For more information and to register for the course, please contact the instructor or contact person listed.
For a list of scheduled Information Sessions, please check here.
Deadline for Deposit: Friday October 12, 2012 unless another date is specified in the description. Some deadlines are earlier. Students should check with the Jan Plan faculty leader.
Three credit hours. A. Mannocchi
The conception, content, and production of independent films. On-campus examination of classic independents from the past will be followed by attendance at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January, where attendance at selected film showings will be supplemented by class meetings. Upon return to campus students will report on and synthesize their observations and experiences. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Three credit hours. L, I. Roy
A critical examination of the pastoral as a literary genre from a global postcolonial perspective. Conducted at the Bija Vidyapeeth, an institute on sustainable agriculture based in Dehradun, India. Students combine their interest in civic engagement with a critical study of traditions relating to land, food, ecology, sustainability, and community, emerging in the global south. Students reflect on and write about their experiences of land and community from the perspective of informed observers, participants, and travelers. Estimated cost: $3350 Prerequisite: English 115.
Three credit hours. L. Suchoff
Fly fishing classics and instruction in casting, knot and fly tying. Week three will be spent fishing the Lower Owens River near Mammoth Lakes, California; critical essays and blog required. Critical analysis of on-line nature-writing, acquisition of fly fishing techniques: gear choice and preparation, knot tying and fly tying, casting, fly selection, nymphing, and writing a blog that promotes awareness of and respect for the natural environment. Beginners and experienced fly fishers welcome. Estimated cost: $1600-$2000 depending on gear owned. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Three credit hours. McClenachan
The biological diversity, ecology, and conservation of marine ecosystems in Moorea, French Polynesia. Involves qualitative and quantitative field studies of the biological diversity and ecology of coral reef ecosystems; field-based investigation of the environmental challenges facing these ecosystems; discussions with conservation practitioners about innovative conservation solutions and the efficacy of local marine protected areas; exposure to the culture and history of Polynesian Islanders, including pre-European ecosystem management practices and traditional ecological knowledge of marine biodiversity and ecosystem function. Lectures, films, and discussions of assigned readings during the first week followed by a 20-day field trip. Estimated cost: $ 3625. Financial aid available for qualified students. Prerequisite: Biology 131 or 164 or Environmental Studies 118, and permission of the instructor. Deposit deadline is September 15.
Three credit hours. Davies. On campus contact: V. Dionne
The last of the required language sequence (French 125-127) that develops communication skills in a careful progression over three semesters. In addition to working on the four traditional skills of speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing, students are encouraged to build their personal and cultural knowledge and to develop their critical-thinking skills through language learning. As students move towards greater fluency in French, they begin to do analytical work in the language. Students are also expected to adapt to an immersion environment. Estimated cost: $2,950. Prerequisite: French 126 or equivalent.
Three credit hours. Rueger
Students will learn how the island of Bermuda, subjected to a variety of geologic processes, has evolved over the past two million years. They will be exposed to the scientific method and how geologists study the Earth, its materials, and its processes. During field and laboratory observations, students will investigate how organisms, including humans, and sedimentary processes have shaped Bermuda; how sediment is formed, moved, consolidated, and lithified; and the interrelationships between geology and biology. They will gain an appreciation of the complexities of living on an island and the anthropogenic impacts on a fragile ecosystem. Prerequisite: Geology 131, 141, 142, or 146.
Three credit hours. Lee. On campus contact: Reisert
Students will develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of legal and governmental systems which are based upon fundamentally different principles. Initially, in Maine, we will study the U.S. legal system through lectures, readings, observing court proceedings, and meetings with judges. The focus will then shift to the Cuban governmental and legal systems with a necessary introduction to Cuban geography, history, and culture. This study will continue as we travel to Miami for two nights and then to Havana and environs for 9 days. Students will then return to Maine and complete a written assignment. Estimated cost: $3,375. Deposit due October 5th. Prerequisite: Government 111, 113, Colby Latin American Studies courses, AP Government, AP History, or equivalent; and approval of the instructor.
Three credit hours. L. Brancaccio
This course in Italian fiction, held in Verona, Italy will offer a close study of five authors whose work spans the twentieth century. Readings will include the following: Silvia Bonucci, Voices from a Time, Luigi Pirandello, The Late Mattia Pascal, Alberto Moravia, The Conformist, Giorgio Bassani, The Garden of the Finzi Contini, and Andrea Camilleri, The Terra Cotta Dog. There will also be three guided lecture tours of Verona including Roman sites such as the Arena and recent excavations. Reading materials for these lectures will be made available. Course also includes field trips to Italian cultural centers around Verona. Written work required: three essays of literary analysis. Estimated cost: $3300
Three credit hours. Monastireva-Ansdell
In St. Petersburg, Russia. Students read Pushkin, Dostoevsky, and other major St. Petersburg writers and learn about the city's art and architecture in classroom lectures and museum visits. Theater and concert performances are included; residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Estimated cost: $3,200. Required meetings on campus in November and December. Early registration required.
Three credit hours. Monastireva-Ansdell
In St. Petersburg, Russia. Daily class lectures and planned site visits introduce students to the Soviet centralized economy and its evolution since the 1950s. Topics include militarization, industrialization, collectivization, budgets and taxation, inflation and currency reforms, banks, investment, the new Russian entrepreneur, stock markets, the oligarchs, and "natural" monopolies. Cultural program included; residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Estimated cost: $3,200. Required meetings on campus in November and December. Early registration required.
Three credit hours. Monastireva-Ansdell
In St. Petersburg, Russia. Class lectures and discussions, field trips to the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography and to the Russian Ethnographical Museum, and day excursions outside the city introduce students to many of the Russian Federation's minority ethnic groups, including the indigenous peoples of Siberia, Russia's northern peoples, Jews, Cossacks, and others. Lectures will contrast tsarist policy to Soviet ethnic policy of the 20th century. Cultural program included; residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Estimated cost: $3,200. Required meetings on campus in November and December. Early registration required.
Three credit hours. Sasaki - Starting in the 2013-2014 academic year, this Jan Plan will no longer be offered -
A grammar review at the intermediate level with continued emphasis on interactive communication and cultural awareness, to be offered at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies in Quito, Ecuador. Estimated cost: $2915. Prerequisite: Spanish 126 with a grade of B+ or better and permission of the instructor.