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MBC in Europe: Global Justice and International Humanitarianism

Term To Study: May-Term 2013
Application Deadline: Feb 11, 2013
Program Starts: May 01, 2013
Program Ends: Jun 01, 2013
Program Category: Multi-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,600
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Program Locations:

France Paris
Netherlands Hague
Switzerland Geneva
Contact Name: Professor Chandra Mason
Contact Email:
What is Included: - On-site transportation as a group
- Accommodations
- Breakfast every day
- Admission fees during group excursions
What is not Included: - Passport
- International airfare
- Meals
- Personal expenses
Program Description

Paris, France; the Hague, Netherlands; Geneva, Switzerland

Course Numbers:
PSYCH 245: Organizational Psychology
PHIL277: Colloquium on Global Justice

Professor Chandra Mason
Dr. Roderic Owen

Note: students enroll in one course but study and travel together and are enriched by the cross-disciplinary exchange.

PHIL 277: Colloquium on Global Justice (3 s.h.)
This is a study of global justice (including a focus on international humanitarianism ) in a time of rapidly increasing transnational exchange, global interaction, and international conflict. We will critically examine and discuss a variety of issues: global citizenship; equality in international context; world poverty, global benevolence and"charity;" the limitations of traditional sovereignty and cosmopolitanism; and the human capabilities approach. Readings will include essays from such leading contemporary social and political philosophers as Onora O’Neill, Thomas Nagel, Amartya Sen, Jurgen Habermas, Thomas Pogge, John Rawls, Martha Nussbaum, Allen Buchanan and many others. Students will also learn about the history, mission and activities of a diverse range of international organizations with a primary focus on global justice and humanitarian issues, including such groups as the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization, the World Council of Churches, and a diverse range of UN agencies. Each student will actively lead a discussion using a structured format and give a presentation on one of the sites visited in Europe as well as select a recent scholarly work related to the general theme of global justice and humanitarian outreach and present her written critique to the colloquium at the end of term.

PSYCH 245: Organizational Psychology (3 s.h.)
Students survey topics related to industrial and organizational psychology, including motivation, job satisfaction and values, groups in organizations, decision-making, leadership, job analysis and evaluation, and models and methods of employee selection. The requirements cover theory and conceptual information as well as practical applications. Students will be expected to complete readings on the major principles, theories and concepts in Organizational Psychology and complete short, online quizzes to assess mastery. Building on this foundation, the May term experience itself will focus on diversity, both within international organizations themselves as well as in the people and groups they serve, a challenge that many international humanitarian organizations face. Like students enrolled in PHIL 277/377, students in PSYCH 245 will learn about the history, mission and activities of the selected international organizations that focus on global justice and human rights issues. Required readings addressing diversity issues in organizations will accompany the transformative experiences of learning about organizational practices first-hand by visiting the proposed site.

Contact Professor Chandra Mason at or Dr. Roderic Owen at for more information.

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