UGA à Paris
Course Offerings
May - June 2015

Block 1

Arrive in Paris May 14 - First block classes run May 18-June 3 inclusive


Dr. Cas Mudde, Department of International Affairs
INTL 3300 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
INTL 4330 – Post-Industrial Democracies
GEOG 1101 – Human Geography: People, Places, and Cultures
GEOG 4750 – Geography of Europe
This course provides an introduction to the main political institutions and issues in contemporary Europe. Focusing on different European countries, in particular France, we will discuss some of the key political issues of today, including corruption, Euroscepticism, far right parties, immigration, and separatism. Students may sign up for any of the four course numbers.

Dr. Jennifer Samp, Department of Communication Studies
COMM 4540 – Communication and Conflict
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.

Dr. E. M. Beck
, Department of Sociology
SOCI 4500 – Special Topics: Immigration and Ethnic Conflict
This 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 sites.


Block 2 Classes: June 8–June 24

Dr. 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 imperialism 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.

Dr. Tom Lessl, Department of Communication Studies
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.

Dr. Mark Cooney, Department of Sociology
SOCI 4500 – Special Topics: 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 25