Study Abroad C Croatia from war and communism to the EU HONR298A by gyvwpsjkko


									                 Study Abroad – Croatia: from war and communism to the EU

                                HONR298A and GEOG298A/498A


                                    May 20h to June 10th, 2011

Instructor: Dr. Mila Zlatic,

Course material & syllabi

In conjunction with the instructors and students from the University of Zagreb

This course will be thought as 200 and 400 levels with different requirements for each level


The purpose of this study abroad course is to present a survey of the overall development of
Croatia, its natural and built up environment. The country is situated between the vast regions of
continental Europe stretching along the Northern Croatian border, the Mediterranean Sea on the
south, the Alps on the west, and the Balkan Mountains in the east. If we grasp the geographical
location of Croatia, its suitable transit position, and the morphological characteristics of its land,
we can understand the factors that enabled settlement development and existence of numerous
ethnic groups on this land as early as the Paleolithic and throughout the history till modern

As a part of general education, a good knowledge of geography - both physical and social - can
deepen our understanding of events that involve human interaction with the physical
environment. In this course we will focus on different topics, starting with identifying cultural,
social and geo-political issues in Croatia and complement them with specific physical
characteristics that influence past and present human activities in that area.

Therefore, we will study and analyze Croatia‘s natural environment, its rich history and culture,
as well as its socio political development, ethnic diversity and migration processes. We will start
in Zagreb – the capital - to get aquatinted with the country‘s geo-political progress, stop at
several inland historical and environmental attractions, visit natural wonders of the ‗karst‘ region,
and proceed to the Dalmatian coast of thousands islands. There we will swim in the blue waters
of the Adriatic Sea, explore the Mediterranean cities, and discover the charm of the culture, and
hospitality of the people. Students will have ample opportunities to sample regional cuisine,
observe a variety of costumes and crafts, and interact with people. Croatian national parks,
UNESCO world heritage sites, and interaction with the Croatian people will create lasting

Educational program The educational program will commence with an orientation prior to
departure with lectures by the instructor about the natural features, history, culture, and geo-
politics of the country. Lectures by the instructor, professors from the University of Zagreb, and
other invited experts will continue in Croatia. We will join students from the Geography
Department, University of Zagreb on their two field studies (one week to the island of Vis, and
one week to the Eastern Croatia and bordering countries). Whenever possible we will visit
 concerts and cultural performances. In addition, we will have regular daily roundtables and
 discussions when students reflect upon the day‘s experiences.

Reading: Tentative list of readings to be determined at the later date.

        Note: The instructor may carry relevant texts for students to consult for assignments
        while in Croatia, other texts will be posted on Blackboard.


(1) A student should select an area of study prior to the departure and prepare himself/herself for
    presentation during a visit to that area. A list of choices will be provided in advance. Each
    student will therefore study (in depth) an area such as: protected a national parks and the
    karst region, a city of vernacular architecture, emigration: historical trends, geopolitics– past
    and present, at the doorsteps of European Union, or the neighbors and borders, and will
    conduct their classmates during the program when a specific issue will be brought up in
    discussion. 15%.

(2) Students will also keep a daily journal to record their experiences, reflections and significant
     learning. The journal for the course will be academic in nature – a written record of
     thoughts and ideas about the academic issues explored and the places visited. Students
     will be evaluated based on the quality of comments and analysis, not on whether they
     ―liked‖ an event or exhibit. 35%

(3)    The Attendance and Participation assessment will be based on expectations of active
      participation in all required class activities and discussions. Students will be expected to
      ask questions of organizational representatives we meet and connect components of the
      course in the three different locations. At the end of each day, each student will conduct
      their classmates through their daily observations. 15%

(4) a. Students in the 200 level course will write 5-6 pages overview of his/hers experience
    based on the observations, lectures and other material. 35%

      b. Student in the 400 level course will write a research paper (10-12 pages) on a
      geographical research topic proposed by the instructor, researched prior to departure,
      discussed with the faculty at the University of Zagreb and the instructor while in Croatia, and
      present the preliminary finding to the classmates and the Croatian students during the
      program in Croatia. Finalize research paper not later than the end of the UMD Summer
      session I. 35%

                                  Tentative Program – Itinerary

Two half-day orientation sessions at College Park (dates to be determined – one in early
          April, the second in early May) followed by the 21-day trip to Croatia, with a possible
          visit to the embassy of Croatia – meeting with the Ambassador (to be arranged).

1st Day/Friday: May 20: Departure from Washington in late afternoon, overnight flight, arrival to
           Croatia, Dubrovnik arrival the next day.
2nd to 3rd Day/Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22 – Dubrovnik: Arrival to Dubrovnik early
           afternoon. Checking into a hotel. Walking tour guided by the instructor through the city
           that has maintained its independence throughout the history and has been under
           UNESCO world heritage protection since 1979 (3:00 - 6:00 PM).

        3rd Day/Sunday, May 22: 9:00 AM – 12:30. Walk on the city walls - the best-preserved
            city walls in the world, dating back to the 13th century – lecture on the city walls: From
            the old trading center to the modern tourist hub. Free afternoon

4th to 10th Day/Monday, May 23 to Sunday, May 29 - Island Vis: 7:00 AM bus ride from
            Dubrovnik to Split (four and half hours). Meeting with students from the University of
            Zagreb – walk around the city. Ferry ride to the island of Vis (arrival to Vis around 9:00
            PM). One week joint field study with students and faculty from the University of
            Zagreb: The aging island of Vis: Aging population, tourist development on a secluded
            land, exploration of underground caves/karst formations. Lectures, explorations,
            discussions and presentations.

10th Day/Sunday, May 29 – the city of Split: Leaving the Island Vis to Split (8:00 am to 9:15 am).
           Walk through the city of Split – The Illyrian tribes of Indo-European origin colonized
           that space during the Iron era. One of the tribes, Delmati, gave name to the whole
           province. At the beginning of the 4th century B.C. the Greek colonists founded first
           important city cores in this area, and during the Roman administration Diocletian‘s
           Palace was built (around 298 AD) by the Roman imperator Gaius Aurelius Valerius
           Diocletianus. Guided walk through the Diocletian palace (under UNESCO protection).
           Lecture on the history of the urbanization of the Spilt region. Departure by night train
           to Zagreb (22:00 PM, arriving to Zagreb on Monday, May 30 at 6:30 AM).

11th to 15th Day – Slavonia – Five days joint field study with students and faculty from the
           University of Zagreb to the Eastern Croatia and neighboring countries: Exploring

        11th Day/Monday, May 30: Joining the second group of students and faculty from the
            University of Zagreb for one week fieldtrip to the Eastern Croatia and neighboring
            countries: Exploring geopolitics. Departure from Zagreb by bus at 8:00 am, arriving to
            Vinkovci around 11:00 am. Checking into a hotel. Free time for lunch. Exploring a city
            in the afternoon. Monday, May 30: Departure from Zagreb by bus at 7:30 am, arriving
            to Osijek around 10:00 am. Osijek is the largest city and the economic, cultural and
            administrative centre of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia. Its human habitation
            originates from Neolithic time. During the war in the 1990s, it sustained moderate
            damage, especially to the centre, but more than 1200 people died in the daily shelling
            of the town by the Serb army. On the other hand, several Croatian officials are on trial
            for war crimes against Serb civilians in Osijek in the Hague. Meeting at the
            Department of Commerce and exploring the old city. Departure for Vinkovci - check
            into a hotel in late afternoon.

       12th Day/Tuesday, May 31: Departure at 8:00 from Vinkovci, 52 miles bus ride from to
         Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Tuzla is the third largest city in Bosnia and
         Herzegovina. The city of Tuzla has Europe's only salt lake as part of its central park,
         and its name "Tuzla" (a salt mine in Turkish) dates from the 16th century. In the 1990
         elections Tuzla was the only municipality in Bosnia where non-nationalists won.
         During the Bosnian war, 1992-1995 the town was the only municipality not governed
         by nationalist authorities, and was besieged by Serb nationalist forces and fell under
         Serbian rule in 1995. We will stop at Brcko a neutral, self-governing administrative unit,
         under the sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is formally part of both entities
         the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We will also
         stop at Arizona (shopping center – a product of new trading phenomenon in the
         region) in the Brcko district.

      13th Day/Wednesday, June 1: Departure at 7:00 from Vinkovci, 80 miles bus ride to
          Belgrade (Serbia), the capital of Serbian culture, education, science and economy. It
          has a population of around 1.6 million. It is situated in South-Eastern Europe, on the
          Balkan Peninsula, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. We will explore
          the city living, taste national foods while listening to old folk music. Late night return to

      14th Day/Thursday June 2: 62 miles bus ride to Mohacs and Pecs (Hungary). In 2010 —
          along with Essen, Germany, and Istanbul, Turkey — Pecs has been a European
          Capital of Culture. Located 125 miles south of Budapest and surrounded by hilly
          hinterland it is a wine region of Hungary. French King Louis XIV once described the
          wines from Tokaj, in southeast Hungary, as "the wine of kings, the king of wines."
          Return to Vinkovci

      15th Day/Friday, June 3: Vinkovci to Ilok the wine production area of Easter Slavonia.
          Visit to Vukovar - the testimony of war destruction. Return to Vinkovci and Zagreb.
          Late evening check in a hotel in Zagreb.

16th to 22nd Day/Saturday, June 4 to 10: Walking tour around the city guided by the instructor -
          10:00 - 12:00 AM. Free afternoon

      17th Day/Sunday, June 5: Departure at 8:00 AM to the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
          Lecture by the University of Zagreb faculty member on the ‖karst‖ geomorphologic
          characteristics and a long walk around several of the 16th lakes the prime example of
          ―karst‖ development. The Plitvice Lakes National Park was granted UNESCO World
          Heritage status 1979. In the past the dwellers of this area were mostly cattle -
          breeders, farmers, millers, lumberjacks and woodworkers. Their way of life greatly
          determined their diet and cooking. Return to Zagreb around 8:00 PM.

      18th Day/Monday, June 6: Walk to/though the old town, lecture at the city museum:
          History of urban growth and the urbanization processes in Croatia. 10:00 AM – 12:00
          PM. Free time for lunch. 2:00 to 4:00 PM: Lecture – Geomorphologic characteristics
          of Croatia, discussion and exchanging experience with students and faculty from the

          University of Zagreb. 4:00 to 6:00 UMD students‘ project reports, presentations and
          discussion at the University lecture hall.

       19th Day/Tuesday, June 7: Walk to the University of Zagreb. Lecture – Population, aging
           and migration patterns in Croatia, discussion and exchanging experience with
           students and faculty from the University of Zagreb - 10:00 - 12:00AM. UMD students‘
           project reports, presentations and discussion at the University lecture hall 12:00 AM –
           2:00 PM. Free afternoon. Possible visit to the national theater (to be arranged).

       20th Day/Wednesday, June 8: 9:00 AM – walk to the School of Diplomacy: Lecture –
           Finalizing the preparation for the EU membership followed by a discussion about the
           progress in negotiation with the EU. Meeting at the Parliament - hours will be
           determined at a later date. 4:00 to 6:00 UMD students‘ project reports, presentations
           and discussion

       21st Day/Thursday, June 9: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - The Institute of Economics. Lecture:
           Croatia in the economic downturn: problems and challenges. And second lecture: The
           future of the small Islands of Croatia – carrying capacity and sustainable
           development. Free afternoon – preparation for departure

22nd Day/Friday, June 10: Departure for the USA and arrival to Washington on the same day.


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