Summer Travel Study
Global Challenges in Postcolonial France
Perhaps no other country than France has emerged as such an exciting and complex site for the investigation of cultural, economic, political, and social relations at the beginning of the 21st century. Globalization--known to the French as mondialisation-- has been an issue since 1945, when Americanization first became an important influence on French culture. Since then, the French have had to develop strategies for dealing with 'the imperialism of Mickey Mouse' and 'coca-colonization'. And, France's transition from a leading colonial power to a postcolonial one certainly has played a role in these culture wars. French post-colonialism has brought with it the largest immigrant population in Europe and all the attendant dilemmas: immigration policies and politics, uprisings in the 'banlieues', the widening gap between rich and poor, rural and urban, young and old, unemployment, and the rise of extremist political agendas.
The Global Studies program in Paris will explore the following questions: How is France dealing with a weakened national agenda in a rapidly expanding European Union? What is France's role in 'Fortress Europe' and in global security since 9/11? How have antiglobalization debates been framed in France? Through readings, classroom discussions, visits to museums, government ministries, and international organizations, along with guest speakers (politicians, writers, intellectuals, scholars, and diplomats), and the unique opportunity of exploring these fascinating questions in one of the most vibrant global cities, students will achieve a better contextualization of these issues, unpack their deeper significance, and attempt to assess the various global challenges France faces at this important turning point in world history.
All students are expected to have taken at least an introductory course on globalization prior to participating in the summer program as a basic understanding of globalization issues will be assumed for all participants. For more information see curriculum below.
UCLA students who plan to pursue the Global Studies major or minor may register for a Global Studies Travel Study program at this time, but are expected to have taken Glbl St 1 (offered fall quarter), Glbl St 100A (offered winter quarter) and Glbl St 100B (offered spring quarter) prior to the start of the summer program. Other UCLA students may register for a Global Studies Travel Study program as long as they have taken the introductory course, Glbl St 1 and receive instructor consent. Students from other schools are expected to have taken at least an introductory course on globalization prior to participating in the summer program as a basic understanding of globalization issues will be assumed for all participants. For questions about prerequisites, please contact the undergraduate advisor for Global Studies.
Glbl St 110A (5 units): Globalization in Context ("Global France: A Study of contemporary culture, economics, politics and society")
Glbl St 110B (5 units): Globalization in Context Seminar ("Multiculturalism in France")
These courses explore the multifaceted nature of contemporary globalization and the social, political and economic faces of developments. Students will examine the expansion of markets and its relationship to political processes and social dynamics. General themes about marketization, democratization and culture and identity will be analyzed in the context of the particular experiences of different countries around the world. The courses will combine required readings with class room discussion, experiential learning and primary research.
Glbl St 199: Directed Research (requires instructor consent)
Students will also have the option of enrolling in Glbl St 199, allowing them to do an additional research paper on a topic related to the travel study program. Students may then petition the Glbl St 199 to be used towards an elective category for Global Studies (Culture & Society, Governance & Conflict, or Markets), pending the Department Chair's approval of the final paper. Be sure to obtain your instructor's approval on the subject and format. Please note that deadline sapply even if you plan to travel after the program ends. There is an additional fee for this optional course.
Grades will be based on attendance, class participation, mid-term and final examinations, as well as a research paper. Instructors reserve the right to vary this format.
All schedules, itineraries, and group activities are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.
You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks. We strongly suggest you read as much of the text material as possible before you depart. Textbook information will be available at a later date.
Budget and Financial Aid
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|Spending Money (estimate)||500||500||500|
Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance.
Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, meals and optional excursions are additional.
Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.
Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for document fee information.
We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc. How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.
Merit-based scholarships of $1,000 from the UCLA International Institute are available for ten outstanding UCLA Global Studies majors or minors participating on a Global Studies summer program. Global Studies majors/minors must have a 3.50GPA overall for their academic studies at UCLA. Since scholarships are limited in number, we recommend that UCLA students interested in the program's scholarship also apply for financial aid by the necessary deadlines. See Scholarships page.
Optional Course Fee
|Optional 199||UC Undergrads||UC Grad Students||Visiting Students|
Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.
Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this web site
Students will stay in a student dormitory in Paris. Rooms are single occupancy, with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Students will also have access to a launderette & common rooms within their buildings as well as to a gym, library, post office and dining facilities on campus.
UCLA Summer Sessions reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.
No meals are included. Accommodations include a shared fully-equipped kitchen on each floor for preparing meals.
If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.
This program includes several excursions as part of its curriculum. In past years the program has visited the Quai Branly museum, the Jewish Quarter, the Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration, Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter and has taken a river cruise on the Seine. A schedule of excursions will be available at a later date.
Limited free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.
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