EHS Winter

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Family Resource Management in Belize 2020


Course Title: Family Resource Management

When: Travel dates 1/3/2020–1/13/2020

Course dates: The full course will meet 12/15/2019-2/10/2020

Credits: FSW 242 (3 credit hours)

This Study Abroad course will provide students with a unique opportunity to apply family science principles in a different setting (Placencia, Belize). Students who take this course will be introduced to general family resource management principles and then use that content to explore whether and how it applies to families in a context that is wholly different from the contexts the concepts and practices were developed in. Completion of this course contributes three hours toward satisfying the Miami Plan Foundation III (Global Perspectives) requirement of the Miami Plan.

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Questions? Email Dr. Anthony James at

India: Families and Communities in Global Context

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When: Winter Term

Credits: FSW 475/575 (3 credit hours)

Students who take this course will be introduced to selected family science theories and then use that content to explore whether and how it applies to families in a context that is wholly different from the contexts the theories were developed in. Such an experience will provide students with the ability to not only understand family theory but also be able to adapt theories in ways to meet the needs of families across various contexts. Having that skill is critical to training professionals to desire to work with families in the helping professions. Student can expect to visit several nonprofit agencies in Bangalore that focus on a variety of family issues and functions, have debrief sessions after each visit to an agency, explore family structures and dynamics across different socioeconomic levels, study at world class university (Christ University), and experience the culture of India. Finally, students can expect to spend 5 classroom hours in Oxford prior to the trip (to take place during the last few week of fall semester), 7 days in India, and an additional 4.5 classroom hours in Oxford after the trip (to take place during the first few weeks of the spring semester.

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Outdoor Leadership in Costa Rica

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When: Winter Term 2021

Credits: EDL 281 (3 credit hours)

Discription: This course defines outdoor leadership as leading others in and interfacing with the natural world.  This course examines the role of an outdoor leader, which includes four fundamental responsibilities: to minimize risk, minimize impact on the environment, maximize learning and maximize enjoyment (Kosseff, p. 3).  This course offers students an opportunity to explore theoretical and practical implications of this type of leadership in a study abroad context.

Program Activities: Come along and journey with us through the jungles of Costa Rica. This outdoor leadership course begins with a week of class and outdoor skill development in Oxford followed by a 12-day field experience in Costa Rica. Adventures include:

  • Jungle trek to Piedras Blancas
  • Camping behind twin waterfalls in Diamante Verde Cave
  • Waterfall rappelling
  • Whitewater rafting on the Savegre River
  • Surfing outside Dominical
  • Snorkeling off the Isla del Cano

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For more information contact: Jen Siliko,

Culture, ELs, Research and Writing in Belize

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Course Title: Culture, ELs, Research and Writing in Belize

When: Winter Term

Credits: EDT 221 and EDT 324 (6 credit hours)

This workshop is especially designed for students who desire to add international teaching, field, and service experiences to their resume and broaden their perspective of teaching. Belize is an ideal location to take the EDT 221, Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) in PK-12: Culture & Second Language Acquisition, and the EDP 324, Research and Applied Writing Across the Disciplines, courses. In Belize, students can examine language development as the country has a large immigrant population and workshop participants have an opportunity to work with ELLs (EDT 221). Belize is also an optimal location to research and write about what students are experiencing, seeing, and unearthing about teaching.

(EDP 324). By completing six (6) credits abroad, students satisfy the Miami Plan Global requirement. With the EDT 221 course, students begin and complete one of the four required courses for the Teaching English Language Learners (TELLs) Certificate, which provides them with knowledge, skills, and experiences that prepare them to work with ELLs in their future classroom. The EDP 324 course can be used to satisfy Miami's writing requirement or can be used to complete the Learning Research and Assessment thematic sequence.

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Questions? Email Dr. Castañeda at

Sport, Commerce, & Culture in the Global Marketplace: New Zealand

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When: Winter Term 2021

Credits: KNH 446 (3 credit hours) & KNH 448 (3 credit hours)

Description: For the 6-credit course, students will travel to four cities (Auckland, Dunedin, Queenstown, and Wellington) from January 1-23, 2021 to examine the policy, management, and marketing of sport in New Zealand culture and society. While in New Zealand, students are fully immersed in the global and local complexities and relations of the New Zealand sport industry.

Program Activities: Students will be be given the opportunity for first hand experience in, and a thorough understand of, the rapidly expanding global sport marketplace through:

  • Formal lectures delivered by prominent guest scholars from New Zealand universities in the field of global sport culture, management, marketing, and media.
  • Meetings with sport managers and executives from governing bodies, corporate sponsors, sport media corporations, major venues, and professional teams to outline the New Zealand sport industry.
  • Site visits to locally and nationally prominent New Zealand sport stadiums, venues, and facilities.
  • Physical cultural practices and experiences such as sailing, surfing, street luge, jet boating, and social sport competitions (rugby, cricket, netball, soccer, and parkour, ultimate frisbee).

Course Relevance: KNH 446 & KNH 448 are both Miami Plan courses. Successful completion of the program will satisfy the entire Global Miami Plan for Miami students.

For SLAM students entering Miami prior to Fall 2020, the courses will fulfill the following course requirements toward their major:
KNH 448 - Sport Leadership Core course
KNH 446 - KNH Matrix course

For SLAM students entering after Fall 2020, both courses can be 2 of the 4 electives required to satisfy the program requirements.

Student Selection: The program is open to students of all majors and academic backgrounds. It’s intended for those students with personal and professional interests in the area(s) of: sport management, sport policy, tourism and event management, sport sociology, sport coaching, sport science, kinesiology, public health, physical activity, and/or physical education.

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Offered by Adam Beissel