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Family Resource Management in Belize 2020


Course Title: Family Resource Management

When: Travel dates 1/3/2020–1/13/2020

Course dates: The full course will meet 12/15/2019-2/10/2020

Credits: FSW 242 (3 credit hours)

This Study Abroad course will provide students with a unique opportunity to apply family science principles in a different setting (Placencia, Belize). Students who take this course will be introduced to general family resource management principles and then use that content to explore whether and how it applies to families in a context that is wholly different from the contexts the concepts and practices were developed in. Completion of this course contributes three hours toward satisfying the Miami Plan Foundation III (Global Perspectives) requirement of the Miami Plan.

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Questions? Email Dr. Anthony James at

India: Families and Communities in Global Context

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When: Travel dates 1/3/2020–1/11/2020

Credits: FSW 475/575 (3 credit hours)

Students who take this course will be introduced to selected family science theories and then use that content to explore whether and how it applies to families in a context that is wholly different from the contexts the theories were developed in. Such an experience will provide students with the ability to not only understand family theory but also be able to adapt theories in ways to meet the needs of families across various contexts. Having that skill is critical to training professionals to desire to work with families in the helping professions. Student can expect to visit several nonprofit agencies in Bangalore that focus on a variety of family issues and functions, have debrief sessions after each visit to an agency, explore family structures and dynamics across different socioeconomic levels, study at world class university (Christ University), and experience the culture of India. Finally, students can expect to spend 5 classroom hours in Oxford prior to the trip (to take place during the last few week of fall semester), 7 days in India, and an additional 4.5 classroom hours in Oxford after the trip (to take place during the first few weeks of the spring semester.

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Outdoor Leadership in Costa Rica

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When: Travel dates 1/7/2020–1/18/2020

Credits: EDL 281 (3 credit hours)

This course defines outdoor leadership as leading others in and interfacing with the natural world. This course examines the role of an outdoor leader, which includes four fundamental responsibilities: to minimize risk, minimize impact on the environment, maximize learning and maximize enjoyment (Kosseff, p. 3). This course offers students an opportunity to explore theoretical and practical implications of this type of leadership in a study-abroad context.

Pre-trip preparation will include learning about group dynamics, trip planning models, expedition behavior, risk management, and environmental stewardship in the context of outdoor leadership. The course will include a variety of location-based outdoor adventure activities and experiences to enable students to put theory to practice in an outdoor setting.

Field Experience Highlights include: Bread Making, Piedras Blancas; Chocolate Making, Piedras Blancas; Hiking excursion to Piedras Blancas (4 days); Overnight hiking excursion to Diamante Verde Cave; Surf lesson; Visit to Ballena Marine National Park; Free time to explore cities of San Jose, Dominical and Uvita

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For more information contact: Jen Siliko,

Culture, ELs, Research and Writing in Belize

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Course Title: Culture, ELs, Research and Writing in Belize

When: January 3–19, 2020

Credits: EDT 221 and EDT 324 (6 credit hours)

This workshop is especially designed for students who desire to add international teaching, field, and service experiences to their resume and broaden their perspective of teaching. Belize is an ideal location to take the EDT 221, Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) in PK-12: Culture & Second Language Acquisition, and the EDP 324, Research and Applied Writing Across the Disciplines, courses. In Belize, students can examine language development as the country has a large immigrant population and workshop participants have an opportunity to work with ELLs (EDT 221). Belize is also an optimal location to research and write about what students are experiencing, seeing, and unearthing about teaching.

(EDP 324). By completing six (6) credits abroad, students satisfy the Miami Plan Global requirement. With the EDT 221 course, students begin and complete one of the four required courses for the Teaching English Language Learners (TELLs) Certificate, which provides them with knowledge, skills, and experiences that prepare them to work with ELLs in their future classroom. The EDP 324 course can be used to satisfy Miami's writing requirement or can be used to complete the Learning Research and Assessment thematic sequence.

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Questions? Email Dr. Castañeda at

Sport, Commerce, & Culture in the Global Marketplace: New Zealand

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When: Winter Term 2020

Credits: KNH 499 (6 credit hours)

For the 6-credit course, students will travel to five cities (Auckland, Hamilton, Dunedin, Queenstown, and Wellington) from January 4-27, 2019 to examine the structure, organization, and delivery of sport in New Zealand, and its dialectic relationship to broader society. While in New Zealand, students are fully immersed in the global and local complexities and relations of the New Zealand sport industry. The program will visit five cities (Auckland, Hamilton, Dunedin, Queenstown, and Wellington) across three-weeks, and will include: (a) formal lectures delivered by the primary trip leaders as well as prominent guest scholars from New Zealand universities in the field of global sport culture, management, marketing, and media; (b) meetings with executives who outline the workings of the New Zealand sport industry, and the ways that global and local forces intersect in and through the organization, structure, and experience of New Zealand sport culture; (c) site visits to globally prominent New Zealand sport enterprises, such as governing bodies, corporate sponsors, sport media corporations, major venues, and professional teams and; (d) activities to participate in New Zealand physical cultural practices and experiences such as sailing, surfing, street luge carting, and social sport competitions

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Offered by Adam Beissel