COOS BAY — Students at Southwestern Oregon Community College have the chance to study abroad in Istanbul, Turkey, this summer.
In a press release from SWOCC, the college is partnering with Bosporus International to offer a study abroad program from July 16 to July 30.
The program is “Confronting Global Problems and Creating Sustainable Futures,” providing international perspectives on three social and ecological topics that include work and livelihood, sustainable food systems, and the politics of consumption and waste, the release said.
“The program employs an experiential approach to learning, combining classroom-based instruction with site visits throughout Istanbul,” the release said. “Students participate in lectures and seminars around each of the core topics, followed by site visits to local farms, farmers markets, and employee cooperatives to allow for a deeper understanding of how the topics are experienced in people’s everyday lives. This approach grounds abstract concepts in concrete experiences and provides students with practical tools they can use to study similar topics in their communities.”
The course is being co-taught by sociologists Dr Sara Keene and Dr Ian Baily from SWOCC, Dr Carrie Freshour from Delta State University in Mississippi, and Dr Evren Dincer from Bursa Uludag University in Turkey.