge of business fundamentals
- Preference will be given to students that have not previously visited Israel nor have a readily accessible opportunity to do so in future
The online application form must be completed with a resume and transcript attached to your application
- Two reference letters must be submitted
- Academic Reference (1): must be from a Laurier faculty member
- Non-Academic Reference (1)
Please provide your referee with a copy of these instructions: Reference letters should address the student’s current and/or past academic work, including strengths and weaknesses. Referees should also assess the student’s readiness to study abroad in a non-classroom environment and in a group setting. In addition, referees are invited to comment on a student’s communication skills as well as on his/her professionalism. Reference letters should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org clearly indicating which student is being endorsed.
What are you responsible for?
The program will cover the costs of:
- Return airfare, Toronto to Tel Aviv, Israel
- Ground transportation for cultural and touristic activities in Canada and Israel
- Accommodations during the Israel portion of the field course
- Most meals during the field course
- Travel Insurance (Guard.me)
You will cover the costs of:
- Obtaining the proper documentation to travel & remain in Israel (e.g., passport, visas, etc.)
- Any sightseeing, trips, entertainment or activities not included in the itinerary that you choose to pursue
- Some meals and snacks
- Tuition costs for the course (0.5 credits)
- A non-refundable deposit of $500 that must be submitted upon acceptance of offer
What happens if I am accepted?
- You must pay the $500 deposit to secure your spot in the program. Unsecured spots will be passed on to students on the waiting list.
- You will complete the necessary paperwork for participation.
- You will register on Loris for ENTR310.
- Students must enrol in Laurier International’s online pre-departure modules as well as attend in-person pre-departure workshops focused on cultural sensitivity, safety in international environments, etc. Deadlines will be provided on acceptance into this course.
- You will agree to participate fully in both the Canadian and Israeli activities during the course. Students who do not participate in the Canadian portion will not be permitted to travel to Israel.
- You will collaborate with Israeli and Canadian students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation in Canada and Israel.
- You will complete a group project showcasing their learning during the experience.
- You will be asked to act as an ambassador and representative for the program in subsequent years (e.g., occasional guest speaker to student groups, post-trip presentation with Laurier international, etc.)
MEET YOUR PROF
Assistant Professor Laura Allan has mentored thousands of students since she began teaching at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics in 1984. In addition to teaching, she has served as academic editor, written chapters, and co-authored three different introductory textbooks to Canadian business. She is the coordinator of ENTR310, responsible for developing the curriculum and program for the Schwartz/Reisman Israel Exchange, and will be travelling with you. She recently developed two other new ENTR courses, and loves teaching entrepreneurship and helping students develop their business ideas.
HI388: Into that Darkness: Poland, WWII, and the Holocaust
HR361: Mexico Migration and Human Rights
*Information session - Thursday February 2nd 1-2pm DC 136
MAY 26-JUNE 16, 2017
This course is an interdisciplinary field course co-hosted by the Human Rights Human Diversity program at Laurier (Brantford campus) and Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) Campus Ciudad de México, Escuela de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades. Within a human rights framework, the purpose of HR361 will be to study the economic and social dislocations of Mexican and Central American migrants, barriers to their migration, and the organizations and individuals who assist migrants along their journey. The course will mix classroom lectures with experiential learning.
Open to students from a variety of disciplinary specializations on both Laurier campuses as well as the University of Windsor.
- Course dates are May 26 - June 16, 2017
- The course will be of particular interest to
- students in the Human Rights, Global Studies
- and the North American Studies programs.
- Knowledge of Spanish helpful, but not necessary.
- Cost: $2620 + meals (estimated cost of $500)
- Tuition ($1340/1.0 credit course)
- Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
For information or to register contact:
Dr. Stacey Wilson-Forsberg | email@example.com
PO388: Hungry Cities: Food Insecurity in Africa
This course will explore the dimensions and drivers of urban food security in Africa. Over the next 30 years, virtually all of the anticipated 3 billion increase in the human population will occur in cities of the South; by 2030 these cities will hold 80% of the world's urban population. This demographic shift is resulting in an urbanization of poverty and significant consequences for the food security of an emerging new class of urban poor. Rising food prices result in social classes who were previously relatively food secure now facing food insecurity. Systems of food production and distribution are undergoing major transformations, with critical implications for health, food security, income distribution, and environmental transformations. Kampala provides an excellent case in which to explore this emerging crisis, as a city where urbanization is being addressed by a number of policy interventions.
- Date: Thursday, Oct. 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building (DAWB), Room 4-106.
- Instructor: Professor Andrea Brown.
Applications are due no later than Tues. Nov. 1, 2016.
Please leave materials in Professor Andrea Brown's mailbox on the fourth floor of DAWB (across from the Political Science main office) or drop off the application in person to her office (DAWB 4-136).
Eligibility Criteria and Required Application Materials
Students must be in year 2, 3 or 4 at the start of the fall 2016 term. Students need to have completed 10.0 credits prior to course start. Students from all Arts disciplines and Laurier faculties are eligible to apply.
Minimum cumulative GPA of 7.0. The 7.0 minimum GPA is based on criteria established by Laurier International for its student exchange programs. If you do not have the required GPA you have the option of requesting a GPA waiver but note this is not a guarantee of acceptance.
Include (unofficial) copies of transcripts along with other application materials:
- A resume or cv, tailored to the Arts Study Abroad Program, which outlines the student’s personal and professional (academic) achievements. Students should also outline their co-curricular activities, if relevant (e.g. volunteer experiences, community engagement).
- A statement of one or two pages (250 to 500 words) which explains why the student wishes to participate in this program and how this particular learning experience fits into the student’s broader academic, personal and professional plans.
- Letter of reference from two current or past Laurier instructors. TAs are not eligible to write letters of reference for this program.
- Reference letters should address the student’s current and/or past academic work, including strengths and weaknesses. Referees should also assess the student’s readiness to study abroad in a non-classroom environment and in a group setting. In addition, referees are invited to comment on a student’s communication skills as well as on his/her professionalism and collegiality.
- Reference letters should not be included with the application package. Instead, letters should be emailed by the referees directly to Andrea Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, referees may choose to send their letter as a hard copy directly to Andrea Brown at the Political Science Department. In either case, reference letters must be received by the application deadline (Nov. 1). Remember to give your referees at least a couple of weeks to prepare the letter.
- Please provide your referee with a copy of these instructions.
- Week 1 (May 1): Collect reading package (available on MyLearningSpace).
- Week 2 (May 8): Two classes at the Waterloo campus (3 hours each).
- Week 3 and 4 (May 12 to 24): Kampala, Uganda.
- Week 5 (May 29): No class. Students will be working on final assignments.
- Week 6 (June 5): Final assignments due (e.g. field notes, blog and policy brief).
Classes in Kampala, Uganda
In Kampala students will meet with academics, policy makers, international non-governmental organizations and community based groups working on the front lines of urban food security. Some meetings will be on campus, others at different sites in Kampala. Students will:
- Keep a field journal.
- Conduct a food systems mapping project of the Makerere University campus.
- Develop and present a comparative food cost analysis report of a staple good across a variety of urban retailers, including: formal and informal markets, kiosks, vendors and independent and chain supermarket.
- Visit (and eat at) a wide variety of food retail and production sites throughout the city, from urban farms to produce distribution centres to local restaurants, in order to understand how urban food systems function, support food security, and are changing.
How Much Will This Cost?
The cost for the program will be approximately $3,000 broken down as follows:
- Airfare, Toronto to Entebbe: $1,800.
- Visa: $120 ($100 U.S.).
- Accommodation at the Makerere University Guesthouse: $700 ($50 per day with breakfast for 14 days).
- Transportation around Kampala: $130.
- Program cost: $250 (Note: Based on the enrollment of 10 students. Higher enrollment will decrease this cost and students will be refunded accordingly).
What Options Are Available to Subsidize These Costs?
Apply for a Laurier Scholarship or Award:
- The Global Engagement Mobility Fund
- Global Studies Education Abroad Fund (Global Studies majors only)
The Tshepo Centre for Studies of Contemporary Africa has generously donated $4000 to subsidize student costs. This will be distributed evenly among all registered students who do not have support from one of the above 2 awards. Students who receive this award must write a blog (based on their field notes) for the Tshepo Centre.
What do I need to know about Kampala? Will there be opportunities to travel?
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda. This is a safe, friendly and peaceful city, and we will be staying on the Univerity of Makerere campus where there is good security. However, basic safety precautions need to be taken. Stay with the group or at least one other person at all times, especially after dark (6 p.m. as you are near the equator). Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date and ensure you have protection for malaria. Should you have any kind of medical issue while in Kampala, you will be taken to the International Hospital in Kampala, a private medical clinic.
Bring comfortable shoes that can be washed easily. You will be walking a lot and in uneven and muddy areas. Shorts and short skirts are not appropriate attire – long pants, skirts, or capris need to be worn in public. There is a large international population in Kampala, but in some areas we visit you may attract considerable attention, especially from children.
On the weekend in the middle of our trip we will have some planned tourist outings (Kasubi tombs and maybe to Jinja to the source of the Nile), which are optional and will have additional costs. Should you wish to stay in Uganda or the region after our two weeks, this is possible but you need to make these arrangements yourself. If you wish to do volunteer work, we can review options with you and recommend some organizations. You are strongly discouraged from volunteering with any orphanages. You all need to be on the same flight arriving in Entebbe, but return flights may vary according to travel preferences.
What happens after I apply?
- Eligible students will complete paperwork with Laurier International and Professor Andrea Brown.
- Students will pay a deposit of $250 (before Nov. 25)
- On Loris, register for PO388.
- Students must attend a Laurier International travel session.
- In January, we will be booking flights, accommodation and airport transportation as a group.
- When your flight is booked, you need to apply for your Uganda Visitors Visa.
For PO majors this class can count as your Area requirement.
RLC: History of Pirates in the Atlantic World
SP288: Spanish Language Learning
SP288 (formally SP200) is an international Spanish language and cultural immersion experience. This 1.0-credit course is led by a Laurier faculty member and lasts approximately four weeks.
The experience incorporates all of the essential areas of Spanish language learning with in-class activities designed to sharpen vocabulary, speaking, grammar, and reading skills. Verbal fluency and comprehension are developed through constant interaction in Spanish not only in class and while on excursions, but also through host families and community members. An understanding of the target culture is obtained during extracurricular guided tours and day trips in Spanish which also complement themes learned while abroad.
Nearly 150 students have participated in SP288: Study Abroad.
- The course will be offered from May 13 to June 9, 2017.