The Enlightenment: "Nasty, Brutish, and Short"

"Nasty, Brutish & Short": How the Enlightenment Gave Us the Modern World and Transformed Our Lives is a fall 2018 honors seminar with a study tour to the United Kingdom!

London skyline

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. For more information on this popular seminar, visit http://ucenlightenment.terrygrundy.info. In addition, please check out Professor Grundy's other fall 2018 seminar The Good Life.

Tentative Itinerary

This study tour will travel from December 13th-23rd, 2018. It is each student's responsibility to let their other professors know that they will not be in class during that time and to make alternate arrangements for any classwork, exams or projects that are scheduled for that week.

2018 Program Cost to Students: $2900

Total Program Cost $4100
University Honors Program Grant -$1000
UC International Scholarship -$200
   
Total Program Cost to Student $2900

Note that the program charge, University Honors grant, and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on the student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given. The program charge is posted shortly after the student commits to the program through the online application process. Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork. The UC International Scholarship is for matriculated, UC-degree seeking students only.

Included in Program Cost:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Some ground transportation
  • Some meals
  • CISI insurance
  • Group tours / admissions
  • Program fee

Not Included in Program Cost:

  • Insurance (travel)
  • Some meals
  • Immunizations
  • Baggage fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
  • Ground transportation
  • Souvenirs

Course Information

Course Details:

  • Course number is PLAN3090
  • Credit hours: 3

 

 

Big Ben

Course Instructor:

  • Terry Grundy, MA, is Adjunct Associate Professor of Community Planning in the School of Planning, College of DAAP, and affiliated faculty in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the UC Honors Program.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, one of the United Kingdom's learned societies, which has been promoting the principles and values of the Enlightenment since 1754.

Course Expectations

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.

A Descendant of Newton's Apple Tree at Trinity College, Cambridge
The Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum; photo credit BSHS Travel Guide.
A London Club - another lodging option

Application

Applications for this seminar are open and due February 26, 2018. An interview with the faculty may be required as part of the application process. This seminar is capped at 15 students.

UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply to participate, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.2 or above and are enrolled full-time at UC (i.e. for at least 12 credit hours in the fall 2018 semester). Graduate students are not eligible to enroll. Although priority is given to University Honors students, we are often able to offer spaces to other students as well.

Christopher Wren's Masterpiece, St. Paul's
London Eye

Travel Documents

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html.

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html.

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

Health

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of StateCenters for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:

  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

Questions?

Please contact seminar professor Terry Grundy or Neil Choudhury of the University Honors Program.

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