Cross-Cultural Study of Israel (3 cr)
Instructor(s): Ned Houston, T.A.: Bru Mille
Description: This course consists of two weeks devoted to volunteer experience on a Kibbutz complemented by classroom time and field trips to local renewable-energy and desert technology sites, and one week devoted to travel and immersion in the nation’s landscape and culturally, historically and naturally significant sites.
Format: Three week field course during the spring intensive including a stay at Kibbutz Lotan, independent travel, homestays and wilderness hiking.
To establish an understanding of the complex history and present political state of Israel and the Jewish people;
To learn about the different indigenous and migrant populations of the country and their relationship to the land;
To expose students to the ins and outs of desert living, renewable desert technologies and desert agriculture;
To introduce students to the idea of a planned community and allow them to experience and reflect upon the experience of living on a kibbutz;
To introduce students to various ways of low-impact travel and volunteer tourism and allow them to reflect on tourism activities.