As one of China’s economic powerhouses, Shanghai represents a model of government-driven urban development. The intention to create a global city was obvious and consciously motivated by an ambition to challenge other major urban metropolises. In this Seminar, students examine the fast changing landscape of Shanghai and it’s impact on community, services and culture. With at least 9 planned site visits and expert guest lecturers you will experience for yourself the rapid growth of Shanghai. As seen from the global impact of Shanghai’s economy, diversity is everywhere in the bustling city described as “The Venice of China.”
Sharpen your writing skills in this Seminar as you explore London and learn to express yourself through words. Walking field studies throughout London’s most intriguing neighborhoods will spark your inspiration. The course will allow you to translate your interpretations and reflections in writing. Your writing will be an expression of your unique learning experience and reveal the multiple realities encountered in the urban spaces of London, moving beyond simplicity and stereotype. London has something for everyone, including the more than 300 different languages spoken in this hugely diverse city.
In the case of the indigenous Australian peoples, music took the place of a written language. Their music was the method by which tradition and knowledge passed from generation to generation. This music continues to be embedded in Aboriginal life in a way that is distinct from the Western tradition: as a means of communication, a crucial aspect of ceremonial life, and in defining identity. In this Seminar, students experience the rich musical traditions of the Aborigine culture and explore the role of music as a factor in the development of historical consciousness. Students have the opportunity to perform, compose, and record interpretations of traditional Australian music.