Global Field Study Courses

Spring 2020

*AUC = Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum 
AUC fullfillments shown with an asterisk (*) are anticipated but pending, awaiting final approval.

Travel fee includes: airfare, accommodations, in-country travel, and a group meal.




Location: UK: Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland and London, England 
Travel Dates: 5/16-5/29/20
Instructors: Karen Scott and Heather Harris
Meeting Time: Tuesday 5:00-6:30PM
AUC Fulfillment: SS, GCE/GCR
Travel Fee Range: $2,350-$2,450

Since the late 19th century, the United Kingdom has been pivotal in both the development of forensic techniques and the setting of forensic science standards. Recent media attention has thrust forensics into the spotlight to both positive and negative effect. This course introduces the history and evolution of criminal investigations including the role of Crime Scene Investigators and Forensic Scientists, significant cases, and the framework of international standards within forensic science.  We examine how crimes are investigated in the US and the UK,  the strengths and weaknesses of the US and UK systems, and how this exciting area of the Criminal Justice System is changing in each country.  Finally, we consider a number of related disciplines and issues, such as evidence admissibility, the CSI effect, education and forensic regulation to gain a broader understanding of forensics' modern role and future development within criminal justice. The course culminates with a field study to Scotland focusing on Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland as well as London, England.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and grad students

BI 355 Field Biology: The Florida Everglades, America's River of Grass

Location: Florida Everglades and Key Largo
Travel Dates: 3/14-3/21/20
Instructors: Lauretta Bushar and Christopher Binckley
Meeting Time: Wednesday 1:30-2:45PM
AUC Fulfillment: GCE/GCR
Travel Fee Range: $1,650-1,750

In this course students will explore the biodiversity of the Florida Everglades, specifically how changing hydrology affects fresh-water and coastal habitats. Analysis and discussion of primary literature will illustrate characteristics of plant and animal communities. The Everglades is a river slowly flowing from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico, containing an immense diversity of plants and animals. Students will explore, document, and analyze these species, focusing on how hydrology affects their distribution and abundance. This course includes an immersive 8-day trip to Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys, where students will follow the flow of water and explore Everglades ecology in field trips, a museum and the collection and analysis of ecological data. Students must be able to hike on flat land for several hours to complete the field investigations. This course fulfills the biology major requirement of a 300-level bio elective with lab that has a plant component. Fee covers the cost of airfare, lodging most meals, and all field excursions including snorkeling trip.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Prerequisites include BI201 and 242.

Castles, Forests, and Fairy Tales: Mapping the German Landscape

Location: Bavaria, Germany
Travel Dates: 5/16-5/26/20
Instructors: Allyson McCreery and Rhianon Visinsky
Meeting Time: Tuesday 4:00-6:50 PM (tentative)
AUC Fulfillment: IL/CE/NP
Travel Fee Range: $2,500-2,600

This Global Field Study will examine the literary, architectural, and landscape intricacies of Germany. Using geocritical theory as a guide, students will explore the ways in which the German landscape influenced the creation of narratives and how those narratives, in turn, influence the ways in which the land is viewed by those “reading” it. We will do this, in part, by reading select fairy tales, myths, and legends of Germany, including some of those collected by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm during the early 19th Century and published in 1812. In the classroom, Grimm’s Fairy Tales (and other German texts) will help us delve into the ways in which the lush landscapes of the German volk imagination were inspired by the physical world. We will create our own visual landscapes of the tales using various methods of computer and artistic generation; research the origins of the tales, the landscape and architecture; write a research essay and a guidebook; and create a map utilizing GIS technology. In Germany, we will visit the Black Forest, “fairy-tale” towns, and several castles (including Neuschwanstein), and make connections to our in-class visual creations and research. Come with us and explore the myths, legends, and fairy tales of Germany through the lens of castle architecture and surrounding geography.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and grad students

Inspired by the View: The Beauty and Boldness of Ireland

Location: Ballyvaughan, Ireland
Travel Dates: 5/17-6/14/20
Instructors: Maryann Worrell and Krista Profitt
Meeting Time: Tuesday 2:10-3:50 PM 
AUC Fulfillment: VL, GCE/GCR
Travel Fee Range: $4,550-$4,650

This course provides students with the tools to generate creative works, and rediscover and reflect upon the natural world through the medium of their choice (photography, fine art, writing, performance, research, etc.)  The experience will be classroom-based at Arcadia during the Spring 2018 semester, as well as include a four-week stay in the West of Ireland from May 20th-June 17th.  This course is for sophomore- graduate students, studying any major, and combines lectures, studio work and field trip excursions. Students and two faculty members will be living and studying in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, a rural village in the West of Ireland.  Students will be attending The Burren College of Art, which  will provide all living arrangements, studio space and limited transportation (5 days a week, 9am and 5pm) to and from the College from Ballyvaughan.   Weekly courses at AU will cover a variety of topics including Ireland’s history and culture, artists and writers, various art studio methods, generating creativity, environmental issues (home and abroad), etc.; applicable to studio and writing course works. 

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and grad students

Aspects of British Culture

Location: London, England
Travel Dates: 3/13-3/20/20
Instructors: Nancy Rosoff and Heather Horowitz
Meeting Time: Monday 2:45-3:50 
AUC Fulfillment: CL, GCE/GCR
Travel Fee Range: $1,895-$1,995

This course will offer the opportunity to explore multiple aspects of British Culture from contemporary and historical perspectives. We will have a particular emphasis on food; history; art, theater, and film; and sport. We will learn about each of these topics through our class in Glenside and by visiting selected sites in London over spring break. We will engage with museums and markets, visit a football (soccer) stadium, take a cooking class, and visit an historical palace, as well as other sites. Students will also have time to engage in independent exploration and observation.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Americans in Paris

Location: Paris, France
Travel Dates: 5/6-5/13/20
Instructors: Rachel Collins and Michael Dwyer
Meeting Time: Tuesday 4:00-6:50 PM 
AUC Fulfillment: CL, CB
Travel Fee Range: $2,300-2,400

Paris was at the global heart of aesthetic production among writers and artists during the first half of the twentieth century, and making a pilgrimage to Paris was a rite of passage for many young American writers.  Why?  What did Paris symbolize for American expatriate writers like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Langston Hughes? Why was being part of an international artistic community in Paris so crucial to their work?  And how did the realities of French life compare to the Paris they had imagined?  In pursuit of answers to these questions, students will read and interpret the literature that expatriate writers produced in and about Paris, and during our class's own journey to Paris students will deepen their understanding by retracing the expatriates' steps and recreating some of the key experiences that shaped the expatriates’ writing during the 1920s.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and grad students

Green Power for Sustainability

Location: Sicily, Italy
Travel Dates: 5/16-5/25/20
Instructors: Augusto Macalalag and Kimberly Dean
Meeting Time: Monday 4:30-7:10 PM 
AUC Fulfillment: NP
Travel Fee Range: $2,750-2,850

In today’s changing climate and resources needed by a fast growing society, the STEM & Sustainability Global Field Study course hopes to develop students who advocates for a sustainable world.  Sustainability refers to “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs” (Middlecamp, 2012, p. 5). To this end, students will study the energy and renewable energy resources through engineering design and field studies in Philadelphia, PA, USA and Siracusa, Sicily, Italy.  Students will also engage in community-based activities such as: (a) study of community resources, (b) account for carbon footprints of individuals (micro-level) and community (macro-level), (c) engage in community education and information dissemination activities, and (d) work with students in an Italian middle or high school.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Identity and Democratization in Ukraine

Location: Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odessa, Ukraine
Travel Dates: 5/16-5/29/20
Instructor: Angela Kachuyevski
Meeting Time: Monday 4:00-6:50pm
AUC Fulfillment: SS, GCE/GCR
Travel Fee Range: $2,350-2,500

This course explores national identity and democratization in Ukraine, a major post-Soviet country in Eastern Europe. The course offers a broad overview of the politics, regional security and conflict management in Ukraine within the historical context of the region, and within the conceptual framework of post communist democratic transition. We study the growth and development of security institutions since the collapse of communism, and consider their ability to engage in effective regional conflict management. Students will be paired with counterparts from either Karazin University in Kharkov or Menchikov University in Odessa to engage in a substantive research project. The two-week field study includes travel to Kharkov and Odessa, where students will present their joint research, and to the capital Kyiv.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and grad students


Location: Dominica
Travel Dates: 6/20-6/27/20
Instructor: Thomas Brinker
Meeting Time: Tuesday 4:00-5:40 PM
AUC Fulfillment: SS, GCE/GCR
Travel Fee Range: $2,595-$2695

This is an interdisciplinary upper level four credit course that studies the pre-history, politics, economics and/or artistic heritage of a foreign culture. It is not intended for tourists, but rather for individuals with a sincere interest in learning about and interacting with people and events in another culture. In January, we travel to the Capitol, Roseau, and throughout Dominica during our visit. This course runs from March 2020-July 2020.

The trip to Dominica will take you out of your comfort zone and will strengthen you in more ways than you can imagine. It will open your mind and give you the chance to really see how other cultures live. Less developed regions of the world can be difficult to witness firsthand, but there's no better way to change your perspective on life than to witness how little people in the rest of the world have and live with on a daily basis. Moreover, you will have an opportunity to visit and interact with factories, power plants, organic farming, community leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, local citizens and high ranking civil servants.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Indigenous Language Revitalization in Costa Rica

Location: San Jose, Boruca, and Uvita, Costa Rica
Travel Dates: 5/7/20-5/14/20
Instructor: Dr. Aroline Hanson
Meeting Time: Tuesday 12:20-2:00pm 
AUC Fulfillment: GCE/GCR*
Travel Fee Range: $2,100-2,300

This is a research course in which students will complete a research project. The primary focus of this course is on language acquisition, language loss and death, and the social reasons and impacts of language loss, language and societal conflict, and the efforts of language revitalization by groups who have suffered this loss. Specifically, students study the case of the Brunca language and its people in Costa Rica. After becoming familiar with the major findings of research studies that have examined these topics, students are guided on how to prepare for data collection of their own. Students will be in contact with researchers at the University of Costa Rica and will aid in designing language materials for the Brunca language. In the field, students will meet the professors and students in Costa Rica who work on revitalizing indigenous languages, observe Brunca classes and interact with members of the Brunca community, as well as spend time exploring the natural beauty of Costa Rica through trips to a national park, ancient indigenous ruins, and a working coconut farm. Some knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended, but not required, to get the most out of the experience. This course will count toward the Spanish major/minor and Linguistics minor.

Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students