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Northern California Study Abroad Consortium

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Paris, France

Fall 2014

Courses

Diablo Valley College (Faculty: Kristen Koblik)

ARTHS 196 History of Medieval and Renaissance Art (3 units)
CSU, UC. CSUGE Area C1; IGETC Area 3A. Recommended eligibility for ENGL116/118 or equivalent.

Description: A history of Western art from the Early Christian Period through the Renaissance. Stylistic changes are related to significant social and cultural changes. Consideration is given to the changing role of the artist, socially, culturally, and within patronage systems.

From the Romanesque to the Renaissance, Paris has been a world center of culture and innovation. Study Gothic architecture in the place it was invented by visiting Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle, and explore how tapestries and altarpieces were made at the National Museum of Medieval Art, where the building itself is a rare example of secular Gothic architecture. We will trace the development of Renaissance painting by gallery hopping in the Louvre, where every turn reveals another masterpiece by the likes of Raphael, Veronese, and Leonardo da Vinci.

ARTHS 197 History of Baroque to Early 20th Century Art (3 units)
CSU, UC. CSUGE Area C1; IGETC Area 3A. Recommended eligibility for ENGL116/118 or equivalent.

Description: A history of Western art from the 17th century to early 20th century. Stylistic changes are related to significant social and cultural changes. Consideration is given to the changing role of the artist.

Louis XIV, Napoleon, Marie Antoinette… David, Manet, Monet, Picasso…Most of the major historical and artistic figures covered by this class are French or lived and worked in Paris. Studying them “on location” provides access not only to their living spaces and artworks, but also to the living history of the city of Paris, where traces of the past combine with the present. From the Louvre to the Palace of Versailles, from the artist commune of Montmarte to the Musée D’Orsay, from the Eiffel Tower to the artist cafés of Les Deux Magots and Brasserie Lipp, art history will truly come alive in this course. Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Surrealism, and Cubism are among the art movements covered that have important Parisian history.

ARTHS 199 Contemporary Art History (3 units)
CSU, UC. CSUGE Area C1; IGETC Area 3A. Recommended eligibility for ENGL122 or equivalent.

Description: A survey of contemporary art in the United States and Europe from 1945 to the present. Recent global tendencies in art will also be considered. Emphasis is placed on identifying and understanding important contemporary art movements and images, as well as social and political issues that shape the character of art produced during this time.

We will trace the development of 20th century art by beginning where it was born, with Picasso and Duchamp. The interaction between Paris and New York will be explored from the Parisian side, and developments in French art will be emphasized. The Centre Pompidou, with its world-class collection of contemporary art, will be a major resource. The building itself is a masterpiece of postmodern architecture by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. We will also visit many contemporary galleries to experience the vibrancy of the Parisian art world today.

SOCSC 163* French Life and Culture


Sacramento City College (Faculty: Jon Hanson)

ENGLT 303 Introduction of the Short Story
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement through the assessment process. General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B Course Transferable to UC/CSU
This course introduces students to the short story genre and will focus on the connections between literature and French culture, and, more specifically, the Parisian experience. Students will read, analyze, and discuss short stories set in Paris. Many of the stories correspond to one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris and students will be invited to read the stories in their original settings; a map of the Paris Metro will aid students not only in visiting story locales, but in learning the lay of the land as well. The stories range from the 15th-century account of Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris, through tales by favorite French writers such as Zola, Simenon, Balzac, and Maupassant to the famous works by writers of the Lost Generation such as Joyce, Stein, and Fitzgerald. Though connected geographically, the stories' topics vary widely: from Hemingway's modernistic view of the world from a café, to Gérard de Nerval's imaginative recreation of the market in Les Halles in the 1850s; from Colette's unimaginable entanglement in a traffic accident near the Opéra, to Boulanger's refined description of a comical experience in Pére Lachaise.

ENGLT 345 World Mythology
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of “C” or better; or placement through the assessment process. General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B Course Transferable to UC/CSU

This course immerses the student in a world of beauties, beasts, and enchantments by examining classic French myths and fairy tales. We will analyze these stories through a world lens and compare them to myths, legends, and folktales from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, and the Far East. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which these stories continue to reveal the human condition, raise moral questions, and alter the nature of reality. Students will make connections between French myths and fairy tales with the French people and culture that surround them by observing, interpreting, and analyzing. Additionally, we’ll look at various perceptions of the supernatural as well as human relationships. Story subjects include parables, trickster tales, animal stories, hero tales, and narratives of rebellion and conformity. Each motif and topic will be learned within the historical and cultural background of the tale.

ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking
Prerequisite: ENGWR 300 or 480 with a grade of “C” or better Advisory: LIBR 318 General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); AA/AS Area II(a); CSU Area A3; IGETC Area 1B Course Transferable to UC/CSU
This course develops composition skills at the advanced level as well as analytical skills through writing, reading, and discussion. The student will take an ethnographic approach to argument and research aimed at exploring French cultural issues and phenomena. Students will challenge and lay bare their own American identity and cultural assumptions in light of learning about French life and culture. Additionally, this course exam¬ines methods by which people are persuaded to think, believe, and/or act. It also includes analyzing arguments or expressions of opinions for their validity and soundness and evaluating outside sources. Finally, it focuses on critically assessing, developing, supporting, and effectively expressing opinions on issues; and emphasizes thinking clearly and organizing thought carefully in writing by using principles of logic.

SOSC 499* French Life and Culture


San Mateo County Community College District (Faculty: David Danielson)

PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy (3 Units) Recommended
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or 105 and for READ 400 or 405
CSU/UC: AA: Area E5c (Humanities)
CSU: Area C2, (Humanities)
UC: IGETC Area 3B (Humanities)
(C-ID PHIL 100)

Being in Paris encourages budding philosophers. We will study Philosophy focusing on the important contribution of French Philosophers including Rene Descartes, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone De Beauvoir and Gabriel Marcel. We will examine philosophical questions about the nature of reality and knowledge, morality and politics and take trips to the places where these ideas were discussed, debated and written.

PHIL 244 Contemporary Social and Moral Issues (3 Units)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade option.)
Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or 105 and comple­tion of READ 400 or 405 OR concurrent enrollment in READ 400, 405, or 415 OR appropriate skill level as indicated by the reading placement tests.
AA: Area E5c (Humanities)
CSU: Area C2, (Humanities)
IGETC: UC: Area 3B (Humanities)

Ethics is the study of the systems of thought that guide people in making moral and political decisions. In this class we will be examining ethical theories and applying them to modern moral issues. We will contrast how the issues are discussed in American society with how they are discussed in French society. The issues will include some of the following: welfare and entitlement, war, civil disobedience, freedoms of speech and press, religious freedom and education, topics in medical ethics (abortion, euthanasia, and genetic research), topics in business ethics, affirmative action, capital punishment, animal rights, and environmental ethics.

PHIL 300 Introduction to World Religions (3 Units )
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade option.)
Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or 105 and completion of READ 400 or 405 OR concurrent enrollment in READ 400, 405, or 415 OR appropriate skill level as indicated by the reading placement tests.
AA: Area E5c (Humanities)
CSU: Area C2, (Humanities)
IGETC: UC: Area 3B (Humanities)

Paris has a long history rich in religion. While the history of France is largely connected with Catholicism and Judaism, modern France has broadened to include additional expressions of faith. We will survey the major contemporary Eastern and Western Religions emphasizing the similarities underlying the differences between the various religions. Since we are in Paris we will take trips to experience the sacred buildings and examine the connections between the sacred and secular.

SOSC 384 French Life and Culture


Santa Rosa Junior College (Faculty: Michael Traina)

MEDIA 4: INTRO TO MASS COMMUNICATION
3 units. (Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade). CSU/UC transferable. CSU GE Area C1; IGETC Area 3A. Recommended eligibility for English 1A
One of the greatest challenges students face when critically examining the media is the ability to look at it objectively from a distance. Studying abroad offers students the rare opportunity to step outside the American media landscape and disrupt media consumption habits that have become routine.

This course examines the growth and development of the American and French mass media from historical and analytical perspectives. Students will be exposed to mass media problems of the past and present as well as trends that shape the 21st century. As one of the world’s leading global media producers, France offers an interesting contrast to the U.S. media landscape, from its permissive content standards to state-supported financing. By visiting local media companies and engaging directly with French media professionals, students will be provoked to re-examine their relationship with the American media and think about the tremendous impact the media have on the political, economic, social, and cultural fabric of their lives.

MEDIA 10: FILM APPRECIATION
4 units, (Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade). CSU/UC transferable. CSU GE Area C1; IGETC Area 3A. Recommended eligibility for English 1A
Paris is the birthplace of motion pictures. For more than a century, it has maintained a rich tradition of cinema culture and innovation that places it at heart of several global film movements and new waves as well as film scholarship and criticism. Boasting the world’s third largest film market, Paris has the highest density of the cinemas in the world. In short, it is a cinephile’s dream.

This course will introduce students to the unique language of cinema through the examination of great films and filmmakers. By analyzing formal devices such as mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, and sound, students will become more aware of the complexity of film art and more perceptive in reading its multilayered blend of image, sound, and motion. The class will include field trips to cinematheques and production houses in Paris, including the Cinémathèque Française. We will also explore Le Musée de la Cinémathèque, an incredible collection of early motion picture technology and memorabilia as well as host several guest filmmakers in class to discuss their work. The course will showcase a wide range of American and international films, with particular emphasis on the cinema of France.

INTDIS 90*: FRENCH LIFE AND CULTURE