The Genius of Study Abroad: Revolutionary Imagination
Revolutionary imagination—for how we see our world and live in it—is the focus of “The Genius of Study Abroad” - a dynamic three-country, four-cities study abroad experience of active, activist global learning.
Dublin: July 16-July 21
Oxford: July 21-July 25
London: July 25-August 2
Paris: August 2-August 6
This is a course of active, activist global learning that considers the interactive international and interdisciplinary aspects of creativity in revolutionary imagination as seen in movements in architecture, landscape, arts, science and technology, and legislation on human rights and equality on both sides of the Channel. In Dublin, London, Oxford, and Paris, you will retrace the literal and intellectual paths of people who developed new ways to conceive and express our world, and live in it. As it turns out, these paths entailed “study abroad,” crossing borders in imagination and fact, much like the figures in Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, whose work gives our course its name and theme.
Ecuador provides an ideal setting for exploring issues related to sustainable development. The course will examine the tensions, challenges, and possibilities for reconciling development and conservation in the dry tropical forest zone, a critically important and globally imperiled ecosystem. Course activities are held in Quito and in Bahía de Caráquez. During the first week of the program, students will stay in Quito to take an intensive Spanish course and visit organizations dealing with sustainable development practices. The following three weeks of activities will be developed in Bahia de Caráquez. In Bahia, students will work closely with staff from Planet Drum Foundation, a San Francisco-based NGO with a long-term presence in the region. At Planet Drum students will engage in service learning through field excursions, discussions with locals, and participation in native forest revegetation projects. Bahia de Caráquez has attempted to rethink its development trajectory after a series of environmental disasters exposed the human toll of unsustainable development practices. You will witness first-hand how the efforts led by Planet Drum and other organizations have made the city more resilient.
Gain a valuable perspective on Italy’s contribution to architectural, urban, and landscape design through the ages. The program begins in Rome with a two-week study tour that includes Siena, Florence and Bologna before taking up residence for eight weeks in Vicenza, where the focus will be on the design studio. Traveling and then living in an Italian town will give you a rich cultural experience, enhanced by coursework that will contribute to your academic progress toward your degree.
Classes for the first two weeks will be fieldwork intensive and focus on the subject area courses. Classes at the Vicenza site will focus on studio and integrate the content of subject area courses with the studio project. Excursions are an integral and required component of the academic experience of the Vicenza program.