Georgetown Summer Sessions On Location will not be running in 2021. The example courses below are intended for reference only. Prices and fees for future courses are subject to change.
This summer, follow your curiosity and embark on an immersive educational experience across the world, all while earning credits. Whether you’re looking to experience a new culture, grasp a new language, or expand your knowledge of a particular academic area, Georgetown Summer Sessions On Location will give you a unique international experience outside of the typical fall or spring semester. On Location courses allow the opportunity to explore carefully selected locations, which align with and enhance course content. You'll have hands-on experience, living, learning, and exploring with Georgetown University faculty and students from all over the world.
Renaissance to Modern Art [3-credit]
This course meets online during the Cross Session, allowing students the opportunity to complete an 8-week embedded online course. Within a chronological structure, students will focus on a selection of works of art by major artists and their relationship to broader cultural, intellectual, and historical contexts. Mid-way through the course, students will travel to Italy to spend 8 days alongside the Instructor of Record as well as the Assistant Dean for Summer Programs in Italy and fully immerse themselves in the art and culture of the Early Modern Age. Throughout Florence and Rome, students will explore the streets, piazzas and structures of these historic cities still pulsing with the genius of artists like Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio.
Discussions and assignments in Italy focus on students' experiences investigating the relationships between the artworks and their environments. The travel is required as part of the course. The course fee of $3,060 covers lodging, course-related excursions and activities, daily breakfast, and a program fee. Students are also required to have the study abroad medical plan for a fee of $60. Please note that other meals, passport and visa fees, airline baggage fees, or transportation to or from the airport are not included.
Democratic Transitions & Consolidation [3-credit]
This course offers a comprehensive theoretical and empirical overview of the politics of regime transitions and democratic consolidation in developing states. The focus will be on the challenge of moving beyond processes of negotiation and “pact making” in transitioning systems to consolidating democratic institutions, laws, rules, processes, and norms. The first section of the class will address different arenas through which dynamics of consolidation typically unfold, including the rebuilding of legislatures, electoral systems and political parties, private sector market reforms, the restructuring of security sectors, and the shift from transitional to sustained justice and judicial independence. Topics such as corruption, peacebuilding in divided societies, and the role of international institutions in supporting consolidation will also be explored.
In the second section of the class, students will consider a range of cases drawn from different regions including Eastern Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Cases of both successful and failed consolidation will be included in order to help identify policy choices, contexts and sequences that advance or undercut democratic consolidation. Section Three of the course will consist of producing a class paper based on the readings and field trip. This will include a class presentation of key research questions and findings. To enhance the students’ understanding of the theory and practice of democratic consolidation students will spend one week in Tunisia. In the wake of the 2011 Arab political uprisings, Tunisia was the only country that experienced an actual transition from autocracy to democracy. 2014 marked the end of the transition period and the beginning of democratic consolidation, a process that is still unfolding today.
In conjunction with the academic exchange foundation “Tunis Exchange” over a period of six days, students will meet with a diverse range of actors: political leaders from government, the parties and the parliament, NGO social activists, scholars, security reform experts, journalists, business leaders, American embassy officials and representatives from international assistance groups based in Tunisia. These meetings will not be limited to the capital Tunis. Students will undertake a one day trip to a rural town, where they will meet with governmental leaders, business people, and social activists who are grappling with a range of developmental challenges. On the seventh day of the Tunis trip, students will spend one full day reviewing the lessons and insights gained from the field research.
This overseas section of the course will build on the highly successful Tunis program that Georgetown University Government Department conducted in June 2019. Empirically, the focus will be on the challenge of democratic consolidation in the wake of the October 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections. The course fee of $1,550 covers lodging, daily breakfast, and a program fee. A study abroad medical plan is required for a fee of $60. Please note that other meals, passport and visa fees, airline baggage fees, or transportation to or from the airport are not included.