UGA à Paris
Course Offerings
May - June 2016

Block 1

Arrive in Paris May 16 - First block classes run May 18-June 2 inclusive



Ms. Jennifer White , Department of International Affairs
INTL/ GEOG 4694 – Politics and the Modern European State

France is the birthplace of modern democracy, and so we are in the perfect location to discuss what “democracy” means, how it evolves, and its different varieties. In these discussions, we shall consider the political institutions, cultures, and economics that underpin democratic nations. As we discuss these concepts, we shall also explore issues that currently challenge France – but also all democracies, in Europe and beyond – such as political violence, migration, the development of extremist/nationalist groups, and the effects of international institutions.

Dr. Tom Lessl, Department of Communication Studies
COMM/ HIST 4635 – Paris and its Symbols: Public Art and the Public Self
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 can sign up for this course for either COMM or HIST credit.

Dr. E. M. Beck, Department of Sociology
SOCI 4500 – Special Topics:
On the Road: The Sociology of Travel and Tourism with Special Emphasis on Paris
Travel and tourism is a universal human activity and for four hundred years Paris has been one of the most visited cities, if not the most visited destination, for scholars, political leaders, students, as well as tourists seeking culture, history, and fashion. We will explore this human desire for travel adventure, with Paris being our laboratory.



Block 2 Classes: June 7–June 23


Dr. Andrew Herod, Department of Geography
GEOG/ INTL/ HIST 4634Paris and Modernity: Power, Politics, and Identity in the City
The course addresses issues relating to contemporary identity politics in France & Europe. It focuses upon: i) 19th century French imperialism as an integral part of early globalization and efforts by France to present itself as a Muslim power during its conquest of North and West Africa; ii) the redesigning of Paris as an imperial capital, with a focus upon how the politics of identity and French nationalism were manifested in the city’s urban landscape; and iii) issues of contemporary national identity in the wake of significant immigration from former French colonies. We will visit various locations in Paris related to course topics. Students can sign up for this course for GEOG, INTL or HIST credit.


Dr. Jennifer Monahan , Department of Communication Studies
COMM 4800 –
Intercultural Communication
This course focuses upon factors that affect effective communication internationally, with an emphasis on French/US business communication patterns. It examines the effects of differing world-views, values systems, language varieties, nonverbal codes and relational norms on interpersonal communication cross-culturally. Students will gain skills for disseminating ideas across cultures and building intercultural competence.


Dr. Mark Cooney, Department of Sociology
SOCI 4700 – Sociology of Terrorism

Terrorism kills and maims thousands of people every year across the globe. Most victims are completely innocent, having little or no connection to the source of the terrorists’ grievances. This course addresses the complex phenomenon of terrorist violence, focusing on five fundamental questions: What is terrorism? What causes terrorism? Why do people join terrorist groups, often at enormous risk to themselves? Is terrorism effective? What strategies are most effective in countering terrorism?

Students leave St. John’s Residence June 24