SUMMER 2022 Travel Course Offerings

Course Topic and Destination Leader
CLCS 251T Reading Moroccan Culture Saveau, Wiedmer
(This course must be taken in conjunction with ML 100) This course examines gender, ethnic, class, family, age, religious relationships within contemporary Morocco. It first provides students with a historical overview of Morocco since its independence in 1956, focusing on the monarchies of Hassan II and Mohammed VI the current king. It explores the power dynamics that exist in a society that is predominantly patrilinear and where gender roles are mostly divided along a binary system; it studies the place of the individual in a society where the collective ego prevails; it considers the place of Berber identity within Moroccan society and finally it explores Sufism as a counter-power to any form of Islamic rigorism. All the themes studied are substantiated with presentations by Moroccan scholars working in the fields of sociology, gender, ethnic, religious, and music studies. (Knowledge of French recommended.) This Academic Travel course carries a supplemental fee: CHF 500/USD 550.
POL 281T Politics Sustainable Development: Africa Zanecchia
This course, taken in tandem with POL 281 for a total of 6 credits, will focus on natural resource conservation, sustainable development, and cultural encounters in the Namibian context. The first half of the summer session will take place on the Franklin campus where we will examine environmental problems such as climate change, desertification, biodiversity, and sustainable agriculture. We will investigate how States have attempted to solve these problems, including international organizations such as the UN, the EU, and NGOs such as Greenpeace and the WWF. The effectiveness of international treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol will also be examined. The second half of the session will take place in Namibia. Our focus will include an assessment of global warming on Namibia’s desert ecosystems; learning from indigenous settlements such as the Himba who have lived in harmony with their natural surroundings for centuries; and field studies in the Fish River Canyon, Sesriem Canyon, and Twyfelfontein, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring ancient rock carvings. Lectures will be offered in sustainable development, responsible tourism, and conservation practices. Game drives in Etosha National Park are also included. Please note that accommodations in Namibia will be in safari tents in campgrounds equipped with showers and toilets or in travelers’ lodges. This Academic Travel course carries a supplemental fee TBA.
STA 275T Studies in Ceramics (Italy) Zdanski
This introductory ceramics course combines art history and studio work with an intensive travel period in northern and central Italy. Students will be given the opportunity to understand the complete process of producing objects in clay and terracotta, from the first planning/designing phases, through the basic modeling techniques, to the more complicated processes of firing and glazing. Studio sessions both on and off campus will incorporate lectures on artists and art movements, as well as visits to local venues, major museums and other sites of importance with regard to the use of clay and terracotta in the fine arts. The on-campus lectures aim to provide students with an understanding of the importance of northern and central Italy for the history of ceramics from the age of the Etruscans to the present day. All students will have the opportunity to do in-depth, intensive work in clay modeling, hand-built ceramics and glazing techniques. The first part of the course will focus on the functional aspects of the terracotta object, while the second will introduce terracotta as sculpture. This Academic Travel course carries a supplemental fee:CHF 800/USD 885.

No one-credit courses schedule for SUMMER 2022