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    Block 1: France (Paris): AH275/HY200: Paris on a Precipice

    Course Description: This course will explore politics, cultural, and social history in Paris from 1900-1940. The radical years prior to the First World War, the apocalyptic war itself, the anxieties of the interwar years, and the impacts of ongoing industrialization, colonialism, and ideological positioning serve as the backdrop for the most important and shocking artistic and literary movements of the era. Using the city of Paris as our laboratory, we will study artistic movements, such as Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism, novels by French and expatriate American novelists, avant-garde musical compositions, and experimental film. Visits to world-class museums, including the Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée Picasso, and the Fondation Le Corbusier, will prove central to this exciting intellectual odyssey. The course counts toward the major and minor in Art or History.

    Program Fee: $3600. This covers lodging for students in an apartment hotel, with 2-3 students per apartment and a private bathroom and kitchen.

    Food/Outside Expenses: Students should budget $900 for food. Students who have a Bon Appetit meal plan during the semester in which they enroll in a block off-campus will receive a one-block meal plan refund which can be used for meals abroad. The amount of the refund depends on the meal plan they chose for the semester. All students who have a meal plan and enroll in a course off-campus will receive the refund, even if the program fee includes some meals. 

    All-College Requirements: This course satisfies the Social Inequality requirement.

    Pre-Requisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

    Other Information: For more information, contact Professor Tip Ragan at or Professor Gale Murray at