GBL 202 US ORLANDO, FLORIDA (DISNEY): HAPPIEST PLACE? THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS AT DISNEY 4 S.H.
Examining literature from sociology, psychology, economics, anthropology, humanities, arts and the natural sciences (neuroscience, biology, and behavioral genetics), students will be invited to consider the ways in which physical environments can shape individual and group experiences of happiness. We will consider happiness in a social context and with attention to the tangible and intangible costs of happiness. We will deconstruct the ways happiness is constructed and performed in the Disney setting. Emphasis is placed on the ways happiness is defined cross-culturally and on the different ways individuals and groups pursue and experience happiness. The relationship between happiness and social stratification is examined.
- Application and acceptance required.
- Additional travel fee is required.
- This course partially fulfill the Core Curriculum requirement in the area of Society and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- This course may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
Prerequisite Preparatory Course: GBL 102
This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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.
There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.
Spring Meeting Information
The Spring meeting time, date and location to be announced.
Fall Course Meeting Information
The fall pre-departure course will meet on Fridays from 03:05-04:45PM. Location TBA.
Activity Level: Challenging
Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as challenging, which means walking is the best way to get to know a new place. Be prepared for a good physical challenge and to spend the entire day on the move, whether it’s public transit, city streets or village cobblestones. At the end of the day, you will likely feel like you’ve had a real workout.
Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during registration for Winter Term.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
The tentative dates for the program are January 3-22, 2020.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is TBD.
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.
- Lodging at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort on Monorail
- “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” Program
- Disney Resort at Vero Beach
- Exploring the Magic Kingdom
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.
Students will be housed in shared accommodations in hotels.
Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill).
Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet.
Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.
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 program.
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Program Leader 1: Alexis Franzese
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Lindner Hall - Arts & Sciences 212B
2035 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
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|My Study USA experience changed my aspirations for life because it made me realize that I wanted to participate in the Disney College Program after I graduate from Elon. I also really enjoyed spending my Winter Term somewhere other than Elon to let me step out of my comfort zone while making new friends and lifelong memories. Disney World is one of my favorite places in the world and I truly enjoyed every moment I was there and do it again in a heartbeat.|
|— Katelyn Johnson, Winter 2017|
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Winter||2019||09/03/2018 **||Rolling Admission||01/13/2019||01/22/2019|
|Winter||2020||09/02/2019 **||Rolling Admission||01/14/2020||01/23/2020|
NOTE: Please view the deadlines page for full application, payment and cancellation deadlines.
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