Summer Programs 2020 | St. Lawrence University Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies

Summer Programs 2020

St. Lawrence University offers an array of dynamic off-campus summer courses around the world. To apply, click the application links below.

2020 Summer course application deadline: December 6, 2019

All courses are contingent on sufficient enrollment and course fees amounts are subject to change. 

If you have questions about any of these programs, please contact the program instructor(s). 

Tuition fee (pending final approval) is $4,500 for 1 unit, $6,000 for 1.5 units, and $8,000 for 2 units. The fee includes tuition, room & board but excludes airfare.

GREAT BRITAIN: Brexit - The Aftermath (London)

Instructor: Dr. Ronnie Olesker, Please contact Dr. Ronnie Olesker for more information.

Dates: May 17 - May 30, 2020

Costs$ 4,500 + airfare*

Listing: GOVT-3042

Units: 1 SLU Unit (3.6 credits)

Course description:  The exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), known as “Brexit” is an unprecedented event in world politics. No country has ever left the European Union before the June 2016 vote of the British people in favor of its exit. As a result, there are no previous events to learn from, leaving scholars and policy makers alike perplexed by the move. This serves as fertile ground for the study of international relations, organizational theory, trade policy, identity politics and intercultural relations, which this course focuses on. Students will learn how Brexit is caught up in the rise of populism, ultra-nationalism, socio-economic inequalities, racism, and migration crises. London, as a global, multicultural city and European financial center, is a particularly important place to engage in such questions.

GREAT BRITAIN: Sick City - London's Contagious Geography

Instructor: Dr. Mindy Pitre, Please contact Dr. Mindy Pitre for more information.

Dates: May 20 - June 2, 2020

Costs$ 4,500 + airfare*

Listing: ANTH-3061

Units: 1 SLU Units (3.6 credits)

Course description:  Two thousand years of London’s history can be observed during a short stroll across the modern city. Because it was once one of the world’s largest cities, it was the front line of an ongoing conflict between health and disease. Its streets bear evidence of relics of the plagues its inhabitants suffered, from “The Great Plague” and cholera, to syphilis and leprosy. Some of the city’s plagues killed up to 50% of its citizens, making sickness and death some of the only constants in the everyday lives of Londoners. Not surprisingly, London’s history has been intimately bound up with the history of diseases and their cures --- in fact, the history of Western biomedicine and public health can be traced more clearly here than anywhere else in the world. Throughout the course, students will explore the connection between some of London’s landmarks (e.g., pest houses, sanitaria, cemeteries, churches, and water pumps) and the most contagious of pestilences ever known to human kind. Using an anthropological lens along with geographic information systems (GIS), students will come face to face with how London’s plagues bent history and affected the lived experience of inhabitants of this sick city.

IRELAND: Place and Nationalism in Ireland

Instructor: Dr. Valerie Lehr. Please contact Dr. Lehr for more information.

Dates: May 27 - June 14, 2020

Costs$ 8,000 + airfare*

Listing: HIST-217 and GS/HIST/PEAC-285

Units: 2 SLU Unit (7.2 credits)

Course description: 

Taught in Ireland, this course focuses on the power of narratives- oral, written, and instantiated in memorials and monuments - to reinforce or contest received histories and to lay nationalist claim to places in the landscape. Ireland was under varying degrees of British conquest for 800 years, so the one set of narratives was and is told from the perspective of the British and Anglo-Irish. However, during that period there were many uprisings and insurgencies, resulting in the partitioning of the island and the current Republic of Ireland. In this course, students read theoretical texts on the shaping of the landscape and the memorialization of places, as they experience important memorial sites and analyze the contested narratives presented to them at those sites.  The courses will explore how religious division can be used as part of the construction of “otherness” in society, and the challenge of overcoming these divisions (which also affect gender and sexuality, as well as class) to develop a diverse society. The course explores how these histories played out in the recent past in Northern Ireland, as well as how they are influencing Brexit debates.  Finally, students will explore how, even in what is largely a “post-conflict” society, they continue to influence the lives of young people.  The course will ask what role schooling can play in facing historical conflicts and working toward a peaceful society as we visit organizations that work to increase integrated learning.

The program is worth 2 units and comprised of two separate but related courses counting for one to two units in English, history, global studies, or peace studies. The program is based in three sites: Dublin, Northern Ireland, and Galway.

ITALY: Neuroscience of Fear

Instructors: Dr. Serge Onyper Please contact Dr. Serge Onyper for more information.

Dates: July 2 - July 30, 2020

Cost: $ 4,500 + airfare*

Listing: Biol/Nrsci/Psyc 233 

Units: 1 SLU Unit (3.6 Credits)

Course description: Humans share similar brain structures, controlling the fear response, with mammals, birds, and reptiles. These structures are evolutionally preserved because fear helps protect us from danger, injury and death. Now, we live removed from the dangerous elements of nature, but our primal fear instincts remain. Do emotions have a function in our consciousness today or are they merely intrusions from another time? We will examine the evolutionary aspects of the fear response, how it ties into decision-making and our everyday lives. We will examine this issue from a multidisciplinary perspective, synthesizing recent work from the fields of biology, psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy.

KENYA: Health Care Delivery in Kenya

Instructor: Dr. Wairimu Ndirangu

Dates: June 6 – June 27, 2020

Cost: $ 6,000 + airfare

Course Listing: AFS/ANTH/SOC/GS-248

Units: 1.5 SLU Units (5.4 Credits)

Course description: This course provides an introspective program to the challenges of health care in a rapidly developing country. The program adopts a community-based approach to learning that provides undergraduate students an opportunity to experience the dynamic and innovative ways that medicine operates in resource limited settings. The students have the capacity to gain from teachings from practitioners and experts in health care as well as having guided visits within select communities in both urban and rural settings. The program approaches the learning by adopting lecture formats, site visits, seminars and group discussions as well as case studies presentations and clinical ward rounds.

The course gives a practical and theoretical context in global health and its dynamics. It places health care in an African setting using a background of world politics and economics. It translates international statistics into living situations and human contexts. The course is designed to encourage reflection and critical appraisal, challenge ideas and encourage students to explore different perspectives. Students appreciate the many different components that make up the Kenyan health care system and how it works within a short period of 3-weeks!

KENYA: Challenges in Conservation - National Parks at Risk

Instructor: Dr. Abdelwahab Sinnary

Dates: May 30 - June 17, 2020

Costs: $ 6,000 + airfare

Listing: ENVS/BIO/AFS-248

Units: 1.5 SLU Units (5.4 Credits)

Course description: Human development has been encroaching on wildlife habitats, severing corridors and cutting off migratory routes. Several parks, including Nakuru, had to be completely fenced off, as a result. Within a few years, Nairobi national park, currently partially fenced, may be added to the list of Kenya’s fenced parks. Current efforts to save the migratory roots of the elephants of Amboseli national park may be too little too late. Fenced parks, considered by some as large zoos, may be the norm, rather than the exception, in the rapidly developing Kenya. Yet, conservationists are sharply divided between supporters of fencing and those who argue in favor of maintaining open parks that can be maintained by saving the existing migratory roots and corridors. This field-based course introduces students to critical issues and debates on how Kenya’s parks should be managed in the future. Local practitioners, scientists and experts will introduce the main issues and offer their perspectives on possible solutions. Our analytical, interactive and, solution-oriented approach to learning, does not only result in a better understanding of the issues, but also places students in a unique position to understand the wider management problems and issues of biodiversity conservation in the East African region.

NEPAL: Himalayan Odyssey - Culture, Environment, and Change among the Sherpa of Shar Khumbu 

Instructor: Dr. Alexander Schreiber. Please contact Dr. Schreiber for more information.

Dates: May 15 – June 10, 2020

Cost: $ 4,500 + airfare*

Course Listing: BIO 3082 (Does not count toward BIOL major)

Units: 1 SLU Unit (3.6 Credits)

Course description: The Khumbu region of Nepal contains over a dozen of the highest peaks in the world, including Mt Everest. It is home to indigenous ethnic Tibetans, as well as many Buddhist temples and small villages. With more than 10,000 western tourists, trekkers, and climbers traversing the Khumbu per year, the region is also of particular interest due to the rapid local cultural and environmental impacts associated with the onslaught of visitors. Sleeping in tea houses, you will spend 3 weeks trekking through the region, ascending mountain passes as high as 18,000 feet in elevation. In addition to immersing yourself in Tibetan and Nepali culture and history, the course will emphasize how certain human populations (such as the Sherpa) have evolved to become genetically adapted to life at high altitude, as well as how the bodies of non-adapted individuals change physiologically in order to acclimatize to high altitude. Of particular interest will be understanding how different organ systems (e.g. respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, and endocrine) interact with one another to promote homeostasis during normal altitude acclimation, and also how a failure to acclimate properly can lead to altitude-related pathologies such as acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).