UCSC Global Seminars

UCSC Global Seminars are Summer programs that offer students international experience with UC Santa Cruz faculty. These programs encompass UC Santa Cruz courses taught abroad, with excursions and cultural activities enhanced by the location. Many provide opportunities for students to visit non-English speaking countries while doing their coursework in English. Class sizes are small — 12-25 students — allowing for an intimate learning experience.

Global Seminars are open to UC students from any campus and Non-UC students.

Our next collection of Global Seminar programs will be offered during summer 2022.

Limited information is available at this time, but will be shared as it comes available. If you have any questions, please contact studyabroad@ucsc.edu

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  • Summer 2022 Global Seminars


    Art in the Global Context
    Led by: Dee Hibbert-Jones (she/her/hers), Professor of Art & Barbara Benish, Lecturer in Visual Studies and Studio Art
    Location(s): Czech Republic and Germany
    Subject(s): Studio Art

    In this immersive studio art class, students create site-responsive sculptures, drawings, performances, and installations that explore art in a global context. Using the rich history and culture of Central Europe as site and locale, the class will travel to contemporary art museums, cultural and historical sites in Prague and Berlin (1 week), then create responsive artworks on-site at ArtMill’s Center for Sustainability, in the Bohemian countryside, Czech Republic (2 weeks). Studio assignments, lectures, conceptual, fabrication practices, and critique will be led by UCSC Professor Dee Hibbert-Jones; artist and writer Barbara Benish, Director of ArtMill, as well as visiting faculty and professional artists from the Czech Republic. Students will create original artworks that explore the complex relationship between object-making, place-making, aesthetics, and cultural identity in a global context through four themed projects with a strong emphasis on art and sustainability. Working with found objects on-site, performance, photography and new media students will create site-responsive work. There will be a final exhibition on-site and open to the public.


    Camping - Dance, Choreography, and Performance in Paris
    Led by: Gerald Casel (he/they), Provost of Porter College
    Location(s): Paris, France
    Subject(s): Movement Arts, Dance, Choreography

    Camping in Paris provides an international platform where artists from around the world come together to attend classes, talks, film screenings, and live performances at the Centre National de la Danse. This environment will give our students an incredible experience as they are immersed in a new and dynamic community of artists. Students will have the opportunity to attend two weeks of workshops with world-renowned choreographers and have the chance to attend peer-led classes with other schools in attendance.


    Fair Trade and Culture Regional Field Study in Central Veracruz
    Led by: Leslie Lopez, Lecturer (she/her/hers), PhD Anthropology, Director Oakes Certificate Program in Service Learning & Community Justice Director, Corre la Voz
    Location(s): Mexico
    Subject(s): Latin American & Latino Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Community Studies, Environmental Studies, History, History of Art & Visual Culture, Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, Sustainable Studies, Education, Spanish Studies

    This program takes place in the beautiful region of Central Veracruz, known primarily today for its coffee economy, and a highly significant point in the history of Mexico and the Americas.  The program revolves around the interdisciplinary principles of regional studies, and on developing respectful and effective fieldwork skills students need when designing and implementing further projects. The first half of the program takes place in the Port-Administrative zone of Central Veracruz--primarily in the capital city of Xalapa, and in nearby Coatepec. Here you will begin developing foundational skills for fieldwork (observation, dialogue, reflection) and learn about the region through interdisciplinary approaches known as critical geographies.  You will study how people have used natural and cultural resources strategically at this global crossroads since before the European conquest. The second half of the program is based primarily in the small town of Teocelo, located 26 km to the south of Xalapa. Here the learning focuses on organizational goals and techniques of the networked NGOs working in the region to develop community capacity and regional integration for equity, with a particular focus on grassroots education (educación popular) of the Latin American promotor tradition.


    Fish Ichthyology and Evolution in Southern Africa
    Led by: Dr. Giacomo Bernardi (he/him/his), Professor of Biology
    Location(s): South Africa and Malawi
    Subject(s): Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental studies

    This program will be taught in the field in South Africa and Malawi. Southern Africa is an ideal place to illustrate these fields of research, therefore a particular emphasis will be placed on human evolution, kin selection, sexual selection, cichlid evolution, and artisanal fisheries. We are studying fish ecology and evolution in the context of adaptive radiations. Students will experience formal lectures and fieldwork in Kruger National Park, Sterkfontein Caves, and at Cape Maclear.  At Cape Maclear in Malawi, students will be regularly exploring the lake by snorkeling. Students will have an opportunity to conduct research projects, and present their papers and research. Throughout the program, students will also be introduced to Southern African lifestyle and culture.


    Food Study Field Study in Berlin
    Led by: Lissa Caldwell (she/her/hers), Professor Social Sciences Division
    Location(s): Berlin, Germany
    Subject(s): Anthropology, Politics

    The Food Study Field Study in Berlin will bring food, European history and politics, and the study of state socialism/postsocialism together by offering students two courses – Anthropology of Food and Ethnography of Russia and Eastern Europe. By integrating these two courses – one topical and one regional – students will receive rigorous training in the key theoretical debates and ethnographic studies in both the anthropology of food and the anthropology of state socialism/postsocialism, as well as hands-on experience with ethnographic research methods. Berlin is both a vibrant, exciting, multicultural global metropolis and a city that has endured multiple identity crises. Not only has it been at the center of the post-World War II creation and dissolution of the socialist bloc, but it is also at the nexus of numerous Soviet, European, and now European Union political, economic, and social movements. Berlin is a place where multiple histories coexist and can be experienced, sometimes uneasily and in contradiction to one another, and where local residents have long been deeply engaged with all kinds of social justice movements. At the same time, Berlin’s state-socialist history makes it an important space for studying such key topics in food studies as consumer choice, the political dimensions of food, nationalist consumption practices, food shortages and food aid, summer gardens, food justice movements, and the civic dimensions of food practices.


    Italian Culture through Food and Language on the Amalfi Coast
    Led by: Tonia Prencipe (she/her/hers), Lecturer in Italian
    Location(s): Italy
    Subject(s): Italian Language & Culture

    This course will explore how the evolution of the Italian culinary tradition and the variety of eating habits reflect the historical and economical changes that took place in Italian society over the most recent centuries. The course will investigate images of food in literary works, Italian films, and great paintings in order to understand how food became an important defining element of “Italianness” in the familiar public imagination. While the core of the course centers on Italian culture and society, we will also look at comparing food culture transnationally. In particular, we will dedicate a section of the course to the Italian-American interpretation of Italian cuisine, as well as exploring the relationships between gender identity and food in both the United States and Italy. No knowledge of Italian is required. This course will be taught in English with an Italian component.


    Mokuhanga: UCSC Printmaking in Tokyo
    Led by: Jimin Lee (she/her/her), Professor of Art
    Location(s): Japan
    Subject(s): Studio Art

    Learn Japanese woodblock printmaking "Moku Hanga" known as the "Ukiyo-e technique" widely studied by artists today. Students will learn a wide range of both traditional and contemporary Eastern (water-based) and Western-style (oil-based) woodblock printmaking processes. Classes will help stimulate and inspire art major students to prepare their artistic careers and expand their possibilities for study opportunities internationally. Classes will include field trips to local museums and galleries, hands-on workshops at a traditional paper mill (washi) in Tokyo, and interactions with local visiting artists, master printmakers and other Japanese students. Through various class activities, excursions, and cultural visits students will be exposed to diverse and multi-regional art practices that will broaden their perspectives and increase their understanding not only in the field of print media but in the larger contemporary visual culture.


    Moroccan Cinema, Culture and Arabic Language
    Led by: Peter Limbrick( he/him/his), Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media
    Location(s): Morocco
    Subject(s): Film and Digital Media, Language Studies, History, History of Art and Visual Culture, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Arabic Studies, and Jewish Studies

    This program offers students an introduction to Moroccan cinema, arts, and culture and enriches that experience with Arabic language. Students take two classes: “Moroccan Cinema and Culture” and “Arabic” for a total of 10 credits. They will live with a Moroccan family in the beautiful capital city of Rabat to better immerse themselves in the culture and, in addition to daily classes in the nearby host institution, they will explore exciting locations around Morocco on field trips with the program. In their cinema class and through field trips, students will meet filmmakers and producers, visit production facilities, museums, and art galleries, and learn more about cinema in Morocco. In addition, students will begin (or continue) learning to read and write in Arabic, tying their explorations of film and culture to their language studies in ways that will enrich both subjects. Studying Arabic and film together offers students a unique opportunity to learn one of the most important and beautiful languages in the world and to develop a deeper appreciation of world cinema.


    Muslim Granada and Its Legacy
    Led by: Camilo Gomez- Rivas (he/him/his), Associate Professor of Mediterranean Studies
    Location(s): Spain and Morocco
    Subject(s): Literature, History, History of Art and Visual Culture, Sociology, Arabic Studies, Anthropology, General Social Sciences

    In this program, students will trace the development of Granada, today a cosmopolitan university city and major tourist destination, from its first rise to prominence as a Muslim city in the Ṭāʾifa Period (11th century) through its transformation into a Christian city in early modern Spain. Special emphasis will be placed on its role as a point of contact between Spain and North Africa (or the Latin West and the Muslim Mediterranean more broadly) and the city’s privileged position in the social and literary imaginaries of Muslims, Christians, and Jews, as a place of memory and intercultural contact. You will explore the city as a focal point in the collective memory and its evolving role in the encounter of Christian and Muslim (or European and Maghribi) societies into colonial and postcolonial transformations, as writers, artists, and musicians return to the city as a site of inspiration and investigation into a set of religious and cultural relations, exploring missed opportunities, hidden and alternate pasts, and unacknowledged inheritances. Through class lessons and cultural excursions and activities, you will investigate these rich sites of cultural encounters and the ways the encounter has been imagined and invoked in Spanish, Arabic, and beyond.


    Watershed Thinking in Sustainability
    Led by: Dr. Tela Favaloro, Lecturer in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rachel Carson College and Dr. Julianne Hazlewood, Lecturer in Rachel Carson College and Environmental Studies
    Location(s): Ecuador
    Subject(s): Sustainability Studies, Environmental Studies, Renewable Energy, Indigenous Studies, Collaborative Methodologies, Cultural Geography

    In this program, students will have the opportunity to practice interdisciplinary sustainable design while learning on-the-ground cultural approaches. This program integrates two core courses within the Sustainability Studies Minor - CRSN 151A Sustainable Praxis and CRSN 151C Sustainability Tools and Techniques - to bridge the social sciences and Indigenous studies with the natural sciences and engineering. Participants will engage in the theories and methodologies of sustainability based on cultural, systems-level, and diverse communal views presented in CRSN 151A while learning rigorous field methods to analyze the health of the physical watersheds in 151C. These complementary areas of focus provide the foundation for “watershed thinking”, thinking-and-acting in relation to and from the level of watersheds, as an approach to sustainability in three strikingly beautiful and distinct South American regions–the Andes, Amazon, and Galapagos Archipelago. Students will spend approximately 10 days in each region where they will learn first-hand from the mountain, forest, and island communities by collaborating on issues that are a priority to them. This immersive experience will provide students the opportunity to learn about sustainability from the communities who have cultivated rich histories and landscapes of living in relation to and caring for their watersheds. The communities will teach participants about how they have organized local and global struggles to ensure that they, their cultural practices and ways of knowing, and the living world around them that they call home matter, are respected, and thrive.


    Writing 2 in Ireland: Research and Travel Writing
    Led by: Steve Coulter (he/him/his), Lecturer in Writing
    Location(s): Ireland
    Subject(s): Writing

    Explore the wild west coast of Ireland while fulfilling your Writing 2 requirement. We will be based for five weeks in the westernmost point in Europe, the charming village of Dingle, County Kerry, where we will visit ancient archaeological sites and experience up close the traditional music and literary culture of Ireland. Students will practice the craft of travel writing, research the history of Ireland, visit with local Irish writers, attend the world-renowned Galway Arts Festival, and compose a final video/photo essay describing their trip. Bring your pen, your voice, and a musical instrument if you have one!

    How to Apply to UCSC Global Seminars

    Applications will open in November of 2021 for our summer 2022 programs.

    1. Complete your Study Abroad Profile in SlugsAbroad.
    2. Check deadlines and capacity to confirm that your program is still open.
    3. Submit the application in SlugsAbroad by the deadline.
    4. Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis.