Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


Faculty-led Wheaton Programs

Wheaton faculty develop short-term programs during January and summer. Contact the Center for Global Education for information about upcoming programs.

  • Witnessing Contemporary African Society and Culture: South Africa - January, 2014

Witnessing Contemporary society and culture is an intensive, interdisciplinary course designed to give students exposure and an overview of South Africa.  The course is a one credit course and the coursework includes reading and writing assignments, on-site visits to townships, neighborhoods and museums, meetings with local leaders, lectures from local academics, and meetings with university students. Students will receive 1 Wheaton Credit.

Led by Professor James Freeman

  • East Africa: Education and Development - Summer, 2014

Tanzania, one of the poorest countries on the African continent, has a long history of trying to engineer development through education.

Students will be introduced to the rich history from the pre-colonial period to the present which includes: a look at traditional education systems in several of the 120 different cultures of Tanzania; the introduction of mission and colonial schools; ujamaa socialist education models in the 1960s-80s; and current attempts to make secondary school a universal right for all children.

Students will embark from Arusha with its many museums, international war crimes tribunal court, and thriving markets to the Kilimanjaro regional capital city Moshi town for a week of lectures and site visits to schools, coffee cooperatives, local industries, hospitals, and development projects.  We then head for our  base on Mount Kilimanjaro, a cultural heritage site and the only snow-capped mountain that straddles the equator. Students will receive 1 Wheaton Credit.

Led by Professor Donna Kerner

  • Appreciation of Chinese Culture through the Arts - Summer, 2014

In order to develop a basic appreciation of Chinese culture during a three-week period in China, the students will attend lectures and performances, observe demonstrations and participate in workshops in both performing arts and studio arts.  In the studio arts area, the students will be learning the basics of Chinese painting & calligraphy, ancient & modern architecture, wood-carving & photography, as well as simple spoken & written language.  In the performing arts area, the class will be introduced to Beijing Opera, facial art & costume, Tai Chi &martial arts, Chinese & ethnic music, song & dance, Chinese films, as well as indoor & outdoor stage productions.  This one-credit course also fulfills the “Beyond the West” requirement.  The students may use their summer stipends to cover most of the cost.  There is also limited financial aid available.

Led by Professor Edmund Tong

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