Classes and Trips Abroad

I thought it would be fun to let everybody know what classes I’ll be taking in my semester abroad, so here is the list!

Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach- An introduction to the most important human diseases, their diagnoses and treatments, and to the clinical working methods of physicians as practiced at a Danish university hospital. Taught at the National University Hospital (Rigshospitalet) and several Copenhagen University Hospitals

Biology of Marine Mammals- A comparative study of marine mammal anatomy, morphology, physiology, life history and behavior, and adaptation to marine existence. Includes study of the effect of human activities on marine mammals with special reference to Northern European waters.

Social Brain, The: Neuropsychology of Social Behaviors- The goal of this course is to explore the neural basis of human social interaction. Emphasis will be placed on how social psychology and neuroscience inform our understanding of social behavior, with each discipline offering unique and complimentary perspectives. Examples of topics: brain/behavior development, relationship of emotions, cognition and social behavior, theory of mind, the role of empathy and the social self.

Holocaust and Genocide- This course analyses the causes and consequences of genocide. Specific cases of genocide and near-genocide, including the Holocaust, will be studied along with issues such as perpetrator profiles, commemoration, and genocide prevention.

Enemy Within, The: Spies and Espionage in the Cold War- Political conflict was endemic during the Cold War, yet people on both sides of the Iron Curtain were intrigued by the other side’s ideology and became spies, risking everything in the process. This course introduces students to the objectives and effects of intelligence and espionage in the post-war period. The rising importance of intelligence in international politics and major players such as the OSS/CIA, MI5, KGB/GRU, STASI will be addressed.

These classes are equivalent to 25 Carleton credits.  I think this will be a great mix of classes for me.  I am a history major, hence the two history courses.  And, I will also have neuropsychology and biology courses to help me along my path into the medical field.  I am especially excited for the biology of marine mammals class!

DIS also has some organized trips for the classes you will be taking, or just for fun!  Here is what I will be doing through DIS.

Rock Climbing on the Swedish Coast- Spend a day away from Copenhagen meeting new people and exploring Sweden and Europe from another perspective! Join us for a day of rock climbing along the stunning Swedish coast. The climbing and rappelling is guided by professionals who can teach you to climb for the first time. This trip is aimed for beginners, however, if you are experienced in rock climbing, the coast of Sweden has some challenges for you as well!  The cliffs you will be scaling are full of character and have some of the most beautiful views. As a reward for reaching the top of the cliff, you can have a picturesque panorama across the Øresund, the narrow waterway between Sweden and Denmark. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to Denmark including the beautiful fortress of Kronborg, Hamlet’s Castle.

A two-day adventure trip to Bornholm- Spend a weekend cycling on the beautiful island of Bornholm. Located in the Baltic Sea southeast of Copenhagen, Bornholm is perfect for biking and full of cultural and natural highlights. Its rolling hills are covered with a patchwork of farms, its coastline is dotted with sandy beaches and the island is criss-crossed with 250 kilometers of bike paths that have been praised as among the best and most beautiful in Northern Europe.In addition to biking, you can go for a hike, sample the famous smoked herring, visit one of the many glass blowing or ceramics studios or take the ferry to the neighboring island of Christiansø. You will stay at a hostel right by the sea on the east coast of the island and start your adventures from there.

A two-day study tour to Hamburg- During World War II, Hamburg was heavily damaged due to its Gau status as one of the de facto administrative sub-divisions of Nazi Germany. Specifically, the Nikolai Kirch and the surrounding neighborhoods were almost entirely destroyed.  Following the end of the War and in recent years, Hamburg has rebuilt itself into a vibrant city; however, as you walk through the city, you will notice that the presence of war still lingers.In order to further contextualize events of the Holocaust, you will visit the Bullenhauser Damm School. Nazi doctors conducted medical experiments on a group of small children before executing them at Bullenhauser Damm, which now serves as a kindergarten.You will also explore the Neuengamme work camp, the on-site memorial to commemorate the prisoners, and a museum exhibition that explains the camp’s history. Neuengamme, the largest concentration camp in northwest Germany during World War II, was established in 1938 and closed in 1945. Over 100,000 people were subjected to horrendous living conditions, strenuous labor and overall murderous conditions throughout the camp’s existence.Through these visits, you will be able to better understand how historical events inform present mindsets and how a country moves forward without forgetting the past.

A week-long tour to Berlin-Poznan- This long study tour seeks to combine hands-on experiences with opportunities to derive comparative insight into medical practice across countries. The Berlin portion of the tour has featured a visit to Charité University hospital, which ranks as a leading hospital in Germany. Students have been exposed to leading biomedical research through our visit to the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) where world-renowned researchers walk students through their projects.In Poznan, students spend their mornings shadowing physicians at the university hospital where they are invited into examination rooms and observe procedures first-hand. This part of the tour is particularly enriching because it not only gives students additional clinical experience, but it also highlights many of the challenges faced by post-communist countries and their effect on medical practice.In both destinations the academic program is supplemented with cultural visits to relevant and exciting sites to help students engage to the fullest extent. In the past, cultural visits have included city bike tours, brewery visits, and performances.

I am so excited to have this opportunity!  I have been to Zimbabwe and India before, but I’ve always been with my family when I’ve traveled anywhere.  I have never flown by myself before or been to Europe (besides the airports).  I look forward to sharing my experiences with you!


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