Co-Curricular Learning Certificate

Scotland Co-Curricular Learning Certificate

The Co-Curricular Learning Certificate is a record of the student’s non-academic co-curricular and extra-curricular learning experiences. The CLC is a self-directed opportunity organized under a series of themes explained at orientation. Students spend a prescribed amount of hours engaged in activities that contribute to the completion of a reflective piece. The work is assessed by The College of Global Studies and the certificate is awarded to students meeting the criteria.  

Students in Scotland may choose from the following themes:

Artistic Scotland

Scotland has been for centuries the home of artists from a wide range of disciplines, from literature to painting, photography, sculpture and film. This theme will allow you to explore interesting features of any artistic masterpieces or movements in Scotland. Students may draw inspiration from literature, art and fine art, performing arts, cuisine and architecture.

Suggested co-curricular activities on offer may include:

  • Arcadia Study Abroad Book Club
  • Students read, research, and comprehend a literary work or works in historical and cultural contexts. Texts are reviewed in a group setting both online and in person, with fellow students and Arcadia staff comprising the other group members. Interactions take place before departure and over the course of the semester. Discussions are supplemented by field study excursions to points of interest, with students gaining an insight on another culture through the resonant and nuanced medium of its literature. Learn more about the Arcadia Book Club.

  • New for Fall 2011: Arcadia Study Abroad Film Club.
  • Over the last several decades, Scottish films and filmmakers have become an increasingly influential part of world cinema. Each semester, Arcadia staff will recommend a series of Scottish films for students to watch and discuss both online and in person. By viewing films set in Scotland, students will have the opportunity to increase their cultural understanding of their host country while also enjoying some of the artistic achievements of its directors, screenwriters, actors and cinematographers.

    Nature & Invention in Scotland

    Since the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century, Scotland has been on the forefront of scientific research, thanks in part to the natural resources and landscapes Scotland provides. This theme will allow you to explore historical and contemporary achievements of Scottish scientists and inventors as well as the natural world that has influenced them. Students may explore topics including science, engineering, technology, natural resources, conservation, ecology, zoology and geology.

    Suggested co-curricular activities on offer may include:

  • Life of the Mind Series: Dedicating 2011 to The Elements of VITA (Ventus, Ignis, Terra, Aqua.)
  • As part of The College of Global Studies’ Life of the Mind Series, students studying in Scotland during Fall 2011 had the opportunity to participate in a special event based around Scotland’s energy sector, including field visits, workshops and talks. Once home to one of the world’s largest oil industries, this small nation is looking to the future and taking on the challenges of climate change and natural resource management. Learn more about the Life of the Mind Series.

  • Scottish Seabird Centre & Bass Rock Seabird Seafari
  • Scotlands

    Scotland is a very diverse nation with strong regional specificities from north to south and east to west. This theme will allow you to explore the differences you observe in the various parts of Scotland you visit throughout your stay here. Students may reflect upon Scottish landscapes (geography, sociology), economics, politics, foods and drinks, customs and way of life, language, archaeology and geology.

    Suggested co-curricular activities on offer may include:

  • Scottish Highlands Weekend
  • Scottish Borders Day Trip
  • Creating Scotland

    Scotland has a strong identity within Britain, the rest of Europe and the world. This theme will allow you to explore the dynamic factors that shape this identity. Students may explore issues of devolution and politics; history; Scotland in Europe and the European Union; Scotland and the rest of the world; immigration and emigration.

    Suggested co-curricular activities on offer may include:

  • Glasgow Architectural Walking Tour
  • First Minister’s Question Time & Lunch with MSPs
  • Active Scotland

    Scotland’s landscapes have inspired people to embrace the outdoors. This theme will allow you to explore what sports and recreation mean in Scotland, their relationship to the landscapes and what the state of play is in the field of public health in Scotland. Students may participate in activities encompassing sport, recreation, outdoors, landscapes, sociology, economics, public health or politics.

    Suggested co-curricular activities on offer may include:

  • Activity Weekend at Firbush Point Field Centre
  • International Six Nations Rugby
  • Community Engagement in Scotland (Independent)

    Students learn to be committed to a multi-cultural volunteer group and demonstrate a heightened level of intercultural communication and an enhanced knowledge of Scottish culture.

    Great Britain BagpiperCharLee Toth
    Regis University student
    Bagpipe Championships, Dunbarton, Scotland

    The Bagpipe championships held in Dunbarton represented the bagpiping culture in all of Scotland. The one hundred bands, skill level ranging from beginners to world renowned band, played from early in the morning to the afternoon. I was familiar with bagpipes’ role and symbolism in the history of the Highlands and Scotland.

    In my Scottish history class I learned about the Disarming Act of 1746 following the defeat of the Jacobites in 1745 at Culloden, and seeing and hearing the pipers en masse made me understand why they government saw the pipes as unifying and powerful. I was able to talk with a couple members of one of the top tier bands, Scottish Power, and their students, and I learned more about the competition and the subtleties that go into judging the competition.

    There is still a great deal of politics that surrounds the clans and the roots of the bands, even though most of the members may not even have any direct ties to any particular clan. I learned about the current manifestations of clan relations, in addition to learning a lot more about bag piping than the romantic Highlander image that is tied to Scotland and its history.
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