|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|NOTE: Specific program dates have not yet been confirmed for this program. Students should anticipate a 4 week program beginning late May and concluding June 26th.|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
|Language Requirement:||varies||GPA:||good academic standing|
|Professor(s):||Dr. Atreyee Phukan, Dr. Bahar Davary, Dr. Carole Huston, Dr. Colin Fisher, Dr. Duncan McCosker, Dr. Lawrence Hinman, Dr. Michele Magnin, Dr. Richard Stroik, Dr. Virginia Lewis||Disciplines offered:||Communications, French, Visual Art|
|Accomodations:||Host families, Residence halls, Shared apartments off-campus||Prerequisite(s):||varies|
|Program Advisor:||Ali Droster - email@example.com|
Arts & Sciences
Paris, "The City of Light" draped in history, tradition, culture, and glamour, has long been a center of academia. The Seine River has long been a source of the city's economic, political, and artistic notoriety. The two banks of the Seine each have distinct personalities: the spacious boulevards and formal buildings of the Rive Droite [right bank] to the north and the cultural and intellectual reputation of the Rive Gauche [left bank] to the south. Both banks contribute to the diversity of this magnificent city. While Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world, it also has an endless amount of enchanting nooks to be discovered.
Watch the video, UNE NUIT PARISIENNE [Paris by Night].
In this faculty-led summer program students will have the opportunity to get a taste of la vie Parisienne. Classes will be offered in a variety disciplines and lecture material is enhanced through excursions and site visits throughout the city. All courses are instructed by USD faculty. With the exception of the French (FREN) courses, all classes are instructed in English.
|ARTV 306: Digital Photography||Prof. Duncan McCosker|
COMM 325: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 494: L'Amour et Les Amis: Love & Friendship in Modern France
|Dr. Jonathan Bowman|
|FREN 201: Third Semester French||Dr. Michele Magnin|
|HIST 240: Urban History in Paris||Dr. Colin Fisher|
|PHIL 334: Existential Ethics||Dr. Larry Hinman|
|POLS 363: Politics in France||Dr. Virgina Lewis|
ARTV 306: Digital Photography
Professor: Prof. Duncan McCosker
This course will explore the rich resources of Paris and its environs through making color photographs. We will work digitally, and make large and descriptive digital prints utilizing the latest version of Adobe Photoshop. We will study photography within the fine art tradition, and will be making pictures on field trips to the Luxembourg Gardens, Pere LaChaise cemetery, and Trocadero. We will see exceptional museum and gallery exhibitions at the Musée d’Orsay, the European Museum of Photography and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. We will discuss the great traditions of French photography, from its invention by Daguerre and Niepce to the ground-breaking contributions of Atget and Cartier-Bresson, to the work of contemporary photographers like Sophie Calle.
Additional Information: Fulfills Fine Arts core requirement and fulfills a Visual Arts major/minor requirement.
COMM 325: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 494: L'Amour et Les Amis: Love & Friendship in Modern France
Professor: Dr. Jonathan Bowman
This class scrutinizes both the universal and regional nature of relationship behaviors, dissecting and challenging students’ own personal conceptions of themselves as relational creatures. Relationships are the most-studied social phenomena, and there is a wide variety of literature (written in English) that looks at relational characteristics of French (and specifically Parisian) culture. Influenced by culture, biology, personal experiences, and our individual character traits, the relationships that we engage in may look very different than the relationships of those around us; the use of France as a comparison text allows for the discussion of deep theory and students’ personal integration in context throughout Paris. Discussion, readings, and reflection will enmesh both similarities and differences found in relational research between the American and French perspectives on friends, romantic partners, family, and more. By the time students have completed this course, they will have acquired a resource-base to understand international differences in how people communicate within close relationships, with an emphasis on Parisian behaviors. Students will also have critically read and understood international communication research and used that text to observe relational patterns that emerge within and between cultures. Field trips to a wide variety of contexts allow for contextualization of each relationship process.
Additional Information: Fulfills upper-division Human Communication requirement in the Communication Studies major. Students can elect to receive credit for either COMM 325 or COMM 494-- students should consult with thier advisor to determine which credit they need.
FREN 201: Third Semester French
Professor: Dr. Michele Magnin
Pre-requisite: FREN 102 or equivalent
The final course of the core language sequence completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with increased emphasis on grammatical exactness to further develop communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the French-speaking community. In addition, students in Paris will have the opportunity to speak French in their host families, and will have a more direct experience of French culture than students taking French in San Diego.
Additional Information: Fulfills language 3rd semester competency core requirement.
HIST 240: Urban History in Paris
Professor: Dr. Colin Fisher
In this class we will explore the development of Paris, from the French Revolution to the post-1968 city of today. This class will introduce students to the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the city, but we will pay special attention to the creation of Paris’ built environment and the subsequent appropriation of public space by everyday Parisians. Although class will consist of lecture and discussion, we will make the city our laboratory and take excursions to the actual sites where Parisian history took place.
Additional Information: Fulfills History core requirement.
PHIL 334: Existential Ethics
Professor: Dr. Larry Hinman
The principal focus of the course is existential ethics, with a particular emphasis on the works of Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. However, no study of French philosophy would be complete without looking at its most influential founding figure, René Descartes, including his classical statement of the mind- body problem and also his statement of systematic doubt in the Meditations. The course will examine a number of specific themes running across these authors: authenticity, bad faith, humanism, ambiguity, gender, seduction, terrorism and violence, and the relationship between personal commitment and political action, particularly as manifest in Marxism. Class visits to major museum may include the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay.
Additional Information: Fulfills Ethics core requirement. Fulfills Philosophy major requirement.
POLS 363: Politics in France
Professor: Dr. Virginia Lewis
The story of French politics in thought and practice in the modern period is largely one of replacing feudal absolutism with democracy, and that is a story of starts, stops, and revolutions and war. Democratic republics, socialism and nationalism, colonialism, post-colonialism, and membership in the European Community characterize more recent French political life. France is, however, more than a polity with laws and geographic boundaries: it is foremost a people and a culture with a unique history of political experience. That political experience is the subject of this proposed course. Reading selections will all be from French authors (in translation to English). This course is ideal for study in Paris. Classroom lecture and discussion will be supplemented with field trips to offer students a unique immersion in academic and cultural insight. Off site visits may range from the tombs of monarchs at St. Denis to the palace at Versailles, from the Conciergerie to Café Procope, where Voltaire and Rousseau wrote and Danton and Robbespierre and a host of luminaries plotted, from Les Invalides to the Institute du Monde Arabe. Students will explore concepts in the development of political thought in the French tradition and will be particularly concerned with the interaction of political thought and its links to practice. The course will set the stage for the modern period with French medieval theories of the state by examining church/state relations and views of kingship. Additionally, Montesquieu’s work on politics will be explored to see the influence of the British model of limited government on his views. The writings of Rousseau will offer arguments for equality and direct democracy, and the course will carry on with the French Enlightenment tradition and the writings of Condorcet. Anatole France’s The Gods will Have Bloodwill round out the revolutionary period for the course. Readings from Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth and de Gaulle’s speeches will take the course to the post war period. Additional readings will also be assigned.
Additional Information: Fulfills International Relations or Political Science major requirement. Fulfills social science core requirement.
Students enrolled in all classes other than French will live in residence halls and apartments throughout Paris. Housing accommodations are a minimum of double occupancy and students will be roomed with other USD program participants.
Students enrolled in a French course will be housed with a French host family.
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad.
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