Virtual Study Abroad

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VIRTUAL STUDY ABROAD

 

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Maryville Study-Abroad Takes on Global Pandemic!

Maryville’s Office of Study Abroad has unveiled a set of seven VIRTUAL study-abroad course opportunities for this summer at four locations: Oxford, Florence and Dublin. From the safety of their own homes, students will be able to explore the sights and sounds of a particular locale, interact with live people at the site, and reflect on these experiences. Ventures into these other lands and cultures will occur in both real time (synchronously) and as the student’s time schedule permits (asynchronously).

 

Virtual Study Abroad

Maryville University was not alone last spring as universities across the country were forced to cancel summer 2020 overseas study-abroad programs because of the covid-19 global pandemic. Students who were eagerly expecting to experience another culture first-hand in a few weeks were forced to postpone their dream. As the virus continued to force changes across all segments of society throughout this past fall and current winter, universities have been grappling with how to give students the experiences of other lands and cultures while remaining safe against covid-19.

These three-credit courses will occur in either Summer Session 1 (May 3 – June 25) or Summer Session 2 (June 28 – August 20). The cost of each course is the regular summer tuition rate of $1,866. Students may enroll in up to two courses per summer session as long as there are no time conflicts. Times for the two Dublin courses do not conflict so these two courses may be taken simultaneously.

 

Virtual Study Abroad Locations

Summer Session 1: May 3 – June 25

Dublin – Irish history, language and culture
Dublin – Conversations with famous artists, actors, writers and musicians
Florence – Culture, cinema and food of Italy
Oxford – One-on-one tutorial with Oxford University professor/scholar

Summer Session 2: June 28 – Aug. 20

Florence – Contributions of Florence to Italian history and culture
Oxford – Series of 16 lectures by Oxford scholars on world affairs

Course Descriptions

  • INTD 449: Oxford Don Tutorial (Oxford, England) – Summer Session 1
    • Experience a one-on-one interactive tutorial with a professor/scholar (called Don) from one of the world’s greatest universities.
    • Six meetings with the Don through zoom, focusing on weekly readings and three student research/writing essays of around 1,500 words each.
    • Six virtual tours of major English cities with a 360-degree camera (Oxford, London, Bath, Canterbury, Manchester, Liverpool) with written assignments.
    • Course may be used to fulfill general education requirements for any academic area as determined by the nature of the Tutorial subject.
  • HUM 349: Italy: Culture, Cinema and Food (Florence, Italy) – Summer Session 1
    • Students will experience what it is like to be an American in Italy — how the culture can be seen from an insider, that is from both the U.S. and Italy.
    • Guest speakers will elaborate on Italian traditions, food, cinema and how the culture is so rich and diverse.
    • Students will interview amazing locals that have passion and love for their work.
    • Students will watch films that celebrate Italian culture and food.
    • The instructor will take students to see the markets, the streets, the hidden treasures, and everyday life in Florence. They will look at the relationships between Italian traditions, folklore and contemporary Italian society, for example the links between festivals, food, wines and film.
    • Students will analyze films that celebrate Italian culture and food.
    • This course may be used to fulfill general education for humanities.
  • INTD 349: Irish History, Language & Culture (Dublin, Ireland) – Summer Session 1
    • This course provides an overview of Irish history from pre-history to early 21st Century.
    • Classes and remote field trips will focus on the following: the causes and effects of colonization, post-colonization, and the associated troubles and peace process in the North; the creation of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy and its collapse in the South; and an exploration of the urbanization of Ireland and the commodification of Irish culture.
    • Through a combination of lectures, workshops and virtual field trips, students will learn how to understand the symbolism embedded in a city’s physical and cultural landscape.
    • Students will compare the Irish experience to the physical and cultural landscape in the U.S., such as current debates on the legitimacy and appropriateness of confederate and other historical statues and names of places in America and issues related to gentrification.
    • By the end of the course, students will have created their own personal map of Dublin through time and space. As part of this course, students will take a small number of Irish language conversation workshops.
    • The course is designed to be taken individually or in conjunction with the Irish Identity through the Artistic Looking Glass virtual course.
    • The course may be used to fulfill general education requirements for history and humanities.
  • HUM 449: Irish Identity through the Artistic Looking Glass (Dublin, Ireland) – Summer Session 1
    • This interactive experiential learning course comprises conversation, workshops and guest lectures, some in the mode of town halls, where students will get to converse and interact with some of Ireland’s most renowned practitioners and experts in the fields of Drama, Fine Arts, Film, Literature, Music and Journalism.
    • The course will study and emphasize the contested idea of Irish Identity from the early-to-mid 1900s to the present day.
    • The artists featured in this course will examine the influence and fluidity of Identity that has shaped their artistic modality and in turn has enriched and challenged concepts of Irish identity and society.
    • The student will have a synchronous immersive cultural and international experience by having access to a discussion platform in order to engage with Irish Artists and Thinkers.
    • The course will weave the arts into a tapestry of understanding Irish-ness and with an opportunity for the student to partake, exchange and discuss what it means to be informed by an Irish Identity.
    • The course is designed to be taken individually or in conjunction with the Irish History, Language and Culture virtual course.
    • The course may be used to fulfill general education requirements for humanities.
  • INTD 449: World Affairs (Oxford, England) – Summer Session 2
    • Focus on 16 virtual lectures on world affairs topics by Oxford professors and other former government officials with important experiences in world affairs.
    • Students write short papers on each lecture and on its readings.
    • Topics from summer 2019 include British-American Intelligence, War and History; An Introduction to British Government and Politics; Britain and the European Union; A History of Modern Britain—“Revolution!” (television documentary); The “Special Relationship” between the US and UK and its Influence on World Affairs; Operational Intelligence in a Counter Insurgency Campaign (Case Study: Northern Ireland); Anglo-American Relations/Foreign Policy during the Falklands War; The Arab Spring; Diplomatic Lessons from Brexit; The ‘Refugee Crisis’ – the Role of the European Union; The Peace Process in Northern Ireland: An Anglo-American Perspective; China and the Belt Road Initiative; Domestic Drivers of Chinese Foreign Policy; American Foreign Policy under Obama; Four Major Transformation of the International System by Global War since 1500.
    • Six virtual tours with a 360-degree camera (Oxford, London, Bath, Canterbury, Manchester, Liverpool) with written assignments for each.
    • Course may be used to fulfill general education requirements for history and political science.
  • INTD 349: Florence and Its Contributions to Italian History and Culture (Florence, Italy) – Summer Session 2
    • From its Ancient Roman origins (1st century CE) to the present, students will study the history of Florence and its Italian culture from up close.
    • Attention to the changes that have influenced Italian culture and shaped the national character:, the birth of Humanistic culture (14th-15th centuries) and its major artistic development in the Renaissance, the role of the city of Florence during the season of great discoveries (15th-16th centuries); the birth and development of the Protestant Reformation; the scientific revolution of the 17th century; the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, the tragic events of the 20th century and the formation of contemporary Italian identity.
    • Students will be guided every day into the streets of the city to discover the most famous places as well as the most hidden spots; the shops that have made Florence a worldwide famous workshop for artisanal skills and the people who made the city what it is today.
    • The instructor will explain life in the city, their stories, and their relationship with both their Florentine and Italian identity.
    • This course may be used to fulfill general education requirements for history and humanities.

 

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