Spring 2020 Travel Course Offerings

Spring 2020 Three-Credit Travel Course Offerings

Topic and DestinationLeader
Specters of ParisFerrari
French Cultural Institutions: Power and RepresentationRoy
Symbolizing Scottish FolkVogelaar
Sustainable Economic Development (India and Bhutan)Dasgupta
Introduction to Coastal EcosystemsDella Croce
History of Modern Ireland: Union and Dis-union, 1798-1998Hoey
Scotland, Story and SongPeat
Introduction to International Relations: ViennaBucher
Sustainable Development in Africa: Politics, Prospects, and PracticeZanecchia
Government and Politics of the Middle East (Cyprus)Mottale
Studies in Ceramics: Northern and Central ItalyZdanski

Course Descriptions

CLCS 232T Specters of Paris

Professor Ferrari

Ghosts and spirits have played vital roles in oral, written, and visual narratives throughout history and across cultures, appearing as anything from fragments of the imagination, divine messengers, benign or exacting ancestors, and capricious otherworldly creatures populating particular loci to disturbing figures returned from the dead bent on exacting revenge or revealing hidden crimes, or simply searching for a way to make peace with the past and pass on. French 19th and 20th century writers and filmmakers frequently depict Paris as a haunted city and craft tales that evoke the supernatural as a special form of remembrance, often attached to an ethical imperative to trouble the status quo, to never neglect the past as society pushes forward, with great speed and determination in the name of progress. The course offers a hybrid creative writing/cultural studies approach to French theory, film, and literature dealing with the topic of haunting, and the specter. Students will gain knowledge of the history of the city of Paris through the unique lens of the ghost story, spectrality theory, and exploration of both the surreal and uncanny. Creative essay writing and storytelling will bring French theory to life, with a travel in Paris dedicated to exploring the underbelly of the City of Lights: its graveyards, its secret hideaways, its passageways haunted - figuratively - by the shadows of revolution, terror, restoration, lamentations of love and betrayal. (Students who have previously taken CRW 110T may not also earn credit for CLCS 232T)


CLCS 247T French Cultural Institutions: Power and Representation

Professor Roy

Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French authors and artists were instrumental in shaping the imaginary of the “Orient”, with a myriad of paintings and texts housed for public consumption in national cultural institutions. Students will use the French case to explore the politics of representation: the creation and objectification of an Oriental “Other”. On-the-ground field study in museums, archives and galleries of Paris (the former colonial capital) and Marseille (the “Gateway to North Africa”) will help students to investigate the ties that bind the visual arts and literature with the exercising of knowledge and power, and to read literary and artistic works as shaped by their cultural and historical circumstances. The strong Arab and Berber presence in both cities today, in particular from France's former colonies in North Africa, will provide the impetus to question how contemporary writers and artists explicitly and implicitly engage with and renegotiate these “cultural artifacts”, and what broader significance this might have for questions of representation and identity, Self and Other, in the (not only French) present. Students will read contemporary texts by authors such as Leïla Sebbar and Assia Djébar and explore work by visual artists including Zineb Sedira and Zoulikha Bouabdellah, using their, and our own, “encounters” in the Louvre, the Pompidou Center, the Arab World Institute, MuCEM and smaller galleries to consider the significance of reappropriating the gaze and of the relationship between visual pleasure and politics, while questioning who art is “for” and where the “representation business” takes us. (The course may count toward the French Studies major in consultation with the coordinator of the French Studies program.)


COM 220T Symbolizing Scottish Folk

Professor Vogelaar

Concurrent with processes of globalization, there has been a fervent, if not reactionary, revival of folk culture. Although the reinvention of folk cultures is a global phenomenon, it is particularly salient in places like Scotland—a complex nation that is as much British, modern, and Western as it is local, artisanal and traditional. Longstanding clashes over regional independence, enduring ties to local geographies and customs, and a thriving tourism industry in Scotland, have sustained rich folk cultures that serve both as powerful sources of identification as well as seductive expressions of national identity and culture. Using discursive and rhetorical approaches, this course explores the various ways in which “folk” identities, practices, cultures, and artifacts are represented and mobilized in the Scottish context by various communities and stakeholders.


ECN 331T Sustainable Economic Development (India and Bhutan)

Professor Dasgupta

Traditionally, efficiency has been given priority over sustainability in orthodox economics. With the declaration of Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations, the idea of sustainability has become central in mainstream economic and policy discussions, thereby challenging many fundamental building blocks of economics. This course will examine the different approaches used in economics to study sustainability within the context of economic development. This will include both mainstream approach that uses neoclassical assumptions of market clearing and the rational choice theory and non-mainstream schools of thoughts that include Marxian economics, Ecological economics and Institutional economics. The course will then explore the relationships between sustainability and various economic and political issues like employment generation, property and resource rights, mode of production, economic growth and poverty. The aim of this course is to provide tools to students that will allow them to critically examine the various approaches to sustainable development. A grade of at least C is highly recommended in the prequisite ECN 100. This Travel carries a supplemental fee: CHF 1365 (for students invoiced in CHF) or USD 1450 (for students invoiced in USD).


ENV 231T Introduction to Coastal Ecosystems

Professor Della Croce

This course examines the natural history and the ecology of coastal ecosystems, with a special emphasis on coral reefs. It examines the interactions between the terrestrial and marine environments that allow the formation of these biodiverse systems as well as the characteristic species, their evolutionary history, and the complex processes that drive everyday life in these systems. The course also explores the effects that humans have on coral reefs and other coastal systems, both directly (e.g., coastal development, tourism) and indirectly (e.g., climate change). The course will challenge students to critically asses attempts to mitigate such effects. The Academic Travel portion of the course will take place along the East coast of Egypt, on the Red Sea. (Good swimming skills required.) This Travel carries a supplemental fee: CHF 665 (for students invoiced in CHF) or USD 710 (for students invoiced in USD).


HIS 275T History of Modern Ireland: Union and Dis-union, 1798-1998

Professor Hoey

Ireland has undergone profound social, economic and political changes over the last two centuries. Its history has been largely defined, for better or worse, by its relationship with its larger neighbor, Britain. This course will critically examine the contours and effects of this often troubled relationship which can largely be defined as the struggle between union and dis-union, that is, either strengthening or severing the link with Britain. Going beyond these constitutional issues it will also examine wider social and cultural changes; the famine and its legacy, the land revolution of the late nineteenth century, emigration, the 'Celtic Tiger' economy and Ireland's delayed sexual revolution.


LIT 255T Scotland, Story and Song

Professor Peat

For such a small nation, Scotland is certainly a very noisy one. From traditional Mouth Music, to Gaelic folk tales, to the Bay City Rollers, The Proclaimers, and indie-pop groups such as Belle and Sebastian and Django Django, Scotland has a long and rich culture of music. This travel course places Scotland’s rich musical heritage in the broader context of storytelling in all its forms and genres, including film, fiction, and poetry. Students will travel from Edinburgh on the east coast to Glasgow on the west, and will also visit the Highlands and Islands to study the vibrant folk music culture there. Scottish music will be used as an entrance point to the country’s culture and history. As students close read (and close listen) a variety of works, they will investigate the ways in which these works buy into, help to build, or struggle against particular mythologies of “Scottishness.” The course will also explore the links between storytelling and nationalism, oral and written tradition, popular and “high” culture. While most attention will be paid to works produced in Scotland, the course will also take into account externally produced images of Scotland and the Scottish (for example, the abiding popularity of Braveheart or The Simpson’s Groundskeeper Willie). Finally, the course will consider how Scottish music and literature has been marketed and produced in such venues as university departments of Scottish or Celtic Studies, record labels such as Postcard Records, and publishers such as Cannongate Press.


POL 101T Introduction to International Relations: Vienna

Professor Bucher

This Academic Travel course provides the basic analytic tools necessary for the understanding of international relations. After a brief introduction to realist, liberal, English School and constructivist approaches to the study of international relations, the course covers various fundamental concepts, such as national power, foreign policy, conflict, political economy, international trade and international organizations. The travel program will focus on Vienna which provides us with the opportunity to not only learn about international organizations, but also the historical development of European politics and diplomacy


POL 281T Sustainable Development in Africa: Politics, Prospects, and Practice

Professor Zanecchia

This interdisciplinary course explores the politics and practice of sustainable development in Africa (Namibia). Through a series of on-site explorations in the host country, problem-based exercises, service learning and presentations by local university professors, public policy makers (to include NGOs) and experts in sustainable development, students will learn about the political, social, economic, environmental and cultural relationships that encompass the important field of sustainable development. Students will come to better understand the country approaches sustainable development and natural resource management through participation in on-site expeditions and visits. Student research projects will include team-based case studies in the areas of sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, water and natural resource management, and sustainable housing in light of global environmental issues such as deforestation, water resource and human habitat degradation, threats to biodiversity, and conventional models of development. Please note: The field portion of the course will include traveling in overland vehicles with experienced guides. Accommodations will be in either backpacker lodges (dormitory style beds) or in safari tents at campgrounds with hot showers and toilets. This Travel carries a supplemental fee: CHF 1450 (for students invoiced in CHF) or USD 1545 (for students invoiced in USD).


POL 290T Government and Politics of the Middle East (Cyprus)

Professor Mottale

Examining the political processes that shape conflict and cooperation in Middle Eastern societies, this academic travel course directs special focus to analysing the politics of modernization and the clash between tradition and modernity. The international dimension of the area will be approached in light of the historical conflicts that have shaped and continue to shape the region. Cyprus represents an excellent case study to understand the various conflicts which have come to define Middle Eastern societies, including religious and inter-ethnic conflicts and clashes over resources. Part of the island is controlled by Turkey and the other part is an independent, Greek speaking state, the Republic of Cyprus. Despite these many conflicts the Republic of Cyprus is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the European Union, and the United Nations. (Recommended prerequisite: POL 100 or POL 101.)


STA 275T Studies in Ceramics: Northern and Central Italy

Professor Zdanski

This introductory ceramics course combines art history and studio work with an intensive travel period in northern and central Italy. Students will be given the opportunity to understand the complete process of producing objects in clay and terracotta, from the first planning/designing phases, through the basic modeling techniques, to the more complicated processes of firing and glazing. Studio sessions both on and off campus will incorporate lectures on artists and art movements, as well as visits to local venues, major museums and other sites of importance with regard to the use of clay and terracotta in the fine arts. The on-campus lectures aim to provide students with an understanding of the importance of northern and central Italy for the history of ceramics from the age of the Etruscans to the present day. All students will have the opportunity to do in-depth, intensive work in clay modeling, hand-built ceramics and glazing techniques. The first part of the course will focus on the functional aspects of the terracotta object, while the second will introduce terracotta as sculpture.


Spring 2020 One-Credit Travel Course Offerings

Topic and DestinationLeader
Career Development for Global Citizens: PragueRayford
Society in Transition (Belgrade, Zagreb, Istria)Dudukovic

TVL 258 Career Development for Global Citizens: Prague

Professor Rayford

How does one integrate an international education experience with the career development process? This course emphasizes preparation for graduate and professional experience by introducing and familiarizing students with the career development process. Particular focus is placed on identifying and communicating the skills, traits, and values gained through international, cross-cultural, and disciplinary learning experiences. In Prague, students will have the opportunity to work closely with alumni, conduct on-site visits, and develop skills specific to the international job search.


TVL 299 Society in Transition (Belgrade, Zagreb, Istria)

Professor Dudukovic

The capitals of Serbia and Croatia as well as Istria are an incredibly rich mosaic of different cultures, influences and styles. After taking this 1-credit multidisciplinary travel course, students will be able to understand and critically analyze different economic, political, cultural and social aspects of transition changes in Serbia, Croatia and Istria, in particular after dissolution of the federal state. Students will also come to understand the concept of self-management, the current economic growth models in Serbia and Croatia, transition from socialism to capitalism , rapid privatizations, Intellectual movements in Serbia and Croatia, Social Classes in transition, Press Freedom, Media Freedom in Serbia, Modern Art in Serbia and Croatia. Students will be exposed to basic elements of cultural and national identity, national food, ballet or opera, concerts and folk dancing traditions in Belgrade and in Zagreb. Academic lectures in Belgrade, Zagreb and Istria are carefully planned to substantiate eight different research topics students would be involved in. Meetings with government representatives and private business managers, interviews with ordinary people are also planned. The itinerary will center on Zagreb, Belgrade and small towns in Istria : Pula, Rijeka, Opatija and Rovinj. Tour to islands around Rovinj by boat will be also organized. Finally students will write a research paper about one research topic of their choice.