Dean's Scholars in Globalization

The Dean's Scholars in Globalization program offers a select group of students the chance to explore the exchange and integration of worldviews, commodities, or other aspects of culture through experiential learning in a foreign country.  The courses are led by GW faculty members and include a short trip abroad during one of the semester breaks. Note: Some financial support is available for travel but selected students must commit to use some of their own funds and be able to travel with the class. Financial support is restricted to students in CCAS and ESIA. Students must first interview with the professor in order to register for the course.

The Price of Freedom: Normandy, 1944

“The Price of Freedom: Normandy 1944” is a regular history course with a twist or two. Students learn about the causes, conduct, and consequences of war by studying the Normandy Campaign in detail. In addition to an intensive series lectures, discussions, and films, each student learns about the life of a solder from his or her hometown who died in the campaign. The student presents a eulogy at that soldier’s graveside in the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach as the culmination of an extensive “staff ride,” during which we spend several days visiting all the major sites of the campaign over spring break. Each student will also present a briefing about some aspect of the campaign at the appropriate location.

Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society

This course examines the ongoing social, economic and political transformation of China through an anthropological lens. More specifically, we will read, watch, think about, analyze, discuss and write about a selection of recent ethnographies, research essays and films that take China as their subject. Our purpose is to understand how the revolutionary transformation of everyday life in China since the 1980s has affected the lived experiences of citizens. As part of this course, the class will travel as a group to Beijing over spring break, March 11-19, 2016.

This course has no prerequisites. Enrollment is capped at 15 and limited to CCAS and ESIA students. In addition, an interview with the instructor is required.