Emmanuel Travel Courses

Emmanuel faculty are committed to sharing their passion for global citizenship and have developed special programs to take learning on location and share their expertise with you. Emmanuel travel courses are a great opportunity for students who may not want to or be able to commit to a semester or longer-term study abroad program. Why not consider spending spring break in Ireland, summer in Greece, or a few weeks serving others on our service-learning course in South Africa?

Check out some of our faculty-led travel courses, and visit the COF GEO Center website for dates, deadlines and more information:   


Irish Art in Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)
This course examines the history of Irish art from its prehistoric roots to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the "golden age of Irish art" during the Medieval Period, the influence of English art during the Protestant Ascendancy, and efforts by Irish artists to create works of art related to national identity beginning in the late 18th century and continuing through to the pres­ent. The subject of Irish national identity will be central to this course, specifically as it was supported by Irish arts organizations with strong ties to Irish political, religious, and social groups. The course includes travel to Ireland during spring break. Anticipated Spring 2019 


Marine Microbiology on the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns, Australia)
The world's ocean environment contains enor­mous biological diversity. The vast majority of that diversity is microbial and remains poorly described. This course examines the biology of the microbiota found in the marine environment. Students examine what is known about marine bacteria, archaea and single cell eukaryotic cells. Which microorganisms are present near the coastline, in the open ocean, at coral reefs, and at deep-sea hydrothermal vents? What structural or physiological adap­tations allow them to succeed? How do these organisms affect the global marine environ­ment? What is the potential for the discovery of new bioactive and antimicrobial com­pounds? The laboratory component of this course will be conducted in the field. Students will travel to Australia's Great Barrier Reef (or other relevant marine ecosystem); survey the indigenous microbial fauna with the aim of discovering new organisms and searching for novel bioactive compounds of microbial origin.  Spring 2018

Modern Languages  

Darkness in the City of Lights: Contrasting Views of Paris in Modern French Literature and Culture (Paris, France)
France's capital has had an enormous impact on the mind and machinations of modern French writers, especially since the middle of the 19th century. Through novels, novellas, short stories, poems, and films, contrasting accounts of life in the city of Paris will be studied, offering radically opposing views of the French capital. As a setting for realist fiction (Balzac, Hugo, Maupassant), Paris breeds hatred and love, good and evil, emancipation and regression, sin and redemption. As a source of lyrical expression and moral reflection (Baudelaire, Apollinaire), Paris elicits both optimistic and pessimistic meditations on modern city life. As a stage for surrealistic and/or carefree wanderings (Cléo de 5 à 7, Amélie), the French capital leads to chance encounters which are not devoid of strange and disquieting discoveries about the world and the self. This course, conducted in English, travels to Paris in January.  

Today's Italy: A Journey through Literature, Cinema and Everyday Life (Milan, Italy)
Students will analyze and discuss some masterpieces of Italian literature and some movies inspired by them. The course is comprised of two parts of four weeks each. The first four weeks will be at Emmanuel, the second four weeks will be in Milan (Italy). During the first part of the course, students will be reading and discussing some of the masterpieces of Italian literature from the 19th and 20th centuries, with a specific focus on Milan. The readings will include two plays by Nobel Prize winners Luigi Pirandello and Dario Fo, Primo Levi's mas­terpiece "If This Is a Man," and Calvino's "The Invisible Cities." The cultural voyage will culminate in Milan, during the second part of the course, where students will visit some of the actual sites described in their readings and will view movies inspired by the works they read. The virtual images from the literary pages and the "real" ones from the movies will help them discover how modern city life in Italy is strictly intertwined with and deeply rooted into the nation's historical, artistic and cultural background. This course, taught in English, travels to Milan, Italy, during the summer where students will complete the coursework started at Emmanuel, as well as take 4 credits in intensive Italian language at the Università Cattolica.  

Political Science  

Politics of Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (Cuba)
The mosaic of identities in Latin America, has been forged by geopolitical, geoeonomic and social imperatives has been a prominent contributor to the political transformation of the region. In this course we will examine the forces of identity that influence the politics of 21st century Latin America. Although race and ethnicity will be the major focus, other dimensions of identity, such as gender, religion and sex­ual orientation, will also be addressed as they influence the formation of political culture and public policy. This course will extend beyond the classroom in a number of ways, most importantly with travel to the Caribbean island of Cuba, which is an excellent case to illustrate the complexity of identity politics in political, economic and social development.  Anticipated Fall 2018 with January 2019 travel

In the Footsteps of Thucydides (Athens/Melos/Sparta, Greece)
The course examines the theoretical genesis of the dominant argument of International Relations, namely that of the Realist and the Neorealist paradigm. Thucydides, an Athenian general and a combatant in the "world war" of his day, which pinned two great alliances against each other and ulti­mately caused the demise of the entire city-state system, traces the seductive lure of state power and its effects on those who possess it as well as those who seek it. Students will trace the footsteps of Thucydides through the pages of The Peloponnesian War and in Athens, Sparta and Milos, where "the strong did as they wished and the weak suffered as they must." This course travels to Greece in March.  Spring 2018

Statecraft and Globalization (Crete, Greece)
In a globalized political system, states' abil­ity to use statecraft is affected by the con­dition of the international system and the structure of alliance membership. The cur­rent Eurozone crisis that has at its epicenter the southern Mediterranean littoral states of Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain (PIGS) presents interesting dimensions of statecraft that states practice within institutional arrangements such as the European Union and NATO, at a time of economic crisis. Offered as part of Eastern Mediterranian Security Studies Program. Anticipated Summer 2019

The Geopolitics of Democracy (Crete, Greece)
In this course, we will examine the conflict of geopolitical interests versus domestic forces that challenge the modern state. We will begin by outlining the dominant arguments that have defined the emergence of liberal democracy as "the only game in town" as well as the new geopolitical "great game." We will then proceed to examine how the coveting of energy highways within the new geopolitical great game affects the domestic political priority of democratic governance in the eastern Mediterranean. Offered as part of Eastern Mediterranean Security Studies program. Anticipate Summer 2019

Theology and Religious Studies  

Contemplation and Action: An Introduction to Christian Spirituality (Namur, Belgium and Rome, Italy)
The world's great religions all link the inner, spiritual transformation of individuals to the outward transformation of their lives and of the world. This travel course to Italy and Bel­gium will examine how some Christians have understood the transformation of their per­sonal lives and expressed that transformation through their active engagement in the world. A particular focus of this course is develop­ment of both contemplative traditions and "active" spiritualties, as we will examine var­ious forms of mysticism, Benedictine, Francis­can and Jesuit spirituality. We will also focus on two contemporary groups by visiting their places of origin: the Sisters of Notre Dame in Namur, Belgium and the lay Community of Sant'Egidio in Rome, Italy.

India: Religion, Culture, Justice (Chennai, India)
India is a rising power that will play an important geopolitical role in the 21st century. This is a travel course to that rising power. In the spring prior to our summer travel, students will take a preparatory course introducing them to Indian history and culture. A travel component will occur over a three-week period in June. The focus of our interest will be India's religious pluralism, struggles for justice and cultural expressions such as art and architecture.  Spring 2018

South Africa: Religion, Gender and AIDs (South Africa and Swaziland)
This travel and service-learning course to South Africa and Swaziland examines the complex interplay between religion, culture, and gender as they relate to the HIV/AIDs epidemic in the region. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which religious communities have been both an obstacle and a resource in combating this epidemic and the factors contributing to it. During the two-week travel portion in May, students will have the opportunity to visit faith communities and important historical sites. They will also carry out service with child-headed households and with a Hospice at Home program for AIDs patients. Anticipated Spring 2019

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