Study Abroad in Bhutan: Course Descriptions

Naropa students must select 15 credits.

All Bhutan Study Abroad students will take the following 3 classes:

BSA 325 Traditional Culture and Contemporary Issues of Bhutan (3)

This course is designed to introduce students to historical and contemporary Bhutanese culture, including Geography, History, Politics, Ethnography, Religions and Cultural values, both ancient and modern. This course seeks to locate students' understanding within the Bhutanese view of their world through the lens of Gross National Happiness. Students will feel competent and prepared in essential aspects of daily life in Bhutan.

BSA 335 Contemplative Intercultural Studies (3)

This course is an introduction to contemplative practice, exploring the interface between meditation practice and cross-cultural experience, and how they can creatively inform each other. We explore and train in a variety of contemplative practices including methods drawn from Bhutan’s rich spiritual tradition. In the context of cross cultural experience, we explore ways in which fixed beliefs and schemas create suffering and confusion in our lives. Students are challenged to go beyond habitual responses and generalizations and cultivate deeper levels of compassion and global understanding.

BSA 350 Guided Independent Study: Bhutan (3)

This course invites students to explore and research a topic about Bhutan - its people, environment, culture and current issues. Students will carry out their independent study project during their semester at the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) under the guidance of the NU faculty and the designated RUB faculty mentor at their respective campuses. Following the guidelines specified in the syllabus, students select a topic, have it approved and carry it to completion in the form of a final paper and formal presentation. Topics may be related to the student's area of focus or academic discipline in their BA studies.

Bhutan Study Abroad students will select two classes from one of the campuses below. Both classes must be on the same campus.

For the Spring 2015 semester, students may choose to study at:

College of Natural Resources classes:

BSOC 102 Bhutanese Society and Culture (3)

This module on Society and Culture is developed by relating to the four pillars of Gross National Happiness (GNH) with an attempt to establish how culture infuses into each of the pillars thus contributing vitally to the realization of GNH.  Through this module students not only understand the basic fabrics of Bhutanese society, and fundamental aspects of culture that identify Bhutanese society from the rest to the world, but at the same time students acquire a firm understating of GNH more from a cultural perspective which intricately is more pervasive than any single material of GNH.  This module helps the graduates establish themselves as culturally sensitive persons and appreciate cultural values and principles.

BEVS 202 Environmental Studies (3)

This module provides knowledge and skills on concepts of environment and its degradation.  It aims to impart knowledge on the emerging environmental issues in the international and national context.  It also leads to understanding environmental practices and applying skills to manage emerging environmental issues.

BEVS 102 Introduction to Ecology and Ecosystems (3)

The general objective of this module is to introduce students to the concept of ecology and ecosystems.  This helps students in appreciating the dynamic nature of an ecosystem.  It covers the basic principles of population, community and ecosystem ecology.  It covers ecosystem ecology extensively with studies on energy and material flux, productivity, and freshwater and forest ecology.  It also gives practical experience in field ecology.

BDEV 101 Introduction to Sustainable Development (3)

This module aims to introduce students to the core concepts and challenges of sustainable development as well as the institutions and approaches addressing these challenges.  Particular attention is given to the role of sustainable livelihoods in urban and rural contexts.  Students are expected to learn about goals, indicators and monitoring and evaluation systems in development practice. Finally this module focuses on Gross National Happiness (GNH) as a model for sustainable development.

BNRM 305 Climate Change; Vulnerability, Mitigation and Adaptation (3)

This module provides insight into one of the burning climatic issues, how climate change can affect our daily lives and what are the factors responsible for causing climatic change.  The module also leads to understanding how the world as a community is combating the climate change mitigation and adaptive measures are being undertaken globally.

BLIS 321 Leadership and Personal Skills (3)

The quality of leadership, more than any other single factor, determines the success or failure of an organization.  The graduates of today are the leaders of the future.  They have to gain valuable knowledge and skills in the art of interpersonal communication to assume leadership positions in their organizations. This module will lay the foundation for graduates to develop into able and dynamic leaders.  It covers both the essential theory and practical skills for successful leadership.

Paro College of Education classes:

BEDN 104 Creative Arts in Lower Primary (3)

Student teachers learn how the creative arts (visual arts, music, drama and dance) can provide opportunities for personal expression, enjoyment, creative action, imagination, emotional response, aesthetic pleasure and the creation of shared meanings. Student teachers learn how to explore social and cultural values about spiritual and worldly beliefs through active engagement in the creative arts. Student teachers develop personal expertise in all forms of the creative arts through hands on studio based activities.

BEDN 312 Creative Arts in Upper Primary (3)

The intent of the module is to focus on how children talk, write, draw, dance and sing their understanding of the world in which they live. This will inform how our teachers, parents and community can influence a child’s early development by understanding their language of learning which entails many forms of symbolic representation: talk, print (reading and writing), drawing, multiple forms of visual art-making, performing arts including song and dance, drama and movement.

BEDN 313 Teaching Practice (3)

Teaching Practice (TP) provides opportunities for the student teachers to practice the skills and strategies that they have learned through lectures and studies in a real classroom situation. The student teachers will be exposed with the school curriculum and other organizational systems through constant interaction with the students and teachers in the respective schools. Further, it will enable student teachers to develop their professional competencies.

BEDN 307 Education for Development (3)

This module aims at making the student teachers able to discuss with confidence the importance of education in the development of individual, society and the nation. They will be able to visualize the role played by education in determining the level of economic prosperity, welfare and security of the nation. Further, the students will be able to recognize the role of education in achieving Bhutan’s development philosophy: Gross National Happiness.