HUM 128: Perspectives on the Twentieth Century

Western Europe 2013

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Program Dates

June 3–25, 2013

Program Overview

This program explores the Western European nations of Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France while focusing on the history and impact of World Wars I and II that took place on this landscape. The course will incorporate visits to all four countries as well as lectures and visits to museums, battlefields, concentration camps, and other historical locations.

Country Facts

Visit the CIA World Factbook pages on Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France for general information about their geography, people, government, economy, transportation, and more.

Academic Program

HUM 128, Perspectives on the 20th Century: The West in a Global Context (GE–Area V, 3 units)

This course specifically considers: (1) several wars and the values and agendas that motivated them, (2) the rejection of colonialism and what followed from it, (3) an examination of totalitarianism in its several forms, (4) attempts to develop global community and some of the challenges in doing so, as well as (5) developments in philosophy, literature and the visual and film arts, technology, science, economics and politics. Our explorations will include the media of contemporary culture, and texts, both hard copy and electronic.

The General Education upper division area V is focused on Culture, Civilization and Global Understanding, and the goal of area V courses is to expose and teach students to appreciate human expression in cultures outside the United States and understand how that expression has developed over time.


This program is open to all upper division applicants who will have passed the Writing Skills Test (WST) by February, 2013.

German, Dutch, and French language ability is not required as classes are conducted in English.

Accommodation, Safety and Visas

This program takes place in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France with transportation by train or bus provided between cities. Student housing will consist of double occupancy rooms at centrally located budget hotels. CISabroad onsite staff will be available 24/7.

As a U.S. passport holder, you will be allowed to enter Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France without a visa for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

There is currently no US travel warning for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, or France. For more information about safety abroad, visit the relevant US Department of State Travel Information pages:

Program Leaders

Cynthia Rostankowski, Humanities
(408) 924-4508

Estimated Costs

SJSU Special Session Tuition (3 units @ $250 each) 750
Administration Fee 200
Program fees, lodging, class materials and local tours approx. 3,989
Estimated Total $4,939

*Airfare and meals are not included.


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