2020 Extra-Cost, Off-Campus Short Term Courses

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all 2020 off-campus short term courses have been suspended.


Look for announcements in BatesToday and on monitors around campus for information sessions about the extra-cost, off-campus short term courses.  Students may also contact the faculty members directly.  Financial aid is available for students who qualify for Bates aid during the regular semester.

AFR s14: Disaster, Displacement, Diaspora 
This course will examine how natural and social disasters cause dislocation and forced displacement that result in diasporas. On campus, the course will consider the calamities that cause movement and migration. It will then analyze how communities survive such shifts: by refashioning old notions of home and by keeping community bonds strong while settling in new spaces. Students will come to understand how these dynamics unfold by visiting New Orleans and examining it’s Post-Katrina rebuild. During their visit, students will engage with Black and Indigenous communities that are fighting against dislocation in order to exist. Students will work with leaders of the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood which is considered the most damaged neighborhood of New Orleans. They will also work with leaders from Isle de Jean Charles, the home belonging to “America’s First Climate Refugees,” the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians. Additionally, students will be immersed in local culture and aesthetics while attending the Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Instructor: Cassandra Shepard, Africana
Maximum enrollment: 10 with instructor permission and application interview
Approximate dates off-campus: May 1-8
Anticipated Extra Cost: $2,000
Information sessions: TBA



ANTH s32: Archaeology Field Experience: Temyiq Tuyuryaq: collaborative archaeology the Yup’iit way
This course introduces students to a continuum of Alaska Native lifeways in southwest and southcentral Alaska. This course will focus primarily on Togiak and Temyiq Tuyuryaq, the old village of Togiak, where we will practice community engaged archaeology and ethnography in collaboration with Togiak tribal elders, community members, and local students. We will work with a combination of archaeological collections, oral histories and traditional knowledge systems, cultural centers, and text including various theoretical and disciplinary readings. While in Alaska, we will visit Anchorage, Dillingham, Togiak, Temyiq Tuyuryaq (Old Togiak). This short term is part of a 3-year national science foundation (NSF) research grant that is founded in an Indigenous framework including research sovereignty. This course requires camping and living off the grid.

Instructor: Kristen Barnett, Anthropology
Maximum enrollment: 10 with 1 reference, instructor permission and application interview
Approximate dates off-campus:
Anticipated extra cost: $3,010
Information sessions: Saturday, January 18, 2:00 pm, Pettengill G65
Thursday, January 23, 12pm, Pettengill G54


AS/JA s27: Hiroshima and Nagasaki:  2020 is the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When these terrifying weapons were used for the first time, the consequences (both expected and unexpected) were far-reaching. This class will use narrative fiction, film, nonfiction, journalism, scholarship, poetry, testimony, and more to explore how people understood, responded to, and lived with the impact of mass destruction on a scale that had never before been unleashed. Ten days of this class will be devoted to a trip to the two cities in Japan. There, we will put our classroom learning in context among the history and daily lived reality of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and we will take advantage of those cities’ many excellent resources for learning about the atomic bombings. While in Japan, we will meet with scholars and creators who can help deepen our knowledge and appreciations of the bombings and the place where they occurred.

Instructors: Justine Wiesinger and David George, Asian Studies
Maximum enrollment: 15-18 with instructor permission and application interview
Approximate dates off-campus: May 7-16
Anticipated Extra Cost: $3,000
Information sessions: TBA


BIO s35: Marine Ecology from Coast to Coast: A field-based course that focuses on experiential learning and immersive experience. Marine ecologists seek to understand how living and non-living factors influence where and how organisms live in coastal habitats. The beginning of the course involves field trips to the coast of Maine, followed by two weeks at a marine field station (Friday Harbor Labs) in the San Juan Islands of Washington state. Students will have the rare opportunity to do parallel work in temperate shores on both coasts to compare and contrast the organisms, ecological patterns and processes, and species interactions they discover. This course also includes a community-engaged learning activity and a group research project.

Instructors: Katie Dobkowski and Greg Anderson, Biology
Maximum enrollment: 18 with instructor permission and application
Pre-requisite: one college-level biology course
Approximate dates off campus: May 12-26, 2020
Anticipated extra cost: $1,650
Information sessions: TBA


ENG s43: Shakespeare in the Theater. Consider living two weeks on campus intensely reading Shakespeare and viewing videos, studying theater design, tracing literary allusions, contrasting historical contexts and modern performance, preparing for an assault on London repertoire-theater. The next amazing three weeks transport us to London, living in a Bloomsbury hotel, taking day and night excursions to and from Oxford, Stratford, viewing Shakespearean and modern plays, visiting museums, attending theater workshops, concerts, exhibitions, and markets. As our hotel is five minutes from the British Museum, the grand court of that museum becomes our daily classroom. Each student delivers a presentation, writes papers, and absorbs a large portion of the British theatrical world during this stay. We ride the London Underground, actively seek out historical museums (Soane, National Gallery, The Tate),galleries, films, and period concerts. Each student will likely attend at least thirteen performances, visit six museums, amateurishly learn to perform Shakespeare, hear at least one concert and relax at least once in an English pub. This is one charged experience.

Instructors: Sanford Freedman, English; Michael Reidy, Theater
Maximum Enrollment: 18 with instructor permission and application interview. Open to all students.
Approximate Dates Off Campus: May 7-May 28
Anticipated Extra Cost: $3085.
Information sessions: TBA



SPAN s24: Migrations and Social Art in Spain

The course approaches the arts as a social tool for change; it engages the issues of migration through the works of Agamben, Mouffe and Carpasso and Boal. It examines the State’s presence in the practices of control over life of ‘citizenless’ bodies; and, arts’ relationship to political and non-conventional-political spaces. While in Spain, students visit diverse spaces from traditional museums to open-air museums to extemporaneous art-sites. Programmed visits to centers that use art to educate and empower migrants to tell their story are carried out in Madrid and Barcelona.

Instructor: Claudia Aburto Guzmán, Spanish
Maximum Enrollment: 17
Pre-requisites: SPAN 205 (B or better in SPAN 202)
Approximate Dates Off-Campus: May 3-16
Anticipated Extra Cost: $3, 600
Information session: Wednesday, January 22, 7:30-8:00 pm, Roger Williams 105