Erasmus is a year-long course designed to bring together second and third year students from the various undergraduate colleges at USF in a shared learning environment, with the option for community living. The theme for the new Erasmus Program for the 2018-19 academic year is: Conflict and Reconciliation. We will study the psychological, structural, political, and social causes of conflict and its impacts on a variety of communities both in the Bay Area and beyond. We will also delve into the background of the conflict in Northern Ireland to prepare us for our 10-day immersion trip in January to Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland.
The first semester will focus on understanding conflict, and the Spring term will explore reconciliation. How do we resolve conflict? What kinds of psychological, cultural, and political changes are needed in order to create peace? Erasmus students learn theoretical information from the classroom experience, discuss the material as a community and directly apply information and ideas through various community-based research projects. Over the course of a year, students in the community delve deeper into their understanding of the intertextuality of ethics, service, and justice at local and global levels.
The YEAR-LONG (8-unit) course fulfills:
1) Core D: Ethics requirement
2) Service Learning requirement
3) Politics Elective credit
Students are invited to live in Toler Hall for the year, but must be enrolled in both Fall and Spring semesters of the course in order to live on campus. Students who do not register for the course in the Spring term, or who drop the course before census date in either term will be asked to vacate student housing. They are likewise ineligible to attend the January immersion trip.
The IMMERSION TRIP to NORTHERN IRELAND will take place during early January of 2019. Students must enroll in the Spring semester of Erasmus in order to be eligible to attend the immersion trip. The cost for this trip is approximately $1,500 per person (without airfare). Limited scholarships and grants are available to help defray the cost of the immersion program.
Applications for the 2019-20 academic year will open in February 2019.