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Hawaii: Nation or State? In Search of Hawaiian Identity - Winter
Multiple Cities, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
0-First Year and Above
Minimum GPA:
2.0
Language Prerequisite:
None
Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in English
Course Prerequisite(s):
None
Housing Options:
Shared Hostel/Hotel
Program Type:
Study USA - Winter
Internship Option:
No
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
No
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
01+04
Program Capacity:
24
Program Advisor/Manager:
Phil Smith
Course #/Placeholder:
GST 258 US
STA # (Pre-departure Course):
STU 258
Program Leader 1:
Jeffrey Pugh
Program Leader 2:
Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler
Program Description:

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Check out this student-made video from the WT 2013 course: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_hXW_p9lkU

Course Information

The Winter Term and fall courses partially fulfill the General Studies requirement in the area of Society or Civilization.

The WT course also satisfies the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.

Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

This course may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Course Description

Most people think of Hawaii as a tropical paradise where they can be entertained by Hula dancers and opulent luaus.  This course is designed to show students the complexity of the Hawaiian islands and the fight that continues to this day for those who are in danger of losing their very identities.  We will explore the many tensions that exist in Hawaii that rest under the surface of the tourist propaganda.  From classes at the University of Hawaii to talks with native Hawaiian activists, we will look at such issues as whether Hawaii should be seen as its own nation or a state.  Historical, cultural and personal aspects of life there will be studied with the hope that students will come to understand in a deeper way the tensions between the image and the reality of the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaii is a state that differs dramatically from the other 49 in its blend of cultures, with influence from Polynesian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese and other cultures.  This results in a unique mixture of traditions and beliefs with occasional tensions among the various communities living in the islands. The design of this course is to explore the heritage of the indigenous peoples of the Hawaiian Islands, and to consider the issues of identity formation and political reality in the Hawaiian Islands.  We will examine such issues as the role and impact of colonization on the islands, preservation of the environment, the impact of a native Hawaiian movement to secede from the United States on the political climate, and the historical roots of religious and cultural beliefs and the impact of Christian missionaries on those beliefs. Our major focus will be on how identity is formed in persons and how this plays itself out in the reality of contemporary Hawaii.  The course will offer students a new perspective on a land that they usually understand only through tourist propaganda.

Housing

Students will be housed in shared accommodations.

Tentative Itinerary

Honolulu

  • Bishop Museum
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Waikiki
  • Class at University of Hawaii-Manoa

Hilo

  • Imiloa Museum
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Authentic Hula Class
  • Richardson's Black Sand Beach
  • Class at University of Hawaii-Hilo

Kona

  • Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (City of Refuge)
  • Visits to King Kamehameha's birth place, Heiau visits on Kohala Coast
  • Snorkeling and boat tour

Maui

  • Archeological site visit in Lahaina
  • Historical Tour of Lahaina
  • The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.

Pre-departure Course

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall pre-departure course.  Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for winter term in addition to the program fees.  If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of winter term tuition will not be collected.

FALL COURSE MEETING INFORMATION

Deposit Refunds - If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing.  If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at bursar@elon.edu or 336-278-5300.

*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iTravel, an outside insurance provider (www.itravelinsured.com).  This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious issues of physical health to the student or an immediate family member (parent or grandparent) that occur after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded.  Travel insurance does not insure against changes in mental health.  The insurance also does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues.  Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.

If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket.  The airline can provide specific details.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Woody Pelton, Dean of International Programs.  We encourage you to address any questions you may have as soon as possible, as a delay in doing so could result in increased charges for which you may be liable.

Cost

Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term, which is included in the fall semester tuition bill.

The cost for this program in 2015 is $5,100. 

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon WT programs through the GEC.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

For More Information

Program Leader 1: Jeffrey Pugh
Department of Religious Studies
CB 2340, AVRP (Spence Pavilion) 213
336-278-5712
pughjeff@elon.edu

Program Leader 2: Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler
Long 204E
CB 2185, Powell Building 202C
(336) 278-6453
vanderma@elon.edu

Study USA
Global Education Center

CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)
studyusa@elon.edu

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Testimonial:
Interesting Course
Our guest lecturers provided a fresh perspective on top of the material that we learned in the Fall.
     — Kaylyn Weller, Winter 2013
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2014 10/07/2013
**
Rolling Admission 01/04/2014 01/22/2014
Winter 2015 09/08/2014 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status in a timely fashion.

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