Michael Thomas
Associate Dean of International Programs
Office: (417) 873-7503

Tom Russo
Director, Study Abroad Programs
Office: (417) 873-7413

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Aigina, Greece: Ethics and Global Culture

Philosophers – especially the ancient Greek ones – argued that without a developed sense of moral and ethical selfhood, we fail to engage our nature as human selves. The Ethical Foundations course starts that engagement by familiarizing students with the theories and problems central to the 2,500 year old ongoing conversation within ethical philosophy.

Obviously, engaged selfhood also requires examining the complex nature of the interconnected globe we live in. In the Global Connections course the student will learn to grapple with the task of defining his/her role as a global citizen by illuminating and analyzing the components that constitute the human relationship to an interdependent globe.

We will use Greece as the historically and culturally rich backdrop for our engaged study of these important subjects. Starting in Athens, we will travel to Delphi to see the very spot where Socrates received the message from the Oracle that reportedly sparked his long and famous investigation of ethical questions. After returning to Athens, we will investigate museums as well as open-air historical sites such as the Acropolis and the Agora. We will then depart for Aigina, where we will spend the majority of our time, studying and also investigating various island sites, including Mykanos and Santorini, two islands deep in the Aegean.

Throughout the trip, we will use those cites and experiences as the context for understanding not only our globally interdependent selves, but moreover how to connect those selves to that world in an ethically responsible way.

Date of Travel: June 15 – July 14, 2014
Program Fee*: $3383
Tuition for 6 credit hours: approx. $1431
Personal Expenses**: approx. $2720

Total Approximate Cost: $7500

First Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Payment : $500 due December 1, 2013
Second Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Payment: $1000 due January 15, 2014
Remaining balance due by: April 1, 2014

* Program fee includes: accommodations (based on double room rate), excursions (transportation to and from hotels in Athens, and to and from the Isles), faculty expenses, entry fees to all museums, churches, archeological sites, facility costs in Aigina, health insurance, and two program dinners (one at beginning, one at end). This amount does not include passport fee, passport photos, food, books, tuition, entertainment, personal trips or expenditures, and airfare.

**Personal expenses include: airfare, books, transportation to and from airport (Springfield, KC or St. Louis depending on ticket costs at time of travel), passport fee, passport photos, meals (other than the two program dinners), entertainment, personal items and souvenirs. The Drury Aigina apartments are fully equipped with a stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, etc. Students can save on food costs by taking advantage of this equipment.

CORE 201: Global Connections (3 credit hours) meets GLST 201 Global Awareness for GP 21 or Global Connections for CORE curriculum
PHIL 210: Ethics (3 credit hours)
PDEV 205: Engaged Learning (0 credit hours)

For more information, please contact:
Christopher Panza
(417) 873-6837


Blaine Whisenhunt
(417) 873-7484