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Faiths in Dialogue: Spring Term Religion in Rome

Study, Serve & Seek on a Rome Short Program.


The Faiths in Dialogue Program in Rome is a unique short term program with a Learning Community option combining service learning with either RELG 203: Christian Traditions or RELG 371: Faiths in Dialogue.  Dr. Dan Lee will lead the crosslisted RELG courses during the Spring of 2012 and then take students through the streets and sites of Rome in May-June as they bring the classroom with them to the home of the Vatican.

The program will focus on Rome and the Roman Catholic Church, examining various perspectives on issues such as the doctrine of justification, war and peace, social and economic justice, and technological intervention in human procreation.  Assigned readings will include both documents of historical significance and conemporary church statements.  The RELG course carries a PH suffix in either form and can be used (as 203) to fulfill the Christian Traditions requirement or (as 371) as a G-suffix course as well.  All course requirements for the RELG course, including the paper and exams, will be completed prior to departure.

In addition to the 3-credit RELG course, there will be an optional 1 credit Service Learning course attached to the program, offering students the chance to work with the refugee community here in the Quad Cities as well as in Rome, at the Nafuma Refugee Center.  Ideas of war & peace, justice & service come together with real-world, hands-on experiences which will broaden and deepen your understanding of faith and community.  Students who complete the SL course in addition to the RELG course will earn credit for their Learning Community requirement.

The program will include meetings with various church officials, visits to various sites of significance, and class discussions related to the experiences as well as a unique opportunity to work with the refugee community.

Faculty Contact:  Dr. Dan Lee (Religion)

Program Dates:  On-Campus Course March-May 2013 with Rome Trip immediately after commencement weekend (late May)

Program Cost: Tentatively $1,300 for 2015.

Cost includes: Hotel accomodations (11 nights), breakfasts, airport transfer to hotel (return is individual), admission to Vatican museums and numerous attractions throughout Rome.

Not included: Airfare, meals, discretionary spending.  A special group rate for airfare will be arranged by Dr. Lee but is optional for students.

Financial Aid:  As this program does not include tuition charges, only travel expenses, financial aid for the Spring Term cannot be applied to the program costs.  These costs are in addition to the tuition and room/board charges for the term of the program.

This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 6 terms or 60 credits (junior status) or higher at the time of departure, including those who complete their 6th term in Spring of 2015 or 2017.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana, including those completing their 3rd term in Spring 2015 or 2017 are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

Courses available:  Students will enroll in one of two 3-credit Religion courses in order to travel on this program.

             RELG 203: (PH) Christian Traditions

             RELG 371: (PH) Faiths in Dialogue. 

Students who wish to use the course as a Learning Community will also need to enroll in the accompanying 1-credit Service Learning course

  This program is open only to full-time Augustana students.  Funds from Augie Choice are available for this program to any student with Junior status (60 credits or more) at the time of the program departure.