SPRING 2022 Travel Course Offerings

Course Topic and Destination Leader
AHT 263T Art and Food (France) Gee
This course looks at connections between the visual arts and food, considered both under the perspective of edible substance, and the culinary arts. First, it explores the representation of food in pictorial traditions in the early modern and modern ages, considering social, cultural and economic visual and culinary intersections. Second, the course engages with contemporary art practices that place food as their core material and subject matter. In doing so, the discussion moves to present issues regarding the politics of food. Here, aesthetics confront socio-economic and environmental debates by placing relations on the centre stage. The course involves some encounters with artists and scholars who work with contemporary culinary aesthetics and food politics. The travel component is France, with a possible stop in Romandie, Switzerland, where the group will participate in additional artistic visits and workshops. (Recommended prerequisite: AHT 102, AHT 103 or AHT 280.)
BUS 136T Marketing in a Global Context (Italy) De Sanctis
This course is an introduction to the tools and concepts used in the marketing process for consumer and industrial products as well as for services. The focus is on the basic marketing concepts (product, place, price, promotion) as they relate to the field of global marketing. Emphasis is placed on the increasingly important role of interdisciplinary tools to analyze economic, cultural and structural differences across international markets. Specific consideration is given to the development of integrated marketing programs for a complex, global environment.
BUS 236T Marketing for Movies (Italy) Miniero
This course will expose students to the challenges of creating a market for artistic products, in particular for movies. Marketing movies requires a deep understanding of the needs consumers are trying to satisfy when deciding to consume an experience. At the same time, dealing with artists and managers of artistic institutions requires a solid understanding of their mindset and the intrinsic motivations for creating artistic pieces. There is thus a constant trade off between market orientation and product orientation. This course will focus in particular on understanding the specifics of creative production and aligning it with the right audience. Students will learn how to create a marketing plan for such an endeavor. The travel component will explore two cities in Italy, Rome and Bologna, so as to take advantage of the Rome Film Festival and the Cineteca (in Bologna).
CLCS 105T Paris Protagonist: Lost in Translation 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).
CLCS 204T Creative Commerce in Switzerland Roy
This Academic Travel will explore both ideas and practice surrounding the crafting, making, doing, collecting, and promoting of stories and of authorial personas. What are the different facets of Switzerland's creative, story-based commerce, and how do they shape narrative products and their reception? Via case studies of translation, publishing, museum and foundation centers and practices, as well as of short texts and author-based promotion, the course will interrogate questions of form, (re)presentation and creation and their intersections with the commercial drive behind the circulation of stories in Swiss spaces. Students will explore the materiality of stories on-site as they visit book makers, publishers, sites of translation, libraries, museums and exhibitions, book stores, and book fairs across Switzerland, with destinations including Lucerne, Basel, Zurich, Lausanne and the Jura region. This travel will have a strong "hands-on" component, and will conclude with a reflection on the processes observed, as the students themselves engage in virtual and actual book-making and book promotion projects.
CLCS 251T Reading Moroccan Culture Saveau
This course examines gender, ethnic, class, family, age, religious relationships within contemporary Morocco. It first provides students with a historical overview of Morocco since its independence in 1956, focusing on the monarchies of Hassan II and Mohammed VI the current king. It explores the power dynamics that exist in a society that is predominantly patrilinear and where gender roles are mostly divided along a binary system; it studies the place of the individual in a society where the collective ego prevails; it considers the place of Berber identity within Moroccan society and finally it explores Sufism as a counter-power to any form of Islamic rigorism. All the themes studied are substantiated with presentations by Moroccan scholars working in the fields of sociology, gender, ethnic, religious, and music studies. (Knowledge of French recommended.) This Academic Travel course carries a supplemental fee: CHF 265 (for students invoiced in CHF) or USD 295 (for students invoiced in USD)
COM 304T Industrialization of Creativity (Italy) Barile
The recent enthusiasm around the term creativity and its offshoots, such as creative class and creative labor, highlights how creativity is being industrialized, making it an integral part of the market-oriented framework. Creativity is consequently often connected with broader aspirations of socio-economic growth. This course surveys key issues of the media market from cultural/communication industries to platform economy as it relates to creativity in the current media landscape. Students will learn how the prevalence of social media, mobile devices, search and aggregators markets, and active prosumerism, call for new business models of media companies and cultural industries. The course includes the discussion of such industries as fashion, design, and music, among others, focusing on innovation, recommendation systems and finally the relation between creativity and Artificial Intelligence. Field studies and site visits in Italy, as well as guest lectures by people who work in the creative industry, will be planned to add the experiential learning component to the course. (Tentative travel destination: Rome and Milan)
ECN 125T Venice: Econ History & Current Challenge Terzi
The course introduces students to the economic history of Venice and the challenges Venice is facing. Students investigate the origin of Venice as a Byzantine province, the development of independent and long-standing political institutions, the flourishing of banking and commerce when Venice was a world political and financial power, the architecture, the social fabric of the city, the exceptional flowering of the visual and applied arts, the lagoon as both protection and threat, the contemporary identity of Venice as a major tourist destination, and its current challenge in making tourism more sustainable and in developing ideas for preserving and rethinking the city. This course includes travel to Venice and its lagoon with overnight boat trips.
ENV 232T Marine System Conservation (Egypt) Della Croce
This course examines various aspects of marine and coastal systems. First, it provides an overview of the major physical, chemical and ecological processes that control and shape these systems. Then, it explores how society interacts with marine systems, how human activities alter them, and what these changes could mean for humanity's future. Lastly, the course looks at different protection and conservation approaches. During Academic Travel, students will visit and study coastal and marine ecosystems and will gain hands-on experience in marine medicine (in conjunction with University of Colorado School of Medicine). The Academic Travel component of this course will tentatively take place along the Red Sea coast in Egypt. (Good swimming abilities required.) This Academic Travel course carries a supplemental fee: CHF 450 (for students invoiced in CHF) or USD 500 (for students invoiced in USD)
HIS 275T History of Modern Ireland 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 critically examines 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 also examines 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 Intro International Relations (Vienna) 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 Politics of Sustainability (Switzerland) Zanecchia
This interdisciplinary course explores the politics and practice of sustainable development in the industrial North and developing South. Through a series of problem-based case studies, students will explore the political, social, economic, environmental, and cultural relationships that encompass the important field of sustainable development. Students will come to better understand how developed, as well as lesser developed countries, approach sustainability and natural resource management. Student research projects will include team-based analyses of the politics of sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable design within the broader context of global environmental issues such as deforestation, desertification, habitat degradation, and conventional models of development. The travel portion of the course will focus on destinations within Switzerland.

No one-credit courses schedule for SPRING 2022