An advantage of studying abroad in France during a transformative time – like the French presidential election – is that the country and its current events become your classroom. Students on our Paris – Business & International Affairs Program have the opportunity to learn about and experience the election with the introduction of the new course, Media & the 2017 French Presidential Election.
This spring, students in this special topics course will follow the presidential debates in class, learn the French presidential election process, and visit a polling location to see the French political process at work. The course will be taught by Professor Joav Toker, a well-known French political media journalist, and a frequent panelist on French television. With France’s currently charged political climate, this course offers students the unique opportunity to engage in hands-on learning about the upcoming French presidential election.
But wait, there’s more. Check out what else is new at our Paris – Business & International Affairs Program.
New Art History Course: Art & Design in the Roaring Twenties: From Art Nouveau to Art Deco
Created due to great student interest in the 1920s time period, this course explores the historical context of the Roaring Twenties, and its influence on architecture, fashion, music, the visual arts, and more. Taught by Professor Ulrike Kasper, who also teaches History of Paris in Architecture & Art, the course takes learning beyond the classroom and introduces students to influential art movements that they can see examples of throughout Paris.
New Field Trip to the Loire Valley
Students on the Paris – Business & International Affairs Program this spring enjoyed a new optional overnight field trip to the Loire Valley. On the trip, students visited three castles, explored their beautiful gardens, and experienced what life was like for the French Royal Court.
The trip included a guided tour of the Château de Chenonceau, which spans the Cher River and served as a hospital during World War I. Students spent the night in the city of Blois, and received an audio-guided tour of Château de Blois, marveling at the architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century. They also visited Château de Chambord and saw the famous double helix staircase. The group was captivated by the history of the castles and by the stories of daily life of French nobility. See pictures from the field trip.
We find that it's these types of learning experiences that shape our students' time abroad, and help them to understand the history of their hostr country first-hand.