J-Term 2018 Study Abroad Course Offerings

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UST: Walking and Writing Ireland

Program Highlights

  • Read the works of celebrated Irish authors while exploring the places that inspired them! This course pairs reading and writing with daily walks through the urban centers and cultural landmarks of Dublin and Belfast, as well as hikes along Ireland's beautiful coastlines.
  • In addition to exploring Dublin, students will take short trips around Ireland and Northern Ireland, with destinations including Belfast, the Antrim Coast, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Aran Islands.
  • Prerequisites: ENGL 201-204
  • Fulfills: ENGL 297 - second Literature & Writing core; WAC - Writing to Learn

Instructors
Dr. Emily James and James Garland

Course Description
This course introduces students to Ireland's rich literary history. From bustling Dublin to the solitary Aran Islands, we will explore and write about places that were and are important to some of Ireland's most celebrated authors. In addition to three-day trips to Belfast and the Aran Islands, day trips may include places important to the Irish literary imagination such as Howth, Dún Laoghaire, and Chapelizod.

Evaluation
25%       Attendance and active participation
25%       Daily journal  
25%       Short response papers (5)
25%       Final essay project and presentation
 
Location and Tentative Dates
January 2               Depart MSP
January 3               Arrive in Dublin
January 12-14        Short trip to Northern Ireland
January 18-20        Short trip to Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Aran Islands
January 27             Travel back to MSP  

More information about this course can be found on the Study Abroad website.

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UMAIE Literary Passports: Travel and Transformation

Program Highlights

  • Join us on a literary adventure of travel and self-discovery as we journey through France, Italy, and Spain, reading the writings of bygone travelers inspired by these same pilgrimages of self-exploration
  • Prerequisites: One of ENGL 201-204
  • Fulfills: ENGL 297 - second Literature & Writing core; WAC - Writing to Learn

Instructors
Dr. Kelli Larson and Dr. Catherine Craft-Fairchild

Academic Overview
Join us on a literary adventure of travel and self-discovery as we journey through France, Italy, and Spain, reading the writings of bygone travelers inspired by these same pilgrimages of self-exploration.  As we read the fiction of Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain, the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and the memoirs of Frances Mayes, we will stroll down the same boulevards, study the same art treasures, and wander through the same Old World gardens and architectural wonders that influenced our authors.  Like the literary travelers before us, we will reflect on and grapple with our position as global citizens in the twenty-first century through class discussion and brief writing assignments.  Goals of the course are to gain greater familiarity with British and American writers, to explore intercultural connections, and to engage in self-reflective and analytical writing.

Evaluation
67%        Papers
10%       Journals
23%       Participation

Location and Tentative Dates
January 2     Depart MSP
January 23   Return to MSP 

More information about this course can be found on the Study Abroad website.