CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
Students explore major cities across Europe using literature and the arts as a guide to understanding the rise and establishment of the urban setting. Through readings and media studies, students examine the artistic process from inspiration to creation. Site visits and guided tours then allow students to experience the historical, geographical, and demographical foundations that inform the fictional representations of European cities and their impact on perceptions of those cities today. Students have the opportunity to learn from and exchange their observations with experts as well as distinguished on-site scholars and local guides in order to frame their own perception of the cities and these cities’ representation through the arts.
This course will explore the rise and the establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilisation. Literature and the arts will serve as the focal point. The course will concentrate primarily on the late nineteenth-century up to the contemporary setting, more specifically on Rome, Aix-en-Provence/Marseille, Paris, Amsterdam and Prague. Students will explore a variety of media: novel, poetry, cinema and the fine arts.
Courses offered include:
- European Studies 303: Europe and the Urban Space
- Anthropology 301: The Artist and the City
- Literature 375: The European City in Literature
- Communications 375: The European City in the Visual Arts
- Geography 201: Europe and its Cities
The syllabus for this program remains the same regardless of which course the student undertakes. As students are visiting the same sites, attending the same lectures, partaking in the same activities, etc. they are learning the same content. The difference is in their assessment pieces. The topic and focus of a student’s assessment pieces will be based on what course they have chosen.