UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

About The Program

Spring 2020 Courses

Participants in the spring program enroll in a minimum of 15 credits offered in a module format. In this format, courses are taught one at a time in three-week blocks. You'll enroll in only one course per module. The descriptions provided below indicate the module the course will be offered. The required Scotland: Society and Globalization course runs through the entirety of the semester on Monday evenings. Dates for the spring program can be found on our calendars page.

REQUIRED
Course & Textbook Equivalent

Scotland: Society & Globalization/Scottish Professor
Gerry Mooney/3 cr.

Scotland: Society & Globalization is a wide-ranging course that explores different aspects of contemporary Scottish society. Locating Scotland in its historical and global contexts,  he course focuses on many of the key social, economic, cultural and political issues that face Scotland today. It considers many of the ways that globalization can be said to be impacting on Scottish economy and society and takes a multi- and inter- disciplinary approach. The course draws on sociology, social policy, social history and human geography. The course emphasizes the importance & usefulness of comparative and trasnational comparisons for the understanding of developments in a particular national context. Comparisons between different aspects of Scottish and US societies will occupy centre stage; students will be required to reflect on points of similarity & convergence between US & Scottish/UK society.

Textbook(s): Textbook provided in Scotland; no purchase required.

Lake Superior State University: POLI 377/3 cr.

Murray State University: SOC 465: Globalization; HIS 390: Special Topics

Normandale Community College: HIST Elective/3 cr. (5, 8)

UW-Colleges:GEN EL/General Elective/3 cr.

UW-Oshkosh: SS Elective 008U (SS)

UW-River Falls: WIS 305/Scotland: Society & Globalization/3 cr., Liberal Arts (HF), GE (GP)

UW-Stout: CAHSS 205/Scotland: Society & Globalization/3 cr.

UW-Superior: SOCI 201/Social Problems in Global Perspectives/3 cr. (Social Inquiry)

UW-Whitewater:  LSINDP 999/ L&S Interdisciplinary Elective/3 cr. (GI)

 

MODULE ONE (select one course from the following options)
Course & Textbook Equivalent

British History/Scottish Professor/3 cr.

This elective course for students on the Experience Scotland program is an introduction to Scottish history from early times through to the nineteenth century. Students will study a range of political, social and cultural factors which have shaped the history of Scotland, as an independent nation and as part of the United Kingdom. These will include: the development of a kingdom, the Wars of Independence, the role of the church, the dramatic events of Mary Queen of Scots' reign, the Union of Crowns, witches and witch hunting, the Civil War, Union of Parliaments, the Jacobites and the Highland Clearances and students will be able to experience and contextualize the material covered in the course during their time in Scotland.

Textbook(s): Textbook provided in Scotland; no purchase required.

Lake Superior State University:  HIST 277/3 cr.

Murray State University (KY): HIS 410: Modern Britain

Normandale Community College: HIST Elective
/3 cr. (5, 8)

UW-Colleges: HIST Elective/3 cr.

UW-Oshkosh: History 008/3 cr. (SS)

UW-River Falls: WIS 200/British History/3 cr., Liberal Arts (SB)

UW-Stout: HIST-GXX/History Elective/3 cr.(ARHU-HIST)

UW-Superior: HIST 289/Special Topics: British History/3 cr. (Humanities/History)

UW-Whitewater: HISTRY 999/History Elective/3 cr.

Scotland: Heritage and Culture/Scottish Professor Gerry Mooney/3 cr.

Explores a number of different themes which will be of interest to students - and which will tie in with other aims of widening the opportunities for external engagement for many of the students including: Exploring Scottish Cultural Traditions, Heritage: Exploring the 'Scottish Brand', Exporting Scotland, and Sport & Society in Modern Scotland. Just as there are multiple America's, dependent upon the traditions, beliefs, expectations, and cultures that developed in each area, multiple Scotland's exist. By understanding the heritage/culture of Scotland, students will be able to see how society is structured today as well as see the reason for debates about the direction Scotland will head in the future.

Textbook(s): Textbook provided in Scotland; no purchase required.

Lake Superior State University: SDGE, Cultural Diversity General Education/3 cr.

Murray State University (KY): HIS 390: Special Topics-Scotland

UW-Oshkosh: SS Elective 008U (SS)

UW-River Falls: WIS 310/Scotland: Heritage & Culture/3 cr.

UW-Stout: CAHSS 210/ Scotland: Culture & Heritage/3 cr.

UW-Superior: ANTH 289/ Anthropology Elective/3 cr. meets general education requirement: World Languages, Cultures, Philosophy

UW-Whitewater: ANTHRPL 999/ Anthropology Elective/3 cr.

 

MODULE TWO (select one course from the following options)
Course & Textbook Equivalent

Going to the Movies in Scotland: An Introduction to Scottish Film, Scotland in Film, and the International Movie Culture, 1950-TodayAngela Williamson Emmert/3 cr.

This course is an introduction to film as an art form; a discussion of Scottish filmmakers; an introduction to ongoing Scottish contributions to an international cinema; and an exploration of “the movies” as a communal experience that both expresses and shapes individual and national identity.  In this course, we will study a great number of films (and read supporting materials to provide aesthetic, historic, and cultural context), and we will also go to the movies.
 
The Glasgow Film Festival is one of our scheduled “going to the movies” activities.  This ten-day international festival seeks to promote film as both an artistic form and a communal experience.  Other going to the movies activities could include the following:  viewing movies in a commercial cinema and “art house” cinema in and around Edinburgh; studying movie reviews; and a “movie tour” of the city.

Textbook(s): tbd

Murray State University (KY): ENGL 213 Film & Literature/3 cr.

UW-Fox Valley: ENGL 377/The Film as Literature/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: FILM 289/Special Topics: Film as Literature/3 cr.

UW-Stout: LIT GXX/Literature Elective/3 cr.

UW-Superior: COMM 301/Selected Topics in Film/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: FILM/ENGLISH 352/Literature on Film/3 cr.

Management & Organizational Behavior/Claire McCarty/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course will address basic management principles and the interrelated principles of individual and group behavior. The objective of this course is to help the student become an effective manager in today’s organization. Examples of management skills that we may discuss include interpersonal communication, motivating self and others, managing change, building effective work teams, establishing credibility, and managing conflict. 

Textbook(s):

Murray State University (KY): MGT 350/ Fundamentals of Management OR BUS 396/ International Business Seminar/ 3 cr.

UW-River Falls: MNGT 300/Management & Organizational Behavior/3 cr.

UW-Stout: INMGT 400/Organizational Leadership/3 cr.

UW-Superior: BUS 482/Organizational Behavior & Development/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: MANGEMNT 301/Organizational Behavior/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting/On-site Course Mentor (Resident Director of Academics)/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting provides a framework that combines aspects of independent study and internship to facilitate the development of a deeper understanding of your field of study and future career aspirations in general, but also beyond the borders of the United States.  You will utilize a combination of job shadowing, informational interviews, online and local resources, and independent research to build a network within your field, and to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity and breadth of career possibilities within your field.

This course is driven by the students' interests and curiosity about their chosen field. Students will actively pursue interviews, networking opportunities, and lines of inquiry independently. Independent research and reading must be undertaken by students. Course Mentors will provide guidance, feedback, suggestions and advice, and challenge students to delve deeper and ask questions.  Course Mentors will assist in making initial contacts at the beginning of the semester, however, students must be self-directed and willing to make contacts and engage outside of their 'comfort zone'.

Course Competencies

  • Explore your field of study in Scotland

  • Develop intercultural communication skills

  • Implement networking contacts in your chosen career field

  • Develop the ability to be self-directed

  • Evaluate career possibilities within your field of study

  • Document experiences in chosen career field 

Lake Superior State University: SERV 277

UW-River Falls: WIS 279/Career Exploration in an International Setting/3 cr.

UW-Stout: TRDIS 101/Career Exploration/(1 cr + electives)

UW-Superior: IDS 297/Exploring Majors & Academics/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: LSINDP 999/L & S Interdisciplinary Elective/3 cr.

 

MODULE THREE (select one course from the following options)
Course & Textbook Equivalent

"Knit Lit": The Social, Economic, and Personal Significance of Knitting in Women's Lives, in Scotland and the World/Angela Williamson Emmert/3 cr.

Taking a material feminist approach, this course will consider some of the many facets of knitting in women’s lives.  With the support of readings by feminist scholars across disciplines, we will explore women’s lives through the lens of knitting as a personal, economic, and cultural activity.  And (for a participation grade only), we will learn to knit.
 
Trips and visits may include knitting groups, yarn shops, farms, yarn mills, and the textile collections of the Scottish National Museum and the Edinburgh City Museum, as well as an activity with the student group, University of Edinburgh Knitting Society.  Schedule permitting, we will also be in attendance for the Edinburgh International Yarn Festival.

Textbook(s): tbd

Murray State University (KY): GDS 351 Special Topics in Gender & Diversity/ 3 cr.

UW-Fox Valley: GSW 291/Special Topics: Knit Lit/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: WGST 289/ Special Topics: Knit Lit/3 cr.

UW-Stout: WGS XXX/Women's Studies elective/3 cr.

UW-Superior: ANTH 289/ Anthropology Elective/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: WOMENST 9999E/Elective/3 cr.

Managing Workplace Diversity/Claire McCarty/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

As the workforce has become increasingly diverse, the focus of diversity initiatives has changed from compliance with the law to understanding individual differences to using diversity to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.  International business has become the norm rather than the exception.  This course will assist you in understanding and appreciating individual differences and in building the skills to work productively, particularly on teams, with people who may be different from you.  Readings and activities will be focused on raising your understanding of the complexity of diversity by encouraging you to examine your personal perspectives as well as to analyze and evaluate organization diversity initiatives.  After taking this course you should be able to:

  • Describe how embracing diversity in the workplace leads to win/win outcomes. Demonstrate familiarity with various dimensions of diversity and issues linked to these dimensions.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with research on successful and unsuccessful diversity programs.

Textbook(s):

Murray State University (KY): MGT 554 Managing a Diverse Workforce OR BUS 396 International Business Seiminar/ 3 cr.

UW-River Falls: MNGT 330/ Managing Workplace Diversity/3 cr. (d)

UW-Stout: BUMGT XXX/Business Admin Electives/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting/On-site Course Mentor (Resident Director of Academics)/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting provides a framework that combines aspects of independent study and internship to facilitate the development of a deeper understanding of your field of study and future career aspirations in general, but also beyond the borders of the United States.  You will utilize a combination of job shadowing, informational interviews, online and local resources, and independent research to build a network within your field, and to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity and breadth of career possibilities within your field.

This course is driven by the students' interests and curiosity about their chosen field. Students will actively pursue interviews, networking opportunities, and lines of inquiry independently. Independent research and reading must be undertaken by students. Course Mentors will provide guidance, feedback, suggestions and advice, and challenge students to delve deeper and ask questions.  Course Mentors will assist in making initial contacts at the beginning of the semester, however, students must be self-directed and willing to make contacts and engage outside of their 'comfort zone'.

Course Competencies

  • Explore your field of study in Scotland

  • Develop intercultural communication skills

  • Implement networking contacts in your chosen career field

  • Develop the ability to be self-directed

  • Evaluate career possibilities within your field of study

  • Document experiences in chosen career field 

Lake Superior State University: SERV 277

UW-River Falls: WIS 279/Career Exploration in an International Setting/3 cr.

UW-Stout: TRDIS 101/Career Exploration/(1 cr + electives)

UW-Superior: IDS 297/Exploring Majors & Academics/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: LSINDP 999/L & S Interdisciplinary Elective/3 cr.

 

MODULE FOUR (select one course from the following options)
Course & Textbook Equivalent

The African American Literary Legacy in the United States and the United Kingdom/Angela Williamson Emmert/3 cr.

With an eye towards contemporary contextualization, this course explores the work of historic and contemporary African American writers and considers ways in which this work has shaped and continues to shape international discourse and multi-national narrative, from the time of slavery to the year 2020.
 
One possible trip associated with this course is to Glasgow, where we will explore History-Hidden-In-Sight: entire sections of the city built by wealth obtained through slavery. Liverpool, home of the International Slavery Museum, as well as the origin place of the Beatles, is another possible destination.  In Edinburgh, we can visit the Scottish National Library to tour its special collection of slave trade and abolishment documents; explore the city with an interactive map of slave residencies at the time of abolishment; and visit Edinburgh's Jazz Bar to hear African American inspired music and speak to some of the people who identify with and love it.

Textbook(s): rbd

Murray State University (KY): ENG 320/Survey of African-American Lit/ 3 cr.

UW-Fox Valley: ENGL 282/African American Lit./3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ENGL 203/Literature of the African-American Experience/3 cr.(d)

UW-Stout: LIT GAX /Literature Electives (RES-A)/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: ENGLISH 345/African American Lit./3 cr.

Global Business & Society/Claire McCarty/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

MNGT 250 introduces students to the values that serve as the foundation for global business organizations and the impact these values have in our global economy. Uses tools of social scientific inquiry to examine how globalization has impacted theses values and how business has responded to the challenges of globalization.

Textbook(s):

Murray State University (KY): BUS 396 International Business Seminar/ 3 cr.

UW-River Falls: MNGT 250/Global Business & Society/3 cr. (EC)

UW-Stout: BUINB 260/Intro to INternational Business/3 cr.

UW-Superior: BUS 363/Business Ethics and Social Responisblity/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting/On-site Course Mentor (Resident Director of Academics)/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting provides a framework that combines aspects of independent study and internship to facilitate the development of a deeper understanding of your field of study and future career aspirations in general, but also beyond the borders of the United States.  You will utilize a combination of job shadowing, informational interviews, online and local resources, and independent research to build a network within your field, and to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity and breadth of career possibilities within your field.

This course is driven by the students' interests and curiosity about their chosen field. Students will actively pursue interviews, networking opportunities, and lines of inquiry independently. Independent research and reading must be undertaken by students. Course Mentors will provide guidance, feedback, suggestions and advice, and challenge students to delve deeper and ask questions.  Course Mentors will assist in making initial contacts at the beginning of the semester, however, students must be self-directed and willing to make contacts and engage outside of their 'comfort zone'.

Course Competencies

  • Explore your field of study in Scotland

  • Develop intercultural communication skills

  • Implement networking contacts in your chosen career field

  • Develop the ability to be self-directed

  • Evaluate career possibilities within your field of study

  • Document experiences in chosen career field 

Lake Superior State University: SERV 277

UW-River Falls: WIS 279/Career Exploration in an International Setting/3 cr.

UW-Stout: TRDIS 101/ Career Exploration/(1 cr. + electives)

UW-Superior: IDS 297/Exploring Majors & Academics/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: LSINDP 999/L & S Interdisciplinary Elective/3 cr.

 

 


Internships

In addition to the courses listed above, students may enroll in a limited number of 3-credit, 150-hour unpaid internships. Internships will be completed in place of a course, and all internship participants will be dually enrolled in the Career Exploration in an International Setting course.

Visit the internships page to view internship requirements, current opportunities, and to complete the internship application.

 


Meet the Spring 2020 Faculty

Angela Williamson

As an undergraduate working towards her B. A. in English at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Angela Williamson Emmert spent a year studying in Bielefeld, Germany – her second international trip and proof that her childhood dream of “traveling the world” (usually without a lot of cash) is totally achievable! 

Since then, she has traveled both domestically and overseas, both alone and with her family, by plane, by train, by car, by foot, and by boat.  Domestically, Greyhound and Amtrak have taken her to both coasts and across the southwest.  Overseas, she once boarded a steam train that was supposed to carry her into the foothills of the Himalayas to the city of Darjeeling.  When the train broke down along the way, she and her sister caught a ride in the back of a modified SUV – without seatbelts -- where she suffered mind-blowing altitude sickness beneath mountains so big they became the sky.  Last summer’s guided kayak tour of the Pictured Rocks of Lake Superior was equally mind-blowing, but with considerably less discomfort. 

As a graduate student at the University of North Dakota, Williamson fell in love with Scottish Renaissance poet Hugh MacDiarmid’s long work A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle, and came to realize that global social justice and love for the natural world are intertwined.  Accompanied by her husband and four sons, she is excited to be returning for a second time to teach in the Wisconsin in Scotland program.

 

Claire McCarty

Claire McCarty, Ph.D.
Professor, Management
College of Business & Economics
University of Wisconsin-River Falls

I’ve been in River Falls longer than anywhere in my life (grew up in Philadelphia, Chicago, Hartland WI, two times living abroad (Brazil and Switzerland); spent my adult life moving from Wausau (pharma sales), Columbus OH (grad school), Boston, Chippewa Falls WI). Been a college professor and consultant over those years. My area is Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management - teaching in our MBA and undergrad programs. I have a B.A. (psychology/anthropology) from U.W.-Madison and a Ph.D. from Ohio State.  

I've spent a lot of my time at UWRF with international programs. I spent the Spring of 2005 in Scotland, taught in Experience China twice, was part of the International Traveling Classroom (Europe) program twice, taught in Taiwan, led three J-terms trips to S.E. Asia, and am recently back from leading the Semester Abroad program in Europe. Students were involved in projects from England to Romania.

Last time I taught in Scotland, my kids were 10 and 12 – they are now grown and sad they aren’t coming with me this time but I’m very excited about my return! It’s a magical place.