Spring 2021 Preview Courses

The Office of International Programs invites you to participate in Preview 2021, which will be offered virtually for the spring semester. These innovative 2-credit courses will connect you with people and places in the U.S. and around the world, even though travel restrictions prevent us from physically visiting field study locations next semester. Our Preview faculty have developed courses that embody a global educational experience and are accessible to students wherever they are.

Barcelona, Spain

Course: A Tale of Two Cities: Global Influence on Local Culture in Barcelona and Philadelphia
FacultyAshley Knueppel and Shannon Peak Bernardo 
Time: Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm

Philadelphia and Barcelona are two unique cities that have been shaped by global influences. In Barcelona, you can see the unfolding of Barcelona's Catalonian culture and identity rooted in the people who influenced them since 200 BC: the Romans, the Moors, the Catholics, the French, the Spanish. And the Philadelphia we know today has been influenced by those who immigrated here since the 1600s, and is now rich with global cultures such as West African, Caribbean, Chinese, and more.
Using the history of these global influences and a comparative study between these two cities as the foundation to the course, we will take a survey of the local culture through architecture, art, sport, and cuisine. We will discuss how each of these evolved over time with the ebb and flow of global influence and why you can still see, experience, and taste these influences today.
We will experience both of these cities through various group and individual virtual excursions. Some of these include: Spanish cooking classes, Philadelphia virtual food tours, FC Barcelona and Eagles Watch Parties, dance lessons, virtual walking tours, access to virtual art museums, local guest speakers, and more. In addition, our class will become a space for community and gathering, even in a virtual setting with weekly optional activities like game nights, additional Spanish lessons, and more.
Join us for a semester ‘in’ two cities amongst modern skyscrapers and historic architecture, from tapas to cheesesteaks and futbol to football.

Ireland

Course: Modern Ireland:  Myth and Reality
Faculty: Dr. Thomas Kelley
Time: Wed and Fridays 9:45-10:50am

This course provides students with an overview of key developments in Modern Ireland, fostering a serious understanding of social and cultural themes over the last century. Designed for students new to Irish studies, an interdisciplinary approach is taken intended to disentangle mythology from the reality of life in contemporary Ireland. The course structure is thematic and intentionally broad. It is divided into three sections:

1) The Emergence of the Irish State
2) 20th Century Ireland
3) Global Ireland

Besides selected academic readings, each section will incorporate works of art, music, literature, and film. While the bulk of the course will consist of synchronous group discussions, group project work and virtual events are key components. This course will assist students to engage more deeply with Irish culture as the themes and topics covered are familiar to Irish people.

San Francisco

Course: Social Justice in Theory and Practice: Educating in the time of Black Lives Matter
Faculty: Drew Villierme-Lightfoot 
Time: Friday 2:45-4:45 p.m. 

This course surveys social justice movements, perspectives, film and media representations, and the legacy of institutionalized racial and economic injustice. Students learn about ways in which teachers, educational leaders, and educational organizations respond to the communities they serve and challenge systems of oppression. Through this course, students virtually meet and workshop with educational leaders in the San Francisco Bay area who work with communities that cross economic and racial lines of difference. We will read and discuss theories related to multicultural education and social justice while connecting this with their own fields of professional interest. Students come away from this course with an increased literacy of contemporary social justice movements and a better understanding of culturally informed practices that they can apply to their future careers.

London, UK

Course: London and its Artists
Faculty: Dr. Katie Faulkner  
Time: Monday and Wednesday 11:00am-12:05pm

Artists have been drawn to London for centuries, attracted by the opportunities offered by patrons such as the royal family and institutions and art collections such as the Royal Academy and the National Gallery. In this course, we will meet the artists who came to London from Europe, the United States and around Britain, such as Hans Holbein, James McNeill Whistler and Henry Moore. We will explore themes including artistic exchange, representations of the city and institutions and avant-gardes from the middle-ages to the present day. Our themes will be linked to key sites for artists in the city, such as Westminster Abbey, the Royal Palaces and galleries such as Tate Britain and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The course will be delivered through a mix of synchronous teaching, recorded lectures, virtual tours and recorded walking tours around the city. By the end of the course we will have developed a broad understanding of London as an artistic centre and gained detailed knowledge of artists and their representations of the city and its people.