CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
Dates / Deadlines:
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Biology, Film and Media Studies, Geology
Short Program (2-4 weeks)
3 Credit Hours
England & Scotland: Land & Storytelling May 27, 2024 - June 10, 2024
Program Base Price: TBD
Airfare: $1,050 - $1,250
Dates: May 27, 2024 - June 10, 2024
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)
England and Scotland have been the prime locations of the early, major discoveries that would create and define the natural sciences of geology and biology, between the periods mid-1700s to 1960s. Here, we will follow in the footsteps of the “fathers” of geology and biology, such as James Hutton, Mary Anning, Sir Richard Owen, Charles Darwin and many others, and see what led them to develop ideas such as deep time, evolution, plate tectonics, and discover the existence of extinct animals like dinosaurs.
Storytelling through Media students will produce mini-documentaries related to geological or historical topics while participating in the same activities as the Geology class.
Throughout the program, the group will primarily be housed in hotels. Hotel accommodations are based primarily on double occupancy with occasional use of triple rooms. Singles may be available at an additional cost.
In Edinburgh, the group will reside at University of Edinburgh’s (UOE) Chancellors Court. The residence is situated within UOE’s Pollock Halls and at the base of Arthur’s Seat, one of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks and a favorite for hiking and outdoor exercise. All rooms are en-suite (including toilet, sink and shower) and residents have access to shared pantries across all floors, a common room and a computer lab, all situated within Chancellor's Court.
Each bedroom is equipped with a bed, chest of drawers, TV, bedside cabinet, desk & study chair, desk lamp, easy chair, bookshelves, wardrobe, and mirror. The shared pantry provides use of refrigerator w/freezer, iron and ironing board, microwave, toaster and kettle. Each is furnished with dining table, stools, sofas, armchair, and coffee tables. Free WiFi is provided throughout the residence.
Breakfast is provided daily. Participants will be responsible for lunch and dinner each day.
Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
Film & Media Studies / Geology
Storytelling through Media: England and Scotland
Course Description: Designed for students who want to expand their cultural horizons while improving their media storytelling, this class takes you to sites of historical and cultural importance in England and Scotland where your imagination will be inspired to produce documentary projects. Paired with a history of geology class, this course will combine visits to places of geological significance with field trips to such historic sites as London’s Westminster Abbey, Edinburgh Castle, and the Scottish Highlands. We’ll interact with Britons to make cross-cultural comparisons and reflect on how foreign travel provides new perspectives on our own culture – and then create documentaries that illustrate those themes.
“The locations that we will be visiting lend themselves well to a variety of mini-documentaries focused on culture, architecture, geology, archaeology and paleontology. This course will appeal to students who are interested in creating documentary pieces, as well as those who have an interest in history.” - Mr. John Gibson
Geology / Biology / Broadcasting & Media Studies / History
Great Britain: The Birthplace of Modern Geology
Course Description: Through the study of rocks and fossils, we now understand some of the fascinating history of our planet and the life upon it, but until surprisingly recently, this was not the case. The first geologists & paleontologists learned how to decipher our story in England & Scotland. Explore one of the greatest natural history museums in the world in London, then visit the home of Charles Darwin and dig for fossils along the Jurassic coast. Next, we will venture northwards and enjoy more castles, culture, and cuisine, and explore the mountainous and mysterious Scottish Highlands.
“England and Scotland have been the prime locations of the early, major discoveries that would create and define the natural sciences of geology and biology, between the periods mid-1700s to 1960s. Here, we will follow in the footsteps of the "fathers" of geology and biology, such as James Hutton, Mary Anning, Sir Richard Owen, Charles Darwin and many others, and see what led them to develop ideas such as deep time, evolution, plate tectonics, and discover the existence of extinct animals like dinosaurs.” - Julie Ann Reizner