Social stratification touches every aspect of life, and South Asia’s traditional caste structure is a special case: this highly complex, strictly adhered to system has been religiously legitimized and criticized over a 3000-year history, and is nowadays seen as being at odds with the modern world. Yet it remains a crucial factor in social identity, economic roles, legal status, and religious practice. This course offers a 360º survey of caste both historically and in practice today in Nepal. The four weeks of the course will address four themes, respectively, providing for each a combination of historical background, social scientific analysis of the modern situation, and direct field experience for the students.
Chesapeake Bay Region
A baseline for conservation and restoration efforts is needed to help set proper restoration goals and assess the success of restoration efforts. In many cases, degradation of biological communities and their physical environments takes place over longer time than a human lifespan, resulting in a shifting reference points. This course explores how to use the paleontological, archaeological, historical, and recent data to chart the decline of Chesapeake Bay communities, as well as how to apply those baselines to current restoration efforts.
In this course, students explore pedagogy, curriculum, and social issues related to urban education by working in schools in the Richmond area for three weeks. Students read about and discuss the broader social and economic forces, particularly poverty, that have shaped urban schools and the ramifications of those forces for school design. The Richmond schools provide the opportunity to observe critical components of teaching and learning in the urban classroom. Housing is provided with alumni during the week. Students return to Lexington for Friday seminars and for the fourth week of the term for seminars and discussion.
Washington, D.C.This course examines the responsibilities of, and challenges faced by, the United States Intelligence Community (IC). Drawing on current literature and case studies, topics include intelligence collection and analysis, covert action, oversight and accountability, morality and spying, and counterintelligence. The third week of the course will be spent in and around Washington, DC, where we will visit the National Spy Museum and the National Cryptologic Museum, meet with current and past intelligence officials, and visit other venues of relevance.
W&L’s Washington Term aims to enlarge students’ understanding of national politics and governance. Combining the practical experience of a Washington internship with academic study, it affords deeper insight into the processes and problems of government at the national level.
New York City, NY
The objective of this course is two fold. First, to understand the financial accounting standard setting process and the roles different institutions play in that process. In this regard, we will be visiting standard setting bodies such as the FASB and PCAOB. Second, to use the financial accounting standards (Codification) along with what you learned in the Intermediate Accounting classes to research solutions to real world cases.