Global Field Study Courses

Spring 2021

*AUC = Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum 
AUC fulfillments shown with an asterisk (*) are anticipated but pending, awaiting final approval.


Spring 2022 GFS courses currently under development- watch for updates!

GFS course offerings change yearly. For example, the courses below ran with virtual field studies in Spring 2021.

Please contact Cheryl Lewis, Assistant Director of Global Engagement with questions about future semesters:

Castles, Forests, and Fairy Tales: Mapping the German Landscape

Virtual Focus: Bavaria, Germany
Instructors: Allyson McCreery and Rhianon Visinsky
Meeting Time: Tuesday 4:00-6:50 PM (tentative)
AUC Fulfillment: IL, CE, NP

This Global Field Study will examine the literary, architectural, and landscape intricacies of Germany. Using geocritical theory as a guide, students will explore the ways in which the German landscape influenced the creation of narratives and how those narratives, in turn, influence the ways in which the land is viewed by those “reading” it. We will do this, in part, by reading select fairy tales, myths, and legends of Germany, including some of those collected by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm during the early 19th Century and published in 1812. In the classroom, Grimm’s Fairy Tales (and other German texts) will help us delve into the ways in which the lush landscapes of the German volk imagination were inspired by the physical world. We will create our own visual landscapes of the tales using various methods of computer and artistic generation; research the origins of the tales, the landscape, and architecture; write a research essay and a guidebook; and create a map utilizing GIS technology. Using Germany as a case study, we will explore the German landscape (architecture, natural formations, and museums) virtually, while reading German fairy tales and folklore. The core of this curriculum is centered around architectural design, spatial mapping, and the elements and symbolism of fairy tales. These core elements will serve as a foundation for students as they begin to write their own fairy tales in the landscape in which they find themselves at that time.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students


Virtual Focus: Scotland and England
Instructor: Karen Scott
Meeting Time: Tuesday 5:00-7:00 PM
AUC Fulfillment: SS, GCE/GCR

This course is intended pre-Forensic Science (3+2 and 4+2) students, Forensic Investigation Minors, and is also applicable for Criminal Justice, pre-Law, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, and History majors or students with a general interest in CSI.

Since the late 19th century, the United Kingdom has been pivotal in both the development of forensic techniques and the setting of forensic science standards. Recent media attention has thrust forensics into the spotlight to both positive and negative effects. This course introduces the history and evolution of criminal investigations including the role of Crime Scene Investigators and Forensic Scientists, significant cases, and the framework of international standards within forensic science. We examine how crimes are investigated in the US and the UK, the strengths and weaknesses of the US and UK systems, and how this exciting area of the Criminal Justice System is changing in each country. Finally, we consider a number of related disciplines and issues, such as evidence admissibility, justice systems, the CSI effect, education, and forensic regulation to gain a broader understanding of forensics' modern role and future development within criminal justice. Through virtual experiences and guest lectures, students will gain insight into the forensic profession as it exists in the US and UK, focusing on Glasgow, Dundee, and Edinburgh in Scotland, as well as London and Cambridge in England.

Inspired by the View: The Beauty and Boldness of Ireland

Travel Location: Ballyvaughan, Ireland
Travel Dates: Tentatively: 5/22-6/20/2021
Travel Fee: Will range up to $3,500 plus airfare. The fee will depend on the destination and length of stay. 
Instructor: Maryann Worrell and Krista Profitt
Meeting Time: Friday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
AUC Fulfillment: VL, GCE/GCR

You must have an Arcadia GPA of 2.2 to enroll. 

This course is a study of how to generate creativity through your environment. It includes a semester-long class, as well as a planned four-week field study experience on the West coast of Ireland from May 23- June 19th, 2021.  This course is open to students of any major, Sophomores- Graduate levels, and combines lectures, classwork, studio work, research, and outdoor excursions to generate creative ideas and solutions.  Weekly classes will cover a variety of topics including Ireland’s history and culture, artists and writers, various art studio methods, generating creativity, environmental issues (home and abroad), etc.; applicable to the studio and writing course work.  If travel is possible, students and two faculty members will be living and studying in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, a rural village in the West of Ireland.  Students will be attending the Burren College of Art, which will provide all living arrangements, studio space, and limited transportation (5 days a week, 9am and 5pm) to and from the College from Ballyvaughan.   Attendees will be involved in various outdoor excursions: hiking, kayaking, and visiting historical locations. 

If traveling to Ireland, students will be required to follow all testing and quarantine protocols in Ireland and the US, as well as to attend all field trips and work in studios or on-campus daily with an hour lunch.  Students will share studios, two students per 14’x14’ space and studios are available to students 24/7.   Students will present their works and/or research in a gallery setting, open to the public, at the end of their stay.  

If no international travel, but we’re able to travel domestically, our field study will take place in the US within driving distance of Arcadia and will last for approximately 2 weeks. The field study will still involve various outdoor excursions and a studio component. Details about this domestic field study location will be shared once finalized. 

Travel fees range up to $3500* plus airfare if traveling to Ireland. Students will be responsible for securing and purchasing individual airfares. The actual travel fee will depend on location, length of stay, mode of transportation, and variable costs. Student accounts will be charged only when it is determined that travel will occur. 

In the event that global and domestic conditions prevent travel entirely, instructors rs will communicate with students about alternative activities and assignments so that learning outcomes are met and AUC designations remain in place.

*Subject to change

Displacement and Refuge: The Case of Ethiopia

Virtual Focus: Ethiopia
Instructor: Jennifer Riggan
Meeting Time: Wednesday 9:45 AM-12:05 PM
AUC Fulfillment: IL

Human beings move for many reasons: to wage war and seek peace; to conquer territory or to flee enemies; to find riches and escape poverty; to seek knowledge and to proselytize; to have experiences and to experience leisure. There is no better country in which to explore the complex and multifaceted nature of human movement than Ethiopia: the land of origins and the place where some of the oldest human origins were excavated. Using Ethiopia as a case study we explore many of the reasons why people move with a particular focus on an important contemporary form of movement: migration. Ethiopia is one of Africa’s and the world’s largest refugee-hosting states. It is also a migrant producing country and has a large number of Internally Displaced People due to recent conflicts. All of this makes Ethiopia an ideal site in which to explore the many faces of displacement and refuge.

The immersive and cross-cultural component of this course will occur via electronic contact with actors based in Ethiopia and around the world using zoom and various other forms of social media. The course will be structured as a research workshop. Via zoom, students will have the chance to interview and partner with academic experts; practitioners on the ground in Ethiopia who work for government agencies as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations; and refugees who are either still in Ethiopia or have passed through Ethiopia on their journey.

Check for Spring 2022 courses when Fall 2021 term starts!

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