(From the UMBC International Field Research web site)
Switzerland, a country of stunning mountain vistas, truly lies at the crossroads of Europe. It is among the top-rated countries in the world with regard to health care, environmental policy, public transportation, infrastructure, live-able cities and healthy lifestyles. This experiential learning program applies an ecological framework to better understand how culture, policy, and practice interact to achieve a sustainable and healthy society.
During spring semester students attend a weekly seminar, complete background research, and write a research paper. Students are assigned to a research team based on the theme they select. For our Swiss academic program, we stay in Kandersteg, nestled in the Alps, travel to nearby cities and hike to complete a series of related research exercises. Highlights include day trips to Geneva, Zurich, Bern, glaciers and the Swiss people.
Research methods include visual digital storytelling, expert interviews, participant observation, local informants, literature review, administrative and historical data, survey, and case studies. Possible research themes include:
- A lifespan approach to health and aging: An international perspective
- Science and medicine: Technological revolutions and societal change
- Environmental sustainability and climate change
- Arts and the Humanities
- Alpine hiking, physical conditioning, and stress reduction
Students considering careers in health, aging, public policy, information systems, education, computer science, media, business, science, engineering, or research are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for application is December 3, 2012.
Students who are accepted into the program will enroll in HAPP/SOCY 403 in Spring 2013 (also available as a 600-level course for graduate students),and have the option of also taking PHED121. This will be followed by the International Field Research Experience in Switzerland, June 24-30, 2013.
For more information, check out the UMBC International Field Research Program's web site.