I love planning, organizing, and facilitating experiential learning opportunities. If you are looking for a consultant for your study abroad program, let's talk about how we might work together. Below, you can read about the programs I co-directed in 2019 and 2022.
In 2022, I co-directed this study abroad program with Prof. Lauren Poyer. The theme was "Justice in the Nordic Region". This interdisciplinary study abroad program explored concepts of justice in medieval Scandinavia and modern Sweden; as well as an introduction to Nordic languages. We reflected on questions around power structures, access to justice, norms, cultural identity, and intersections with gender, class, race, climate, and religion. We used contemporary Swedish literature and film, especially those considered or inspired by “Nordic Noir”, to learn about modern Swedish culture and society. We also examined medieval saga literature and law codes as a window into the cultural history of medieval Scandinavia from the Viking Age to the late Middle Ages. We took advantage of our location in Sweden through experiential learning such as site visits, field trips, and guest lectures. Course assignments included reflective writing, group discussions, and co-created social media posts.
Kim Kraft and Lauren Poyer
In 2019, I co-directed the following study abroad program with Dr. Elise Rainer: Honors Sweden: The Question of Rights: Looking to Sweden as a Global Model. This was an interdisciplinary study abroad program exploring how Sweden’s advancement of human rights continues to influence global human rights norms and wield enormous influence internationally. Through the lens of Sweden as a “norm entrepreneur” country, students examined Sweden’s innovative human rights policies on LGBTI rights and gender equality. Additionally, the program introduced students to Swedish authors and filmmakers whose work has reached beyond the Nordic borders with global impact. Photos from the program are below.
Program Leadership: Kim Kraft and Dr. Elise Rainer