May 6 - 22, 2019
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
This course is an exploration of an idea—the Grand Tour—through the development of creative products and discussion of sociological practices of travel and continuing education. Participating students are asked to consider and creatively interpret what it has meant in the past and what it means today to follow the path of the 'Grand Tour' as an ideal and a real itinerary in the pursuit of a cosmopolitan education.
A fundamental premise of this course is the notion that the 'Grand Tour' and similar forms of student-travel are a function of social class and a reflection of cosmopolitan values and aspirations. Students will be asked to critique the idea of travel as education through either creative or auto-ethnographic inquiry as they experience following the historic path from London through Paris and the Alps to Italy.
Students can choose from one of two paths:
- UK Core: Inquiry in the Arts & Creativity will frame the Grand Tour's history as an artistic journey to provide the context for students' explorations of place, culture and image as representative of larger social processes and ambitions.
- UK Core: Global Dynamics will use that same itinerary to explore relationships between local and global, individual and cultural through auto-ethnographic research on travel as education.
Highlights for all participants include a walking seminar at the British Museum in London, workshops on the tourist's Gaze in Paris, train travel through the Swiss Alps, two days at the Biennale in Venice, creative mapping of the City of Florence as text, and a seminar on sustainable heritage in Rome.
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- Start in London with a focus on the aesthetic artifacts brought home from abroad by previous Grand Tour travelers.
- Travel by train to Paris with a walking tour of the Latin Quarter and sketching workshops (no art experience required) at the Louvre and other heritage sites.
- Walking tour of Venice with a critique of the "tourists' gaze" and visit to the Biennale.
- Walking lectures on heritage sites and key artworks in Florence and Rome.
This program is open to undergraduate Honors' students from all academic disciplines. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.
For More Info, contact:
Dr. Jane Jensen, faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, email@example.com.
Rae Goodwin, faculty member in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Kentucky, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Jon Hibbard, EA Advisor, email@example.com
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
- Undergraduates will enroll in one of two sections of HON 352: Navigating the 'Grand Tour' (3 credit hours).
- Note: One section of this course will fulfill the UK Core: Inquiry in the Arts & Creativity, and the other section will fulfill the UK Core: Global Dynamics requirement.
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).
Housing & Meals
Students will reside in hostels and hotels throughout the duration of the program. One meal will be provided in each city/country visited, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.