Spring 2017 Travel Course Offerings

Spring 2017 Three-Credit Travel Course Offerings

Topic and DestinationLeader
Communication, Fashion, and the Formation of Taste: ItalySugiyama
Paris Protagonist: Lost in TranslationFerrari
Sustainable Economic Development: Exploring Bhutan and DarjeelingDasgupta
Freshwater Conservation: North-East Italy and SloveniaDella Croce
Central Europe: An Urban HistoryPyka
History of Modern Ireland: Union and Dis-union, 1798-1998Hoey
Introduction to International Relations: ViennaBucher
Politics and Society in MesoamericaCordon
Studies in Ceramics: UmbriaZdanski

COM 230T Communication, Fashion, and the Formation of Taste: Italy

Professor Sugiyama

The sense of taste, whether it refers to the metaphorical sense of taste (aesthetic discrimination) or the literal sense of taste (gustatory taste), is a fundamental part of human experiences. This Academic Travel course examines various ways that communication processes shape our sense of taste in the contemporary society. It will explore topics such as the taste for food, clothing and accessories, music, and other cultural activities applying key theories and concepts of communication, fashion, and taste. Ultimately, the course seeks to develop an understanding of how interpersonal, intercultural, and mediated communication in our everyday life plays a critical role in the formation of individual taste as well as collective taste. In order to achieve this objective, field observations and site visits will be planned during the academic travel period. The travel will include Milan, Florence and another Italian city to be decided.


CRW 110T Paris Protagonist: Lost in Translation

Professor Ferrari

This Academic Travel and creative writing course creates the occasion for an intensive hybrid scholarly/creative encounter with a mythical urban landscape which figuratively lives and breathes, as a protagonist, through French literature and film. The travel component that underscores this course will also mark the culmination of this Parisian encounter, ushering students from the realm of theory to practice with daily (on-location/site-driven) writing prompts and workshop-style events designed to address the following key questions: What forms does this protagonist assume as s/he endures through time? What voices emerge from the space of her debris? What gets lost in translation and how can the dialogue between art and cultural theory aide us in finding our way through this impasse of loss? How can the deepening of a student’s cultural awareness help the City of Light avoid being subsumed by her own, distinctive, and almost irresistible, charme fatal? Three thematic modules will frame this exploration and create a groundwork on which to base the student’s intellectual discovery and experimentation as writers/travelers: the poetry of Charles Baudelaire highlights the unique experience of Parisian space; the contribution of Surrealism which both defines and defies the peculiarities of Parisian time; the French New Wave (contrasted to foreign cinematic renderings of Paris), with a focus on the twin concepts of translation-transfiguration, allegories of Light and “Othering.” Students enrolling in this course may expect dual-language editions of French literary sources and French films with English subtitles (when possible).


ECN 331T Sustainable Economic Development: Exploring Bhutan and Darjeeling

Professor Dasgupta

Orthodox economics has traditionally prioritized efficiency over sustainability. With the recent declaration of the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations, sustainability has become central in mainstream economic and policy discussions, thereby challenging many fundamental building blocks of economics. This Academic Travel course will examine the different approaches used in economics to study sustainability within the context of economic development. This will include both mainstream approaches that use neoclassical assumptions of market clearing and rational choice theory, and non-mainstream approaches including 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, modes of production, economic growth, and poverty. The aim of this course is to provide students with tools that will allow them to critically examine various approaches to sustainable development. The travel component will include visits to Darjeeling (in the eastern part of India) and Bhutan, where students will specifically look into the issues of sustainable agriculture and sustainable tourism in the specific context of fragile mountain environments. (It is highly recommended that students have completed ECN 100 with a grade of at least C.) This Travel carries a supplemental fee: CHF 1,190 (for students invoiced in CHF) or USD 1,240 (for students invoiced in USD).


ENV 230T Freshwater Conservation: North-East Italy and Slovenia

Professor Della Croce

This course explores various aspects of rivers, freshwater lakes, and groundwater aquifers. It provides an introduction to the distinct ecology of these three freshwater systems, their human uses, different approaches to their conservation, possibilities for restoration of degraded systems, and a look at the role that lakes and rivers play in international relationships. During Academic Travel, the class will visit various freshwater systems and will also practice field data collection techniques. Tentatively, the travel will take place in North-East Italy and Slovenia. This course may also include shorter day-trips to local points of interests.


HIS 215T Central Europe: An Urban History

Professor Pyka

This Academic Travel course seeks to explore urban development and urban planning of Central European cities from Antiquity to the Present. The course investigates the specific development of cities in Central Europe, both north and south of the Alps, with an emphasis on the legacies of Roman antiquity, the Christian (and Jewish) legacy of the Middle Ages, the role of princely residences, and of bourgeois middle classes. An important part plays also the various political movements of the 20th century, including the architectural fantasies of National Socialism, and the attempts post-World War II to deal with this legacy in a democratic society. The course asks in which way the interplay of tradition and modernity over time has structured not only the physical shapes of cities, but even the mindsets of the population. The travel component of this course features day trips to the Roman foundation of Como (Italy) and the oldest still standing structure in Switzerland in Riva San Vitale (Ticino), and a major excursion to the three most important cities in Bavaria: Nuremberg, Regensburg, and Munich (Germany).


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.


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 225T Politics and Society in Mesoamerica

Professor Cordon

Using a comparative approach, this Academic Travel course examines the historical, political, social, and economic factors that shape the countries of Mesoamerica and the geographical understanding of that region. Readings and class discussions will explore and compare the recent efforts in various countries to achieve viable democracies and sustainable economic development. The role of the United States and its policies in the region will also be considered. The travel component of this course will feature Guatemala, where many of the characteristic features of the region's history can be observed. Students will visit various UNESCO World Heritage Sites and/or protected areas and also meet with political and social leaders to learn about and discuss current issues. This Travel carries a supplemental fee: CHF 480 (for students invoiced in CHF) or USD 500 (for students invoiced in USD).


STA 275T Studies in Ceramics: Umbria

Professor Zdanski

This course combines both art history and studio work on site in Umbria. Students will be given the opportunity to understand the complete process of producing terracotta objects, from the first planning /designing phases, through basic modeling techniques to more complicated processes like firing and glazing, eventually including printing processes used in glazing, or the production of large-scale collective works. Studio sessions both on and off campus will incorporate lectures on artists and art movements, as well as visits to local venues. The on-campus lectures will prepare students and help them understand the artists and art movements of this distinctive region of Italy, extending from the age of the Etruscans as seen in the modern cities of Perugia and Orvieto, to the present, as represented by Fuksas' church in San Paolo, CIAC in Foligno, Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Carapace ‘living sculpture’ winery at Montefalco, and the Burri Foundation in Città di Castello. All students will have the opportunity to do in-depth, intensive work in clay modeling, ceramics and related glazing and printing techniques.


Spring 2017 One-Credit Travel Course Offerings

Topic and DestinationLeader
Morocco: Listening to Morocco, Music between Tradition and ModernitySaveau
South Africa: Culture, Resource Conservation and the Challenges of DevelopmentZanecchia
Cyprus: History, Culture, and SocietyMottale

TVL 234 Morocco: Listening to Morocco, Music between Tradition and Modernity

Professor Saveau

Jazz legend Randy Weston went to Morocco in the 1960s following a tip that jazz originated from Afro-Moroccan Gnawa. He hasn't returned home yet. Weston often speaks about preserving traditional music in Africa and shielding it from too many foreign influences. As an expressive form, music is a wonderful way of learning about how cultures negotiate the push and pull of traditions and modernity. In this academic travel, students will learn about how music in Morocco has evolved and survived through conquests, colonization, and globalization. The program will mainly consist of musical performances (Arabo-Andalusian, Berber, Ahidous, Gnawa, Aïssawa, Ahidous, Gnawa fusion) in public and private places. Other activities include visits of Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Roman archeological site in Volubilis, Medina of Fes, Bahia Palace in Marrakesh, evening with students and professors from the Cross Cultural Learning Center in Rabat, music workshop in Meknes. (Knowledge of French recommended). This Travel carries a supplemental fee: CHF 150 (for students invoiced in CHF) or USD 155 (for students invoiced in USD).


TVL 298 South Africa: Culture, Resource Conservation and the Challenges of Development

Professor Zanecchia

This Academic Travel course to South Africa will focus on the challenges of economic and political development, as well as related issues of wildlife and natural resource conservation. The group will meet with business, academic and community groups in Cape Town, the Stellenbosch wine country, and the University of the Western Cape. The class will also study sustainable wildlife management at the Gondwana Game Reserve near Mossel Bay to evaluate conservation programs, the benefits and disadvantages of ecotourism, and the future of Africa's natural habitats. Practical field work will be conducted at the reserve as well as a safari game drive. Visits to Cape Town’s environs will expose students to the ecological diversity of the region as well as to the modern and traditional life of this important African nation. This Travel carries a supplemental fee: CHF 1,490 (for students invoiced in CHF) or USD 1,550 (for students invoiced in USD).


TVL 304 Cyprus: History, Culture, and Society

Professor Mottale

Students will be introduced to millenarian civilizations of Cyprus and will become acquainted with the Turkish and Greek cultural components on the island. This travel program will focus on the history, culture, politics, and arts of this island and its final evolution from a British colony, to a divided and segmented republic with membership in the European Union. Politics permitting, students will be visiting the main urban centers on both sides of the divide such as Larnaka, Limassol, Nicosia, and Famagusta. A particular focus will be placed on the synthesis of civilizations that have come to influence the cultural and physical landscape of the area. Emphasis will be put on salient aspects of Classical Greek civilization, its symbiosis with Roman rule, and the evolution of Byzantine imperial domination, Orthodox Christianity and Crusader rule, through Venetian hegemony, and Ottoman-Islamic control. Students will also be introduced to the modern dynamic elements of the island, shaped by a British presence that lasted almost ninety years and still persists to this day. The final aim of this academic travel is to gain an insight into the multifaceted historical identity of the Cypriot population.