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Dickinson Globally Integrated Programs

Globally integrated courses are Dickinson College courses with international academic excursions embedded in the curriculum of the course. Students must apply through the Office of Global Education and pre-register for the required course through the Registrar’s Office before admission into the program. The focus of the campus-based course is to study topics related to the field experience abroad. Students receive course credit by completing the required course.


2009-2010 Programs

Montserrat Mosaic Program

Application Deadline: October 23, 2009

Approximate dates of study abroad component in Montserrat:

February 27-March 13, 2010 (exact dates subject to change)

Recent catastrophic events such as the Boxing Day Tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina (that resulted in almost 2,000 deaths in the 2005) have generated considerable popular and academic interest in the topic of natural disasters.   Our interest in disasters both precedes this recent swelling of interest and is enhanced by it.   As such, this four-credit mosaic for Spring 2010 will focus on natural and man-made disasters.  As part of that mosaic we will take students to Montserrat for approximately two weeks to study the geological, cultural, and sociological impact of the Soufrière Hills volcano that has been actively erupting since July 1995. 

Students and faculty will spend the first four weeks of the semester in Carlisle, before heading to Montserrat for about two weeks.  Once there the group will conduct geological and sociological fieldwork and investigate the cultural life of the island.  The program will also spend approximately two days in Antigua, which has an economy based largely on short-term tourism, in order to provide students with a point of comparison for the residential (and now disaster) tourism that has served as the basis for the Montserratian economy. 

The data that students collect on island will be analyzed upon return to Dickinson for the second half of the semester, when students and faculty will provide accounts of their experiences to the general Dickinson College community (possibly in the form of a common hour) and to the general public in the form of a webpage (which will update the 2005 site:, a blog (available not only to Dickinsonians and those living on Montserrat, but to the wider Montserratian diaspora), and a variety of other multimedia outlets.

Montserrat Mosaic Courses

  • Geology 105: Geology of Natural Hazards
  • Sociology 230: The Sociology of Disasters
  • English 101: Caribbean Literature and Cultural Production
  • 4th credit independent study

Click here to download an application. 

Applications are due to the Office of Global Education by October 23, 2009, 4pm.

For more information, contact:

Prof. Dan Schubert


Prof. Ben Edwards


Jewish Immigration to Argentina Mini-Mosaic

Approximate dates of study abroad component in Argentina:

3 weeks in January 2010 (TBD)

The Community Studies Center and the Program in Judaic Studies announce a mini-mosaic for the academic year 2009-10.

This mosaic will consist of two courses:  "Ethnography of Jewish Experience" and "Oral History and Jewish Immigration to Latin America."  The first course is a one-credit course for the fall 2009 semester. The second course is a 1/2 credit course for fall 2009 semester, with a “winterim” research trip to Argentina, and then a 1/2 course credit in the spring.

Dickinson students will be doing home-stays with Argentine families and will be paired with students from the ORT School, a Jewish cultural school in Buenos Aires. In conjunction with these Argentine students, Dickinson students will conduct oral histories both in Buenos Aires and in the countryside, with a special focus on secular Jewish identity among Argentine Jews.

The estimated comprehensive program fee for the three-week winterim research trip to Buenos Aires will be $1500 plus airfare.

For more information on this program, please visit the Community Studies Center website:

Click here to download an application.  Applications are due April 1, 2009.

For more information, contact:

Professor Susan Rose


Professor Andrea Lieber


Professor Shalom Staub



From Kyoto to Copenhagen, Negotiating the Future of the Planet

*Please note that this course is under review and faculty approval is pending.

Approximate Dates of Study Abroad Component in Copenhagen:

December 5-19, 2009 (exact dates are subject to change)

National governments that are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are engaged in intensive negotiations of a new climate change treaty that would replace the Kyoto Protocol and is expected to be a key turning point for global environmental governance. We will study scientific, environmental, technological, economic, political, cultural, and ethical aspects of the issues being negotiated, the perspectives and positions of parties to the negotiations, and the negotiation process. The course will be offered as a one-credit course that will span fall and spring semesters and will require attendance of the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Copenhagen in December 2009. Students must complete all three components to receive credit for the course.

In the fall term, we will develop an understanding of the key issues being negotiated, the positions of selected governments and alliances, and the different and shared circumstances that influence their positions. We also will plan and prepare for a group research project, which will use interviews to collect data at the Copenhagen conference. During the conference, we will meet with representatives of government delegations and UN, civil society, business, and scientific organizations, attend official negotiating sessions, attend panel sessions and other events that are associated with the conference, and conduct and video tape interviews. In spring term we will reflect on our observations of the negotiations, analyze the interview data, synthesize our observations and data analysis, develop position statements, and present our results to the Dickinson community.

Click here to download an application.  Applications are due June 30, 2009.

For more information, contact:

Neil Leary



Recent Globally Integrated Programs


China:  Emerging Superpower?

January 2009

This course investigated two major sets of questions.  First, will China continue to develop in the next 25 to 50 years at the extraordinary pace of the past 25 years?   If so, what factors will contribute to continued rapid growth? (The list might include a large labor force; investment in new plant and equipment; heavy R&D spending; a strong educational system; adoption of high technology methods; lax enforcement of property rights; and rising demand from an emerging middle class.)  If not, what factors will hinder China’s continued transformation?  (The list might include environmental degradation; popular unrest; rising production costs and inability to modernize production facilities; and an unstable financial system.)   

Second, and depending on the answer to the first question, what will be the implication for China’s citizens and for the internal structure of China’s political economy?   For example, will there be continued progress toward more democracy and better conditions regarding human rights?  Furthermore, and again contingent on the answer to the first question, what impact will China’s transformation have on other actors in the international system, such as other nation-states,  intergovernmental organizations, multinational companies, and workers in other countries?    

The course started with a three week experience in Shanghai and the surrounding region during the 2008-09 winter break.  It combined conversations within the group with site visits and presentations by experts from the fields of government, academe, business, and non-profit organizations.   The course then continued in the spring semester of 2009 in Carlisle.

For more information, contact:

Professor Michael Fratantuono

Phone: 717-245-1075



South Africa and the United States:  A Comparative Black Liberation Mosaic

Summer and Fall 2008

The Comparative Black Liberation Mosaic examined two of the most internationally significant liberation movements of the twentieth century: 

the Anti-apartheid movement in South Africa from the 1950s through the 1990s, and the African American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-1980s. 

Students in this program participated in a cross-cultural and transnational program that studied and researched in King William’s Town, South Africa and Coahoma County, Mississippi during the summer and fall of 2008.  Courses during the Fall 2008 semester at Dickinson College consisted of South African History, History of the African American Civil Rights Movement, Oral History, and Ethnomusicology: World Music from Liberation Movements.  Dickinson students had the opportunity to study during the Spring 2009 semester at either Morehouse College or Dillard University.

Click here for more information about this Mosaic/Crossing Borders program

For more information, contact:
Professor Jeremy Ball
Phone: (717) 245-8191
E-mail: ballj@dickinson,edu

Professor Kim Rogers

Phone: (717) 245-1517


Venezuela and the U.S.:  Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems and Cooperative Movements

2008-2009 Academic Year

The College Farm, Environmental Studies and Prof. Susan Rose (Sociology) offered a fall/winter ethnographic field course addressing sustainable agricultural systems and cooperative movements.  Students took a ½ credit course in the fall with Halpin and Rose, studying the concept of sustainability from both agricultural and economic/political/development perspectives. The group then travelled to Venezuela for two+ weeks in January '09 to work in the fields at La Alianza, a model organic food production cooperative, learning about sustainable agricultural practices, including vermiculture.  This January segment continued in the spring semester as students processed, analyzed, archived, and presented their final research projects.

Click here for more information abou this Globally Integrated Program.

For more information, contact:
Professor Susan Rose
Phone: (717) 245-1244

Jennifer Halpin

Director of the Organic Farm

Phone:  (717) 245-1251



Past Globally Integrated Programs

Havana, Cuba: Cuban Economy and Society Today
This course begins with a two-week trip to Cuba that focuses on a study of the Cuban economy and society, followed by regular class meetings during the spring semester in Carlisle. In Cuba, students attend daily lectures facilitated by the University of Havana, in conjunction with the Facultad Latinamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), and take part in cultural activities and site visits that relate to the class discussions.

For more information, contact:
Prof. Sinan Koont
Phone: (717) 245-1841

San Salvador, Bahamas: Marine Science Program
This one-year interdisciplinary experience blends biology, geology, oceanography and environmental science and is built around a field course in San Salvador Island, Bahamas, during January break.

For more information, contact:
Office of Global Education
Phone: (717) 245-1341

Montserrat: Geology and Sociology of Catastrophes
This two-course sequence investigates the geological and sociological effects of nature’s catastrophic events, especially volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and floods. A two-week pre-course field trip to the Caribbean island of Montserrat provides data for a semester-long research project on the impacts of the ongoing eruption of Soufriere Hills volcano. The field trip includes studies of volcanic deposits and eruption monitoring and prediction combined with interviews of residents and displaced Montserratians. The goal of the two-course sequence is to provide an integrated frame of reference for a better understanding of how humans interact with and are affected by nature.

For more information, contact:
Prof. Ben Edwards
Phone: (717) 245-1355

Prof. Dan Schubert
Phone: (717) 245-1227

Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Modern History of the Gulf
This course examines the history of the Gulf (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq) from the 18th century to the present. The course will begin with a two-week visit to Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to examine first-hand the culture and society of this region. Students will explore the 18th-century roots of today’s political landscape, the long era of Pax Britannica, the rise of American hegemony and the impact of petroleum on Gulf societies.

For more information, contact:
Prof. David Commins
Phone: (717) 245-1846

Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina: Patagonia Mosaic
A faculty-student research collaboration between Dickinson and the National University of Patagonia, this program involves oral history interviews, field work, archival research, several field trips, and homestays. Participants engage in cross-cultural study of immigration, labor and community building in the city of Comodoro Rivadavia and surrounding oil company towns.

For more information, contact:
Prof. Marcelo Borges
Phone: (717) 245-1186

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