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CS/Math in a Cultural Context - Ireland & Wales

Description: This program explores CS, applied math and related business in modern Irish and Welsh societies. The program includes university exchanges, industry visits. Students design and propose a technical project particular to a visited location. We reflect on roles technology plays in the societies, on issues having local and global impact. Cultural exchanges occur in working activities, church fellowship, housing arrangements and personal interactions. Experience sites rich in heritage and culture - contrasts between rural and contemporary, Neolithic/Celtic and Roman sites, castles, churches and more. We travel London, Wales and Republic of Ireland. This program is open to non-CS/Math majors meeting prerequisites.
Click here to view an online travelogue from Ireland & Wales (January 2008)

Math History

Term: January 2017
Description: For many of us, our experience with mathematics has been primarily through a textbook: equations, theorems, proofs, examples and exercises. But behind each of these results is a person, and a story. They are stories of political and religious intrigue, competition and collaboration, commercial and military impetuses, moments of insight and patient persistence. In this 3-week study-program we will travel to the places famous mathematicians lived and worked. We will see the buildings they planned, the art they produced, the equipment they worked with, their inventions and some of their original writings. Along the way local math and history guides who will help to put what we see into a historical context will join us. We’ll gain an understanding of how mathematical ideas have developed over time, how social, cultural and historical factors have influenced the development of mathematics and conversely, how mathematics contributed to society and human culture. You will never look at those theorems and proofs in quite the same way again!

Technology & Culture, SE Asia

Description: See the different faces of Asia! Appreciate why China is called the Factory of the World. Explore the urban/rural, and historical/modern sides of Asia. Understand how society and technology intersect in the largest continent in the world!

Technology and Culture in England

Term: January 2018
Description: More and more, software is expected to be able to perform well for people from many cultures. In this three-week study program, students will visit companies and learn about the difficulties in developing world-wide software. But even more, the software development process is no longer developed by people in the same office space, but now often involves people from all over the globe. Many companies allow their employees to tele-commute, so being able to work with people in remote locations is often a requirement. Students in this study program will partner with other students attending universities including Queen Mary University and Cardiff Metropolitan University to develop a software product. The kind of product developed will be determined by each student team. Students will meet their partners, and design and begin developing their projects during the fall semester as part of the prep course. During our study tour in London and Cardiff, students will complete and present their work. This also fulfills the study abroad requirement for B.A. Int'l Project Management.

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