The Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, Public Health, Athletic Training and Physical Therapy and the School of Nursing offer a two-year interdisciplinary study-abroad program to southern Thailand and Malaysian Borneo. The program presents significant opportunities to enrich and transform students' understanding of culture and human nature and provides a foundation upon which to build subsequent knowledge.
The participants will discover Leadership Beyond Borders through this three week transformational encounter. They will experience firsthand the culture, language, leadership and customs of the respective countries through scheduled classes, experiences, and excursions.
The International Port Management course will combine 15 UNF undergraduate logistics students with 15 logistics students enrolled in a French University to intensively study maritime operations of JAXPORT, the port of Marseille, France and the port of Algiers, Algeria, giving emphasis to organizational management, logistics, cultural context and ethics (spring semester, 2007, four weeks travel).
Four weeks of intensive language and culture study. Students learn French in a language school where native speakers teach the class entirely in French. They also live with French families so their immersion experience continues outside the classroom and real cultural contact fills the greater part of most days.
Education students will study the different dimensions of diversity, including culture, ethnicity, race, language, social class, gender, age and sexual orientation and their implications for curriculum, methodology and educational policy. Health students will study how wellness and nutrition affect educational achievement.
Students travel via the EuroRail to six countries in Europe to learn about various cultures. Each student has been assigned a leg of the trip and given the responsibility for researching the area, planning lessons and developing an itinerary for a 24-hour period.
Honors Program students participate in The Ghana Project, which is based on an interdisciplinary team-taught course where students learn about West Africa and the developing world on campus for a semester and then participate a 25-day study trip to Ghana. The heart of the trip is a week-long service project where teams of students led by faculty mentors work with local people on community projects.
Students learn the Chinese language through an intensive study of Mandarin Chinese. They also experience firsthand the culture of traditional China by visiting historical sites. As they see these sites, students will be able to understand their historical context and significance through a Chinese history course focused on the cultural and political role of Xi'an.
During trips to China and Japan, students interested in psychology, political science, history will receive an enriching and transformational learning experience. Students will complete research projects related to the causes and explanations of war, specifically World War II, with students from China and Japan.
These are funds used to help defray the additional expenses associated with disabled students who may participate in one of the international-travel Transformational Learning Opportunities. Some of these funds covered interpreter costs for a hearing-impaired student on a trip to China. Students must be in a degree-earning to qualify for the one-time funds.
This is a cross-cultural program to give UNF students a chance to work collaboratively with university students from various Middle Eastern universities to improve intercultural understanding and awareness. UNF students enrolled in the program will talk with their Middle Eastern partners for two hours weekly throughout the 16-week semester via customized, video-conference applications.
This project will help Hastings preserve its library, which may be transformed or torn down five years from now when Hastings could become a bedroom community for St. Augustine and Jacksonville. For the initial part of a two-part preservation project, 15 students will collect oral histories to help Hastings preserve part of its heritage. This phase will result in the publication of an article on the history of the Hastings Library or conference presentation at the Oral History Society's annual fall conference.
Students will spend a portion of their time engaged in service-learning activities. These activities will involve the students applying knowledge and skills developed in regular classes to the needs of the greater University and Jacksonville community. This could involve something like cataloging and organizing artifacts excavated from local archaeological sites. Fellowship students will also complete a student-designed research project with mentorship of a faculty member.
The Osprey Financial Group is a two-semester sequence of courses that enables undergraduate finance and MBA students to manage a real portfolio of assets that is part of the UNF Endowment. This Transformational Learning Opportunity is a visit to Wall Street in New York City to meet with portfolio managers, security analysts at large investment banks, visit the New York Stock Exchange and witness real time trading activity, visit Bloomberg and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Students are being asked to interact with local industry, familiarizing themselves with the technicalities of the processes employed by the local industry, identifying a technical problem and offering a solution, without compensation. This is an effort at integrating community service as well as a learning experience with the course.
Common Boundary is a College of Arts and Sciences program that links two upper-division courses, often from different academic disciplines, and potentially from different colleges, on the basis of a topical theme which is common to both. Common Boundary should enhance student learning through the explicit recognition of the interconnections between courses and disciplines while developing greater appreciation for the importance of combining and incorporating insights from a variety of disciplinary sources.
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice will organize a Senior Capstone Seminar Event to which key policy makers and agency heads (i.e. the state attorney general, local sheriffs, prosecutors and elected officials, sitting judges) will be invited to participate with graduating seniors in devising an on-campus public colloquium on a policy issue of their design.
Participating students will have the unique opportunity to link a field research component within a unified research project. They will develop a student-driven research program to isolate and characterize algal viruses resident in the coastal waters of Northeast Florida. Students will collect samples in the field, isolate virus from samples and use morphological and molecular tools to identify and characterize these viruses.
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