This course is designed to broaden one's understanding of Western architecture and its social, political, and cultural meanings. The course will examine the history of Western architecture from antiquity to the present using the city of Paris as a specific "case study".
The course will include a trip to Paris during Spring Break. This travel experience is intended to provide students with a unique opportunity to study buildings and monuments in their original contexts. During our stay in Paris, students will visit Roman ruins, Gothic churches, Renaissance palaces, Baroque monuments, Art Deco stores, and contemporary museums.
Additionally students will be immersed in French culture, thereby providing them with international experience.
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Through reading assignments and class discussion, students will develop an understanding of:
... canonical works of architecture from antiquity to the present.
... major periods and movements in the history of architecture and various monuments as they relate to specific historical events.
... how these moments have shaped French identity and its representations.
... seminal monuments and texts that have come to define and embody French identity.
... the methodologies necessary to analyze both visual and material artifacts.
... how monuments and texts reflect and structure an understanding of French history in the subject of their research paper.
Over the centuries,
Paris has grown to become one
of the world's most important cities both culturally and politically.
Equally famed for its high fashion, awe-inspiring museums and
elegant cuisine, Paris has also been a center of theater, literature and
philosophy throughout the ages.
Your Tour Director will lead you on a walking tour of Paris' famous
Latin Quarter, which takes great pride in its food. After sightseeing, enjoy dinner in one of its many delicious dining establishments, with bakeries, bistros and brasseries abound.
Discover the city on the Seine during your morning bus tour. Learn about Paris' origins as a Roman settlement as you pass through the Île de la Cité, where you will also see Notre Dame Cathedral, pass by the Arc de Triomphe, continue down the elegant Champs-Elysées to the Place de la Concorde, and drive along the Seine for wonderful views of the Musée D'Orsay, the Louvre and the Pont de Neuf. Finally, make a photo stop at the iconic Eiffel Tower.
Enjoy a walking tour of the 13th, 5th & 6th arrondissements and take in the beautiful architecture, such as the Roman amphitheater, Pantheon, Luxembourg Gardens, and St. Germain des Pres.
Take a walking tour around the Louvre, Tuileries, Palais Royal, and
Galerie Vivienne. Your Group Leader will discuss the incredible
architecture you see along the way.
The Palais du Louvre, built to defend the city in the 13th century, now
safeguards one of the world's greatest art collections. Enter the
museum through world-renowned architect I.M. Pei's 1989 modernist
glass pyramid. You'll also see some of the Louvre's most prized paintings by Renaissance and European masters, including Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the mysterious Mona Lisa.
This morning you will head to the Marais District, often referred to as
"Old Paris". Your visit includes one of the oldest and most beautiful
squares in Paris, known as Place des Vosges. Some former famous
residents of this lavish square include Victor Hugo and Cardinal
Built between 1163 and 1361 over the remains of an ancient Roman
temple, it was here that Napoleon crowned himself emperor in 1804.
Victor Hugo once described the sculptured façade of Notre Dame as
"a vast symphony in stone." However, had it not been for the creation
of his famous hunchback, Quasimodo, the cathedral might never
have returned to its former glory.
Inaugurated in 1977, the building's external pipes lend an
"inside-out" appearance, according to many Parisians. The
Pompidou Center houses the Musée National d'Art Moderne, where
you can see works by Rothko, Dali and Kandinsky.
Enjoy free time for your own explorations of Paris. You may take a
stroll through the Latin Quarter or take part in the timeless Parisian
tradition of people-watching over a cup of café au lait at a sidewalk
café. Last but not least, for the fashion conscious traveler, a visit to
the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré is a must and don't forget to drop
by and explore the famous Galeries Lafayette which have made
fashion come alive for more than a century.
Part of this museum's draw is the building itself, not just the artwork that adorns its walls. The museum is noted for its collection of Impressionist paintings-a walk through the upper gallery will reveal works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Pissarro, and countless others.
Visit the spectacular Sacré-Coeur, a Catholic basilica built atop the
Montmartre hill. From here enjoy some of the most breathtaking views
of the City of Light before heading to the cafés and shops that line the
small and quaint streets.
Toast to creativity through the ages during dinner in Montmartre.
Your tour director assists with your transfer to the airport, where you'll
check in for your return flight home.
Itinerary is subject to change
*Registration on LOIS and Enrollment via the EF College Study Tours is required for participation in the Paris & History of Architecture travel course.
For complete financial and registration details, please refer to the Booking Conditions at www.efcst.com/bc
To learn more about this course, please contact Claire Carroll in the Study Abroad Office at email@example.com. You can also contact Professor Stuart Steck at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Paris and the History of Architecture Travel Course
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