Study Abroad

UGA à Paris

The UGA à Paris study abroad program focuses upon the economy, politics, culture, and history of France and Western Europe. The program is run on the block system, with the first block of classes running from May 18-June 2, 2016, and the second block running during June 7-June 23, 2016. Students will take one course in each block for a total of 6 credit hours.

Application deadline is February 15, 2016.

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Spending six weeks in Paris, students will not only have the opportunity to gain credit towards their degrees but also to soak up aspects of Parisian and French culture. The program also includes overnight trips to the Loire Valley, where students will visit several chateaux, and to Normandy, where you will see some of the beaches used during the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, together with the world-famous 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, commissioned by William the Conqueror.

The City

Known as the City of Light, Paris is one of the world’s great cities, boasting numerous historical, cultural, and artistic sites. You will be able to visit world-renowned locations, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Students can immerse themselves in Paris’s museums, galleries, and neighborhoods while exploring the Rive Gauche (Left Bank), the Latin Quarter, Montmartre, the Bastille, Les Invalides, the Champs Elysées, or the designer shops on the rue Faubourg St. Honoré. There is lots of opportunity for independent travel. Paris is well served by train and air service, allowing students to travel across Europe on weekends and during the four-day break between the blocks.



Block 1 Classes: May 18-June 2

Ms. Jennifer White, Department of International Affairs
INTL/ GEOG 4694 – Politics and the Modern European State

France is the birthplace of modern democracy, and so we are in the perfect location to discuss what “democracy” means, how it evolves, and its different varieties. In these discussions, we shall consider the political institutions, cultures, and economics that underpin democratic nations. As we discuss these concepts, we shall also explore issues that currently challenge France – but also all democracies, in Europe and beyond – such as political violence, migration, the development of extremist/nationalist groups, and the effects of international institutions.

Dr. Tom Lessl, Department of Communication Studies
COMM/ HIST 4635 – Paris and its Symbols: Public Art and the Public Self

One writer has called Paris the “capital of the modern self.” This is because its many creations in the visual and plastic arts, architecture, science, fashion, literature, religion, and philosophy lie at the cross-section of a long, historical struggle to come to grips with the human identity – both in its personal and public aspects. We will examine a selection of these artifacts on site in Paris in an effort to understand the stories they tell about how various notions of the Western self have emerged. Students can sign up for this course for either COMM or HIST credit.

Dr. E. M. Beck, Department of Sociology
SOCI 4500 – Special Topics: On the Road: The Sociology of Travel and Tourism with Special Emphasis on Paris

Travel and tourism is a universal human activity and for four hundred years Paris has been one of the most visited cities, if not the most visited destination, for scholars, political leaders, students, as well as tourists seeking culture, history, and fashion. We will explore this human desire for travel adventure, with Paris being our laboratory.

Block 2 Classes: June 7–June 23

Dr. Andrew Herod, Department of Geography
GEOG/ INTL/ HIST 4634 – Paris and Modernity: Power, Politics, and Identity in the City

The course addresses issues relating to contemporary identity politics in France & Europe. It focuses upon: i) 19th century French imperialism as an integral part of early globalization and efforts by France to present itself as a Muslim power during its conquest of North and West Africa; ii) the redesigning of Paris as an imperial capital, with a focus upon how the politics of identity and French nationalism were manifested in the city’s urban landscape; and iii) issues of contemporary national identity in the wake of significant immigration from former French colonies. We will visit various locations in Paris related to course topics. Students can sign up for this course for GEOG, INTL or HIST credit.

Dr. Jennifer Monahan , Department of Communication Studies
COMM 4800 – Intercultural Communication

This course focuses upon factors that affect effective communication internationally, with an emphasis on French/US business communication patterns. It examines the effects of differing world-views, values systems, language varieties, nonverbal codes and relational norms on interpersonal communication cross-culturally. Students will gain skills for disseminating ideas across cultures and building intercultural competence.

Dr. Mark Cooney, Department of Sociology
SOCI 4700 – Sociology of Terrorism

Terrorism kills and maims thousands of people every year across the globe. Most victims are completely innocent, having little or no connection to the source of the terrorists’ grievances. This course addresses the complex phenomenon of terrorist violence, focusing on five fundamental questions: What is terrorism? What causes terrorism? Why do people join terrorist groups, often at enormous risk to themselves? Is terrorism effective? What strategies are most effective in countering terrorism?

Students leave St. John’s Residence June 24

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Program director

Herod, Andrew J.

Distinguished Research Professor, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology

Research Interests

Labor, Political Economy, Economic, Social Theory, and Qualitative Methods