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Te Reo Maori


We might ask, “Why choose to learn te reo Maori (the Maori language) if one is only in New Zealand for four months?” The answer lies in the close proximity of language and culture. Te reo Maori and tikanga Maori (Maori culture) are intertwined, and so learning te reo Maori allows students to access te ao Maori (the Maori world) and Maori world views. As students compare tikanga Maori with other cultures within New Zealand and overseas, they’ll develop an understanding of the central roles that language, culture, place and heritage play in shaping identity and in giving direction and meaning to life.

Professional Screenwriting


An introduction to contemporary screenwriting, including an understanding of dramatic structure, character and dialogue development, and the writing process. Students strive to complete a full-length screenplay for a feature film. Whether novice or advanced, students are expected to develop and improve their skills. Emphasis is given to the role of Christian faith and values as they relate to script content. The course is taught by a working, credited Christian screenwriter

Applied Politics & Public Policy Seminar


Students directly engage Washington, D.C.-based leaders and leading institutions—governmental and non-governmental, national and international—with a stake in a selected public policy debate. Students organize into small research teams to write a policy report analyzing competing economic, humanitarian, and national security perspectives in the debate. The report is supported by field-based research, including participation in at least 10 one-hour meetings with policy experts and conducting personal interviews with policy professionals. Students present their research findings and policy recommendations at a policy conference in a congressional committee hearing room on Capitol Hill. Furthermore, additional course assignments challenge students to reveal and clarify the underlying values they prioritized when deciding on policy recommendations. Specifically, each student explains the role biblical ideas and faith traditions play in (a.) how they came to understand a policy issue as a public justice issue, (b.) how they chose among competing policy prescriptions, and, by extension, (c.) what they believe about the proper role of government in society.

Belize Tropical Ecosystems (200 course level)


In this field-based ecology course students explore with experts forest, stream, and near-shore marine environments - coral reef, mangrove, and sea grass - in Belize. In addition to studying these various ecosystems, this class is also designed to help students scientifically apprehend a broad understanding of global environmental issues. (IS Creation: Lab Science, Biology major/minor, or general elective)

Belize Internship Elective


Internships in Belize allow students an extended period of time (2 weeks) to engage with local topics and issues; to take knowledge and skills they are developing in their experiences and coursework both in Belize and in courses prior to Belize, and begin acting upon it. In the past students have had internships in tropical organic agriculture, conservation, community development, ecotourism, healthcare, traditional medicine, community health, education, and even local government. Internships are set up based on the interests and background of the students with many different organizations CCSP has developed relationships with over the years. During this 80-hour internship experience, students stay with Belizean homestay families where they are able to gain greater perspective on Belize and develop lasting relationships. (Internship or general elective credit)

Conflict and Change in the Middle East


This course examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which many scholars now call ‘the 100 Years War.' Beginning with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, this course traces the origin of the conflict from the early encounters between Arabs and Jews in Palestine to the contemporary struggle to achieve a final status agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. We will begin the course in Amman, with readings, documentaries, and lectures, as well as interactions with local Jordanians and Palestinians regarding of their experiences and perspectives on the conflict. We will continue the course during a travel component to Israel/Palestine, where we will hear from a variety of speakers who have experienced the conflict firsthand, including academic experts and local professionals working towards a reconciliatory solution. In addition, students will have homestays with both Palestinian and Jewish Israeli families, giving further opportunity to put a "personal face" on the conflict by getting to know ordinary people on both sides. Because the conflict and its consequences - human, geographic, social, cultural, and political - are so proximate to the MESP experience, students learn intimately the complexity and difficulty of reaching peace in a small land shared by two peoples with competing civilizational visions.

Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East


This course examines the diverse mosaic of the Middle East peoples and culture through the prism of various societies along the MESP journey. Jordan will provide the primary everyday context for this course, but recent semesters have also included life in Israel/Palestine and travel to Morocco, Turkey and Jordan. While the selection of travel locations depends upon safety conditions prevailing at the time of travel, the course nonetheless seeks to introduce students to patterns of thought and behavior that characterize the region generally without losing sight of important national and religious differences. The Middle East is a multiethnic, multiconfessional region and student travel allows them to observe and study a great variety of social, religious and political groups. In addition, students learn about pressing issues related to gender, conflict, economic development and cultural identity that currently animate the many religious and political communities they visit.

Islamic Thought and Practice


This course examines many dimensions of Islamic faith - historical, legal, doctrinal, popular and behavioral - from early times to the present. Emphasis is on contemporary and "popular" Islam (the beliefs and practices of Muslims), including issues such as colonialism, gender equality, modernization, development and democracy. Students are encouraged to begin thinking about relevant similarities and differences between themselves and Muslim peoples around the world. This course, like all MESP courses, has a strong experiential component, with students being encouraged to learn about Islam by developing relationships with local Muslims. In addition, the course frequently makes use of local scholars, experts, religious figures, or other locals in order to enhance students' encounters with the religion and history of the region.

Independent Study


This course may be elected by special request and arrangement. In order to be considered, students submit a portfolio and a project proposal. Students with approved projects will be appointed a mentor who is a professional in the Hollywood industry. Projects could include further development of a portfolio or reel, critical research or a senior thesis project. Please Note: The Independent study option is not guaranteed and is intended for students with experience in a specific area of cinema or those needing to complete a senior project for graduation. The number of independent studies offered each semester will be determined by LAFSC faculty, the availability of a suitable mentor and approval from your school's film/communications department head.

Introduction to Arabic Language


This course aims to teach students basic skills in colloquial Arabic, emphasizing the practical use of the language and encouraging interaction with locals in everyday life, on the streets, in taxis, during home stays, and at service projects. Students will have class three to four days per week, learning everyday vocabulary and colloquial grammar. In order to enhance the students' use of colloquial Arabic, MESP arranges weeklong homestays with Muslim and Christian Arab families. Ideally, each family has an English-speaking contact person of the same gender as the student, so that students can communicate their needs, ideas and feelings. The homestay is an essential step in learning to appreciate the nature of life in an Arab society.

Faith and Artistic Development in Film


A class that explores the connection between the eye, the heart and the hand, this course focuses on the integration of faith and learning as well as developing the necessary skills for analysis of the culture of Hollywood. The first section of the class emphasizes the eye: discovering your own identity, looking at film’s historical impact, spiritual impact, audience trends, the auteur movement, and vision in film, as well as providing a basis for heart preparation for production. The second section of the course emphasizes the heart: ethics, relationships and communication, passion and art. The last section of the course emphasizes the hand, exploring the collaborative process in Hollywood Production Workshop and Narrative Storytelling: roles and aspects of production, the production process, relationships on set, and communication. All students participate in this team-taught lecture seminar led by the faculty of The Los Angeles Film Studies Center.

Narrative Story Telling


Concentrating on the art form of narrative storytelling, the course places special emphasis on the visual aspect of the discipline. Two tracks are offered in the course. The Structural track covers topics ranging from the history of story in culture and film to the mechanics of story creation to the development of story-writing skills. Instruction in the Technical Story track focuses on advanced methods of cinematography and post-production and how those techniques can be used to improve visual storytelling. After the core instructional period in each track, students from both tracks are reunited and will have the opportunity to hone their narrative analysis skills, participate in workshop style labs and make two short films that demonstrate their ability to utilize storytelling theory on screen.

Professional Acting for the Camera


This advanced workshop in the practice and process of acting for the camera is aimed at students who have a desire to pursue acting as a career. Instruction includes an overview of current camera acting techniques and thorough discussion of the art of acting. The class primarily consists of acting scene work with all scenes being filmed and critiqued on the big screen. Students will also be required to pursue roles in student and independent films. Several class sessions throughout the course will be devoted to the business of acting for film and television in the Hollywood entertainment industry with an emphasis given to developing the materials and relationships necessary for a successful career.

Hollywood Production Workshop


The course runs on two tracks, a professional track and an exploratory track. In the professional track, students work collaboratively in groups to create a festival ready piece, including all the legal documentation and rights to enable the finished production to qualify for festival submission. The track offers students the opportunity to make a motion picture production using Hollywood locations, resources, and protocol. In the exploratory track, students will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of the film discipline. Students will work in groups on projects determined by the class. Topics may include documentary filmmaking, After Effects, music videos, church media production and other relevant areas of study. Students in both tracks will participate in a competitive vetting process of projects. This course compliments the more specialized, skill-focused elective courses and is taught by professional, experienced Christian filmmakers with credits in the Hollywood industry.

Internship: Inside Hollywood


Students participate in an internship experience in some aspect of the Hollywood film or television industry. These are nonpaying positions primarily in an office setting such as development companies, agencies, producer’s offices, etc. Students work 20 – 24 hours a week throughout the entire length of the semester.

Environment Science Seminar and Field Research Practicum

4, 2-S only

Environmental Science Concentration required courses. Participants in this concentration explore the natural sciences in a tropical setting and study their influence on the process of sustainability. Students are immersed in a variety of ecosystems: dry forests, lowland rain forests, mountain cloud forests, volcanic regions, as well as beautiful reefs. Costa Rica serves as a natural laboratory. Required prerequisites: One semester of zoology or an applied laboratory science. Recommended prerequisites: One semester of general chemistry or physics.

Business Seminar and Community Immersion/Internship

3, 3-F only

International Business: Management and Marketing Concentration required courses. Students address fundamentals and application of international business. They experience the political, social, and economic realities of Latin America. Students will meet Latin American business and government leaders, visit plantations, cooperatives, maquilas, and local businesses as well as participate in a hands-on case study/ internship project. Presentations are delivered in English and Spanish, most required readings are in English. Prerequisite: Course background should include macro-/micro-economics and introductory-level management. Satisfactory completion of this program (grade C or better) fulfills the internship requirement for students majoring in business administration at Houghton plus students earn six business elective credits.

Responses to Third World Reality Seminar and Community Immersion/Internship

3, 3-

Latin American Studies Concentration required courses. This concentration is interdisciplinary by design. Students are challenged in a seminar that includes diverse perspective, broad readings and group presentations which respond to scenarios drawn from the contemporary scene. Participants also gain valuable first-hand experiences in related service opportunities. In recent semesters, these have been organized in neighboring countries throughout Latin America. Prerequisite: Equivalency of one year of college Spanish.

Language and Literature Seminar and Community Immersion/Internship

3, 3-

Advanced Language and Literature Concentration required courses. This concentration focuses on the social, cultural, political, economic and religious issues of Latin America in the target language. Students examine how Latin Americans view their neighbors to the north. As a part of this concentration students examine Latin America through its literature, using it as a means to examine society and culture. Designed for Spanish language majors with a minimum of one year of college or university intermediate Spanish and one semester of advanced Spanish conversation and/or composition.

Latin American History, Contemporary Issues


Required Core course. This seminar introduces the social, historical, political, economic, philosophical and theological currents that constitute Latin American society and culture. The course includes personal discussions with Latins and field trips to various sites. This seminar is designed to introduce students to the: • Historical development of Latin America, including selected case studies. • Variety of analytical perspectives from which Latin American reality is explained and understood. • Character, past and present, of U.S. policy in the region. • Nature and influence of the economic reality in the region.

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