Students in this program will examine Scottish culture through the practical performance of Scottish music and the role of music in Scottish culture. Focus will be on the poetry and songwriting of Robert Burns through to the contemporary work of Scotland's top fiddler, Alasdair Fraser. Students will study the role of bagpipes in Scottish culture as well as American immigrant culture. Through writing and photography, they will have the opportunity to study Scottish culture as journalists and to produce a portfolio of professional-quality stories and photography that demonstrate their ability to negotiate, understand, and communicate both verbally and visually about a culture that is new to them. This ability to adapt to a new culture quickly is a necessary trait for professional communicators.
EXTENDED Deposit Deadline: February 1, 2019
Scholarship Deadline: December 11, 2018
Final Payment Deadline: February 22, 2019
Mandatory Orientation Meeting: Spring Semester 2019
Students may take up to two courses. Acceptable course combinations:
COMM 4950: Travel Writing and Photography (3 hours)
Professor: Dr. Debra Van Tuyll
Students will be introduced to the written, oral and graphic skills necessary to contribute effectively to the
production of professional-quality travel feature stories and photography. They will demonstrate superior comprehension, reflection, and communication skills by effectively and accurately expressing ideas and concepts from core courses in communication (specifically COMM 2000-Writing for Professionals). Students will need to explain how travel journalists can do their jobs ethically and within the law.
MUSI 4390 - Special Topics: History of Scottish Music (2 hours)
Professor: Carl Purdy
This course will examine the music of Scotland from a historical perspective beginning in the late 4th
century with the arrival of Saint Ambrose and Saint Augustine to the 13th century Scottish musical
theorist Simon Tialler. An extensive study of the poetry and musical compositions of Robert Burns, 1759-
1796, will be conducted along with the beginnings of traditional Scottish jigs, reels, ballads, and
strathspeys. Additionally, we will complete an extensive study of the Irish bagpipes with a specific
emphasis on Scottish piping ornamentation. This will be studied and demonstrated by the instructor as
well as local professional musicians through formal master classes and local participation in
performances in pubs, festivals, etc. live performances by the instructor and participating music
students as well as attendance at local music venues will enhance the class experience. Every effort will
be made in this course to correlate the Scottish study abroad itinerary both geography and historically
with corresponding musical study.
MUSA 4690: The Study and Performance Practice of Scottish Traditional Music (1 hour)
Professor: Carl Purdy
This course will introduce students to the Traditional Music of Ireland through hands
on instruction in
Violin, mandolin, Tenor, Guitar, Banjo, Bouzguki, Voice, Penny whistle and Bagpipes. Student
instrumentalists and vocalists will learn the primary modal scale systems of Traditional Scottish music as
well as appropriate stylistic music ornamentation. Each student will learn to play/sing traditional
Scottish gigs, reels and ballads first individually and then as a group forming a traditional music
ensemble. Master classes by a professional musician will be available so that each ensemble will
benefit from a regional expert in Scottish music performance practice. The ensembles will be coached in
class and prepared to perform in a public venue at the end of the course. Students will also benefit from
attending live performances of traditional Scottish music ensembles during the study abroad program.
HUMN 2950: Scotland: Humanities (3 hours)
Professor: Carl Purdy
*itinerary subject to change*
May 18, 2019
Shuttle from Augusta to Atlanta
Flights from Atlanta to Edinburgh
May 19, 2019 (Edinburgh)
Arrive Edinburgh, Check into hotel. Free day to explore on your own.
May 20, 2019 (Edinburgh)
Day trip to Rosslyn chapel; class meetings.
May 21, 2019 (Edinburgh)
Edinburg tour-featuring visit to the Edinburg Castle, Royal Mile, and National Museum of Scotland. Class before dinner.
May 22, 2019 (Inverness)
Transfer to Inverness via Perty and Pitlochay. Classes on the bus.
May 23, 2019 (Culloden)
Culloden Battlefield Tour
Munlochy Clootie Well, Fort George, Clava Gairns
Cawdor Castle (MacBeth castle) for Music and Shakespeare lecture and garden photography
Classes in the afternoon
May 24, 2019
Transfer to Isle of Sky via Kyle of Lochlash and Eilean Doon. Classes before dinner.
May 25, 2019
Day trip to ruined village of Boreraig, Fairy Pools and Glenbrittle, and Talisker Distillery. Class before dinner.
May 26, 2019
Day trip to Fairy Glen and visit to Dunvegan Castle. Classes before dinner.
May 27, 2019
Transfer to Oban with stop and Glencoe. Classes on the bus and/or after check-in at accommodation.
May 28, 2019
Day trip to Isle of Mull and Iona (ferry trips!)
May 29, 2019 (Glasgow)
Transfer to Glasgow with stops at Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, and Stirling Castle. Classes before dinner.
May 30, 2019
Day trip to Kelvin Grove Gallery. Afternoon classes. Evening get-together with the Kinesiology study abroad students.
May 31, 2019
Travel from Glasgow to Atlanta
Shuttle from Atlanta to Augusta
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Last Updated: 12/19/18