Past Travel Courses

Arizona

GEO 277S Living in the Desert: Social and Biological Adaptations to a Difficult Climate

Faculty: Jesse Minor - jesse.minor@maine.edu

Travel Dates: January, 2020

Desert environments pose a series of challenges to the organisms that inhabit them. Low annual precipitation rates and lengthy dry periods require water-conservation strategies. High temperatures and large daily swings in temperature from daytime to nighttime necessitate tactics for conserving energy. In this class, we will examine strategies employed by people, plants, and animals for surviving and thriving in the challenging environment of the desert. Readings and site visits will cover topics from social and biological perspectives such as Living Like a Cactus (water management and storage), Surviving the Sun (housing design, active and passive solar energy, managing evapotranspiration), Making Liveable Communities (walkability and bike infrastructure, creative zoning, recreational amenities, using microclimates), and Creating a Desert Ethic (restoring river flows, creative ways of living with the desert).

Japan

ARH 277A

Faculty: Sarah Maline - maline@maine.edu

Travel Dates: January, 2020

Tanzania

POS218S/INS280 Ecotourism & Environmental Activism

Faculty: Linda Beck - linda.beck@maine.edu

Travel Dates: January, 2020

Ever want to go on safari? Climb Mt Kilimanjaro? Concerned about how to have that kind of adventure without "loving nature to death" or exploiting the local population? During this travel course to Tanzania you will learn how sustainable forms of tourism can be combined with environmental activism through "participant observation," including a day hike on Kili, a safari in the Serengeti, visits to Maasai and Chaga villages, and interviews with Tanzanian activists, ecotourism operators and public officials promoting sustainable forms of tourism in Tanzania.

Boston

SED 277/577: How to Build Inclusive Schools: An Exploration of New England’s Most Inclusive Schools

Faculty: Kate MacLeod & Brian Cavanaugh - kate.mcleod@maine.edu, brian.cavanaugh@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May, 2020

This course immerses UMF students in a week-long exploration of some of New England’s most inclusive schools. Students will visit inclusive schools in order to explore the existing structures and services in these schools and meet and learn from students, faculty, and school leaders. Students will use knowledge gained from this exploratory experience to analyze how similar structures, services, beliefs, and values can be fostered and adapted to fit the needs of diverse school districts in order to build more inclusive communities for all.

Germany

POS 264S German Political History

Faculty: Scott Erb - scott.erb@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May, 2020

This course explores the development of German politics (including Austria) from the reformation to the present, with an emphasis on Germany since 1871, as well as regional variations in Germany's political evolution. This is a travel course which includes an educational trip to Germany, and explores the interplay between culture and politics. 

Iceland

BIO 177N/EVN177N Aquatic Ecosystems of Iceland

Faculty: Julia Daly & Rachel Hovel - dalyj@maine.edu, rachel.hovel@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May, 2020

This course will travel to Iceland, to explore Atlantic-salmon bearing rivers on the north coast and glaciers and newly de-glaciated rivers and landscapes in the south. This course will focus on geology and ecology, and students will collect data in streams and rivers to understand the landscape and geological processes that influence biological communities in aquatic ecosystems. Other themes of the course will include climate change and comparison to North Atlantic ecosystems in Maine.

Nepal

GEO 277S Environmental Stewardship and Healthy Communities in the Himalaya

Faculty: Brad Dearden - brad.dearden@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May, 2020

Spain

HYT 224S Cultural History of Spain

Faculty: Anne Marie Wolf - anne.marie.wolf@maine.edu

Travel Dates - May, 2020

Students in this course will analyze literature, art and architecture, and culinary traditions of Spain as evidence of the historical interactions among the country's various ethnic and religious groups and of the resulting social structures. This is a travel course in which students will visit relevant museums and historical sites.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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