The course focuses your attention through writing in English on the ports and countries that we will be visiting during the voyage. Sometimes our authors will be writing about places they know well, places they belong to, sometimes they will be trying to understand and to communicate the essence of alien places. The ideas of the Irish walker, writer and cartographer Tim Robinson will form one basis for analysis and discussion throughout the class.
Field WorkCountry: Brazil
Day: 1 - Rio de Janeiro - Friday, 7 November
Students will develop a response to chosen fragments of the environments visited, one that gets to the heart of their experience of them. The report may contain material in any medium, but must include a substantial proportion of writing. It will count for 20% of the final grade. Academic Objectives: 1. To encourage students to see and to work to understand their environment. 2. To then encourage them to find the best language (and other media) in which to express what they have seen. 3. To give them an opportunity to discover how intellectually to relate their understandings of two disparate but ultimately connected environments.