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ARTS 305: Study Abroad: Paris Architecture; Design & Culture

Problem Solving is at the very core of Design, and no city has been more inventive when it comes to Problem Solving than Paris. In the mid-nineteenth century when women were not allowed to go into restaurants unaccompanied by men, Paris introduced outdoor cafes; in the seventeenth century when building heights were limited by the lower edge of roof tiles, Mansart introduced a roof with a steep pitch allowing extra height with living space behind the roof tiles; in the Middle Ages when balconies were banned because they extended beyond the building footprint, French doors opened into apartments creating windows that simulated balconies. This 4-week intensive Paris summer course immerses students into a culture that solves architectural problems through a sophisticated appreciation for design, aesthetics and conceptualization. The program introduces students to critical inquiry through the shared principles and theories of Art, Architecture and Design, as experienced in the city of Paris. Using Paris as our classroom, students will visit well-known sites, museums and monuments as well as hidden gems as they explore this major world cultural center. While no art or drawing skills are required, participants at every level will learn how to improve their visual skills through sketching, observation studies and analyses. Each week students will complete a design project; each will explore a unique aspect of French culture. The course offers Global and Cultural Diversity credit and is open to undergraduate students and graduate students. There is no language requirement for this course. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

 

For more information, please visit the program website.

Dates: July 6-August 2, 2015

Session: 4 Week Session (2)

Time: Course meets in Paris, France

Instructor: Sally Levine

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Art Studio, New This Year, Study Abroad

CLSC 326/426: Rome on Site; The Archaeology of the Eternal City

This course offers the opportunity to examine firsthand Roman remains spanning 500 years of the city’s history. For three weeks we will explore all sections of Rome and discover how different spheres of Roman life, such as religion, politics, leisure, and death, combined to shape one of the most renowned cityscapes of the ancient Mediterranean world. The course constitutes a mix of museum and site visits to expose us to the artifacts that help us interpret the Roman world, including art and other types of material culture, and the monumental architecture dominating much of Rome to this day. We will also explore important sites outside of the city, including Rome’s remarkably well-preserved port at Ostia, the Emperor Hadrian’s magnificent villa at Tivoli, and an optional visit to Pompeii and Herculaneum during an extended weekend. Some of the questions we will be asking when visiting the sites include: How did the expansion of the Roman Empire influence the stylistic repertories of the capital’s artists and architects? How did the changing political environment shape the topography of the city from Republic to Empire? How can we read political messages and propaganda in the ancient structures? How did (and does) Rome live among, use, and reuse ancient remains? Students will be expected to be active participants in the daily tours. All students will be presenting on various structures as we come to them (topics to be assigned in advance of the trip). Graduate students are responsible for leading a day tour (with my assistance) – to create the itinerary and develop the thematic framework. Grades will be based on participation on site, presentations, and a paper. Offered as CLSC 326 and CLSC 426. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

For more information, please visit the course website.

Dates: May 12-31, 2015

Session: May Term

Time: Course meets in Rome

Instructor: Kevin Dicus

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Classics, New This Year, Study Abroad

ECHE 362D: Chemical Engineering Laboratory in Denmark

Chemical Engineering Laboratory in Denmark. A version of ECHE 362 taught during the summer at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Lyngby, Denmark. Prereq: ECHE 260 and ECHE 360 and ECHE 361 and ECHE 363 and ECHE 364.

Dates: May 23-June 10, 2015

Session: May Term

Time: Course meets in Lyngby, Denmark

Instructor: Mohan Sankaran

Credits: 4 credits

Departments: Chemical Engineering, Study Abroad

ENGR 200T: Statics and Strength of Materials in Tianjin, China

An introduction to the analysis, behavior and design of mechanical/structural systems. Course topics include: concepts of equilibrium; geometric properties and distributed forces; stress, strain and mechanical properties of materials; and, linear elastic behavior of elements.Prereq: PHYS 121.

 

For more information, please visit the course website.

Dates: May 25-June 11, 2015

Session: May Term

Time: Course meets in Tianjin, China

Instructor: David Zeng

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Engineering, New This Year, Study Abroad

ENGR 225B:Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer: Botswana

Elementary thermodynamic concepts: first and second laws, and equilibrium. Basic fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and mass transfer: microscopic and macroscopic perspectives. The course will be taught at the University of Botswana, and engineering applications will be discussed in the context of regional issues specific to Botswana.Prereq: CHEM 111, ENGR 145, and PHYS 121. Coreq: MATH 223.

 

For more information, please visit the course website.

 

 

Dates: May 23-June 10, 2015

Session: May Term

Time: Course meets in Botswana

Instructor: Daniel Lacks

Credits: 4 credits

Departments: Engineering, Study Abroad

ETHS 306: The Cuban Experience: an immersion in its culture and society

This is a three week study-abroad intensive course that takes place at Editorial Vigía, in Matanzas, Cuba. The course combines the unique advantages of a total immersion environment in Spanish with a classroom curriculum that includes conversation practice and study of relevant cultural, literary and historical issues. Students complete three hours of classroom instruction and an hour and a half of publishing workshop four days per week. In this workshop, they work in the edition of a bilingual book. In addition, they participate in organized visits to historic sites and museums connected to the culture curriculum. The focus of the culture curriculum is the study of Cuban history and culture through its literature, visual arts, films, and music. After applying and being accepted in the program, students meet for personal advising with the program director and attend four different one hour orientation-information meetings in the spring semester. After successful completion of the study-abroad program, students receive 3 upper-level credits in Spanish. The course is interdisciplinary in approach and provides students with the tools they need to analyze and understand the complexities of modern Cuba. Students will have formal classes taught by their professor and talks and meetings with specialists on Cuban literature, art, architecture, history and other aspects of culture and society. In addition, they will attend lectures, participate in discussions, and take field trips that will expose them to many aspects of Cuban culture, such as art, architecture, music, dance, film, literature, artisan work, folklore, history and urban growth. Offered as SPAN 306, SPAN 406, and ETHS 306. Prereq: SPAN 202.

 

For more information, please visit the course website.

Dates: May 9-June 1, 2015

Session: May Term

Time: Course meets in Cuba

Instructor: Damaris Punales-Alpizar

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Ethnic Studies, New This Year, Study Abroad

FRCH 308/408: The Paris Experience

Three-week immersion learning experience living and studying in Paris. The focus of the course is the literature and culture of the African, Arab, and Asian communities of Paris. Students spend a minimum of fifteen hours per week visiting cultural centers and museums and interviewing authors and students about the immigrant experience. Assigned readings complement course activities. Students enrolled in FRCH 308/408 do coursework in French. WLIT 308/408 students have the option of completing coursework in English. Graduate students have additional course requirements. Offered as FRCH 308, WLIT 308, FRCH 408, and WLIT 408. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.Prereq: FRCH 202.

WLIT 308/408 does not have a language requirement.

 

For more information, please visit the course website.

Dates: May 10-30, 2015

Session: May Term

Time: Course meets in Paris, France

Instructor: Cheryl Toman

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Modern Languages and Literatures, Study Abroad

ITAL 308: The Italian Experience

A three-week summer study abroad course spent at a university in an Italian city well-known for its cultural and linguistic heritage and at other important sites during travel. Focus: Language immersion and processing of cultural experience. Main features: 1. Intense collaboration with an Italian university. Students interact with Italian peers; seminars are co-taught by Italian faculty. 2. Creation of an individual journal that synthesizes students’ perception of and reflections on their experience, records the progress of their final project, and documents their improvement in language proficiency. 3. Final project. Students meet M-F in a formal setting for advanced language study designed to improve proficiency in speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. They attend seminars on varied topics in literature, history, and civilization. Visits to museums, galleries, and attendance at cultural events are included.Prereq: ITAL 202 or equivalent.

 

For more information, please visit the course website.

Dates: May 10-31, 2015

Session: May Term

Time: Course meets in Italy

Instructor: Denise Caterinacci

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Modern Languages and Literatures, New This Year, Study Abroad

POSC 380B: Uprising and Political Change in the Arab World

This course explores political and social change in the Arab World with an emphasis on the 2011 uprisings. It is designed as a three week program taking place in Jordan. Since the early 20th century, the 22 countries that comprise the Arab World have experienced multifaceted and rapid change. Coups, revolts, and revolution defined much of the 1950s and 1960s. In the ensuing decades, however, Arab politics settled into seemingly stable political authoritarianism. Thus, it was a surprise when mobilized protestors unseated some leaders in 2011. The primary question for scholars and students is, what explains these momentous events? And what happens after?

This course will take up these questions by carefully examining political and social change in the decades before 2011. By holding the course in Jordan, students will be able to place the broad themes within a local context. Investigation and lectures will explore not just the history of change and protest but why protest succeeded in removing leaders in some countries yet was defeated in others. The ultimate goal is for students to gain the skills to pursue these questions at a macro-scholarly level as well as unpack those same questions at a local and regional level. Guest lectures, a visit to the Royal Court, meetings with opposition figures, and field trips are designed as far more than just visits. Each event will require students to inquire, converse, and research local conditions to address the larger questions. Primary course requirements include a daily journal, a short exam, and a final paper.

This course will be conducted and housed at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), one of the largest and most prestigious American research institutes in the world. Professor Moore has over twenty years of experience living and conducting research in Jordan.

 

For more information, please visit the course website.

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Dates: May 11-29, 2015

Session: May Term

Time: Course meets in Jordan

Instructor: Pete Moore

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New This Year, Political Science, Study Abroad

SPAN 306/406: The Cuban Experience: an immersion in its culture and society

This is a three week study-abroad intensive course that takes place at Editorial Vigía, in Matanzas, Cuba. The course combines the unique advantages of a total immersion environment in Spanish with a classroom curriculum that includes conversation practice and study of relevant cultural, literary and historical issues. Students complete three hours of classroom instruction and an hour and a half of publishing workshop four days per week. In this workshop, they work in the edition of a bilingual book. In addition, they participate in organized visits to historic sites and museums connected to the culture curriculum. The focus of the culture curriculum is the study of Cuban history and culture through its literature, visual arts, films, and music. After applying and being accepted in the program, students meet for personal advising with the program director and attend four different one hour orientation-information meetings in the spring semester. After successful completion of the study-abroad program, students receive 3 upper-level credits in Spanish. The course is interdisciplinary in approach and provides students with the tools they need to analyze and understand the complexities of modern Cuba. Students will have formal classes taught by their professor and talks and meetings with specialists on Cuban literature, art, architecture, history and other aspects of culture and society. In addition, they will attend lectures, participate in discussions, and take field trips that will expose them to many aspects of Cuban culture, such as art, architecture, music, dance, film, literature, artisan work, folklore, history and urban growth. Offered as SPAN 306, SPAN 406, and ETHS 306. Prereq: SPAN 202.

For more information, please visit the course website.

Dates: May 9-June 1, 2015

Session: May Term

Time: Course meets in Cuba

Instructor: Damaris Punales-Alpizar

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Modern Languages and Literatures, New This Year, Study Abroad

WLIT 308/408: The Paris Experience

Three-week immersion learning experience living and studying in Paris. The focus of the course is the literature and culture of the African, Arab, and Asian communities of Paris. Students spend a minimum of fifteen hours per week visiting cultural centers and museums and interviewing authors and students about the immigrant experience. Assigned readings complement course activities. Students enrolled in FRCH 308/408 do coursework in French. WLIT 308/408 students have the option of completing coursework in English. Graduate students have additional course requirements. Offered as FRCH 308, WLIT 308, FRCH 408, and WLIT 408. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

 

For more information, please visit the course website.

Dates: May 10-30, 2015

Session: May Term

Time: Course meets in Paris, France

Instructor: Cheryl Toman

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Study Abroad, World Literature