Summer 2015 Wroxton Courses
Three courses are being offered this summer, two by Merrimack faculty and one by Fairleigh Dickinson University faculty. Students choose two and earn up to 8 Merrimack credits.
COM 3231: Intercultural Communication, Professor Matthew Isbelle, Communication Arts and Sciences, Merrimack College, 4 credits
Satisfies a Social Science distribution requirement. Fulfills a SOSC and D requirement in LS Core.
This course examines scholarly research and current events with concerted attention towards the improved practice of communication in intercultural, international, and interfaith settings. The primary questions investigated in the course will address the dynamics of culture, ethnicity, religion, and identity in terms of issues of representation, inequality, and empowerment against the backdrop of global transition in the 21st Century. The course will pay particular attention to the ways religion and ethnic identity influence each other at the individual, community, national, and international levels. The course will call upon research from critical and functional perspectives that utilize qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry.
FAA 0000: The British Stage, Professor Richard Piatt, Visual and Performing Arts, Merrimack College, 4 credits
Satisfies a distribution requirement, a major/minor in Theatre (elective) and general elective.
Students will explore the significant role England holds in theatre history and contemporary practice. Students will explore the history of theatre in England, with specific attention paid to significant playwrights, theatre buildings, theatre companies, directors, actors and producers. Students will also be exposed to theatre traditions including the cycle plays, pantomime, pub theatre, the West End, as well as significant current trends in British Theatre (In Yer Face Theatre, Devised Theatre). In excursions to London and other centers of theatre, students will tour the cities, tour specific theatres, view and review professional theatre productions. Upon return, students will team up for a final presentation/project which will effectively educate the Merrimack Community about their experience. This course combines assigned reading, travel experiences, written assignments and examinations with classroom discussion and attendance at live theatrical productions.
INTER3430: Anatomy of Contemporary Britain, Prof. Nicholas Baldwin, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 3 credits
Fulfills a Social Science Requirement in the LS Core
A special 3 credit inter-disciplinary program intended as a helpful companion to finding oneself not only in a foreign country but also in a foreign culture. It has been specially designed to introduce the student to the environment and life-style of Britain today, and to set these in their necessary context. Common use of ‘English’ language in both the United States and Britain often conceals essential differences that exist in culture and in attitudes. These differences will be identified and explored through the study of a variety of topics both in the classroom setting and outside. Students will be encouraged to focus their own observations in order to deepen and broaden their understanding of Britain, its inhabitants and its culture, and to do so in a way that will enable them to reflect more fully upon their own country, culture and ‘way of life’. Just because things may be - indeed are - different, does not make them, by virtue of that fact alone, either ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than what individuals are used to and find comfortable within their own home environment. ‘Different’ should not be a value judgment. There are reasons why differences occur, reasons why things are the way they are. It is the task of the student to pinpoint these reasons, to ascertain why. In doing this, one will be able to come to an awareness - and greater understanding - of Contemporary Britain.