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France Courses

Architecture & Design – Ms. Sarah Young

DSGN 471 (G) – Field Drawing: Architectural Paris as the Historical Hinge

Many of the most important buildings and urban spaces in history are located in Paris. This field drawing course allows you to see, study, and engage these great works through daily sketching assignments. Many of the most world’s most renowned architects once did the same, sketching their way through a tour of the great buildings of history. In this great tradition of the ‘Architectural Grand Tour’, we will visit, draw, and understand the great works of Paris, and in doing so, learn how to draw with confidence. What better way to learn to draw than to spend the summer practicing every day? What better way to learn about architecture than to spend the summer experiencing, first-hand, the most incredible buildings in the world?

DSGN 474 (G) – Field Theory: Readings on Architectural Paris

What makes the ‘great buildings’ of the world so great? In this course, students will learn why the buildings of Paris have lasting significance, beauty, and power through readings and discussions on a selection of influential writings on architecture. Because architecture is best experienced in person, our discussions will take place at subject of the readings; we will discuss Victor Hugo’s musings on Notre Dame under its pointed arches, learn about the technology which created the Eiffel Tower while eating croissants in its shadow, and much more. This is a companion course to ARCH 471g Field Drawing and it is strongly recommended that the two courses be taken together.

Nursing - Dr. Tricia Templet

NURS 397/HUMN 300 – History of Healthcare

This course will evaluate the history of healthcare and innovation through the exploration of European influence on science and medicine. We will utilize resources such as museum and hospital tours, conversations with nurses, physicians and/or pharmacists to explore European approaches to medicine and healthcare. Students will evaluate historical perspectives of European health practices and medical advances by visiting a variety of medical and dental museums. We will discuss differences and similarities of healthcare between European countries and compare and contrast European healthcare to American healthcare delivery. Students will have opportunity to interview and/or observe healthcare professionals. Students will explore artistic depictions of historical events such as the plague and tour medical history museums. We will explore nursing history as an extension of military operations for wounded soldiers. Finally, we will explore pharmaceutical innovations beginning with the use of herbal remedies and discuss contemporary pharmacy availability.

NURS 397/HUMN 300 – Sexuality, Heath & Culture in Europe

This course will evaluate European health and healthcare in relation to cultural influences, including diet, exercise, healthcare practices such as home/folk remedies, access to medical care, access to pharmaceuticals, health education, and sexual health and freedom. Students will have the opportunity to interview individuals and families, nurses, pharmacists, and/or physicians regarding health practices. Students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast personal beliefs and experiences with French cultural health norms with local Louisiana (or student’s home state) and/or US traditions. We will observe the populace and pop-culture media including television, billboards, and radio; local festivals; personal communication with local residents; and other observations of local culture relating to sexuality and health. Local museum utilization includes evaluating art for the depiction of women throughout history, the depiction of LGBT, and the depiction of sex and sexuality. Students will have opportunity to observe and interview people on local beliefs and customs related to sexuality, gender identity, and health. Students will also have the opportunity to compare and contrast their own personal beliefs and beliefs and feelings local to Louisiana with their experiences abroad.

Sociology - Dr. Emily Blosser

SOCI 395/HONR 385 – Political Sociology: French Perspectives on Citizenship, Happiness & the Environment

What does it mean to be a French citizen? Is there a French way to be happy? How do the French grapple with environmental problems and challenges? Utilizing the sociological imagination, or the ability to understand how societal structures shape an individual’s possibilities and perceptions, this class will explore these issues in Paris while comparing them to what we know from our lives and experiences in the United States. In this class we will explore: citizenship and immigration, happiness and well-being and environmental issues such as global warming from a cross cultural perspective. Visits to museums, parks, and cultural sites will be included, such as the Louvre, the Immigration History Museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Jardin des Tuileres. These visits will allow you to consider these topics in ways not included in traditional survey courses. You might be surprised to see the differences between what you know from the United States and how things work in France!

SOCI 494/HONR 485 – Sociology of Food & Eating

How do food and eating relate to sociology? American chef and author, Julia Child, once said, “People who love to eat are always the best people,” and French lawyer, writer and gastronome, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, claimed, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” In this class we will consider how culture and society influence our attitudes towards food and eating using a cross-cultural perspective between France and the United States. We will draw upon a variety of perspectives to examine the social processes that shape how food is produced, prepared and consumed in the United States and France. We will explore these questions by visiting Parisian open-air markets, grocery stores, gardens and cafés, as well as through our experiences in French restaurants and cooking classes.

Visual Arts - Mr. James Tancill

VIAR 309/HUMN 300/HONR 365 –  Danse Macabre: A Study of Love & Death in Paris

Explore the dark and the light of Paris! From the musty Catacombs of the underbelly of thisincredible city, to the age old street side locations, you will have an experience weaving through the Macabre and Romantic, all while creating a journal/sketchbook of observation, and artistic documentation. Visits to the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and many historical locations in and on the outskirts of Paris will further compliment the city's long history and fascination with the morbid.

VIAR 309/HUMN 300/HONR 365 – Fin: A History of Cinema in Paris; Blurring the Lines Between Art & Film

Learn about the beginnings and history of Cinema and the artistic side of Film making, outside of the Hollywood machine! Visit cafes, galleries, and locations across Paris where the surrealists would meet and plant the seeds for their artistic indulgences. The Cinéma du Panthéon will provide a flashback to the past of the glory days of going to see the latest film; and visits to the Musée de la Cinémathèque will provide a behind the scenes look at the lost art of projection, from highly flammable Nitrate Film to modern, safer projection techniques. Witness films from Méliès to Truffaut the way they were meant to be experienced; in the cinema.


Mandated for ALL Participants
Humanities 300: French Language & Culture

This course provides an introduction to conversational French language and will expose students to various aspects of the French culture. These components are held at various times (day and evenings) throughout the six-week period. This course will include:

A. Pre-Departure Orientation – Preparation for travel and life in France
B. French Language – Conversational French taught by local language school
C. Culture – Guided tours and visits to cultural sites and activities

All course meetings (except the orientation) are led by certified and qualified French-based teachers or guides and are arranged by the American Institute of Foreign Studies (AIFS).  There is no need to list this course as an option because ALL participants will automatically be scheduled to take this course.