Subject: U.S.-Russia Global Environmental Issues/Language Learning Course Study Program with 2-week Study-Abroad
The Indiana University Bloomington Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and School of Public and Environmental Affairs, in collaboration with Tyumen State University (TSU), Russia, and Tyumen State Agricultural Academy (TSAA), Russia, present:
U.S.-RUSSIA GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES/ADVANCED LANGUAGE LEARNING with 2-WEEK STUDY-ABROAD <http://www.iub.edu/~iuslavic/USRussiaEIProgram.shtml>
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Funding is available (on competitive basis) for students pursuing study abroad and/or language training under this program. Students applying for components #2 or #3 of the program will be automatically considered for language training stipend awards ($1,000, associated with component
#2) and student mobility stipend awards ($3,200 associated with component #3) to support their participation in the U.S.-Russia Global Environmental Issues course with 2-week study-abroad (it is a common application to be considered for all funding). While the program is open to all IU students, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for stipend awards. Students who complete both components #2 and #3 may receive a maximum award of $4,200. All three components are required for students taking the study-abroad course (#3)
#1) Jun 12 - July 17, 2012: “Global Environmental Problems and Solutions” course
#2) Jun 11 - July 19, 2012: “Specialized Russian: Environmental Issues I” or “Specialized Russian: Environmental Issues II” course
#3) July 22 - August 4, 2012: summer study-abroad course on environmental issues in Russia
“Global Environmental Problems and Solutions” – 1 credit:
One 2-hr class per week during the first 6 weeks of Summer Session II This course will join students from Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, Tyumen State University (Russia), and Tyumen State Agricultural Academy (Russia) via video conferencing. Participation in this class will serve as a basis for building bridges of understanding between students at the two universities and will provide a basic knowledge of environmental issues in the two countries. The course is taught in English.
The purpose of the class is to introduce a range of environmental issues from the US and Russia, to compare the history, cultural context, science, policy, and law of issues shared in common among these and other countries. We will be focusing on the science and policy strategies for studying and solving environmental problems, and on how history and culture affect these.
IU students taking the course (which will be available at the same time in Bloomington and Indianapolis via distance-learning) are eligible for scholarships to be used towards the cost of a trip to Tyumen, Russia.
This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
“Specialized Russian: Environmental Issues I” and “Specialized Russian:
Environmental Issues II” courses – 2 credits and 1.5 credits:
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in Bloomington is offering two courses (entry-level and advanced), based on the Russian language skills needed for the participation in summer study-abroad course on environmental issues in Russia. The language support will enable students to function successfully in a foreign language and culture environment while doing the field work in Tyumen, Russia. Since participating students from IU Bloomington and IU Indianapolis campuses may have limited or various prior exposure to Russian, two levels of Russian training in the areas of language and culture are offered.
Students who take either of these levels of Russian (which will be available both in Bloomington and Indianapolis via distance-learning) are eligible for scholarships towards the cost of the trip to Tyumen, Russia.
“Specialized Russian: Environmental Issues I” – 2 credits:
This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students. The goal of the intensive Russian survival course is to acquaint the students with the basic grammatical structures of Russian along with sufficient vocabulary for a working introduction to the language. The focus of the course will be on the development of oral skills, with written work used for reinforcement. Homework will be devoted largely to repetition and reinforcement while class time, even from the beginning, will be devoted almost entirely to active practice. Listening and reading comprehension will be addressed through special materials, which will also serve as a basis for discussion and oral practice. Readings will introduce aspects of everyday Russian life, figures, events, and issues that are crucial to an understanding of Russian culture.
“Specialized Russian: Environmental Issues II” – 1.5 credits:
Prerequisites: SLAV-R 302 or the instructor's permission. This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students. The course will cover specific to environmental issues technical terminology, language functionality in different professional environments, and interview skills in Russian. Cultural training will prepare the participants for successful interaction in social and academic situations in Russia.
Global Environmental Issues/Language Learning Field Experience study-abroad course in Russia - 2 credits:
* COST: $4,800 (this is an approximation subject to changes
depending on the airfare fluctuation).
* DATES: July 22 - August 4, 2012 (subject to change: may be
moved one week)
* APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on
APRIL 6, 2012
* GPA 3.0 or with the instructor's permission. Please note that
the submission of official transcripts is not required. Student transcripts will, however, be reviewed via OneStart.
* On-line application.
* Russian language course work - “Specialized Russian:
Environmental Issues I” or “Specialized Russian: Environmental Issues II” course.
* “Global Environmental Problems and Solutions” course.
* Valid PASSPORT for traveling abroad.
* Non-refundable deposit: $500 (upon acceptance in the Global
Environmental Issues/Language Learning Field Experience class).
This course is for undergraduate or graduate. Previous experience in environmental science is desirable but not necessary.
The study-abroad portion is a two-week summer trip to the Tyumen region, to follow the 6-week, 1-unit course in environmental issues and the main language training. US students will visit field stations at Lake Kuchak and at Khanty-Mansiysk to participate in limnological and environmental remediation research at these sites. At TSU and TSAA, attend lectures given by Russian faculty, and visit the TSU Research Institute of Ecology and Rational Use Natural Resources, TSU Technological Park, TSU Water Cleaning start-up company, TSU Faculty of Biology, TSU Biodiversity Center, and TSAA Agroecology Center to learn about research questions and techniques. Students will also visit heavy industry, power production facilities, and natural resources industries to understand how environmental risk management and pollution abatement are practiced in the region. In addition, students will learn about local, regional, and national culture through visits to historical and new sections of the city, cultural and natural history museums, theaters, and other activities (e.g., a summer circus).