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: Portugal
Day: 1 - Lisbon - Wednesday, 1 October
Students will develop a response to fragments of their choice of the environments visited, a response that expresses as vividly and evocatively as possible the essence of their experience of them; there should be some comparative element. This may contain material in any medium, but must include a map and 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.