Study Abroad - Aix Semester Courses

Spring 2017 Course Schedule

Fall 2017 Course Schedule

The following courses are offered during the fall and/or spring semester. This is a comprehensive list of all courses that have been offered at IAU College during a semester program. Please note that not all courses are offered each semester. For a list of courses that correspond to your term of interest, please click on one of the links above under "Course Schedules." Courses are 3 units (45 contact hours) unless otherwise specified. Courses are conducted in English unless they have a FRE course prefix. Please note that some FRE courses are cross-listed with non-French disciplines and that these courses are conducted in French. Courses labeled FRE 300 level or higher require that students have completed FRE 202 or the equivalent prior to enrollment.

All IAU College semester students are required to enroll in one French language or culture course taught in French. Students interested in enrolling in all French courses should consider joining the French Honors Program

All courses are subject to change and may or may not be offered during a specific term. 

Anthropology & Archaeology Education              Political Science
Art Film Studies Philosophy
Art History Finance Photography
Business French Psychology
Communication Studies History Religious Studies
Creative Writing/Literature Internship Sociology
Environmental Science Geography Wine Studies
Economics Literature


Anthropology & Archaeology

ANTH/COM/LIT 375 - The European City in Literature and the Visual Arts - Exploration of the rise and the establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilization through cinema, the novel, poetry, music and paintings.

ARC 307 - Searching and Finding: Archaeological Techniques and Methods 
Provence has a rich heritage dating back to its prehistoric settlements. This course will explore the archaeological treasures of the region with a look at theoretical foundations of archaeological research as well as at the practical art of field research. Includes two weeks on an excavation site. ARC 310 is mandatory for this class. Limited enrollment.

ARC 309 - Ancient European Art and Archaeology
Development of European Mediterranean societies and civilizations from the arrival of the first humans up to the Roman conquest of the continent.

ARC 310 - Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
Overview of the Mediterranean basin from the first civilizations in Egypt and Middle-East up to the Roman expansion over Europe. Typically includes study tours to sites in Provence.

Art 

ART 100/200/300/400: Drawing - The overarching purpose of the studio drawing courses, at all levels, is to develop the student’s capacity to look both into the visible world and into themselves with the intention of transforming their vision into art. The student is led gradually toward a deeper understanding of the relationship between natural and artistic forms. This is achieved through disciplined study in the landscape, through portraiture and model work and museum study. Combined total of 6hours of instruction per week in both the studio and outside in the landscape, as well as excursions to European museums. * studio fee

ART 130/230/330/350: Painting - The overarching purpose of the studio painting courses, at all levels, is to develop the student’s capacity to look both into the visible world and into themselves with the intention of transforming their vision into art. The student is led gradually towarda deeper understanding of the relationship between natural and artistic forms. This is achieved through disciplined study in the landscape, through portraiture and model work and museum study. Combined total of 6hours of instruction per week in both the studio and outside in the landscape, as well as excursions to European museums. * studio fee

ART 105/106 - Painting & Drawing 
Intended for students with little or no experience in painting and drawing. Includes work from the figure, museum study, still-life and landscape work in the Aix countryside. Additional fee required. Course requires 6 contact hours per week for 3 credits. * studio fee

ART 151 - Contemporary Studio Inquiry and Practice: Beginners
A wide range of approaches and media are used to develop greater perceptual and conceptual awareness and understanding of 20th and 21st century studio practice. The course will investigate how drawing and painting relate to other media such as installation, performance, photography and new technologies. With a focus on issues revolving around the "sacred" and the "taboo" in art, past and present, students will link critical thinking and analysis to their studio practice.

ART 305/306 - Intermediate/Advanced Painting & Drawing 
Intended for students with intermediate to advanced skills in painting and drawing. Includes work from the figure, museum study, still-life and landscape work in the Aix countryside. Additional fee required. Course requires 6 contact hours per week for 3 credits. * studio fee

Art 309 - Art Criticism and Aesthetics Seminar I
The Art Criticism seminar offers the student access to a wide variety of images (architectural, sculptural, painted, etc.).  The objective of this course is to improve critical awareness and to refine judgment based on an exploration of universal principles through visual experience. The seminar takes students into an in-depth study of the basic elements of form: color, value, light and volume. Field studies included.

Art 310 - Art Criticism and Aesthetics Seminar II
Artworks and texts from varying periods and cultures throughout history are compared and contrasted to explore diverse issues such as the imagination, symbol in art, Zen principles in eastern art, motif and tradition. Field studies included.

ART 341 - Islamic Art of Europe
This course studies the interface of Islamic visual cultures and European art and architecture from the 8th century until nowadays. It explores the cultural interactions which took place, interactions which have provided inspiration for European architects and artists throughout the centuries. Field study will take us to southern Spain, where we’ll witness the artistic heritage of more than 700 years of Muslim rule.

Art 351 - Contemporary Studio Inquiry and Practice: Intermediate and Advanced
A wide range of approaches and media are  used to develop greater perceptual and conceptual awareness and understanding of 20th and 21st century studio practice. The course will investigate how drawing and painting relate to other media such as installation, performance, photography and new technologies. With a focus on issues revolving around the "sacred" and the "taboo" in art, past and present, students will link critical thinking and analysis to their studio practice. (90 contact hours) * studio fee

Art History

ART 231 - Survey History of Western Art: Prehistory to the Middle Ages
Initiation to the language and techniques of art history, and study of painting, sculpture and architecture of Western art from prehistory to the end of the Middle Ages. Typically includes an excursion to sites in the region.

ART 232 - Survey of History of Western Art: Renaissance to Present  
Study of painting, sculpture and architecture from the Renaissance to the present.

ART 320 - Picasso, Matisse, and the Mediterranean 
Understanding early 20th century modern art through an investigation of its sources in Mediterranean culture and myth.

ART 340 - Medieval Art and Architecture
A search for the medieval mind as it is expressed in Christian art and architecture from its earliest beginnings in the Catacombs of Rome, through the rich mosaics and domes of byzantine culture to the raising of the great Gothic Cathedrals in northern Europe.

ART 381 - The XIXth Century and French
Impressionism Fall Historical and critical analysis of painting in the 19th century with emphasis on the history of Impressionism.

ART 382 - Cézanne and Van Gogh
In-depth study of the lives and works of Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh.

Business

BUS 301 - International Business Today and Tomorrow
Basic principles of international business and management with emphasis on foreign exchange, risk analysis, comparative management techniques, interaction between host societies and multinational corporations and changing government policies affecting business.

BUS 302 - Global Brand Management
The focus of the project-based class is to explore how to build innovative brands, where brand is defined as “a sensibility” or a “reputation” - departing from traditional perspectives of brand.

BUS 303 - Intercultural Management
Investigation of globalization through the study of marketing goods and services in a multicultural environment and the management of an intercultural workforce.

BUS 304 - Business Ethics in the Global Market
This course investigates ethical problems in business practice. Topics include personal morality in profit- oriented enterprises; codes of ethics, obligations to employees and other stakeholders; truth in advertising, whistle-blowing, and company loyalty; self and government regulation; the logic and future of capital- ism; and the changing responsibilities of the manager in a rapidly globalizing business environment.

BUS 305 - Global Marketing
Exploration of basic knowledge of global marketing focusing on the impact of environment on the strategies used by firms and the understanding of consumer behavior management as it relates to the development and implementation of global marketing strategies.

BUS/GEO/WS 303 Regional Wine Trade and Economics
This course examines the economic impact of the wine trade. Coursework includes studies in wine regions, styles, quality, analysis of regional market activities and promotion, current events and specific tastings. Course includes Field Studies to wineries and vineyards. 

WS 101 - An Overview of Wine: 1 credit This course is designed to give an overview and understanding of the global wine industry. Courseworkincludes the history and culture of wine, wine vocabulary, label reading, choosing and serving wine.

BUS/WS 302 - Wine Marketing and Analysis
This course is a combination of lecture and professional tasting to analyze the quality levels, marketing of wine, import and export, sales positioning and pricing structures.  Students will learn vineyard and winemaking techniques utilized to achieve certain styles of wine. Course includes Field Studies to wineries and vineyards.  Extra fee required.     

NEW! BUS 307 - Luxury Management
The course will introduce students to luxury management with prime focus on the creation of case studies for luxury brands, professional seminars and educational trips in luxury capitals that include Paris and Monaco. The aim of this high level course is to expose the students in the world of luxury and how to manage brands and companies in this domain, attaining key knowledge in essential areas in luxury marketing, sales, e-commerce, legal affairs and branding.

BUS 308 - Digital Marketing
The course will introduce students to digital marketing and online communication. Innovation in marketing is determined mainly through digital channels. The industry is growing rapidly and increasing in complexity. The course will focus on current trends and best practices in digital marketing, and aims to get a full picture of today’s digital techniques.

NEW! BUS 309 - International Entrepreneurship
An introduction to entrepreneurship on both a macro and micro level. On the micro level, students have the unique opportunity to examine the entrepreneurial process in France while on the macro level, students analyze the broader entrepreneur mindset and concept development. This course based on experiential learning includes extensive readings, case study analysis and culminates in a team project emphasizing venture implementation.

Communication and Media Studies

COM 312 - Speaking of Provence, From Myth to Media
Introduction to representations of Provence, from the troubadours to Ridley Scott, in history, literature, media and song.

COM/HIS 314 - France During the Occupation: 1939 - 1945  
The study of representations of France during World War II in history, literature and media, in both the Occupied and Unoccupied Zones, the German presence, the government in Vichy and the Resistance.

COM/IR 316 - Media and Conflict
Examines the role media play in the progression and public perceptions of conflict. Relevant topics will include media and military intervention, portrayals of protest movements and news and entertainment coverage of crime, rumors, domestic politics, violence and ethnicity.

COM/FLM 320 - European Cinema and Contemporary Migrations
Explores cinematic representations of cultural cohabitation in contemporary Europe. With a special focus on Spanish, French, and British films, students will investigate the impact of recent migrations to urban and rural environments on notions of Europe, nation and tradition vis-a-vis the mutual need for "the other." Participants will develop the skills to speak about the medium and how it frames multi-cultural relationships in economic, social and deeply personal terms.

COM/ANTH/LIT 375 - The European City in Literature and the Visual Arts Fall
Exploration of the rise and the establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilization through cinema, the novel, poetry, music and paintings.


Creative Writing & Literature

ART 270/370 - Creative Writing and the Intercultural Experience
The study and practice of creative nonfiction writing in relation to the study abroad experience. Techniques of writing creative nonfiction and development of the creative process, including writing exercises, editing and workshop. The course will examine the ways in which the writing process and cross-cultural experiences are parallel endeavors that can serve to inform and answer each other.

FRE/LIT 383: WRITING IN PROVENCE: LITERATURE AND REGIONAL CULTURE - How writers whose subjects celebrate Provence and the interactions between its inhabitants and its visitors help students better comprehend their own immersion in the region and in the language. This course will guide students to analyze and write their own personal reflections inspired by regional writers such as Marcel Pagnol, Jean Giono, René Char, Maylis de Kérangal, Stendhal and others.

LIT/FRE 414 - France and Francophone Literature, a Dialogue
Covering subjects such as the spirit of the desert, slavery, the Mediterranean and the initiation journey, this course reflects on the ongoing dialogue between authors from France and authors from French-speaking countries of former colonial territories.

LIT/ANTH/COM 375 - The European City in Literature and the Visual Arts
Exploration of the rise and the establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilization through cinema, the novel, poetry, music and paintings.

Environmental Science

ES 100-  Introduction to Earth Systems
Course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the earth and its component systems: the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere and the biosphere. The interactions between these components will be examined. Three class hours and laboratory field study throughout the area. No perquisite

ES 200 - Ecology of the Mediterranean
Course examines the biotic and abiotic controlling parameters of the Mediterranean terrestrial ecosystem. Topics include fundamentals of ecology, an introduction to global biomes with emphasis on the mediterranean-type ecosystems, the mediterranean plant diversity and the adaptation mechanisms in response to natural and human-induced constraints. Three class hours and laboratory field study throughout the area. Prerequisite: laboratory work in any other hard science.

ES 300 - Environmental Issues
The course investigates some of the eminent environmental issues of global concern. Topics include, but not limited to, global climate change, desertification, deforestation, waste and water resources degradation. Examples of the Mediterranean region will be examined to illustrate each issue. Three class hours per week. 

Economics

ECO 301 - International Economics and the European Union
Introduction to European economic development followed by a study of economic factors in European trade up to and since the establishment of the Common Market.

ECO 304 - Economic Globalization: Growth and Development
Introduction to the economic analysis of develop- ment and growth policies intended to familiarize students with the practices and theories of economic development.

Education

EDU 301 - Comparative Education
Study of the social, historical and cultural factors that have influenced the development of educational institutions in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Required participation in teaching at French elementary schools.

Film

FLM/COM 320 - European Cinema and Contemporary Migrations
Explores cinematic representations of cultural cohabitation in contemporary Europe. With a special focus on Spanish, French, and British films, students will investigate the impact of recent migrations to urban and rural environments on notions of Europe, nation and tradition vis-a-vis the mutual need for "the other." Participants will develop the skills to speak about the medium and how it frames multicultural relationships in economic, social and deeply personal terms.

FLM/FRE 355: France as seen through its Movies, post WWII to the 1970’s 
Study of the different facets of France — from literary imagination to social issues, from the postwar period to the 70s  — through a varied selection of films.

FLM/FRE 356: France as seen through its Movies, The 1980’s to Today
Study of the different facets of France — from literary imagination to social issues, from the 1980’s to today — through a varied selection of films.

Finance

FIN 300 - Financial Management
This course is an introduction to the main areas of corporate finance. Its focus is on developing an understanding of the tools and methodologies available to the financial manager for decision-making in capital management, capital structure and profit planning and control.  

FIN 301 - International Finance
Addresses the international aspects of corporate finance. Topics include foreign exchange with emphasis on exchange rate determination, exchange rate risk management, international money and capital markets, international capital budgeting, cost of capital and international trade financing.

FIN 302 - Financial Accounting
Course examines fundamental accounting concepts and principles. Students will learn how the economic transactions of a firm are reported in financial statements. The objective of the course is to provide basic skills necessary to understand and analyze financial statements. Students will become informed users of financial statements. The course will deal with international differences and how these may influence financial statement users.

French Language

FRE 101 » 102 - Practical Elementary French I then II (6 Credits) 
A year of college credit in one semester intended for those with little or no previous study. Intensive four hours of classroom learning tied to two hours workshops and activities. Development of an understanding of oral French through listening and speaking practices.

FRE 102 » 201 - Practical Elementary French II then Intermediate French I (6 Credits) 
A year of college credit in one semester intended for those who have completed the equivalent of one semester of college-level French. Intensive four hours of classroom learning tied to two hours practical workshops and activities. Development of an understanding of oral French through dialogue and role-playing.

FRE 201 » 202 - Intermediate French I then II (6 Credits) 
A year of college credit in one semester intended for those who have completed the equivalent of two semesters of college-level French. Intensive four hours classroom learning tied to two hours practical workshops and activities. Development of oral French through conversation.

FRE 202 - Intermediate French II (4 Credits)
Intended for those who have completed the equivalent of three semesters of college-level French. Intensive four hours of classroom learning. Development of oral French through conversation.

FRE 211 - Living in France: Intercultural Communication 
Intended for students who have completed the equivalent of two to three semesters of college-level French. Intensive focus on oral practice looking at popular French culture.

FRE 213 - Current Events with the French Media
Intended for students who have completed the equivalent of two to three semesters of college-level French. Intensive focus on oral comprehension and expression looking at TV news, radio, magazines and newspapers.

FRE 218 - France, Francophonie and Music
Intended for students who have completed the equivalent of two to three semesters of college level French. Intensive focus on linguistic and cultural comprehension as well as oral expression through music in France and throughout the Francophone world.

FRE 301 - Advanced French I: Structure and Expression (4 Credits)
Intended for students who have completed the equivalent of four semesters or two years of college- level French. Advanced written and oral practice and grammar review. Essay topics follow a simulation enriched with a variety of documentation and multimedia activities.

FRE 302 - Advanced French II: Conversation and Composition
Intended for students who have completed the equivalent of five semesters of college-level French. Students improve their advanced command of oral and written French.

FRE 306 - Cross-Cultural Studies in Food and Culture
Both the Mediterranean diet and French Gastronomy have been declared by UNESCO as world heritage. This course will explore the language and the culinary customs of French cuisine, examining differences in food patterns between the US and France, the fundamentals of French and regional food and eating, including the history and use of ingredients, as well as political and economic factors affecting rural French food systems.

FRE/LIT 315 - Readings in French Literature I
Readings in French literature, from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and introduction to methods of literary analysis for students with the equivalent of at least two years of college-level French.

FRE/LIT 316 - Readings in French Literature II
Readings in French literature, focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries, and introduction to methods of literary analysis for students with the equivalent of at least two years of college-level French.

FRE 335 - Phonetics
Phonetic theory illustrated by oral practice and pronunciation. Intensive practice in sound reproduction and fine-tuning the ear to new sound combinations. 

FRE/POL 376 - Contemporary French Identities
Examining some of the main points of division as well as of unity in France today, this course explores the republican ideal, its background, the crisis it is currently undergoing and contemporary French identity(s).

FRE/LIT 383: WRITING IN PROVENCE: LITERATURE AND REGIONAL CULTURE - How writers whose subjects celebrate Provence and the interactions between its inhabitants and its visitors help students better comprehend their own immersion in the region and in the language. This course will guide students to analyze and write their own personal reflections inspired by regional writers such as Marcel Pagnol, Jean Giono, René Char, Maylis de Kérangal, Stendhal and others.

FRE 401/402 - Translation and Stylistics I/II
Translation from English to French and French to English of literary texts, with constant reference to technical and theoretical considerations.

FRE/LING 412 - Contemporary French: The Linguistics of Everyday Language 
Course will reflect on and undertake a series of analyses on the language forms in current practice in French society. Analytical linguistics tools will be applied to usage in current-day, intercultural, youth, political and advertising.

FRE/LIT 414 - France and Francophone Literature, a Dialogue
Covering subjects such as the spirit of the desert, slavery, the Mediterranean and the initiation journey, this course reflects on the ongoing dialogue between authors from France and authors from French-speaking countries of former colonial territories.

FRE/BUS 311 - Business French
Intensive training in French for business and commercial purposes, emphasizing specialized forms and vocabulary.

FRE/LIT 315 - Readings in French Literature I 
Readings in French literature, focusing on the 16th to 18th centuries, and introduction to methods of literary analysis for students with the equivalent of at least two years of college-level French.

FRE/LIT 316 - Readings in French Literature II 
Readings in French literature, focusing on the 19th to 21st centuries, and introduction to methods of literary analysis for students with the equivalent of at least two years of college-level French. 

FRE/HIS 328 - Provencal History and Cultural through its Monuments
Introduction to the History of Provence and a study of its most exemplary monuments

FRE/THE 357 - Communication in French Theatre
Intensive training in oral communication through reading, recitation and discussions of modern theatrical texts.

FRE 331 - Contemporary France: Society, Politics and Culture 
Study of contemporary French civilization through political, cultural and social issues.

FRE/FLM 355: France as seen through its Movies, post WWII to the 1970’s. Study of the different facets of France — from literary imagination to social issues, from the postwar period to the 70s  — through a varied selection of films.

FRE/FLM 356 - France as seen through its Movies, The 1980's to Today
Study of the different facets of France - from literary imagination to social issues, from the 1980’s to today- through a varied selection of films.

FRE/LIT/ART 411 - Crossing Spaces in the Intercultural Context – French Honors Seminar (Required)
Course proposes an exploration of literary and artistic themes related to the notion of space, both personal (internal) and geographic (external), and specifically the tensions created by the crossing (“Traversée”) between one space and another.

Geography

GEO/WS 303 - European Wine Regions
Students will learn about the wines, vineyards and major grape varietals in France, Italy, Spain and Germany. Students will learn to decipher the labels, quality levels, and wine selection. In addition we will focus on regional wine and food pairings. Course includes tastings and excursions to vineyards and wineries to view the winemaking process, talk with the winemakers and taste wines from the barrel and bottle. Possible credit in geography. 

History

HIS 301 - European History: 1870 - 1918 
Covers major social, economic, political, and diplomatic developments in European history from 1870 to 1918.

HIS 303 - France and Europe in the Cold War
Study of the evolution of the European societies from the post-war period to the fall of the Berlin Wall through arts, literature, architecture, alternative cultures and social evolution linked to the exceptional economic growth of the post-war period ending with the oil shocks (1970’s).

HIS/SOC 304 - Muslim Presence in Europe
This course is an overview of the long-term interaction between the Muslim world and the West, not as two separate entities, but with emphasis on their historic commonality, and their dialectic relation. The course focuses on the debates regarding the Muslim population in Europe, covering concepts of religion and secularism, the history of Muslim populations in Europe, legal issues, human rights, feminism, and modernity. Field study will take us to specific sites in Marseille, historically linked with the Muslim community.

HIS/COM 314 - France During the Occupation:1939 - 1945
The study of representations of France during World War II in history, literature and media, in both the Occupied and Unoccupied Zones, the German presence, the government in Vichy and the Resistance.

HIS/POL 315- North Africa and Colonial History
This class will examine the region’s contemporary political foundations, with a focus on how the recent colonial past has helped shape the political institutions that were recently toppled.

 Internship

BUS/FRE 341 - Internship
Internship positions in various enterprises from small local businesses to regional chains to multi-nationals with offices in the Aix area. Students usually work 10-12 hours per week on site, submitting regular written reports to their professors at IAU. An upper-intermediate level of French or higher is essential. Availability depends on company offers. Flexible hours according to your course schedule.

Literature

LIT 325 - The European Novel
Course will explore the portrayal of shifting perspectives not only in terms of narrative style, but more assertively in terms of how life as a European shifted.  We will examine changing social and political orders as well as how characters place themselves in history. 

LIT 375 - European city in Literature and Film
Exploration of the rise and the establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilization through cinema, the novel, poetry, music and paintings. Typically includes an excursion to sites in Paris.

Political Science, European Studies & International Relations

ES 200 - Geology and Ecology of the Mediterranean Basin
Course examines the varying processes of the Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and current theories in ecology drawing from the example of the Mediterranean basin. Topics include geological processes and hazards, ecosystems ecology and the impact of global climate change on this sensitive region. Three class hours and laboratory field study throughout the area. Prerequisite: laboratory work in any other hard science.

IR/COM 316 - Media and Conflict 
This course examines the role media play in the progression and public perceptions of conflict. Relevant topics will include media and military intervention, portrayals of protest movements and news and entertainment coverage of crime, rumors, domestic politics, violence and ethnicity.

POL/IR 303 - International Relations
Introduction to international relations with emphasis on how international relations have changed as a result of globalization.

POL 305 - Comparative Politics
This is an introductory course in the study of comparative politics. It addresses the concepts, ideas, and analytical tools necessary to understand and analyse the processes of state formation,  the nature of political regimes and the role of political actors. By introducing the core concepts of Power, Nation and State, we purport to understand political processes such as nationalism and democratization. Case studies will be drawn from Europe and the Middle East and North Africa region.

POL 307 - The European Union: Integration, Enlargement, Unity 
Analysis of the historical evolution, the institutions and the policies of the European Union within the context of European diplomatic history.

POL/ES 308 - Geopolitics in the Mediterranean Basin
Examines the contemporary geopolitical environment of the Mediterranean Basin in order to better under- stand the security issues confronting the region. Typically includes an excursion to sites in Paris.

POL/ES 309 - Global Environmental Politics 
Exploration of the main environmental problems facing the international community today with an analysis of the roles of states, international organizations, multinational corporations and civil societies in the causation and solution process.

POL 310 - Mediterranean Seminar. One credit.
The seminar will be dedicated to synthesizing the student’s experiences inside and outside the classroom, exploring the various themes in the courses as well as those identified in the guest lectures. The seminar is also designed to aid students in developing their Mediterranean Studies Program research project. 

POL/HIS 315- North Africa and Colonial History
This class will examine the region’s contemporary political foundations, with a focus on how the recent colonial past has helped shape the political institutions that were recently toppled.

NEW! POL/IR 321 - International Relations of the Middle East
An introduction to contemporary Middle Eastern politics. The course addresses the main themes pertaining to the region. Students will acquire the analytical tools and historical background to understand such core issues as the persistence of authoritarianism, the advent of the Arab spring, the prominence of Islamist movements and the economic challenges to the region.

POLS/FRE 376 - Contemporary French Identities
Examining some of the main points of division as well as of unity in France today, this course explores the republican ideal, its background, the crisis it is currently undergoing and contemporary French identity(s).

Philosophy

PHI 312 - Political Ethics
A study of the applications of ethical concepts and principles in the context of the state. Students will study various state structures,examining the rights and duties of citizens and the ethical responsibilities of the state to provide for its citizens.

Photography

ART 110 - Photography 
Intended for students with little or no experience in photography, this course is designed to introduce photography as a means of personal expression and quality composition of an image. Areas of concentration include: creativity, composition, basic computer/digital imaging/editing and critiquing the work of others. Assumes no previous knowledge of photography. Assignments are to be completed with a digital camera. * photography course fee

ART 360 - Photography: Philosophy and Practice of Vision 
A specific analysis of the photographic image in reference to the world history of photography to develop students aesthetic judgments concerning their own production. Digital production around various themes required.

Psychology

PSY 304 - Human Development in Cultural Contexts
Study of human development from a psychodynamic perspective. Draws extensively on the theories of such psychoanalytic thinkers as Freud, Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion and Donald Winnicott.

Religious Studies

REL 301 - The Problem of God 
Tracing the history of the question "Does God Exist?" students explore the human conception of God, from classical theism up to modern thought.

REL 311 - Early Christianity in Europe
Drawing on the example of Provence's evolution from the Pagan era to the first evangelization of the region, students will explore the theology and religious practices of the first five centuries of Europe's Christianity.

REL 312 - The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
This course is a comparative study of the three Abrahamic religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  It examines the shared aspects as well as the distinct elements of these religions, and shows that sometimes these traditions work together and sometimes they are at odds with each other.  The course first introduces the three Abrahamic religions emphasizing their common source.  Then it compares them along thematic lines, and finally it examines the way these three major traditions impact the modern West and the Middle East specifically.  Among the themes to be discussed are: Abraham, scripture and tradition, law, the creation, God, worship, mysticism, the house of God, the tradition of head covering, homosexuality, Jerusalem, and the end of times.

Sociology

HIS/SOC 304 - Muslim Presence in Europe
This course is an overview of the long-term interaction between the Muslim world and the West, not as two separate entities, but with emphasis on their historic commonality, and their dialectic relation. The course focuses on the debates regarding the Muslim population in Europe, covering concepts of religion and secularism, the history of Muslim populations in Europe, legal issues, human rights, feminism, and modernity. Field study will take us to specific sites in Marseille, historically linked with the Muslim community.

Wine Studies

WS 101 - An Overview of Wine: 1 credit
This course is designed to give an overview and understanding of the global wine industry. Coursework includes the history and culture of wine, wine vocabulary, label reading, choosing and serving wine. 

NEW! WS/ES 301 Chemistry and Biochemistry of Wine Production
An introduction to the chemical and biochemical transformation of grapes into wine with highlights on the key steps in this process: growing conditions, timing of harvest, the fermentation process and wine conservation and aging techniques. The course discusses equally environmental issues concerning the winemaking industry, especially the consequences of climate change and disposal of wineries’ wastes.

BUS/WS 302 - Wine Marketing and Analysis
This course is a combination of lecture and professional tasting to analyze the quality levels, marketing of wine, import and export, sales positioning and pricing structures.  Students will learn vineyard and winemaking techniques utilized to achieve certain styles of wine. Course includes Field Studies to wineries and vineyards.  * course fee       

BUS/GEO/WS 303 Regional Wine Trade and Economics
This course examines the economic impact of the wine trade. Coursework includes studies in wine regions, styles, quality, analysis of regional market activities and promotion, current events and specific tastings. Course includes Field Studies to wineries and vineyards. 

BUS/WS 310 - International Wine Trade
"International Wine Trade" course provides students with an understanding of the business aspects of the global wine trade. Subjects include business planning, finance, supply chain management, wine as an alternative investment and how the media affects the pricing and buyer/seller cycle of wine industry.

WS 305/ES305 - Chemistry and Biochemistry of Wine Production
An introduction to the chemical and biochemical transformation of grapes into wine with highlights on the key steps in this process: growing conditions, timing of harvest, the fermentation process and wine conservation and aging techniques. The course discusses equally environmental issues concerning the winemaking industry, especially the consequences of climate change and disposal of wineries’ wastes.