Luxembourg Intensive Summer Program

A shorter version of the renowned MUDEC experience, the Luxembourg Intensive Summer Program is an ideal choice for students who may not have the opportunity to study for a semester in Luxembourg. The nine-credit-hour summer program is designed for the serious student wishing to complete an entire European-focused Thematic Sequence or Global Perspectives and/or other potential Foundation requirements in only seven weeks during the Summer Session.

Each summer, three Ohio-based Miami professors teach courses in Luxembourg that satisfy requirements of the Global Miami Plan curriculum.

  • The three courses may fulfill a Thematic Sequence, plus 3 hours towards the Global Perspectives requirement, or the courses may count as the completion of the Global Perspectives requirement, plus 3 hours toward another Global Miami Plan Foundation requirement.
  • There are no prerequisites for these courses, and students must take all three courses.
  • Classes meet Monday through Thursday and two 6-day (5-night) faculty-led study tours are embedded in the 7-week program.
  • All students live in a European homestay and therefore have an inside view of the local culture. They have the opportunity to interact with local people and learn about everyday life in Luxembourg.

Summer 2018

ATH 335L: Multiculturalism in Europe: Minority and Majority Identities

Instructor: Dr. John Cinnamon, cinnamjm@miamioh.edu

This course explores diverse expressions and challenges of multiculturalism in Europe. Readings and class discussions develop anthropological tools and critical perspectives to better understand processes through which identities are constructed and experienced, and to analyze political, economic and historical dynamics through which identity groups develop and interact.

Attention is given to the construction of the national identities and the unmarked racial, religious and sexual majorities against which minority experiences play out, and to understanding processes of cultural change. There are no prerequisites and the learning program welcomes students from all disciplines, divisions, and identity backgrounds.

Exact study tour locations TBD, but France and Spain or only southern Spain are under consideration.

GEO 201L: Geography of Urban Diversity: European Landscapes and Cultures IP; IIC, SS

Instructor: Dr. David Prytherch, prythedl@miamioh.edu

This class prepares students to better understand and experience European landscapes and people. First, we learn key concepts for comprehending the connection between environments, livelihoods, meaning, and built landscapes. Students then consider how cities are shaped by European historical development, asking, “How do history and geography help explain local cultures and places?” and providing a point of entry for the Transatlantic Dialogue conference theme of cultural bonds and diplomacy.

We then go on to explore regional differences in urban processes and patterns, interpreted through the diverse built environments they experience. Students then consider contemporary processes shaping urban life in an integrated Europe, and reflect on possible European futures.

There is no single textbook: students read diverse primary and secondary sources, academic and popular, as well as the landscape itself.

PHL310: Philosophy of Food IIB, H

Instructor: Dr. Brian Domino, dominob@miamioh.edu

Our choices about what to eat, and what not to, express our values. Some are expressive of our aesthetic values (i.e., our judgments about which foods are or are not tasty, appealing, delicious, revolting, etc.). Some are expressive of our moral values (i.e., of our judgments about which foods we are permitted, obligated, or forbidden to eat). All of these sorts of values are tremendously important to the ways we live our lives, and it's worth having a careful look at the sorts of values that inform our food choices. One feature of studying abroad is that you will be made aware of your food-related values in a way that often does not occur in your home culture. To be concrete, in the US you are unlikely to ever question, or even confront, whether you think octopus and horse are foods. Yet, you will find both in supermarkets throughout Europe (including right here in Luxembourg).

As we will see, philosophers throughout history have touched on food-related issues. Nonetheless, extensive philosophical engagement with the topic is a distinctly late 20th and 21st century endeavor.

This will involve us in a number of important moral issues. We'll investigate such questions as:

    • What are the environmental and social consequences of various sorts of eating habits? E.g., how do food choices contribute to environmental degradation and social injustice?
    • To what extent does the presence of those sorts of consequences generate moral obligations to adopt (or to abandon) the relevant eating habits?
    • May we as a society impinge on the autonomy of others regarding food choices?
    • What sorts of moral obligations, if any, do we have toward non-human animals?

We'll look at questions both about individual food choices and about food policy—at questions both about what we should, as individuals, decide to eat, and at what actions we, as a society, ought to take in order to influence how our food is grown, processed, marketed, sold, and consumed.

Summer 2019

ECO 131: Economic Perspectives on Inequality (3) IP; IIC, SS; CAS-C

Instructor: Dr. Janice Kinghorn kinghornj@miamioh.edu

Introduction to differing economic perspectives on inequality in the United States and Europe, particularly the
relationship between inequality and population diversity. The role of the market and of public policy in generating,
transmitting, and ameliorating inequality. Dimensions of inequality include earning inequality, poverty, and unequal
access to education and health care. Dimensions of diversity include race, ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic
class, immigration status, and sexual orientation. This course includes a multi-day study tour excursion to Ljubljana, Slovenia and Zagreb, Croatia.

GEO 101: Global Forces, Local Diversity (3) IIC, SS; CAS-C

Instructor: Dr. Yelizaveta Skryzhevska

Application of human geography concepts to patterns and processes of economic, political, and cultural changes at global, regional and local scales. IIC, IIIB. CAS-C. The course fits naturally into the MUDEC curriculum. It introduces students to the concept of globalization and its effects on the local level geographic entities such as regions, countries, and places.

The course has been adapted to the European context. The modified version of the course introduces students to the global forces such as overpopulation, migration, environmental change, and outsourcing, to name a few, and the differences these forces produce at the regional level of Europe and individual European countries.

The is a study tour course with a field excursion to Hungary. The group will be based in Budapest and take daily trips to different destinations within the country. The study tour destinations are not the “conventional” tourist destinations. They illustrate the material covered in the course and aid student learning by providing real-world experiences. We will become familiar with the Roma people who are often called “transnational nation” which means they don’t belong to any country and don’t identify themselves with any nationality. We will visit the largest Jewish community in Central Europe and learn about the problem of anti-Semitism in Hungary. We will explore the change in the Hungarian auto industry affected by Foreign Direct Investments, and visit a world-class spa resort located on the Lake Balaton.

MUS 184: Opera: Passport to Europe (3) IIA, CA

Instructor: Dr. Ricardo Averbach averbach@miamioh.edu

Opera is a key part of the Western European Culture. It is a total art form that combines music, singing, drama, poetry, plastic arts and sometimes dance. In each work, all the components of opera combine their expressiveness and their beauty to produce a magnificent presentation. This complex alchemy makes an opera performance an extraordinary show, monopolizing the sight, hearing, imagination and sensibility of the audience, where all human passions are at work.

The study of opera provides a unique opportunity for students to get immersed in European culture, through an art form that is not familiar to most of them. It is a special opportunity for non-music majors to study this subject with a professor who is an opera conductor.

The development of opera started in Italy at the end of the 16th century and soon spread through the rest of Europe. Each country brought its own specific contributions to the genre, therefore by studying operas by composers of different origins, students will be learning about multiple cultures.

This course meets particularly well the goals of the Luxembourg program because it allows experiential learning on a theme that is common to most of the European countries, and above all provides the opportunity of a cultural immersion encompassing a broad spectrum of knowledge associated with Europe.

This course includes a multi-day study tour to Cremona, Italy.