Educational Travel Course

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course examines questions related to the generation of social and political ideas, evolution of democratic government, debate, peace and conflict, and their manifestation in the built environment through an intensive examination of the documents of The Remnant Trust and an exploration of the architecture and urban spaces of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, Washington, D.C. and London, England. Students will travel to London, England during Spring Break 2009 and to Indianapolis, Indiana and Washington, D.C. one weekend in April, 2009. Students are urged to contrast the process of government, public discussion, debate, and conflict resolution, its architecture, urban street life, civic ceremonies, and even religious ritual. The course is team-taught and utilizes the expertise of each faculty member through tours and lectures. The architecture and interior design component of this course places special emphasis on the creation of architectural form for the purpose of providing both space and “place” for the unique process of government. Students will gain an insight as to the role architectural style played in the political, social, and religious milieu throughout American and English history. Taking advantage of public seats of government, museums and monuments in the urban environment, and attendance at sessions of governing bodies this course incorporates lectures and guided studies. Students will work from primary sources especially through examination of the documents of The Remnant Trust, prior to travel, and documents housed in the U.S. National Archives and the British Library during the trip. Additionally, students will gain first-hand experience interpreting public spaces, ceremony, and ritual, contrasting them with the course topics on the roots of social and political ideas.