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Bates Fall Semester Abroad

Bates Fall Semester Abroad, China

Professors Baker (Biology) and Maurer-Fazio (Economics)

During the fall semester of 2010, Bates students, including entering first-year students, can explore China and its health care systems in Kunming. The program focuses on the study of Chinese language study, traditional Chinese medicine, the biology of world health, and the economics of health care in China. A feature of the program is extensive travel in China (Beijing, Xi'an, and northwestern Yunnan) and Vietnam. No prior knowledge of Chinese is required.


Kunming is the political, economic, and cultural center of Yunnan Province and home to twenty-five of China's fifty-six recognized ethnic groups. Once one of the gateways to the ancient Silk Road, Kunming remains a trading hub and is now a city of over five million people. Traditional Chinese medicine and its many ethnic variants remain in use in Yunnan, making it a prime location for the study of health care in China.


Following a program orientation in Tonghai, students begin classes in Kunming with Bates faculty and at the Center for Cultural Learning and Development at Yunnan Nationalities University, where they study Chinese. A week of independent travel within Yunnan Province is an integral part of the program in September, as are the three-week practicum in traditional Chinese medicine at the Yunnan Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital and a rural health field trip. A practicum in traditional Vietnamese medicine takes place at the Vietnamese Academy of Traditional Medicine in Hanoi. The program ends in mid-December. The program fulfills the requirements of General Education concentration C081 (Health Studies in China).

Courses
BSAN 003. Intensive Chinese I. Open to first-year students. Staff.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

BSAN 004. Intensive Chinese II. Open to first-year students. Staff.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

BSAN 005. Economics of China's Health Care System.In this course, students consider the economic aspects of health care for China's immense population. Topics covered include demographic concerns; health care reform; a comparison of health care provision among urban, rural, and migrant populations; and the economic impact of epidemics. Open to first-year students. M. Maurer-Fazio.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

BSAN 006. Biology of World Health.In this course, students focus on the biology of health and disease from a Western biomedical perspective, and then compare that perspective with what they learn in a course on traditional Chinese medicine, taught at the Yunnan Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. That course considers the history, theory, biology, and practice of traditional Chinese medicine. Open to first-year students. P. Baker.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

Bates Fall Semester Abroad, Austria

Professors Decker (German) and Associate Professor Browne (Russian)

During the fall semester of 2010, Bates students, including entering first-year students, can experience the excitement of living and learning in Austria. The program is based in Vienna and includes extensive travel in Austria and the Balkans. Courses consider political and cultural developments in Austria during the last century and the legacy of empires and superpowers in Eastern Europe. No prior knowledge of German is required.


The city of Mozart, Schubert, Freud, and Klimt, Vienna has a rich intellectual heritage and remains a center for the arts in Europe. The former seat of the multi-ethnic Habsburg Empire, today Vienna's close proximity to Budapest, Prague, and Sarajevo has given the city a unique role in the post-cold-war emergence of a new Europe.


The program begins in late August with a month-long intensive German language immersion at Cultura Wien in the center of the city. In late September students begin their regular classes in German and their courses with Bates faculty. The program ends in mid-December. The program fulfills the requirements of General Education concentration C082 (German in Vienna).

Courses
BSAV 001. From Habsburg to Haider: Austria in the Twentieth Century.This course explores the changing role Vienna has played in the political and cultural dynamics of Europe in the last century. Students examine the decline of the Habsburg Empire and the outbreak of World War I, the ill-fated First Austrian Republic, Austrian fascism and the Anschluss, and the establishment of a stable democracy after World War II. Attention is given to the birth of modernism, attempts to come to terms with Austria's fascist past, and evolving concepts of Austrian national identity. Open to first-year students. C. Decker.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

BSAV 003. Intensive German I. Open to first-year students. Staff.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

BSAV 004. Intensive German II. Open to first-year students. Staff.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations

BSAV 005. Balkan Bridges.From Novi Sad to Kosovska Mitrovica, and from Vi┬┐egrad to Mostar, bridges have stood as symbols of community in the Balkans, or they have fallen as targets of disunity. In this course, students examine the cultural politics of the great nineteenth-century empiresHabsburg, Ottoman, and Russian and twentieth-century superpowers the USSR, Nazi Germany, and NATO—and analyze their efforts to reshape the political and cultural landscape of the Balkans. Open to first-year students. D. Browne.
Concentrations

This course is referenced by the following General Education Concentrations