Summer 2023 Blocks Away & Abroad

Introduction to Summer Blocks Away & Abroad

Take advantage of summer to explore a new field of study, enhance your major, and explore new places, new cultures, and new ideas.  Colorado College's Summer Blocks Away provide students with the opportunity to take their education off campus and out into the world.  Each of the programs listed here is a faculty-led CC course, within each department's curriculum and not requiring transfer of credit.  Students who receive need-based aid may be eligible for financial aid up to 90% of the program fee and estimated cost of round trip airfare (Denver-Destination).  All students are eligible for a Wild Card, to remove the charge for summer tuition if this summer course is their first at the college.  

Learn more about summer blocks in general at our Summer Blocks Overview page, or read up on how program fees and aid work on our Billing & Financial Aid page for summer blocks.  And, as always, feel free to reach out to Global Education or to the faculty contacts listed for each program to get more information about any of the blocks offered this summer. 

Applications on SUMMIT for our Summer Blocks will be open from December 1st through January 31st.  All students who apply during this period and are approved to join a program will automatically be reviewed for a potential aid award. Notification of aid will be made before the February 15 withdrawal deadline.  While some programs may accept new applications after the January 31 deadline, this is not guaranteed as many programs will fill their rosters and waitlists at that time.  Additionally, aid may not be available to students who apply after the January 31st deadline.

Application, Aid, & Withdrawal

APPLICATION & FINANCIAL AID:  Apply on the Global Education SUMMIT site between December 1st and January 31st for full aid consideration.  While some programs may accept late applicants, many may fill their rosters and waitlists from the initial pool and late applicants risk not be approved for the program or for aid.  Students who apply during the primary application window (Dec. 1-Jan. 31) will be reviewed for aid eligibility and will be notified of their aid status prior to the February 15 withdrawal deadline.  Aid awards can range from 20% to 90% of the anticipated program cost, which includes the program fee and anticipated airfare charges.  For the 2-block Spain program, aid can also apply to the 2nd block of tuition billed for the program. 


TUITION & THE WILD CARD: All summer courses have a summer tuition charge in addition to program fee for the off-campus course.  In 2022 this charge was $6,000 per course. We anticipate the same rate for 2023.  If a summer 2023 course is the first summer course taken by a student at CC, the Wild Card will automatically be applied to the student's account. This grant offsets the tuition charge for 1 block of summer coursework, acting essentially as one tuition-free summer course.  The Wild Card does not impact the program fee for the course and cannot be applied to any charges other than CC summer tuition for the first summer course in which a CC student enrolls. 


WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE:  Students who apply to, and are accepted into a summer block away may withdraw up until February 14 with no financial commitment to the program.  After that date a withdrawal can result in a portion of the program fee being charged to the student.  Nonrefundable or Billed charges will increase closer to the program's departure date.  See our Billing & Finances page for full details. 

SUMMER 2023 BLOCK A OFFERINGS

Block A in BERLIN: Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives

FULL COURSE TITLE: Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives:  Intersectionality Studies in Berlin
DESCRIPTION: Through myriad multidisciplinary critical perspectives—such as Black Feminism, Transnational Feminism, and Critical Race Theory—this course examines the experiences of marginalized people and communities in Germany, particularly how they resist and even reproduce oppression.
COURSE NUMBER(S):  FG214 

FACULTY LEADER: Prof. Heidi Lewis (Feminist & Gender Studies)
COURSE LOCATION:  Berlin, Germany
COURSE DATES:  June 5-23 (Block A)
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites. 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED:  TBD

PROGRAM FEE: $3,570. Fee includes program lodging, ground transportation, group meals & meal allowance, excursions & class activities, and international travel & health insurance. 
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare and incidentals.  An estimated airfare cost is included in our calculation for financial aid and aid awards will represent a set percentage of both the program fee and the estimated airfare.

Block A in ITALY: Greek & Roman Art

DESCRIPTION: Survey the art, architecture, archaeology and history of Greece and Rome from their origins in Bronze Age to their transformation in the late Roman Empire using methods of history, art history, archaeology and literary studies. Includes the study of ancient Greek cities and sanctuaries, the spread of Hellenism, and the formation of an imperial visual language under Alexander the Great and Roman emperors. In addition, the influence of Etruscan and Greek art in the Roman Republic will be investigated, as well as Imperial monuments in the city of Rome and throughout the empire as instruments of power. The class will consider political and social factors in the formation and utilization of Classical forms in both ancient and modern times. 
COURSE NUMBER(S):  AH207 / CL223 / HY200

FACULTY LEADERS: Prof. Sanjaya Thakur (Classics) & Prof. Richard Buxton (Classics)
COURSE LOCATION:  Rome, Italy
COURSE DATES:  May 29-June 21 (Block A) 
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites. 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED:  TBD

PROGRAM FEE: $5,000.  Fee includes program lodging, ground transportation, group meals & meal allowance, excursions & class activities, and international travel & health insurance. 
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare and incidentals.  An estimated airfare cost is included in our calculation for financial aid and aid awards will represent a set percentage of both the program fee and the estimated airfare.

BLOCK A in ITALY: Constructing Childhood

FULL COURSE TITLE: Constructing Childhood in Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Steiner Schools: Examining the Intersections of Race, Class, and Disability in Progressive Schooling.
DESCRIPTION: In this course, we will study childhood as it is imagined and constructed in Italian Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Steiner Schools by visiting elementary schools from each of these pedagogical models, as well as a traditional Italian elementary school, to talk with and learn from school administrators, teachers, public scholars, and disability rights scholar-activists. We will study the social and political contexts during which these pedagogical approaches were formed, and the problems their founding theorists sought to answer. We will then examine how these pedagogies made their way to the United States, and the ways in which they have been interpreted, and sometimes appropriated, to construct and reproduce a narrative of childhood that idealizes the child in progressive schoolings as wealthy, white, and non-disabled. 
COURSE NUMBER(S):  ED250

FACULTY LEADER: Prof. Nickie Coomer (Education)
COURSE LOCATION:  Rome & Palermo, Italy
COURSE DATES:  May 30-June 23 (Block A)
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites. 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED:  None.

PROGRAM FEE: $2,700. Fee includes program lodging, ground transportation, group meals & meal allowance, excursions & class activities, and international travel & health insurance. 
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare and incidentals.  An estimated airfare cost is included in our calculation for financial aid and aid awards will represent a set percentage of both the program fee and the estimated airfare.

BLOCK A in KENYA: Kenya's Maasailand

FULL COURSE TITLE: Kenya's Maasailand: Indigeneity in the Postcolonial British Commonwealth
DESCRIPTION: In this course we will strive to learn from the perspectives of our hosts, the Maasai people at the Dopoi Center, adjacent to the Maasai Mara Natural Preserve in Southwest Kenya. The course will explore the complex relationship between Indigenous communities and the State under colonial and postcolonial conditions; the way in which the bases for global capitalism that were laid down during the European colonization of the Americas and of Africa endure and continue to produce effects in the age of present-day globalization; the role of Indigenous communities in preserving the natural environment, in a world where the natural environment is conceived and treated as a tourist commodity; and the non-neutral concepts of “progress” and “development” and the ways in which the Maasai people conceive and implement alternatives.
COURSE NUMBER(S):  PH203

FACULTY LEADER: Prof. Alberto Hernandez-Lemus (Philosophy)
COURSE LOCATION:  Dopoi Center, Maasailand, Kenya
COURSE DATES:  May 30-June 23 (Block A)
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites. 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED:  TBD

PROGRAM FEE: $3,900. Fee includes program lodging, ground transportation, group meals & meal allowance, excursions & class activities, and international travel & health insurance. 
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare and incidentals.  An estimated airfare cost is included in our calculation for financial aid and aid awards will represent a set percentage of both the program fee and the estimated airfare.

BLOCK A in LONDON: Shakespeare in London

DESCRIPTION:  “All the world’s a stage,” laments Jacques in As You Like It, “and the men and women merely players.” It’s a statement that presents us with the question of the place of the stage not just within Shakespeare’s London but in ours as well.  This course will take you across the Atlantic to London and Stratford-upon-Avon to explore just that.  What is the place of the stage today?  Are players merely players (in Shakespeare’s time and ours, in Shakespeare’s London and ours)?   What is the place of Shakespeare in the globalized, socially-mediated world of today?  These are just some of the questions we will be considering as we read, watch, and perform Shakespeare this summer.
This class will introduce students to the work of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries, by experiencing productions of his works, and by exploring the cities and the countryside where he lived and wrote. In addition to introducing students to the particular constraints and demands of the theatrical medium and to the cultural particularities of early modern England, we will attend a number of productions and thus seek to raise the question of how a dramatic text has (and can be) adapted. What kind of an interpretation of a text is a dramatic production? Are there limits to interpretation?  What are the particular challenges to editing the early modern dramatic text? What is lost when a scene is cut? What are the politics of a performance? How do performances differ and how are they the same? Are they ever the same? These and other questions will serve as the lens through which we consider the questions of performance and performativity in general, alongside a detailed discussion about the historical and cultural positioning of the theatrical representational space.
COURSE NUMBER(S):  EN225 / EN401

FACULTY LEADER: Prof. Steven Hayward (English)
COURSE LOCATION: London & Stratford, UK
COURSE DATES:  June 9-26 (Block A)
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites. 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED:  None.

PROGRAM FEE: $3,750. Fee includes program lodging, ground transportation, group meals & meal allowance, excursions & class activities, and international travel & health insurance. 
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare and incidentals.  An estimated airfare cost is included in our calculation for financial aid and aid awards will represent a set percentage of both the program fee and the estimated airfare.

SUMMER 2023 BLOCK A+B OFFERINGS

BLOCK A/B in BALI: The Arts & Culture of Bali

DESCRIPTION: This course explores the arts and culture of Bali, Indonesia. Music, dance, theater, and visual arts are ubiquitous in Bali, where artistic production is far out of proportion to the size and population of the island. The Hindu-Balinese religion (Agama Hindu Dharma) requires performing and visual arts for the successful completion of the thousands of ceremonies undertaken each year, and therefore virtually every Balinese person is a dancer, musician, actor, visual artist, or poet, and many individuals are equally competent in several media. The unique history and culture of Bali are best understood through the arts, which connect past to present, self to community, and religion to reality. Students and faculty will live in the Lasmawan family compound while in Bangah. The compound has been outfitted with a gamelan angklunggamelan gong kebyargamelan gender wayanggamelan balaganjar, and gamelan joged bumbung for course use.
The daily class schedule in Bali will include lectures and discussion of readings on Balinese history, culture, arts, and the environment followed by practical instruction in traditional music, dance, painting, and wood-carving. Students will experience Balinese arts and culture through participation in daily life, attendance at a wide range of performances, and lecture-demonstrations by a variety of artists and craftsmen. 
COURSE NUMBER(S):  MU222 / PA250

FACULTY LEADER: Prof. Made Lasmawan (Music) and Prof. Liz Macy (Music)
COURSE LOCATION: Bali, Indonesia
COURSE DATES:  June 18-July 10  (This 1-block course spans portions of Blocks A and B.)
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites. 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED:  None.

PROGRAM FEE: $3,300. Fee includes program lodging, ground transportation, group meals & meal allowance, excursions & class activities, and international travel & health insurance. 
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare and incidentals.  An estimated airfare cost is included in our calculation for financial aid and aid awards will represent a set percentage of both the program fee and the estimated airfare.

BLOCK A/B in ISRAEL: Excavating Israel

DESCRIPTION: This course centers on student participation in archaeological excavations at Shikhin, an ancient Jewish village in the Galilee region of Israel. Through this field experience, students will gain training in essential methods and theories of archaeology as well as insights into the history, culture, politics and economics of the region during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. With an understanding of these contexts, students will examine the related histories of early Judaism, the ministry of Jesus, and Christian origins. In addition to their experience in the field, students will learn through assigned readings, regular evening lectures, excursions to other significant historical sites in the region, and a final weekend exploring Jerusalem. The course will be especially attentive to the benefits and challenges of correlating ancient literary sources, including biblical narratives, with the archaeological record.
COURSE NUMBER(S):  RE215 / AN208 / CL222 / HY200

FACULTY LEADER: Prof. Pamela Reaves (Religion)
COURSE LOCATION: Galilee, Israel
COURSE DATES:  June 3-July 3  (This 1-block course spans portions of Blocks A and B.)
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites. 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED:  None.

PROGRAM FEE: $4,500. Fee includes program lodging, ground transportation, group meals & meal allowance, excursions & class activities, and international travel & health insurance. 
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare and incidentals.  An estimated airfare cost is included in our calculation for financial aid and aid awards will represent a set percentage of both the program fee and the estimated airfare.

BLOCKS A/B in SPAIN: Spanish Language in Spain

DESCRIPTION: The CC Summer in Spain program is a 2-unit (2 block) program with its base in Soria in collaboration with the Centro Internacional Antonio Machado.  The program offers 3 levels of Spanish: Beginner (SP111), Intermediate (SP 211) and Advanced (SP 305 and SP 306). Soria is a culturally rich and traditional small city that is off the beaten tourist path in the region of Castile—birthplace of the Spanish language. Soria is the perfect setting to develop your Spanish quickly when you fully immerse in the language and culture from the first day you arrive. Students live with host families and participate in the city life during 2 blocks of classes. In addition, the program incorporates multiple excursions to learn about the history and cultures of Spain in places such as Madrid and San Sebastian.
COURSE NUMBER(S):  SP111 / SP211 / SP305 / SP306

FACULTY LEADER: Prof. Carrie Ruiz (Spanish)
COURSE LOCATION: Soria, Spain
COURSE DATES:  May 25-July 12 (This 2-block program includes Blocks A and B)
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites. 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED:  All or part of the collegewide language requirement can be completed in Spain with approval of the Spanish Dept. 

PROGRAM FEE: $6,600. Fee includes group/program airfare, program lodging, ground transportation, group meals & meal allowance, excursions & class activities, and international travel & health insurance. 
NOT INCLUDED: Incidentals. 
TUITION & AID: As a 2-unit (2 block) program this summer program includes tuition charges for two summer blocks.  While many students will be able to use the Wild Card grant to cover the tuition for the first block, the second block's tuition will be billed.  Students who receive an aid award will receive aid towards both the program fee and the 2nd block tuition charge.  Summer tuition is expected to be $6,000 per course. 

SUMMER 2023 BLOCK B OFFERINGS

BLOCK B in JAPAN: Food in Japanese Culture & Literature

DESCRIPTION:  This course focuses on the intersection of Japanese culture, food, and literature.  This is an interdisciplinary course designed to integrate perspectives on the history, aesthetics, practices and tastes of food in Japan.  It encourages analytic thinking and effective expression on food and culture as they are experienced and expressed in Japan’s past and present.  The topics covered will range from food production and consumption to religious and artistic representations and the construction of cultural identities.  We will spend time in the following cities:  Tokyo, Fujiyoshida (at the base of Mount Fuji), Omi Hachiman, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.
COURSE NUMBER(S):  JA350 / PA250

FACULTY LEADER: Prof. Joan Ericson (Japanese) and Prof. James Matson (Asian Studies)
COURSE LOCATION: Tokyo, Fujiyoshida, Omi Hachiman, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, Japan
COURSE DATES:  June 26-July 18 (Block B)
PREREQUISITES: Two blocks of coursework related to Japan (Language or other) and faculty approval.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED:  TBD

PROGRAM FEE: $3,100. Fee includes program lodging, ground transportation, group meals & meal allowance, excursions & class activities, and international travel & health insurance. 
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare and incidentals.  An estimated airfare cost is included in our calculation for financial aid and aid awards will represent a set percentage of both the program fee and the estimated airfare.

BLOCK B in LOS ANGELES: Comedy in LA

FULL COURSE TITLE: Comedy in Los Angeles: Stand-Up, Spectacle, and Writing the Body into Culture.
DESCRIPTION: This course examines histories, theories, and techniques of comedic performance, placing special emphasis on stand-up comedy as a mode of embodied cultural critique. Though comedy can, at times, and depending on the comedian, serve to substantiate social norms and the ideological status quo, we will consider comedians who have used their art form as a means of cultural critique if not outright rebellion. Making use of our location in Los Angeles, we will examine key figures in the history of stand-up comedy (Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Margaret Cho, Tig Notaro, Hannah Gadsby), contextualize our study of stand-up comedy with study of other forms of comedic media (film & TV), consider debates of high-culture vs. low-culture, and take extensive excursions into the LA and Hollywood comedy scene, including underground comedy, open-mic nights, improv troupes, and professional stand-up shows at venues like The Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory.      
COURSE NUMBER(S): FM200

FACULTY LEADER: Prof. Scott Krzych (Film & Media Studies)
COURSE LOCATION: Los Angeles, California
COURSE DATES:  June 26-July 20 (Block B)
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites. 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS PROVIDED:  TBD

PROGRAM FEE: $4,300. Fee includes program lodging, ground transportation, group meals & meal allowance, excursions & class activities, and international travel & health insurance. 
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare and incidentals.  An estimated airfare cost is included in our calculation for financial aid and aid awards will represent a set percentage of both the program fee and the estimated airfare.

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