From Seville, Spain to Paris, France: An Educational Adventure in Cultural Studies

 

Applications accepted on an on-going basis so long as space remains in the course. For more information:

 

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Contact:  Dr. Lauren Beck or Dr. Christina Ionescu if you cannot attend either one of these sessions but would like more information.

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WHAT?
 

 

This programme will run May 1-15 (Paris) and May 18-June 1 (Seville) of 2017.

 

HOW?

Students who wish to apply should fill out the application posted on the Modern Languages and Literatures website. More information about the program is also posted on this website.S

 

WHEN?

Applications are being accepted on an on-going basis so long as space remains in the course.

 

WHO?

Dr. Lauren Beck and Dr. Christina Ionescu are faculty members of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Mount Allison University. They have near-native fluency in the languages of the countries where their programmes are based. Through long-term stays in Paris and Seville, they have acquired an extensive knowledge of these cities and experienced them in various capacities – as students, researchers, inhabitants, tourists and travellers. Because safety and comfort were identified as primary concerns by students who previously took this course, their practical experience in these cities will minimise the risk of students ever facing unsafe, uncomfortable or unproductive situations.

 

WHY?

ParisParis and Seville, need we say more? If you would like to check out Paris as seen by a Sierra Lundy, a 2014 student enrolled in the course, check out “Croissant Rooftops” on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYFW068b8Ck.

This programme will give students an opportunity to take learning outside the traditional classroom. While abroad, students will navigate through uncharted territory, gaining confidence and self-reliance through the use of intercultural skills. They will be exposed to new places, cultures and systems, which will incite them to broaden they perspectives, confront fears and assumptions, as well as embrace diversity.

Although both courses are taught entirely in English, studying in France and Spain will provide students with the daily opportunity to improve their oral and aural language skills in French and Spanish by immersing themselves in routine activities and cultural experiences. On the other hand, these courses have been designed to ensure that students who do not speak either of these languages are comfortable during their stay. Paris and Seville are international cultural centres and popular tourist destinations, which means that English is spoken widely.

Through educational field trips designed specifically for them by the instructors, students will develop valuable research skills and training including: cross-cultural adaptation and communication skills; project design and refinement; observation and interpretation skills; gathering, organising and presenting findings; and maintaining a field journal. By studying cities with multifarious and deeply embedded layers of history, students will gain an understanding of how other nations prioritise and preserve their heritage. It is hoped that the field trips will incite students to reflect on the importance of art, culture and history in their own cities and communities, while potentially inspiring them to become actively involved in the preservation of Canada’s heritage.

In sum, by offering an integrated approach of lectures and educational field trips, we intend to challenge students to dig deeper into cultural and historical perspectives, to grow beyond their personal barriers by complementing their educational experience, as well as to embrace learning as a lifelong endeavour.