Over the course of the nineteenth century, London and Paris were transformed from dark, congested, and dangerous cities into the modern, organized capitals we experience today. But the vast improvement projects that greatly altered each city, such as Haussmann’s grand boulevards in Paris and Josh Nash’s Regent’s Park and Regent Street in London, were not undertaken in isolation. Rather, they were part of an ongoing competition between the two cities. With a focus on architecture, commerce, and the literature that recorded but also helped to shape perceptions of the new urban experience, this course will explore how Paris and London emulated, copied, and learned from one another in their respective efforts to become the world’s greatest city. (ETS 350/HST 400/600/ENG 600)
Whatever you do after you graduate from college, China will be a factor, either directly or indirectly. By taking on the challenge of understanding China today, you can create new opportunities for tomorrow. Now is the best time and SU Beijing is the right place if you hope to understand a country with thousands of years of history, if you want to witness the dramatic transformation of a country and society at a speed and scale unprecedented in history, or if you want to prepare yourself for an international career. What will Beijing be like for you?
From a foreign policy perspective, the program will examine the influence of global players and stakeholders in the region, including Turkey, Iran, and especially the role of the United States. Istanbul is an ideal setting for this course, providing an opportunity to debate the relevance of Turkey as a model for democracy in the Islamic world, given its status as the first Muslim country in the world to embrace a democratic, largely secular government, in 1950.