Bhutan: Spring 3-week, 2014

The Faculty

Kerry Skora, Professor of Religious Studies
Steve Zabor, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies

The Course

INTD 381: Pilgrimage to Bhutan:Tradition & Development, Buddhist Wisdom and Gross National Happiness(3 credits)

EVST 280 or RELG 280/SEMINAR: one credit hour of preparatory work being held during the fall 12-week session, 2013

Students must also pass a physical fitness test designed by our head athletic trainer due to the strenuous physical requirements of this program.

 

The Program

Students are introduced to the peoples, cultures, economy, environments, history and future of Bhutan by way of a pilgrimage. This program takes students on an intellectual quest through multiple "boundaries" of space, time, and consciousness. Each participant will explore what it means to travel from "West" to "East" and back again, thinking deeply about their pre-conceptions and newly acquired perceptions.  Students will confront both the modern and traditional, as they travel throughout Thimphu, Trongsa, and Bumthang.  Throughout the travel, special focus will be given to sacred geography and architecture while exploring temples, monasteries, shrines, and various sacred landscapes.

The Travel

Departure will be from Cleveland, Ohio and arrival will be in Bangkok. Students will visit Paro, Thimphu, Trongsa, Bumthang, Ura, and Gangtey, visiting and hiking to the many sites of each area.

Travel Dates:

April 23, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Estimated Program Costs

$6,350 (includes all travel expenses, accommodations, and meals).  Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not included.

A $75 non-refundable fee is due upon receipt of completed application.  This fee is used to pay for processing costs, and International Student Identity Card, passport holder, and luggage tags.

Application Deadline

September 9 , 2013

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