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HP 4152-01 Wyoming in Scotland: Inspiration, Imagination, Innovation
HP 4152-02 Earth, Energy, & Culture in Scotland (PN)
Professors Carrick Eggleston (Geology & Geophysics) and Sarah Strauss (Anthropology)
Aberdeen, Beethoven, Coal, Dunsinane, Eigg, Findhorn, Gaslight, Hogwart's Express, Inverness, Jurassic, Katrine, Loch Ness, Multiverse, New Lanark, Outlander, Prestonpans, Quaternary, Rob Roy, Scott, Turbines, Urquhart, Verne, Waverley, Xenolith, Yew Tree, Zircon
Join us for a three-week transdisciplinary experience in the summer of 2018, as we embark on a tour across Scotland from 1750-2050...Back to the Future we go, beginning with the premier storyteller of his time, Sir Walter Scott, at his “flibbertigibbet of a house,” Abbotsford. There are stories of coalmines and salt pans, technical innovation and invention, tales of forests lost and regrown. We will travel around from crofter's field to church crypt, from river path to mountaintop, and ask, "What happened here?" These stories show us how battles that happened 250 years ago affect the development of wind power today, as both political and physical landscapes shift. Your worldview will be challenged as we look beneath the surface to find “the rest of the story”—whether that is a literary narrative or a story of geologic time. This two-course study abroad program explores the cultural and environmental histories and futures of Scotland, with emphasis on contemporary energy and sustainable systems from the community to the national scale.
Where do the inspiration and imagination that are required for innovation come from? They come from bards and crofters, Beethoven and ballads, monsters and magic; from Shakespeare and steamships and standing stones. We will ride on the Hogwart's Express; look for whales and puffins; hike mountains and scale castle ramparts. Our program has something for everyone, and everyone’s experiences will help to shine light on this array of encounters from literature and the history of science to cultural identity, community development, and imagined (and possible) futures. The program will be busy and time-intensive—the average day will involve 6-8 hours of content, with some free time each week for tourism, laundry, and general relaxation. We will travel by bus, train, boat, and foot, and perhaps even bicycle. Walks up mountains, through forests, down winding castle staircases, and along rocky seacliffs are planned, with distances up to 6 miles. We cover the country from coast to coast, Borders to Highlands and Islands.
In addition to the Honors program requirements, upper division credit in Anthropology and ENR will be given for HP 4152-01, and upper division credit in Geology & Geophysics and ENR will be given for HP 4152-02. Prerequisite: one physical science and one social science course; sophomore standing. Honors Program given priority for registration, but not required.