• Greece

    Capstone on Globalization in Greece

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    Capstone on Globalization in Greece

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    Capstone on Globalization in Greece


The Greek civilization is one of the oldest and biggest in Europe, stretching back more than 3000 years. Here you can find dozens of monuments from the distant past, and what better place to discuss special topics in political science than in the birthplace of democracy? We will also visit some of Greece's more than 6,000 islands and islets, which will no doubt have a little something for everyone.

In addition to the obvious benefits of visiting Greece, we will be spending a portion of our time focusing on service learning and helping local populations through volunteering opportunities that are customized specifically for us. Upon your return, you will be equipped with the know-how of a global citizen and how to use that knowledge to better your community at home.


The below map shows the program's overnight locations and does not include sites visited during day trips.

Course Leaders

James Keating, Advisor

Study Abroad Center
Phone: (319) 273-7078
E-mail: James.Keating@uni.edu

“Acquiring an education while developing an accepting worldview is the greatest possession anyone can ever own.” - James Keating

James has been exploring the world for over 10 years. James has visited various locations in Latin America while also visiting China. He knows that exploring other cultures is the only true way someone can develop a healthy view of the world. 


Capstone 3125: Globalization, Cultural Pluralism and International Security (3 Credits)

Course Syllabi

Course Description:

With its unique emphasis on servicing learning, this course serves as a holistic opportunity for student learning that is focused on skill development, servicing diverse populations, building advanced skills, mediating cultural awareness and sensitivity to population needs, as well as providing opportunities for creative reflection. Students The creation of the Capstone program as a key component of the Liberal Arts Core was intended to aid in preparing UNI students for the complex world of ideas that should engage them during their lives as educated citizens. Capstone courses are intended to deal with complex issues that are addressed from multidisciplinary perspectives, and some specifically deal with topics related to beliefs, behaviors and critical thinking approaches related to civic engagement. In this course, we will draw from academic literature in political science and economics and integrate that with experiential learning. In this course we will talk about both the good side and bad side of globalization; differences between and key figures in cultural identities between the United States and Greece; and different aspects of international security, which include security from personal harm, poverty, migration, environmental degradation, and national security.

The course will include instructor lectures, student presentations, experiential learning – such as tours of historical or cultural sites, volunteering with local populations in Greece – and group reflection and discussion. This study abroad experience includes plenty of structured activities but also allows for free time for students to pursue their own interests and discover Athens and the Greek isle of Chios on their own. The coming together of students from various academic backgrounds will challenge everyone to think about the key concepts and themes from new perspectives.

This course incorporates a heavy service learning element. At current, the agenda is to provide volunteer assistance to the local community. Working through International Volunteer Headquarters, we will participate in a customized Community Development project, which would take place in an outdoor environment, and include tasks like renovating schools, beach cleanups, and other related tasks required at the time of our scheduled participation.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course students should be able to discuss both the pros and cons of globalization and describe the types of people who benefit most or who suffer the greatest under its advances. Students should also be able to discuss some of the key differences between Greek culture and US culture, the sources of those differences and their impacts on society. Students will also be expected to be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of contemporary international security issues. Perhaps most importantly, students should come away with a strong understanding of how they can help improve their communities. 



  • In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study.
  • Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
  • Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken the program's capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.


Tentative Program Dates: May 11th, 2019 to May 26th, 2019

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrive in Athens in early evening

Day 2: Site visits in Athens

Day 3: Site visits in Athens 

Day 4: Island visits or trip to Delphi

Day 5: Travel to Chios

Day 6: Volunteer day Chios and site visits

Day 7: Volunteer day Chios

Day 8: Volunteer day Chios

Day 9: Volunteer day Chios

Day 10: Volunteer day Chios

Day 11: Free day in Chios

Day 12: Travel to Athens

Day 13: Free day in Athens

Day 14: Travel back to U.S.

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in hotel and hostel accommodations arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Most meals will be purchased on-site. Only breakfast is included in the cost of the program. 

Program Costs

Capstone on Globalization in Greece

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* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

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Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Friday, December 14, 2018
Program Dates: 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is between 2.40 to 2.49, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (28 Gilchrist):
      • A letter of reference from your academic advisor supporting your pursuit of study abroad
      • An essay, which should explain why your cumulative GPA is below a 2.50, include how your cumulative GPA is stable or improving, a detailed plan for improving your academic performance a strong academic and/or personal interest in your study abroad location and/or course, and a compelling academic rationale for studying abroad.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
  • All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.