SUMMER 2023 Travel Course Offerings

Course Topic and Destination Leader
AHT 257T Intro to History of Architecture Fassl
(Interim Session. Course dates: May 22-June 2) This Academic Travel course investigates the history of the built environment as technical, social, and cultural expression from antiquity to the contemporary. It studies building techniques, styles, and expressions in terms of their chronology and context. Themes, theories, and ideas in architecture and urban design are also explored. Among other focus topics, students are encouraged to consider architecture as a cultural expression, study its semiotic potential, ascertain its role within political aesthetics, and investigate its relationship to best practices in sustainable building.
CLCS 258T Discovering Morocco Saveau
(This course must be taken in conjunction with ML 100) Experiential learning is the main focus of this Academic Travel course that takes place in the capital of Morocco, Rabat. In this full immersion program, students will experience what they learn in the classroom throughout the whole session by acculturating themselves to the norms and expectations of Moroccan culture on a daily basis during their stay, visiting different places, engaging in various interactions with the locals, and exchanging with scholars specialized in their fields. The course first provides students with a historical overview of Morocco since its independence in 1956, focusing in particular on the monarchies of Hassan II and Mohammed VI, the current king; examines gender relations in the light of the Mudawana; explores the ethnic make-up of Moroccan society, in particular its Amazigh component; considers Sufism in its relationship with Islam, in particular as a counter-power to Islamic rigorism; studies the place of the individual in a society where the collective ego prevails. All the themes studied are substantiated with presentations by Moroccan scholars working in the field of sociology, gender, ethnic, religious and music studies, and field trips to Fez, Meknes, and Essaouira. This Academic Travel course carries a supplemental fee: TBA.
ENV 280T Managing the New Zealand Environment Hale
(This travel course must be taken in conjunction with CLCS 275) This course examines the management of environmental resources in New Zealand and the discourse of sustainability from the island's perspective. It will focus on the challenge of conserving New Zealand's flora and fauna, as well as New Zealand's aggressive management of the non-native species that have arrived since human settlement. It will examine attempts to restore natural habitats through visits to the several restoration projects, and to Christchurch to study how environmental concerns are being incorporated into the city's recovery from the devastating 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The course will also scrutinize the effects of tourism on the New Zealand environment and the opportunities that tourism also present. Lastly, the course will explore how the Maori culture influences environmental management in the country. (Previous coursework in environmental studies recommended.) This Academic Travel course carries a supplemental fee: CHF 800/USD 850. IMPORTANT: Registration and a non-refundable CHF 1,000 (USD 1,000) deposit are due by April, 30,2023.
ITA 303T Immersive Advanced Italian Giulivi
This immersive Academic Travel course will take place in Arezzo, Italy. It engages closely with contemporary Italian culture, with the aim to perfect language skills at an advanced level. Students will be expected to sign a pledge to use only Italian in and outside of the classroom. Students will enhance the acquired communicative skills by exploring and discussing texts, films and media by contemporary authors about a variety of current social and cultural issues and phenomena. Students will be reading texts and watching videos of various genres and will be conversing about the themes and topics that arise, conducting basic research in Italian, preparing oral presentations and crafting writing assignments. Topics to be discussed in relation to the readings include: literature, cinema, art, economy, environmental challenges, migration and immigration, the North-South divide, the evolutions of Italian traditions and demography, gender and organized crime. ITA 302T is designed as a transition from language classes focusing on grammar acquisition and everyday communicative skills to advanced Italian classes that develop students’ ability to use the target language at degree or work level. This course will replace ITA 300 in the student's academic plan. Upon successful completion of the course, students will reach the B2/C1 level of the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages.
ITA 303T Immersive Advanced Italian Mazzi
This immersive Academic Travel course will take place in Arezzo, Italy. It engages closely with contemporary Italian culture, with the aim to perfect language skills at an advanced level. Students will be expected to sign a pledge to use only Italian in and outside of the classroom. Students will enhance the acquired communicative skills by exploring and discussing texts, films and media by contemporary authors about a variety of current social and cultural issues and phenomena. Students will be reading texts and watching videos of various genres and will be conversing about the themes and topics that arise, conducting basic research in Italian, preparing oral presentations and crafting writing assignments. Topics to be discussed in relation to the readings include: literature, cinema, art, economy, environmental challenges, migration and immigration, the North-South divide, the evolutions of Italian traditions and demography, gender and organized crime. ITA 302T is designed as a transition from language classes focusing on grammar acquisition and everyday communicative skills to advanced Italian classes that develop students’ ability to use the target language at degree or work level. This course will replace ITA 300 in the student's academic plan. Upon successful completion of the course, students will reach the B2/C1 level of the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages.
POL 281T Politics of Sustainability & Development Zanecchia
(This travel course must be taken in conjunction with POL 376) 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. This Academic Travel course carries a supplemental fee: TBA.
STA 280T Adventures in Printmaking Zdanski
(Interim Session. Course dates: July 31 - August 11.)This experimental, introductory course will explore the creative possibilities of media which have largely been considered mechanical, reproductive processes. Brief introductory lectures will introduce and demonstrate the following techniques: simple printing methods that do not use the printing press (direct stamping, stenciling, monotype, frottage); relief printing methods using linoleum, wood blocks and other surfaces; intaglio techniques (dry point). As time permits, collograph and silkscreen printing will also be introduced. The course has the following goals: to gain knowledge of printing materials, equipment and techniques; to produce prints using the techniques introduced during the course; to understand printing techniques in an art historical perspective and acknowledge of printing as a fine art; to construct a basic art vocabulary and develop the skills necessary to critical visual analysis. The course travels alternately to Urbino in Central Italy and to Lodz, Poland, to participate in the PATA summer workshops at the Strzeminski Academy of Art.

No one-credit courses schedule for SUMMER 2023