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FY@broad 2019

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STUDY ABROAD: PERMISSION REQUIRED.  FY@broad sections of LSP 112 are taken in conjunction with a required 2-credit Study Abroad component (ANT 397) immediately following.  For full information about FY@broad, visit the Study Abroad website.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

  • For Winter Quarter + spring break: November 1, 2018
  • For Spring Quarter + early summer: February 1, 2019

LSP 112 (Winter Quarter + spring break 2019)

FY@China: Environmental Challenges in the 21st Century

Phillip Stalley, Political Science
LSP 112-250 Lincoln Park TTh 11:20-12:50

Since opening its doors to the outside world in 1978, no country has climbed the economic ladder as quickly as China. Although this rapid growth has lifted a quarter of a billion people out of poverty and returned China to prominence on the international stage, it has also placed a tremendous strain on the natural environment. In terms of air pollution, sixteen of the twenty most polluted cities in the world are in China. Over two-thirds of Chinese cities suffer from water shortages. The concern of many both inside and outside of China is that the current rate of environmental damage is not sustainable and threatens to reverse many of the achievements of the recent decades. This program will introduce you to China and, in particular, familiarize you with the causes and consequences of China’s environmental challenge. We will visit Beijing, China’s political and cultural capital, whose rich history dates back more than 3,000 years. During our nine-day stay, we will meet with environmental experts and average citizens so that you can better appreciate the Chinese perspective on environmental protection. We will also explore neighborhoods, visit museums, and tour some of China’s most famous cultural sites such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace. You will leave the program with a better understanding of the world’s most important rising power and the challenges it faces as it seeks to cement its role as a 21st century superpower.
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  • Honors Program students will receive credit fo​r an Honors App​roved Elective.​​​

FY@Ireland: Travel Literature

​​Barbara Schaffer, Women's & Gender Studies
LSP 112-251 Lincoln Park TTh 5:15-6:45 PM

For this program, students will look at the many reasons people travel and write about their experiences. We will read, and of course, write, about the journey we will take to Ireland and the journeys you have taken. Our particular focus will be on travel literature on The Republic of Ireland. What is it that makes people want to travel to there? How is it imagined in our minds, and what do we hope to find when we go there? These are some of the questions we will be asking, as we read classic and contemporary pieces of travel writing during winter quarter. And then, we will experience and retrace some of the very steps of those travel writers, as we explore Ireland on our own. We'll visit sites such as Trinity College, Doolin (the center of traditional music), Sligo (the center of “Yeats country”), and more. We will have guest lecturers, explore remnants of early Irish history, and stay in a castle, to name a few of our activities.
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  • Honors Program students will receive credit for an Honors Fine Arts Elective.

FY@Jordan: Encounters with the Past

Warren Schultz, History
LSP 112-252 Lincoln Park TTh 9:40-11:10

The land of Jordan is an excellent case study for exploring the myriad ways we can study the human experience over the long term. While the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a modern development—its borders were drawn, negotiated, and contested in a series of well-known events of the twentieth century—the land area found within these modern borders contains physical remains of many major currents of human history and development. Within these borders, early humans domesticated plants, Bronze-age societies built megalithic burial structures, the early Hebrews caught their first sight of their promised land, the Nabataeans carved enormous tombs into the red sandstone cliffs of Petra, the Hellenistic Greeks and later the empire-building Romans built cities and commercial empires, the Byzantine Christians built churches and monasteries to commemorate the major events and people of early Christianity, the first Muslims conquered and brought Arab-Islamic culture, Crusaders built castles to defend their Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Ottomans incorporated its resources into their large empire, and the modern currents of imperialism and nationalism whether based in currents of Jewish, Arab, or Muslim thought buffeted the region in the twentieth century. After studying this long narrative in our Focal Point Seminar, we will fly to Jordan to explore the locations where these events happened. We will draw upon the disciplinary approaches of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Art History, Geography, History, and Religious Studies to help us to understand what we are studying, seeing, and exploring.
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  • Honors Program students will receive credit for HON 102: History in Global Contexts. ​​​

LSP 112 (Spring Quarter + early summer 2019)

FY@England & Wales: Fifty Years of Doctor Who

Paul Booth, College of Communication
LSP 112-650 LOOP TTh 3:10-5:00

​​In 1963, Doctor Who premiered on British television. Over the past half century, the show has changed its focus, style, narrative, genre, and audience multiple times over. For this reason, Doctor Who provides a useful lens through which to view changing patterns of cultural criticism. It is also a program with a huge fan base. But Doctor Who is more than just a television program with multiple books, comics, web series, fan work, games, and physical locations, it is a multi-media experience. In fact, todays Doctor Who brand is one of the most popular and viable across the world. Doctor Who is historical; Doctor Who is contemporary. Doctor Who teaches us about the way the world has changed over the past half century. The study abroad portion of this course takes students to London and Cardiff where Doctor Who is made today to understand better the cultural of production and fandom for the show today. Doctor Who is a British national institution, so we will visit sites both specific to the show and also sites with historical and cultural relevance to aspects within the production of the show. Students will hear from guest speakers and scholars, and learn through the physical location of the show. Given the popularity of Doctor Who both in the US and in the UK, there is no shortage of things to do and see of cultural and historical value that are associated with the show as well. Touring such sites as Shakespeare's Globe Theater, the British Museum, Canary Wharf, Ianto's Shrine, and The Doctor Who Store, students will see the connection between history and culture each of these locations have historical value and have also been heavily featured in Doctor Who. Students will find value in learning about the historical significance of these locations in their own experiences. In turn, this will aid their development as global citizens and informed media viewers. Visiting Cardiff will allow students to get a different perspective on the program and the British community. We will visit the History Museum and the National Museum, which have been used as filming locations for Doctor Who and all of which resonate with cultural history.
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  • Honors Program students will receive credit for an Honors Fine Arts Elective.
  • This section has an extended class period to accommodate screenings.​ ​​

FY@Italy: St. Francis of Assisi's Pilgrimage of Peace

Ken Butigan, Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies
LSP 112-950 Lincoln Park W 6:00-9:15 PM​

Saint Francis of Assisi changed his world—and invites us to do the same! In this Focal Point Seminar, students will discover the young man from Assisi, Italy who became a powerful peacemaker and spread a new way of life throughout the society of his time. We will get to know and learn from this spiritual pioneer whose compassion for others, love for the earth, and work for peace and reconciliation has inspired people everywhere for the last eight centuries. Together, we will embark on an exciting pilgrimage—first, by studying the moving life and work of Saint Francis during spring quarter at DePaul, and then by retracing the saint's steps in Italy in June, by visiting places where he built his movement of peace and spiritual transformation, including in Rome and Assisi. Together, students and faculty will visit sites that ring with the spirit of Saint Francis in Assisi, Perugia, and Rome. Students will visit the Vatican, where Saint Francis received approval to establish the Franciscan order. Students will also take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Italian countryside, just as Saint Francis did. The program will explore the life and world of Saint Francis, study the power of pilgrimage, sharpen our own knowledge and skills as peacemakers, and experience the beauty and excitement of Italy!​
  • For full information, click here.​
  • Honors Program students will receive credit for HON 102: History in Global Contexts.​ ​​​​​​​​​

FY@Scotland: The Rise & Fall of the Jacobites

Heather Easley, Sociology
LSP 112-350 Lincoln Park ​[Time tbd]

The Jacobite Uprising of 1745 forever changed the people of Scotland—and the course of history. In this Focal Point Seminar, students will study Scotland from its inception through modern day. Students will discover historical lore, fact, and sites, and learn how this rich history impacts politics and culture in Scotland. We will discover this country together, first during our Spring Focal Point, followed by a trip to Scotland in June. We will visit sites central to the Jacobite Uprising, as well as sites that will help us to understand politics in Scotland and the rest of the UK. The Uprising and the Scottish vote for independence will be common themes that run through all of the cities we will visit. Together, we will explore the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, the Isle of Skye, Invergarry, Fort William, Mallaig, and Stirling. Students will visit Scottish Labour and Scottish National Party headquarters to discuss the Yes and No sides of the independence debate. We will witness a session of Scottish Parliament, followed by a visit to the Palace of Holyrood House. We will explore Glasgow Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle. Together, we will embark on a sunset cruise on Loch Ness. Following the theme of the Jacobite Uprising, we will spend a day at Culloden Moor, the site of the last land battle on UK soil and where the English ultimately defeated the Jacobites. We will visit Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye, and take a day trip on the Jacobite Express train to visit the Scottish countryside and coastal fishing villages. We will expand our knowledge surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Scotland!​
  • For full information, click here.​
  • Honors Program students will receive credit for HON 102: History in Global Contexts.​​