Spring Into Summer
Eckerd has developed a new model known as spring-into-summer. Students register for class as part of their spring semester and prepare for travel that commences at the end of that semester. Destinations for these programs are announced in November of each academic year.
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This spring-into-summer course explores international criminal law and the European approach to human rights, first in the classroom at Eckerd, and then for three weeks in The Hague (The Netherlands) and in Strasbourg (France). At these centers of international law, students are briefed by experts from the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court on the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Court of Justice. In addition, students should be able to attend court sessions of both the ICC and the ICTY.
The course objectives are to deepen the student’s knowledge of international law and human rights and to gain a new understanding of the multilateralist human rights approach to foreign policy pursued in Europe. The students will explore the degree to which this European human rights framework has impacted domestic law and policy. While at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, students will also meet with members of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and the Gender and Anti-Trafficking Equality Division.
A personal interview with Professor Felice is required as part of the application process.
Travel Dates: May 21 – June 9, 2015
This course is intended for those who are Irish, those who wish they were, and anyone wanting to explore, through a focus on Ireland, the rich boundaries between language, imagination, history and the environment.
While often referred to as the "land of blarney," the little country of Ireland (population under 5 million, about the size of the State of Indiana) has produced in the last century some of the finest authors writing in English, among them: Shaw, Stoker, Wilde, Yeats, Synge, Joyce, Beckett, Heaney, McDonagh and Toibin. Why should this be true? What in the Irish land and culture, in its unique history and colonization by imperial England, its entrenched civil wars and devastating disasters, has produced such brilliant literary art? And how has that literature, in turn, shaped the ways in which the Irish understand and relate to their unique landscape, seascape and culture?
During the on-campus portion of the course, students will read significant Irish fiction, poetry and drama, historical and cultural background for these works, and articles about Ireland’s environment, historical and contemporary. The travel portion (10 days), will include a stay at Trinity College, Dublin, as a base to explore eastern, urban Ireland and environs, including a talk at the National Library on Ireland’s environmental challenges, tours of Trinity College library and the Book of Kells, the Abbey Theatre, and other city sites, music venues, walks and pubs as well as a day in County Wicklow (stopping at Joyce’s Martello Tower and Museum). Then we will travel cross-country by coach to the Irish West, where the remote wilderness challenges romantic notions of beauty, culture, and nature. Students will hear talks from environmentalists at National University of Ireland-Galway, and journey to sites immortalized by Yeats, Synge and McDonagh, including the mythic landscape of the Western coast and the Aran Islands.
This course may be taken to fulfill the Humanities requirement, or the Environmental Perspective requirement, or as an “English” course required by pre-professional majors such as pre-med. It will also serve toward the Literature major or minor, and as an elective Literature course required for Creative Writing.
Travel Dates: May 18 – May 28, 2015