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  • Locations: Kolkata, India
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: Hamline applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
JTerm PMS716,JTerm PMS1817India J-term 2018
Learning Fundamentals of Mathematics through International Service-Learning - MATH 1135

Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal (India), is on the eastern bank of river Ganga. Kolkata is referred as the City of Joy. There are many legends about the name Kolkata. According to some, local dialect Kal-kata used to be pronounced by Europeans as Cal-cutta. The story also goes that in 1742 Canals (local dialect called Khal) were dug (local dialect called cutta) around three sides of Kolkata, hence Calcutta was derived from Khal-kata.

Kolkata is a cosmopolitan city. The city life of Kolkata is enriched with the people from all over the world. It is the largest city in India and 4th largest in the world. 

This course will travel to Kolkata, where we will explore the city and the suburbs. We will spend time on learning fundamental mathematical concepts in a hands-on way. We will visit tourist spots and learn about various aspects of mathematics. We will learn about geometry, arithmetic and other mathematical concepts. We will also learn about various electoral systems and use probability to understand elections (India is the largest democracy in the world, so being in Kolkata will help us explore more about electoral process). We will spend time at the University of Calcutta, by involving in cultural and mathematical workshops, engaging in conversations and exchanging cultural information.

About the Professor:
Sayonita Ghosh Hajra is an assistant professor of mathematics. She was born in Kolkata (India) and earned an M.Sc. in Mathematics in 2005 from the University of Calcutta, India. She received an MA in Mathematics Education and PhD in Mathematics from University of Georgia, Georgia. She is interested in teaching mathematics through hands-on methods and she believes a course becomes interesting when there is a purpose for learning it. She believes through cross cultural explorations, mathematics can be learned in an interesting and a purposeful way. 

Sayonita Ghosh Hajra, 651-523-2183,

Dates of Travel:
January 3 - 24, 2018

Mandatory On-Campus Classes:
• December 1, 2017 - 3 - 4 pm

Estimated Cost: 
$5,750 - Minimum 10-14 students 
$5,500 - Minimum 15-25 students

*There is an application fee that is separate from the cost of the course.
April 12 - May 16: $225
May 17 - October 2: $275

Course Information:
• Grading: A—F (four credits)
• Hamline Plan: D, M, R, W (pending)
• Prerequisites: None
• Required Texts: TBD 

Included in the Itinerary:
• Round-trip airfare, covering all points between MSP—CCU 
• Lodging
• Ground transportation within Kolkata
• Daily breakfast and some dinners
• All entry fees to performances, museums, and sites required for class
• International Emergency Medical Insurance

Not Included in the Itinerary:
• Trip cancellation insurance
• Meals not included in the itinerary
• Cost of individual recreation
• Laundry, personal expenses, telephone charges, internet access

Contact Information: 
Please contact the Global Engagement Center or schedule an appointment to learn more about this program.

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