May - June 2014
Arrive in Paris May 15 - First block classes run May 19-June 4 inclusive
Dr. Darius Ornston, Department of International Affairs
INTL 3300 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
INTL 4315 – Comparative Democracy
GEOG 1101 – Human Geography: People, Places, and Cultures
GEOG 4750 – Geography of Europe
This course uses recent and historical developments in France to explore the politics of developed and developing countries. We will cover a range of topics from nation-building to economic governance, with special emphasis on the origins, practice and future of democracy in comparative perspective. Students may sign up for any of the four course numbers.
Tom Lessl, Department of Communication
COMM 3310 – Paris and its Symbols: Public Art and the Public Self
HIST 4300 – Studies in European History
One writer has called Paris the “capital of the modern self.” This is because its many creations in the visual and plastic arts, architecture, science, fashion, literature, religion, and philosophy lie at the cross-section of a long, historical struggle to come to grips with the human identity – both in its personal and public aspects. We will examine a selection of these artifacts on site in Paris in an effort to understand the stories they tell about how various notions of the Western self have emerged. Students may sign up for either course number.
E. M. Beck, Department of Sociology
SOCI 4500 - Special Topics: Immigration and Ethnic Conflict
his course looks at issues of immigration (legal and illegal), ethnic conflict, and extremist reaction in Western Europe and in the United States. Students will learn about the complex relationships between society, xenophobia, and the movement of peoples. Parallels with the United States will be emphasized. In Paris we will visit the old Jewish quarter, the Museum of Jewish Art and History, the Museum of the Arab World, Holocaust memorials at Père Lachaise Cemetery, and other local sites.
Block 2 Classes: June 9-June 25
Andrew Herod, Department of Geography INTL 1100
– Introduction to Global Issues
INTL 4630 – Population, Immigration, and Politics
GEOG 4640 – Population Geography
HIST 4300 – Studies in European History
This course addresses issues relating to contemporary identity politics in Europe. The course focuses upon 19th century French colonialism as an integral part of early globalization and how this led to the redesigning of Paris as an imperial capital. It then explores issues of national identity in the wake of significant immigration into France and the European Union in the post-colonial era. We will visit various locations in Paris related to course topics. Students may sign up for any of the four course numbers.
Jennifer Samp, Department of Communication
Studies COMM 4540 - Communication and Conflict
Typically, conflict is an everyday occurrence. This course will provide an opportunity to explore the complexities of conflict, to understand the forces that make conflict challenging, and to develop a repertoire of skills for thinking about and managing conflict more effectively in a variety of relationship contexts, including interpersonal, international and intercultural situations. In addition to exploring intra- and inter-personal dynamics influencing conflict processes, we will focus on French and American communication patterns to better understand the cultural and systemic differences impacting our approaches to managing conflict.
Mark Cooney, Department of Sociology SOCI 4500
- Special Topics: Global Dimensions of Crime
This course opens with an analysis of how and why definitions, rates, and patterns of crime vary across countries, with a particular focus on France and the United States. We will then concentrate on the nature and causes of specific types of global crime, such as terrorism, honor killing, human smuggling/trafficking, and genocide.
Students leave St. John’s Residence June 26