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"Nasty, Brutish & Short": How the Enlightenment Gave Us the Modern World and Transformed Our Lives is a 14FS seminar with a study tour to the United Kingdom!
Class meeting time: T 3:35 - 6:40 BoKs: HP, HU
For nearly all of human history, life, as Thomas Hobbes observed, was “nasty, brutish and short.” This began to change in some of the lands of Northern Europe during the 18th century, the era known as the Enlightenment. This interdisciplinary course will focus on the developments of that era, especially as they were experienced in Great Britain. It will examine the evolution of the Enlightenment and its importance to the emergence of the modern world, with a focus on its themes of scientific and technological progress, improved living standards, accountable government, individual human rights, and the revolutionary role of arts and culture in social progress.
Students will travel to the United Kingdom, a "cradle land" of the Enlightenment, to visit sites associated with the Enlightenment and meet with representatives of institutions that continue to promote it.
This study tour will travel from December 9th - December 20th, 2014. Students will leave during finals week.
Day 1 - Afternoon: Depart CVG for London Heathrow (overnight flight)
Day 2: in London -
Day 3: in London -
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Day 8: U.K. Travel: Rail travel from London Kings Cross Station to Cambridge. Travel to Trinity Hall by taxi.
Day 9: in Cambridge -
Day 10: in Cambridge -
Day 11: U.K. Travel: Rail travel from Cambridge Station to London Kings Cross Station. Taxi or walk to lodgings in Bloomsbury.
Day 12: Return Travel:
*Note that the group will depart on the during finals week. It is each student's individual responsibility to contact their instructors as early as possible to find out if it will be possible to make alternate arrangements for any final exams or projects that are scheduled for that week.
Students are expected to meet the instructor's academic and behavioral expectations during the class time leading up to the travel component. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations will not be permitted to travel. Students in this situation will not receive a refund.
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Applications for this seminar are closed.
UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.4 or above. Graduate students are not eligible to enroll.
Total expected cost to be paid to UC is $2700. The actual cost per person for UC is $4000, but this will be offset by a $1300 grant from University Honors making the actual total expected cost $2700. All participants will receive this grant.
Costs include airfare, accommodations, some ground transportation, some meals (breakfast in London and Cambridge, dinners in Cambridge, two group dinners in London), tours and guides, entrance fees, speakers, CISI insurance and a program fee (which covers faculty costs).
Costs do not include baggage fees, passport, ISIC card, insurance (travel), some meals (any not listed above), some ground transportation, immunizations, or other personal expenses.
Students are encouraged to purchase an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) from UC International for $25. This is not included in the total expected cost.
In order to travel outside the United States, you will need to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return; for this course, that means June 2015. To find the forms you need to apply for or renew your passport, go to the Passport page on the US State Department's website. New passports regualrly cost $135 while renewals cost $110.
UC encourages that all students have an International Student Identification Card (ISIC). UC International has information regarding how to obtain an ISIC. ISICs are $25.
Vaccinations and Health Precautions
Contact your physician to discuss what vaccinations and heath precautions are recommended, if any. All participants should carefully read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's webpage for the United Kingdom.