Course Descriptions

Architecture and Interior Design

ARC 401L Architecture Studio (6 hours)

Prerequisites: ARC 301/302; open to majors only

Study of design processes and methods of implementation in the comprehensive solution of complex environmental design problems. Instructor: TBD. Email: TBD

ARC 417L Architectural Materials (3 hours)

Prerequisites: ARC 212

Introduction to materials and criteria for selection in architectural structures. Instructor: TBD. Email: TBD


ART 188L History of Western Art: Renaissance to the Present (3 hours)

Sprint course that meets first half of the semester.
Miami Plan Foundation Course: IIA or IIB, H.

The principal purpose of the course is to guide the student in discovering, discerning, appreciating, and enjoying the art of the Western World from the Renaissance to the present. The course will relate to history, religion, literature, music and cultural in general. The study will cover artistic creations in the fields of architecture, sculpture, and painting and such minor arts as furniture and jewelry. This course introduces basic concepts, periods, and styles, drawing on examples that the student will encounter not only in the academic world but also outside the classroom. Further, it analyzes artistic creations in terms of form, line, space, area, and plane, mass and volume, perspective, proportions, scale, value, tonality and color. In addition, the course endeavors to develop independence in recognizing the main characteristics of each period of art history. The course intends to stimulate the student to explore and experience with thoughtful awareness the artistic creations that the student encounters. Each student will have to make a presentation on a topic in art (topic of their choice between the end of the 19th century and the present) and keep a travel log. Study tour destination: TBD* Instructor: Claudine Bechet. Email:

Business Analysis

BUS 371L International Business (3 hours)

Prerequisites: ECO 201 and 202. Pre-Business majors are not permitted to enroll in 300/400 level business courses.

For business majors this course counts as a professional elective. We observe and are part of a world in which countries and economies are rapidly moving toward a more interrelated and interdependent state, a world in which a global business community is being formed. Luxembourg and Europe are in the middle of this development and process. In spite of this increased globalization of business activities, the world market will continue to consist of individual nations with their own economies, cultures, political and social systems and different management practices, which we need to understand and in which we can feel effective and comfortable. The purpose of this course is to provide you with a firm understanding of international business in a European and global setting with a comprehension of this fascinating and important area of study. Instructor: Nicolas Ries. Email:


ECO 320L European Economic Integration (2 hours)

Spring semester only.

The purpose of this course is to study the post-WWII European Integration process from an economic perspective. Institutional, historical, and political aspects of the European Union will be covered such as the main treaties (Rome, Maastricht and Lisbon), the role of the major European institutions (notably the Council of the European Union, the European Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice), the EU legislative process and the various EU enlargements. Nevertheless, the main focus will be on economics. European economic integration will serve as a case study for broader economic concepts such as market enlargement (the Krugman model of international trade), international trade policy (including trade liberalization, custom unions and common markets, trade creation and trade diversion, World Trade Organizaiton rules), competition and regional policies, agricultural policy and the consequences of labor migration, capital market integration, optima currency areas and currency unions. After having taken this course students will not only be familiar with the European integration process but, perhaps more importantly, they will be trained to apply standard economic tools to a variety of real world situations which are also of concern to the USA. Instructor: Joris Buyse. Email:

ECO 344L International Economic Relations (3 hours)

Prerequisites: ECO 201 and 202. Pre-Business majors are not permitted to enroll in 300/400 level business courses.
For business majors this course counts as a professional elective.

Comparative advantage as basis for gains from specialization and trade is examined in some detail. Supply and demand analysis is used to study the effects of barriers to trade (tariffs, quotas, etc.). Students will also study monetary aspects of international economic relations, including alternative forms of international monetary organization, balance of payments, exchange rates, and mechanisms of balance of payments adjustment. Aspects of macro-economic policy in open economics are considered. The course will be given a special European emphasis. The economic aspects of the European Union and the problems and prospects of the European monetary union and the Euro as a new major currency will receive special analysis. Instructor: Carlo Klein. Email:


ENG 204L European Cinema: An Introduction (1 hour)

Sprint course second half of semester.

Cinema as a crucial key to the understanding of European history, society and culture. The course will analyze the distinctive style and content of European cinema, drawing on examples from French, German, Italian and British films from different periods. From this base, students can progress to a deeper understanding of European cinema and history. Instructor: Paul Lesch. Email:

ENG 311L Contemporary Fiction (3 hours)

Sprint course that meets first half of the semester.
Spring semester only.

This section of ENG 311 Contemporary Fiction focuses on European fiction, particularly fiction written about World War II. Students will read contemporary (published within the last ten years) novels, novellas, and short stories by European authors. The course will show students that the effects of war and injustice are long lasting, and that the art and literature of a place, while reflecting the wounds of history, can also help to foster understanding. In London, students will meet with professionals in the field, editors, translators, authors, and publishers to get a different perspective on publishing and literature. We will also visit sites specific to the study of WWII, such as the Imperial War Museum, Churchill War Rooms, and the Museum of London. The course fulfills a requirement for Creative Writing majors and serves as an elective for Professional Writing and Literature majors; it is also an elective in the Creative Writing minor. Study tour destination: TBD* Instructor: Margaret Luongo. Email:

Environmental Sciences

IES 440L European Environmental Perspectives in the XXI Century: Transitioning towards Post-carbon Societies and Cultures (3 hours)

Miami Plan Foundation: II, III and IV
Sprint course that meets first half of the semester.
Spring semester only.

This course introduces students to the diverse environmental theories and practices emerging and proliferating within the European Union in the last two decades. A number of social and environmental movements are currently reshaping European societies, cultures, and policies. Some of them (de-growth, slow movement) emerged in the Euro-Mediterranean region in the last decade, and are rapidly gaining global relevance and attention due to the financial crisis. Other tendencies (post-carbon movements) are more relevant in Northern Europe. In this course, we will read recent articles by European and non-European ecological economists, political ecologists, and social ecologists, and discuss pressing issues related to social and environmental justice from a global critical perspective. We will also explore a number of ongoing regional policies, cultural manifestations, and socioecological initiatives within the European Union. We will have interdisciplinary debates with European activists, policy makers, and thinkers on their proposed alternatives to the current unsustainable global system, which is based on a biophysical impossibility, namely constant economic growth in the context of a limited biosphere. This course will examine current European institutions (New Economics Foundation, Institute for European Environmental Policy, Worldwatch Institute Europe) and practices (transition towns, eco-villages, slow cities, eco-industrial parks, agroecological networks). These European social and environmental movements are currently forming global alliances and networks with other non-European movements to propose alternative ways of thinking and acting that are socially desirable, economically viable, and ecologically sustainable. Study tour destination: TBD. Instructor: Luis Pradanos-Garcia Email:


FRE 107L Practical French (4 hours)

For beginners. Cannot be taken as credit/no credit.

The goal of French 107 is to expose students to and to develop basic language skills in French in order to make them functional in a French language environment. This course is aimed at MUDEC students who do not intend to continue French in their university studies, who have already completed their university language requirement in another language, and/or who would prefer to continue university language studies in the language they have already taken at the high school level.

Students enrolled in this class will learn and apply communicative structures and basic vocabulary in a variety of cultural and thematic contexts. The specific purpose of this course is to equip them with tools essential for them to feel comfortable and to find their way around in a French language environment. It will enable them to communicate and to express experiences, ideas, and thoughts and to help them solve problems in a French-speaking environment. Students will also be exposed to and will become familiar with the basic elements of French grammar. Students will also explore topics in French and Francophone cultures, building and improving their linguistic and cultural proficiency by studying easy and short texts from the press and other sources along with audio (songs) and visual (video, etc.) materials. Supplementary resources will be available from the internet.

This course is intended for students who do NOT intend to continue French at the university. It does NOT lead to French 102. If you take 107L and then decide to continue with French, you must take either FRE 101 or take a placement test. Instructors: Philippe Briot and Tom Jeitz. Emails: and

FRE 101L First Year French (4 hours)

Fall semester only.

This course is part of the traditional FRE language sequence: it leads into FRE 102. If you plan to continue with French, take this course instead of FRE 107L. Introduction to French language (understanding, speaking and writing). The main emphasis will be on speaking: how to deal with practical situations in everyday life. Instructors: Philippe Briot and Tom Jeitz. Emails: and

FRE 102L First Year French (4 hours)

Spring semester only.

Introduction to French language (understanding, speaking and writing). The main emphasis will be on speaking: how to deal with practical situations in everyday life. Instructor: Philippe Briot. Email:

FRE 201L Second Year French (3 hours)

Fall semester only.
Prerequisites: FRE 101 and 102 OR 103 or at least two years of high school French, and an adequate score on the placement exam.

Readings and discussions of fiction and nonfiction. Review of grammar. Instructor: Philippe Briot. Email:

FRE 202L Second Year French (3 hours)

Spring semester only.
Miami Plan Foundation Course: IIB-Cul, CAS-A
Prerequisite: FRE 201 or at least two years of high school French

Readings and discussions on French culture and current affairs. For textbook information, see fall schedule for FRE 201L. Instructor: Philippe Briot. Email:

FRE 310L Text in Context: Advanced Conversational French through Aspects of Contemporary French (3 hours)

Prerequisite: a 300-level FRE course, approved equivalent, or with permission of instructor.

This advanced conversation class has two goals. The first is to develop the student's ability to express ideas in French and to understand spoken French. The second is to inform the student about various aspects of life in contemporary France (social trends, culture, political life, mass media, etc.). Class participation is an essential element in this class. Issues raised in the class are discussed with all the members of the group; students are encouraged to report on their travels and to relate their experiences during their stay in Luxembourg and in Europe in general. The exchange of ideas and different points of view creates a fertile basis for intellectual stimulation. Taught in French. Maximum enrollment: 12. Instructor: Philippe Briot. Email:

FRE 411L French Civilization (3 hours)

Prerequisite: two 300-level FRE courses, approved equivalent, or with permission of instructor.

Critical thinking in this course is prompted by the analysis and careful examination of the interdependent events that form the fabric of the development of French civilization. Much of the work will be based on close reading of original texts that will be explored in light of present day society. Terms and concepts have a special flavor in contemporary French usage, because they are pregnant with connotations imparted to them by historical, religious, artistic, cultural, political as well as economic developments throughout the ages. Political and economic reactions of the French are colored by the specific esprit francais. Making explicit the French context is one of the goals of this course. Lively discussion generated by these interesting and, at the same time, disturbing topics is inevitable and hence desirable, and ample opportunity will be provided for them. Students will be assigned to write joint papers that will necessitate critical thinking and combined effort. Maximum enrollment: 15 students. Taught in French. Instructor: Philippe Briot. Email:


GEO 460C/AMS 450A Landscape and Memory in European Context (3 hours)

Sprint course meets first half of semester
Fall semester only.

Through a series of case studies, this course examines how people at the personal, collective, and national scale transform historical events into lieux de memoire. This sometimes contested process of collective memory and placemaking involves constructing shared understandings of the significance of past events and the locations they occurred. We will draw on the scholarship of place, memory and landscape to look at how some aspects of past places are actively remembered, while other aspects are either neglected or intentionally erased. On our study tour, we will visit a variety of heritage sites where we will explore the relationship between history and memory, delve into different struggles to embed collective memories in the built environment, and interpret the cultural significance of memorials, museums, and historical markers to individuals, groups, and the nation. Study tour destination: TBD Instructor: Damon Scott. Email:


GER 103L Introduction to the German-Speaking World (3 hours)

For beginners. Cannot be taken as credit/no credit.

This course has been designed as an introduction to "Everyday German" language and culture in the German-speaking world, which will give students the tools essential for them to feel comfortable in and find their way around a German-speaking environment. There is less emphasis on grammar in this course than in GER 101**, and more emphasis on culture. This course is intended for students who do NOT intend to continue German at the university. It does NOT lead to German 102. If you take 103L and then decide to continue with German, you must take either GER 101 or a placement test. Instructor: Tom Jeitz. Email:

**Please note that GER 101L (Beginning German I) and GER 102L (Beginning German II) are available as a supplement to GER103L for interested students. GER 101L leads into GER 102, and GER 102L leads to GER 201 (Second Year German). Contact Dr. John Jeep (; Dept. of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages) to obtain written permission to enroll in GER 101L or GER 102L. Once granted permission by Dr. Jeep, email Mr. Raymond Manes ( for information about course registration.

GER 101L Beginning German I

Please see note under GER 103L for more information about this option.
Instructor: Tom Jeitz. Email:

GER 102L Beginning German II

Prerequisite: GER 101, 111, or placement test.

Please see note under GER 103L for more information about this option.
Instructor: Tom Jeitz. Email:

GER 201L Second Year German (3 hours)

Fall semester only.
Prerequisite: GER 102, approved equivalent, or with permission of instructor.

Reading of selected texts with practice in speaking and writing German. Practical use of the language in everyday contexts. Readings cover areas such as culture, problems of contemporary Germany, and modern literature. Repetition and consolidation of the most important aspects of grammar and syntax. Instructor: Tom Jeitz. Email:

GER 202L Second Year German (3 hours)

Spring semester only.
Prerequisite: GER 201, approved equivalent, or with permission of instructor.
Miami Plan Foundation Course: CAS-A

Reading of selected texts with practice in speaking and writing German. Practical use of the language in everyday contexts. Readings cover areas such as culture, problems of contemporary Germany, and modern literature. Repetition and consolidation of the most important aspects of grammar and syntax. Instructor: Tom Jeitz. Email:

GER 321L Everyday Culture in German-Speaking Countries (3 hours)

Miami Plan Foundation Course: IIC-Cul, H, CAS-B-LIT.
Prerequisite: GER 202, approved equivalent, or with permission of instructor.

The course will explore major cultural topics in the German-speaking countries through the study of authentic texts chosen from a variety of sources (newspapers, scholarship, literature, essays). Students will be confronted with different cultural and social patterns and different sets of values. The aims of the course:

    • To acquaint the students with significant aspects of German culture as seen from the viewpoints of various observers, commentators and participants
    • To encourage the students to use their critical faculties in judging the relative merits of differing points of view
    • To clarify the social, cultural and historical contexts
    • To invite the students to compare another culture's reaction to events, problems and situations in Europe to those of the student's own country
    • To encourage the students to explore and reflect upon their own value judgments and assumptions.

At MUDEC, students have a unique opportunity to interact with each other in the classroom, and also with German speakers on their travels as well as with their host families. The course will endeavor to build up the students' self-confidence and encourage them to make contacts with German speakers. To achieve this goal a certain amount of language teaching (focusing on vocabulary, sentence structure, idiomatic German) is considered indispensable. For, however important critical thinking may be, it is useless abroad if you cannot communicate with native speakers and put those skills to the test. The course will rely largely on discussions, presentations, debates and written work. Taught in German. Instructor: Anouk Friederici. Email:

GER 322L Everyday Culture in German-Speaking Countries (3 hours)

Miami Plan Foundation Course: IIC-Cul, H, CAS-B-LIT
Prerequisite: GER 202, approved equivalent, or with permission of instructor.

Critical thinking is part and parcel of language learning. In dealing with authentic texts, students are confronted with different cultural, social and behavioral patterns and with different sets of values and assumptions. In this course students will be invited to compare what they learn through their reading with their personal experiences gathered in their travels, and also to compare what they found with the situation in the USA. This course explores everyday behavioral patterns, customs and approaches that reflect the underlying social organization, and will try to make the social, cultural and historical context clear. It will encourage the students to observe critically cultural differences between the USA and German-speaking countries and to provide information on some aspects of life and society in German-speaking countries (without aiming at an exhaustive coverage). At MUDEC, students have the unique opportunity to interact with German speakers in their travels and with their host families. The course will therefore also endeavor to improve their listening, reading and writing skills to enable them to make the most of these opportunities. A certain amount of language teaching, focusing on vocabulary, sentence structure, and colloquial German, is considered necessary. The course will rely largely on discussions, presentations, debate, and written work in German. Taught in German. Instructor: Anouk Friederici. Email:


HST 270L The Rise and Fall of Hitler (3 hours)

Semester Study Tour Course with a week-long field study tour.

The course analyzes the general conditions in early 20th century Europe and post-World War I Germany, which fostered the development of anti-Semitism, racism and ultra- nationalism. Hitler's origins, background and mental world and ideological evolution will be given foremost attention. The strengths and weaknesses of the Weimar Republic are the background of Hitler's first attempt to seize power at the Munich Putsch, 1923, and of his final rise in 1930-1933 while the other great powers were paralyzed by the great economic crisis. Hitler's transformation of Weimar Germany into a totalitarian dictatorship in 1933-34 and his approach to his two major goals, the road to War and the final solution 1934-1939, will be thoroughly investigated. The War years and final doom of Nazi Germany will be considered as glaring evidence of what National Socialism really was and to what consequences it carried Germany and Europe, changing radically the face of our World and ending in the destruction of nearly a whole people, the Jews, 1939-1945. In light of the present developments in Europe, racism, xenophobia, blind nationalism, and ethnic cleansing, the Nazi past, long thought dead, is undergoing a frightening revival and should therefore be studied, including its origins, facts and consequences. Study tour destination: TBD. Instructor: Emile Haag. Email:

HST 271L The Western Heritage: from the Renaissance to the 20th Century (3 hours)

The cultural dimension in our Western tradition is clearly emphasized, beginning with the intellectual, artistic and humanistic revolution of the Italian Renaissance accompanied by the geographical expansion of the European powers, the breakup of religious unity and the rise of the scientific spirit. The cultural contribution of Spain and the Dutch United Provinces to the European tradition, the glory of France under Louis XIV and the triumph of Reason in the 18th century round out the first part of the course. In the second part the two major series of events known as the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution originating in England, with their consequences for the evolution of Europe in their ideological and cultural dimensions from 1789 to 1914, will be examined, partially through the reading of novels. The 20th century will be studied through the devastating impact of the two World Wars, the rise of the masses, the rise of totalitarian states from Left and Right, the decline of Europe, the effect of de-colonization and the search for new values. Instructor: Emile Haag. Email:

International Studies

ITS 141L Great European Cities in Historical and Cultural Context (Athens, Rome, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Paris, London) (1 hour)

Course meets all semester.

This course will introduce the students to the historic and cultural evolution of Europe from its ancient past to its contemporary process of economic and political integration. Students will be exposed to the multifaceted aspect of the present European mosaic and the search for a European identity. Instructor: Emile Haag. Email:

ITS 142L Great European Cities in Historical and Cultural Context (Venice, Vienna, Budapest, Bruges, Reims, Florence, Prague) (1 hour)

Course meets all semester.

This course will introduce the students to the historic and cultural evolution of Europe from its ancient past to its contemporary process of economic and political integration. Students will be exposed to the multifaceted aspect of the present European mosaic and the search for a European identity. Instructor: Emile Haag. Email:

ITS 315L Intercultural Learning (2 hours)

Course meets all semester. No prerequisite.

Intercultural Experiential Learning has an interactive class format. Intercultural communication theories will be explored, as will learning about the concept of culture and about different cultures. Lectures, discussions, and experiential activities give students hands on experience with culture. The goals of this course are to encourage students to have more interactions with culturally different people while they study abroad and to prepare them for these interactions. Students will first learn about how their own culture impacts how they see the world and react to it. Next students will learn about how European cultures differ from their culture, and they will learn ways to adapt and adjust their expectations and behavior through experiential learning activities. The students will actually practice experiencing different cultures in settings in and out of class. Through activities, lectures, and discussions, students will become both comfortable and competent when interacting with people from different cultures, a valuable tool to practice while they are still abroad, and a life skill to take with them into their graduate studies and careers. Instructor: Stephanie Shaheen. Email:

Latin American Studies

LAS/HST/BWS 243L - Origins of the African Diaspora: A History of European Slavers (3 hours)

Sprint course meets first half of semester.
Fall semester only.

This course examines the development of European slaving activity in the African continent from the 15th to the 19th century with a primary focus on Portugal, although the trading activity of Spain, France, England, and the Dutch will also be discussed. By identifying the economic forces, as well as the social consequences, of the ongoing slave trade, students will explore how slavery transformed both Europe and the Americas. The course charts the expansion of European slave trading activity and examines how European colonists used slave labor in the Americas, focusing on Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, and Mexico. Students will examine the European slave trade in a global context and understand how slavery the shaped the social, economic, and political development of Europe and the Americas; Identify and analyze multiple forms of primary sources (textual, visual, oral, statistical, material) and used them to make historical arguments; Recognize the long-term effects of slave trading on the countries of Europe, Western Africa, and the Americas; Understand in context the how the slave trade influenced imperial institutions, commercial routes, and the built environment of Portugal, the first and most important European country involved in the slave trade. Study tour destination: TBD. Instructor: José Amador. Email:


LUX 325L Semester Study Tour Course - Study Tour (1 hour)

This 1-hour mandatory credit is required for all MUDEC students and is earned during the study tour portion of their semester study tour course. Earning this credit is contingent upon students participating in all study tour activities and being present for the entire duration of the study tour, in addition to any other requirements set forth by the professor.

LUX 335L European Experience (1 hour)

This 1-hour mandatory credit enriches students' understanding of Europe through guest lectures, presentations, community engagement, activities organized by MUDEC. The purpose of the European Experience is to assess students' ability to engage significantly in the community that welcomes them for a few months, to reflect on their experience abroad and to share this reflection. It is based on out-of-class learning, and for this reason, there is no formal class meeting scheduled.

Assessment of the European Experience credit is based on a portfolio of experiences and on students' self-assessment. The course is taken Credit/No Credit. A passing grade requires that students earn a total of 100 points including meeting an attendance requirement of 3 lectures organized by the Dolibois Center or by participating in the community engagement program, which requires an average of 2 hours of service. Further details about the possible events, activities and community engagement opportunities will be provided by the Luxembourg staff on-site. Students must register for this course on their assigned Lux registration day. Note to full-year students: Students are required to register for LUX 335L only one time during their year at MUDEC. They must take the course during the fall semester. Instructor: Thierry Leterre. Email:

LUX 345L History of Luxembourg (1 hour)

Explore the rich history of Luxembourg. Instructor: Emile Haag. Email:


MGT 291L Introduction to Management and Leadership (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Introduction to the importance of investing in human capital. Students are introduced to the theories and practices of how to attract, develop, and retain a comprehensive workforce. The goal of this course is to help students better understand, predict, and manage themselves and their work relations with others and with organizations, and to understand how organizations utilize this knowledge to design competitive management practices. Note: Classroom examples and readings will emphasize aspects of the subject that may differ between the U.S. and the EU because different legal, regulatory and cultural environments. Instructor: Anthony Smith-Meyer. Email:


MKT 291L Principles of Marketing (3 hours)

This course explores factors involved in the management of the marketing function relative to product development, promotion, pricing, physical distribution, and determination of marketing objectives within the framework of the marketing system and in domestic and international markets. This course taught at MUDEC will be given a European emphasis. Instructor: Daniel Tesch. Email: dtesch@ACL.LU


MUS 189L Great Ideas in Western Music (3 hours)

Semester Study Tour Course with a week-long field study tour.
Miami Plan Foundation Course: IIA, H.

Survey of musical styles from the Renaissance to the 20th century, with emphasis on the music of Handel and Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and later composers such as Brahms, Liszt, Verdi and Wagner, with attention to 20th century composers, Stravinsky and others. Music studied will include representative works in the areas of chamber music, orchestral literature, solo repertoire, opera and choral music. The course aims to fit the various masterpieces of music studied into the general culture and history of the period in which they were written, considering, for example, parallel developments in such fields as literature, art and architecture; historic events to which the music might be related: the influences of religion and of nationalism; the role of the composer, the patronage of the arts, the kind of occasion and the type of audience for which the music was composed. The course does not assume previous musical experience. Attendance at concerts is encouraged and is incorporated into the course. Study tour destination: TBD* Instructor: Georges Backes. Email:


PHL 103L Society and the Individual (3 hours)

Sprint study tour course that meets first half of semester.
No prerequisites.
Miami Plan Foundation Course: IIB, CAS-B

What is the proper relationship between the individual and society? This may sound like an abstract question, but it's one that is at the heart of many important contemporary political discussions. For example, the discussion about gay marriage in the US is in many respects a discussion about whether society ought to promote the happiness of individuals, or whether individuals have an obligation to conform to the established values of society. As this example suggests, there often is a tension between the desires of the individual and those of the society. Our exploration of the relationship between society and the individual will be guided by Freud's insight In Civilization and Its Discontents that we have paradoxically become civilized to be happier, yet civilization is responsible for much of our unhappiness. Thus, for example, Kant notes that because so many people in various social roles tell us what to do, we remain intellectually immature out of laziness and fear. Similarly, Mills begins On Liberty by noting that one would think that the spread of democracy would have resulted in more liberty, but this is not the case. Instead we now must be on guard against “the tyranny of the majority.”

Over a century before the European Union came to be, Nietzsche declared “Europe wants to become one.” At the same time, he repeatedly warns of the dangers of nationalism, which he describes as the “névrose nationale with which Europe is sick.” This tension finds its parallel in his personal life. He proudly declares “I am at all events a very good European.” Yet it's often difficult to see what about him transcends the individual. He focuses on his needs as a private person. His health was precarious for most of his life, and he spent his philosophically productive years seeking a place where he could work. Among his favorite places is Nice, France, where we will be going. What he likes about Nice is primarily its climates. He discovers Nice after leaving Genoa because he “became too well known there.” A feature of Nice is that it “is big enough; it can hide me.” Yet all is not good, as he soon discovers that “Nice, as a French city, is unbearable to me, almost a stain on this splendid southern landscape.” Fortunately, he discovers that the old part (the Vieille Ville) is essentially an Italian city, which is much more to his liking. It is perhaps both fitting and ironic that the man who greatly influenced the 20th and 21st centuries by uncovering the machinations of society had to himself run away from it. As we will see when we visit Nice, his favorites walks, now called “Terrasse Frédéric Nietzsche” and “the Nietzsche Path,” are both relatively isolated—and would have been all the more so in Nietzsche's day. Tentative study tour destination: Nice, France. Instructor: Brian Domino. Email:

PHL 310C Special Topics: Friedrich Nietzsche and the Project of Self-Knowledge (Fall 2017) OR Special Topics: Philosophy of Food (Spring 2018) (3 hours) 

Semester study tour course with week-long study tour.
No prerequisites

Friedrick Nietzsche and the Project of Self-Knowledge:

It is a curious fact about philosophy that while its first task is to “know thyself,” very few philosophers write in the first person. Perhaps most curiously, the first philosopher to tackle this question, Socrates, wrote nothing at all. The second philosopher to address this question at any length, Plato, not only never wrote anything in his own voice, but also usually calls attention to his absence. While we will begin, as it is appropriate, with Plato, we will be studying many of the exceptions: the philosophers who did write in the first person, ostensibly about their own lives.

At the center of our study is Nietzsche's genre bending autobiography Ecce Homo. This short book has stymied scholars for over a century. Read in isolation, he doesn't tell us much about his life. Read in conjunction with correspondence and other historical documents, we know that much of what he does tell us is false. Between the faculty bungling and the audacious exclamations (for example, he describes his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra as “the greatest present that has ever been made to it [sc. Humanity] so far” [Preface 4]), many critics have dismissed the book as a symptom of Nietzsche's impending mental collapse. Yet, that's not intellectually satisfying. He does appear to be up to something, and oftentimes the critics' interpretations amount to little more than “I can't figure this out, so the author must be crazy.” In this course, I want us to examine a hypothesis that I've been working on, namely that Nietzsche here is engaging in the ancient philosophical project of knowing oneself. I'll have more to say about that when the time comes. To appreciate what I think Nietzsche is up to, we will need to examine several famous philosophical attempts to understand oneself. Tentative study tour destinations: Torino, Italy and Sils-Maria, Switzerland. Instructor: Brian Domino. Email:

Philosophy of Food:

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.

Political Science

POL 270L International Relations: A Survey. Concepts and Analysis (3 hours)

An introduction to world affairs/international relations with the focus on Europe. Defines of the concept of international relations, outlines problems and challenges, explains why international relations are important for both countries and individual citizens. This course is enriched by the professional experiences and perspectives of the professor, who was Luxembourg's Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Finland, Poland, Mongolia and Belgium during the years 1981-86. He was also the nation's representative to NATO. Discusses how factors like geopolitics, history, culture, economics and technological development affect international relations. Uses case studies to outline challenges and to illustrate individual, collective and institutional influences on international relations. Looks at international relations critically and from several viewpoints, especially European and US. Instructor: Guy de Muyser. Email:

POL 321L Comparative European Politics and the Pursuit of European Unity (3 hours)

The course is divided into two integral parts, providing for a thorough analysis and discussion of national political systems and cultures in relation to European integration. Only by understanding national political frameworks and processes can the future of European integration be analyzed. In the first half of the semester, students will become acquainted with the different political histories, traditions, cultures and institutions of European states, including the different systems of interest articulation and interest aggregation through interest groups and parties, and also through the processes of public opinion-formation through mass media. In the second half of the semester, students will study the earliest attempts at political union in Western Europe, the different treaties and institutions, the decision-making processes and specific policies. The future of the European Union and its relationship with the world, the US in particular, will also be covered. Instructor: Guy Vanhaeverbeke. Email:


SOC 337L Sociological Aspects of European Cultures (3 hours)

Semester Study Tour Course with a week-long field study tour.

Work in class will be divided into two parts: 1) A lecture part which focuses on a comparative approach, using case studies, to map and determine the contrasts between European societies. In addition, a historical dimension will be introduced in order to provide a background for a better understanding of the sociological aspects of European cities. 2) The second part will call for active participation by the students. It will consist of discussions, descriptions, and analyses of culturally different features as viewed through the students' experiences, documentary research, and live interviews. Study tour destination: TBD* Instructor: Philippe Briot. Email:

Teacher Education

EDT 255L Comparing U.S. and European Schooling (3 hours)

Sprint course that meets first half of the semester.

Students will investigate the US educational system, moving from a typical apprenticeship of observation to an understanding of the factors that influence and are influenced by US schools. This will form a foundation for the analyses of school systems in various European countries and understanding the role that culture plays in shaping their educational systems. Study tour destination: TBD* Instructor: Jeffrey Wanko. Email:

EDT 275L Outside Euclid's Window: The Impact of Culture and Society on Mathematics (3 hours)

Semester Study Tour Course with a week-long field study tour.

Students will explore the external forces that had a profound impact on the development of important mathematics. Europe was often (but definitely not always) the site for discoveries and the birthplace for famous mathematicians, but were these central figures a product of their particular surroundings or was the mathematics...well, inevitable? Students will investigate this question and many others while looking at mathematics through a European lens and considering the people, places, and events that were directly and indirectly involved. The course deals specifically with a number of European cultures and the impact they had on the development of important mathematics and mathematicians. Study tour destination: TBD* Instructor: Jeffrey Wanko. Email: