J-Term is a special month-long period of study in January in which Carthage students take a single course on campus or join a study tour to another part of the world. Every academic department at Carthage offers J-Term courses. Here is a look at recent J-Term study tours offered by the Political Science Department.
Tourism and Glaciers: Melting Profits in Patagonia
Offered in January 2010, this J-Term study tour was led by political science professor Jeffrey Roberg and sociology professor Bill Miller. As one of the last remaining areas of the world with an advancing glacier, Patagonia demonstrates the difficulties of balancing nature, economics, and the rights of tourists to explore this area.
Eco- and Ethno-Tourism in Argentina and Brazil: Preserving Cultures and Environments
This J-Term study tour is offered regularly by political science professor Jeffrey Roberg and psychology/neuroscience professor Penny Seymoure. Students explore politics, economics, social and ethnic issues, indigenous cultures, geography and natural habitats.
Environmental Geography and Politics of the Galapagos Islands
In this course, students lived on a boat for eight days and conducted field research numerous islands, led by geography professor Matt Zorn and political science professor Jeffrey Roberg.
Students studied politics, economics, human rights issues, foreign relations and other topics in several J-Term study tours to Cuba. Cities on the tour included Havana, Santa Clara, Trinidad and Cienfuegos.
Winners and Losers of the Transition to Democracy and Capitalism
In this 2002 J-Term trip, led by political science professor Jeffrey Roberg, students compared the successes and failures of four countries: Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.