UW Oshkosh

Society and Culture in Modern Greece and England

Location: Greece, England, France
Dates: May 18 - June 18, 2015 (Dates are tentative)
Courses: Liberal Studies 331
Accommodation: hotels
Program Model: Faculty-led
Contact: Courtney Bauder, 920-424-0928; Sage 3455


Experience Greek society and culture while attending informational seminars in the seaside communities of Volos and Athens, two of the 2004 Summer Olympic cities. Participate in social service activities to observe practices addressing societal issues.

While in Volos, explore such places as the traditional villages of the Pelion mountain region of Thessaly, the majestic rock formations with ancient monasteries and ancient ruins at Meteora, the Athanassakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos and perhaps one of the outlying islands.

After departing Volos, travel to Athens and tour the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Akropolis with its Parthenon, the Plaka area, the Benakion Museum of Greek Civilization, the Greek National Historical Museum, and the Athens 2004 Olympic village building. These communities reflect urban, rural and diverse environments and offer unique opportunities for professional and personal growth.

Students will:

      • learn skills for working with children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds;
      • better understand variations in beliefs, traditions, and values across cultures within and the effect of the relationships among child, family, and schooling as related to special education placement and instructional decisions;
      • better understand the characteristics and effects on educational performance of the cultural and environmental milieu of the child and the family including cultural and linguistic diversity, socioeconomic level, abuse/neglect, and substance abuse;
      • learn to incorporate strategies that consider the influence of diversity on assessment, eligibility, programming, and placement of individuals with exceptional learning needs;
      • better understand cultural perspectives influencing the relationship among families, schools, and communities as related to effective instruction for individuals with exceptional learning needs;
      • learn to promote better understanding of diverse cultures and manifestation of cultural differences in classroom interactions; and
      • develop effective communication and collaborative strategies for relationships with professionals, families of children with disabilities, and families from culturally diverse backgrounds.


Program Application & Guide
March 22, 2014