Study Abroad - January Term Courses

Aix-en-Provence

Art 160/360Photography: Philosophy and Practice of Vision
Business 304: Business Ethics in the Global Market
French 101: Beginner French I
French 102: 
Beginner French II
French 201: 
Intermediate French I
French 202: 
Intermediate French II
Psychology 334
: Abnormal Psychology

IAU's January Term in Aix-en-Provence is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in the Mediterranean region of Southern France. A variety of courses are available to meet each student's academic needs. IAU's exceptional out-of-classroom experiences include homestays, regional field studies and extracurricular activities such as wine tastings and cooking courses. Students have an immersive experience in the local culture during this intensive three-week program.

American Diplomacy

Political Science 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century
International Relations 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century
Cultural Studies 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century

This program is for students interested in learning about modern American diplomacy and the people who make it happen. Students go behind the scenes at U.S. embassies in Europe and North Africa to meet U.S. diplomats at the forefront of American engagement. Cultural visits, embassy briefings, and academic lectures by IAU scholars and resident experts place U.S. policies in their historic and geographic context, provide real-world examples of how American diplomats work, and explore the economic, security and environmental issues they face.

Environmental Science in the Mediterranean Basin

Biology 365: Biodiversity and Conservation Politics in the Mediterranean Basin

Throughout this course, students will examine the origins and drivers of the today’s Mediterranean biodiversity and review some of the up-to-date studies about its current situation. Students will also identify the most prominent threats to the future of Mediterranean biodiversity including mainly human-derived practices with direct impact such as warfare, urbanization, deforestation, desertification and intensive agriculture in addition to the indirect projected consequences of the slow on-set of global climate change. The course includes encounters with local, regional and multinational political actors to explore their opinions and contributions to conserve the wealthy Mediterranean natural heritage. This course is tailored to general science students. As such, it assumes a minimum knowledge of basic concepts in ecology, environmental science, earth science, biology, or any other equivalent natural science. 

Environmental Security & Sustainability of the Mediterranean Basin

Environmental Studies 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin
International Relations 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin 
Geography 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin 

The Mediterranean Basin is home to nearly 500 million people and sustains some of the highest levels of endemic biodiversity in the world. This course first examines the nature of climate change, its causes, and the role it plays in regional security.  Second, the course examines the many efforts taking place to address these environmental and societal concerns. Emphasis is placed on issues such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agriculture and food security, habitat destruction and wildlife conservation, water management and desertification, energy production and GHG emissions, as well as other efforts in sustainable development. Students explore the different initiatives, policies and perspectives surrounding these issues in the Mediterranean Basin through visits to international institutions, local businesses, and think tanks from Rome to Malaga.


Europe and the Islamic World


Art History 395: Classical Islam and the European Renaissance
Cross Cultural Studies 395: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Islamic World
French 395: Cultural History of France and the Islamic World
History 395: Cultural History of Europe and the Islamic World
Political Science 395: European Politics and the Islamic World
Religious Studies 395: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Islamic World
Spanish 395: Cultural History of Spain and the Islamic World

This seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, and Spain. Students participate in a series of briefings from leading academic, literary, and political experts on the European relationship with the Islamic world. In each city, students attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars from IAU in addition to local guides and experts in the fields of politics, art history, history, and culture. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of immigration to Europe and its current socio-cultural implications on the region.

Great Cities

European Studies 303: Europe and the Urban Space 
Anthropology 301: The Artist and the City 
Literature 375: The European City in Literature 
Communications 375: The European City in the Visual Arts 
Geography 201: Europe and its Cities

The Great Cities Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Italy, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. Students explore major cities across Europe using literature and the arts as a guide to understanding the rise and establishment of the urban setting. Through readings and media studies, students examine the artistic process from inspiration to creation. Site visits and guided tours then allow students to experience the historical, geographical, and demographical foundations that inform the fictional representations of European cities and their impact on perceptions of those cities today. Students have the opportunity to learn from and exchange their observations with experts from IAU as well as distinguished on-site scholars and local guides in order to frame their own perception of the cities and these cities’ representation through the arts. 

International Business

Management 325: International Management
Business 325: International Business
Marketing 325: International Marketing
Economics 325: Doing Business in Europe

The International Business Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, and Belgium. Students gain exposure to the diverse facets of international business while visiting countries at different stages of economic development. While in Europe and North Africa, students visit major multi-national organizations and locally-run businesses as well as meet with public officials responsible for economic policy in order to build a well-rounded understanding of the global market. Students have the opportunity to learn from and exchange their observations with experts from IAU as well as distinguished on-site scholars and local guides. 

Mediterranean Basin

Art History 385: Ancient and Medieval Classical Art and Architecture
History 385: Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Cultural History
Archaeology 385: Greek and Roman Archaeology
Cross Cultural Studies 385: Cultural Identities in Mediterranean Europe
Religious Studies 385: From Polytheism to Monotheism, The Early Christian Period in Italy, Greece & Turkey

The Mediterranean Basin January Term Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Italy, and Greece. Students build visual literacy in the history of art and archaeology as well as examine philosophical literature of the Mediterranean Basin from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The seminar cultivates students' abilities to synthesize cultural, historical, political, and social information as it relates to the visual arts. The experiential learning component consists of a series of site visits made by academic experts from IAU in addition to local guides and faculty in the field of history, art history, and archaeology.

Moroccan Studies


Religion 365: 
Understanding Islam
Religion 355: Judaism in Islamic Land
Religion 345: Religious Radicalism: Morocco as a Case Study
History/Political Science 365: History and Politics of Morocco
Sociology 365: Human Rights in Morocco
History 355: Islam and the West: A Historical Perspective

The J-Term in Morocco Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in learning about the major issues a multi-ethnic, predominantly Islamic, and developing country contends with.  The Seminar will expose students to diverse and sometimes opposed views to these major issues. During the three-week seminar students will visit five cities and will attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars and practitioners in regards to culture, human rights, politics, and economic development.

Religion, Art, & Architecture

Art History 305:
 
Abrahamic Religions and Their Places of Worship
Cross Cultural Studies 305
Abrahamic Religions and Their Places of Worship
History 305: 
Abrahamic Religions and Their Places of Worship
Religious Studies 305: 
Abrahamic Religions and Their Places of Worship

IAU’s Religion, Art, & Architecture Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in Morocco, Spain, Turkey, and Israel. The program is a comparative study of the three Abrahamic religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It examines the religions’ shared aspects as well as distinct elements. The course compares the three religions and examines the way these three major traditions impact the modern West and the Middle East specifically.  Special attention will be given to the city of Jerusalem, where students will study and explore Jewish, Christian and Islamic holy sites.

Shakespeare and the Theatre

Theatre 385: Shakespeare
Literature 385: Shakespeare
English 385: Shakespeare

There is no better place to study Shakespeare than on the banks of the Thames, the alleys of Eastcheap, and amidst the architecture and vistas that he knew. Although Shakespeare’s texts provide us with some of our richest literary experiences, the playwright hardly thought about publication. The theater was a living, money-making scheme, shaped by its location outside the city walls, by immediate political situations, and by the actors and patrons who entered the gates of the playhouse. This course teaches Shakespeare as one of history’s great artists – whose greatness was forged within the contingencies and pressures of the real world. Much of that world is still there to be studied and experienced.

Wine, Gastronomy & Tourism of the Mediterranean

Business 306:
 The Global Wine Industry
Geography 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
Hospitality Management 307: Wine and Food Pairing
Marketing 302: Wine Marketing and Analysis
Marketing 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
Wine Studies 302: Wine Marketing and Analysis
Wine Studies 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
Wine Studies 306: The Global Wine Industry
Wine Studies: 307: Wine and Food Pairing

The Wine, Gastronomy & Tourism of the Mediterranean Semiar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France and Spain. This seminar examines the individuality and expression of the Mediterranean region’s rich culinary heritage. Topics include studies of the international influence of French and Spanish wine markets, globalization of wine, pairing of wine and food, and the ins-and-outs of the tourism industry. Students have the opportunity to taste French and Spanish wines and speak directly with winemakers, master chefs, and tourism agencies. Students visit various cultural sites in France and Spain as well as attend special lectures on winemaking and food pairing by IAU experts, master chefs, and sommeliers.