Rebels, Kings and Witches: US and Scotland Before 1865
Dr. Dave Nelson
The United States is popularly referred to as a “Nation of Immigrants.” From Native Americans, colonists, indentured servants, slaves and missionaries to the nation’s newest arrivals, the United States is indeed a country comprised of immigrants from across the world. However, one could simultaneously argue that the core culture of the nation, from its language, laws and government to much of its foodways, holidays and other cultural traditions, is British in origin, even for those Americans whose heritage does not directly include the British Isles. While similar arguments can be made for Africa, Continental Europe, and pre-Columbian America, Britain, including of course Scotland, has had a particularly strong hold over the American landscape. This was especially the case in the years before the American Civil War. This course will serve as an introductory course for both the history of the U.S. from its earliest inhabitants up through the American Civil War as well as Scotland from its emergence in 1000AD to the 19th Century. While most major historical themes will be covered, we spend more time in this class on those connections we share as Americans with the British, and in particular with Scotland. Likewise, to better understand that British and Scottish connection, we will also learn about the development of the British Isles, from its inhabitants up through the mid-1800s. In addition, we will also look at modern Scottish culture, its links to the past, and clashes between myth and reality, past and present, and union versus independence. This course is designed for students interested both US History 1 and Western Civilization 1.
British Literature II:
From Fairyland to Hogwarts: The Fantasy Worlds of Scottish Writers
Dr. Benita Huffman Muth
Macon State College
Explore the literary fantasy worlds inspired by the real Scotland and its rich folklore tradition. Encounter early tales and ballads, then study the supernatural realms of writers from the 18th Century to the present, including Robert Burns, James Hogg, James Barrie, Robert Louis Stevenson and JK Rowling. This British Literature II course focuses on one of the most fascinating aspects of Scottish literature, the fantasy worlds its writers create. Taking this course will allow students to explore the supernatural worlds of Scotland with the actual places that inspired them. We can then contrast that fantasy with the reality within the literary city of Edinburgh, as well as surrounding areas such as the Scottish Highlands, Stirling, and Glasgow.
**While courses on offered are designed as lower level courses, all can also be taken as upper level courses on a directed study basis (per approval from the student’s home institution.)
In most cases, institutions in the University System of Georgia identify courses and course numbers of their own that are comparable to the courses being offered by faculty members from other institutions. This enables most students to register for courses at their home institutions. Students from institutions that do not permit registration for certain courses, should contact the European Council Office at Valdosta State University for assistance. For students at institutions actively involved in the European Council, the first step in registration is meeting with the campus representative.
Students who need to maintain full-time status for financial aid eligibility may enroll prior to departure for London in May or early summer sessions at their home campuses.