»Travel Courses

The Sociology Department, in keeping with the university's mission statement, which places an emphasis on personalize education leading students to inquiring, ethical, and productive lives as global citizens, offers several opportunities for students to participate in travel courses.

A travel course is a short-term course that takes place during the summer or interterm and includes a 1-4 week travel portion. Students who engage in travel courses will have the opportunity to explore new cultures and see how societies interact through in-depth cross cultural observation and experience.

Chapman is a learning environment dedicated to creating a caring community that embraces diverse ideas and experiences. Travel courses allow students to participate in experiences that will foster Chapman University values.

+-Tibetan Buddhist Interterm Retreat

ANCIENT WISDOM, MODERN MADNESS: MIND, "SELF", AND SOCIETY

IN TIBETAN BUDDHISM (SOC 326)

January 20 - 30, 2016

A TEN DAY RETREAT AT SHAMBHALA MOUNTAIN CENTER: A TIBETAN/AMERICAN

DHARMA CENTER IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES

Established in 1992 by Michelle Killoran. 2016 is our 25th consecutive year.

3 Credits:  CH II Credit and World Cultures Credit. P/NP Only

For those interested in the Eastern Paths of Liberation this is a wonderful opportunity to explore the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the Sacred Warrior Traditions of Shambhala (a non-religious, secular approach to spirituality).  We will be spending 10 days at Shambhala Mountain Center - SMC - located in the spectacular Colorado Rockies. This Is a practice and study lay center not a monastery of monks/nuns (please see www.shambhalamountain.org). 

The program revolves around a number of hours each day of meditation, formal dharma talks and dharma art classes.  There will also be readings, lectures, discussions and demonstrations of various other contemplative practices. These alter each year--in the past we have had Japanese archery, Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese flower arrangements, Maitri Space Awareness, Native American Sweat Lodge, Warrior walk and Contemplative ecology etc. See samples of previous year’s schedule, attached.

Please contact Dr. Bernard McGrane, Associate Professor of Sociology at (714) 997-6564 or mcgrane@chapman.edu for more information.  To enroll in the course, please visit the Center for Global Education.

+-Tibet and China

Information coming soon!

+-Cuba Trip

Information coming soon!

+-Costa Rica

Travel to Costa Rica and immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Costa Rica. The travel course is designed to enrich students' knowledge of the ways in which Costa Ricans are addressing social problems such as globalization, sustainable development, women's rights, health, and immigration. The course is offered in collaboration with The Institution for Central American Development Studies (ICADS). A study of language in addition to culture and social issues prepares students to volunteer at selected sites, and appreciate Costa Rican daily life through living with a local family.

Part of the course study involves developing Spanish skills, through language groups. Additionally, this course will integrate the connection between social problems, development, and social mobilization among Third World nations. Through learning about the current problems that Costa Ricans face, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the mobilization and organization strategies designed to approach these problems.

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