Paris, France

(June 26 to July 15 on-site – 6-9 credits)

Students live and study in the city of lights, the most famous romantic capital in the world.  The 3-week program offers courses in language, history, politics, culture, criminal justice, business, art, education, and creative writing. Students choose 2 courses from a list of 16 options, taught by faculty from Maryville and its partner schools in MOSAIC.    Excursions include the famous World War II battlefields and American cemetery at Normandy, the palace and grounds of Versailles, and the impressionist painter Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny.  Additional group and class excursions within Paris. Estimated total cost (includes tuition, housing, food, excursions, etc.) for 6 credits is estimated at $3,995 plus airfare ($1,500 estimated).  3 additional credits are available for $750.


Courses (3 credits unless noted):

  • Nous aimons Paris (We love Paris): Language, History, Politics & Culture of Paris’ 18 Neighborhoods (Alden and Karen Craddock, MU – 6 credits)

This 6-credit course uses the vignettes and locales of the film Paris, je t’aime as a framework for exploring the language, history, culture, politics and economics of Paris.  During this course, students will travel to the 18 different neighborhoods featured in the movie and explore the themes and issues relevant to each.  Students will also participate in regular conversational French language instruction to provide them with the French words and phrases necessary to interact with Parisians during their study abroad.  Lastly, students will have the opportunity to meet and learn from French professionals in a variety of fields who will share with them first-hand experience on many of the themes explored in the course.  Students will be expected to watch the movie Paris, je t’aime prior to the trip and submit at least one question per vignette in the film to be used to guide instruction and class discussion.  In the first part of the trip, students will be engaged in a variety of activities as they visit each locale.  During the second part of the course, students will work in pairs or small groups to film their own original vignette using their new knowledge of Paris.    One month following the Paris portion of the program, students will be required to submit their vignette for assessment and compiling into the course short film, Nous aimons Paris.  No prior knowledge of French or film-making is required.

  • A Day in the Life of a Parisian: Interpersonal and Family Communication in Public Spaces (Rebecca Dohrman – Maryville)

Rationale/Description: In contrast to one’s home (first places) and work (second places), third places, public places on neutral ground where people can gather and interact, allow people to put aside their concerns and simply enjoy the company and conversation around them in daily life (Oldenburg, 1991). Oldenburg (1991) suggests that beer gardens, main streets, pubs, cafés, coffeehouses, and other third places are the heart of a community’s social vitality and the foundation of a functioning democracy. In this course, students will train in and employ qualitative methods as we tour, spend time in, and study the rich collection of third places that make up the daily life of Parisian culture, one of the most community-centered cultures in Europe.

  • France’s Historical Place in World Politics (Davis Brown – Maryville)


Students will study the role of France and other French-speaking countries in world politics. The course will range from the historical to the modern.  Students will survey a variety of important French historical figures, such as John Calvin, Louis XIV, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Napoleon, Georges Clemenceau, and Charles de Gaulle.  A variety of important world events that are associated with the French-speaking world, such as the French Revolution, the establishment of NATO and the European Union, and the Napoleonic and two World Wars will be examined.  Most of the instruction will take place on the streets, as we will be visiting many sites associated with major political events, organizations, and theories.

  • From Crime to Punishment in France (Jerry Tabak – Maryville)

bridgeFrom the Storming of the Bastille to the Stealing of the Mona Lisa, we will explore the long history of crime and punishment in Paris.  We will trace the judicial system from arrest through the court system into the corrections system through class visits, speakers, seminars and videos (no firsthand experience please!)  We will work to understand the challenges faced by the French in dealing with crime, punishment and the French legal system. Prior to the course, students will have the opportunity to explore a local jail and meet with local members of the criminal justice system to enable students to compare and contrast the French system with the U.S. system.

  • History of Science in France (Gabe Colbeck – Maryville)

pyramidFrench culture, despite its emphasis on the finer things in life (friends, family and food come first, work comes… much later) has produced some scientific minds that have profoundly impacted modern life. From Renee Descartes to Marie Curie and Louis Pasteur, French scientists have made contributions that impact our everyday lives. This study abroad experience will be a phenomenal opportunity to explore the lives and works of these scientists up close and in person. Museums and tours that document the contributions of these scientists are abundant in Paris, and we will be able to sit in outdoor cafes and enjoy the finer things in life while we study, discuss and learn.

  • European Business and France (Karen Tabak)

gateThrough experiential learning, field trips, tours and speakers students will survey the strategic business issues unique to continental Europe.  Students will develop an understanding to the unique aspects through direct observation and conversations with French professionals.  Students will explore ethical issues facing business and  nonprofit organizations in continental Europe including food supply limitations,  the challenges of being a member of the EU, fraud, and the  influence of socialism in business culture.

  • Europe, Accounting, the Arts (Donna Kay – Maryville)

mazeThis course will explore the use of forensic accounting records to recover works of art, such as the impressionist Monet’s paintings.  It will also explore the cultural implications for accounting for works of art and beauty.  Students will understand the implications of accounting for art in museum and private collections, as well as art schools

  • International Business Law: France (Dustin Loeffler – Maryville)

This course will compare the laws of France to jurisdictions within the United States.  This course includes discussions on antitrust law (international mergers, monopolies, price fixing cartels, etc.), constitutional law, and tax law (taxation of foreign income/operations of resident persons/enterprises to include the treatment of cross-border business and investments/sales/e-commerce, tax avoidance, and value added taxes).  Finally, the course will consider issues such as advising multi-national clients, obtaining discovery internationally, and litigating complex cases.

  • History of Food in France (Brian Elsesser – Fontbonne)
  • Sights, Sounds, Smells and tastes of Paris (Judith Failoni, Fontbonne)

houseFrom the music of the Cathedral of Notre Dame to the French songwriting team that gave us Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, from the Roman ruins on the left bank to the paintings of Picasso in the Centre Pompidou, from the perfumeries and patisseries to the Champaign wineries, this music/art appreciation course will enliven the senses to appreciate the music, art, architecture, history and culture of Paris and the surrounding region. Course opportunities will include optional trips to Versailles, Chartres, and Rheims, and attendance at the theater or other cultural events.

  • Drawing in Paris (Charity Woodard – Missouri Valley)

This drawing course will enable students to develop skills and ideas by exploring representational approaches to a variety of materials, tools, and methods of drawing. It will take full advantage of the location of Paris. Perspective and architecture will be components of the curriculum. Beginning and intermediate students develop skills and confidence by exploring a variety of ideas, media and techniques.  Discussions and group critiques develop students’ critical and analytical skills. The course curriculum will be supplemented by handouts and presentations about drawing methods and materials, artists, and the reality of the city of Paris.

  • Drawing in Paris for Art Educators (Charity Woodard – Missouri Valley)

pondThis drawing course will enable art educators to continue their education and develop skills and ideas to take back to their classroom. It will take full advantage of the location of Paris with the city streets, galleries, and world class museums. Discussions and group critiques develop students’ critical and analytical skills. The course curriculum will be supplemented by handouts and presentations about drawing methods and materials, artists, and the reality of the city of Paris. Take your art to the next level and come home with an arm full of drawings from astounding Paris.

  • Parisian Museums, Galleries and Architecture (Valerie Wedel – Missouri Valley)

castleWatch your art history book come to life! This course will take us to a variety of museums, galleries and significant architectural sites, focusing on art and design. Students will study artworks from a wide range of artistic media and time-periods – from Egyptian antiquities in the Louvre to contemporary installations in the latest galleries. Excursion sites will include: the Musée du Louvre, the Centre Georges-Pompidou, the Musée Rodin, and the Musée d’Orsay, among others. We will also visit related sites, such as the Sennelier shop, where the top artists have acquired their supplies for over a century. Students will write journal-style response papers for each of the excursions as well as a research paper.

  • Creative Writing in Paris (Annette Van – Central Methodist)

A creative writing workshop where students will write in multiple genres, including poetry, fiction, travel writing, essay, and drama.  Using Paris as a backdrop, we will focus on developing writing techniques (such as imagery, dialogue, characterization, narrative, voice, poetic language) that produce effective writing, using our European location as both subject and inspiration. Students will read and critique each other’s work, emphasizing writing as a process of revision. Short readings that serve as successful examples will also be required. By the end of the course, students will have produced a portfolio of their original writing. Venues and opportunities for publication will also be explored.

  • Comparative Education:  French Childhood and Early Educational Experiences (Scott Richardson — Millersville)

hallFamous French philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, “The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it.”  Much can be understood about a society by studying how adults treat children.  French children’s lives are much different from American children and often enjoy early formal and informal educational experiences that are rich in tradition, play, exploration and independence — and the international community is beginning to take notice.  French philosophies and pedagogical approaches toward raising and educating children are explored in this class through literature, conversation, observation, and visits to early childhood educational centers.

  • Exploring the Culture of Paris (James Harf: Political Science & International Affairs – MU)

gravesThis 3-credit course allows students to prepare for and reflect upon a wide range of both group and individual excursions during their 3-week program in Paris.  Students will participate in several day-long and longer excursions, including city-wide excursions and out-of-Paris excursions such as the World War II battlefields and the American cemetery at Normandy.  Additionally, students will select other sites, activities, events, and programs to experience.  In total, students will select 15 excursions prior to departure for Paris.  Students may change a handful of sites/activities after arrival abroad.  To begin the process of selecting sites and activities, go to the Internet and type in top tourist, historical, cultural sites and activities in Paris.  Then peruse the various lists and read the descriptions of each site/activity.  In 30 minutes you will have an abundance of ideas that will form the basis of your initial list of 15 sites and activities. These latter 15 locations:  (1) could represent a variety of student interests and would be simply used by the student to fulfill the total number of elective credits toward graduation; or (2) may be tied closely to a student’s general education requirements; or (3) may be tied to a student’s major/minor.  In the latter two cases, the student should also seek prior approval of the list of 15 sites from his/her campus academic advisor if the course is to be used for a student’s general education requirements or major/minor academic program. The selected sites in these cases will relate to the specific discipline(s) of the general education area or the major/minor program.  The student will write two short papers for each excursion, a “before excursion” paper where the student describes the reason for the choice and what he/she expects to find, and an “after excursion” paper where the student reflects on his/her experience.  The “before excursion” paper is due prior to arrival in Paris and the “after excursion” paper is due one month following the end of the overseas portion of the program.  The “after excursion” paper must be accompanied by proof that you visited the location so described.  It may be an admission ticket receipt, a digital camera photo, or some other piece of evidence.

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