Wisconsin in Scotland

Fall 2017

Participants in the fall 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 fall program can be found on our calendars page.

Course & Textbook Equivalent

REQUIRED: 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, the 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 take 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 transnational 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 (KY): 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: Theatre Appreciation-Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Joan Navarre/UW-Stout/3 cr.

Development of theatre arts from ancient times to present; play styles, production methods and audience appreciation; representative plays.  This course emphasizes the relationships between the technical and artistic components of theatre practices of the past and present from cultures around the world.  Utilizing the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the laboratory experience, students will:

  • Develop an appreciation for a general history of the theatre and the diversity of theatrical forms 
  • Acquire a vocabulary of theatre terms and explore theatrical genres 
  • Develop an appreciation of the various facets of the working and performing theatre
  • Explore how the technical and artistic components of theatre complement each other 
  • Develop the ability to articulate a critical analysis or review of the theatrical performances that they attend

Special Topics in Theatre: For those that have completed a Theatre Appreciation course, the "Special Topics Course continues to emphasize the relationships between the technical and Artistic components of theatre practices past and present from cultures around the world.  Please note that this option is only available to students who have completed a pre-requisite course in Theatre appreciation, and students will be expected to take a leadership role in classroom participation.

Textbook:  No textbook required; readings and daily schedule will be supplied via online course management system. In lieu of textbook, students will purchase tickets for some Fringe performances

Lake Superior State University: THEA 277/3 cr.

Murray State University (KY): THD104: The Theatrical Experience

UW-Oshkosh: THEATRE161/Appreciation of Drama/3 cr. (Hu)

UW-River Falls: SASA 105/Introduction to Theatre and Drama/3 cr. GE (HF) or SASA 389/Special topics in Theatre/ 3 cr.

UW-Stout: SPCOM 232/Introduction to the Theatre/3 cr. or THEA 300-Special Topics

UW-Superior: COMM 122/Theatre Appreciation/3 cr. (Art Appreciation) or COMM  377: Special topics in Theater/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: THEATRE 100/Theatre Appreciation/3 cr.

MODULE ONE: Storytelling in the British Isles/Jennifer Isaac/Normandale Community College/3 cr.

By focusing on the tradition of storytelling in the British Isles, students will understand how this unique form of oral performance has shaped understanding of those specific cultural and social environments. Students will explore the art and origin of storytelling and through stage performance, the three core forms of oral tradition: cultural folklore, autobiographical narratives, and ethnographical oral histories. Emphasis will be given to vocal and physical delivery elements as a means to communicate the message of a personal/family story or literary text.

Textbook: readings supplied via online course management system

PLEASE NOTE: In lieu of a textbook, students will pay an additional trip fee of $250 which will cover a 3-day trip to Dublin, Ireland.  Planned activities in Dublin include two storytelling guided tours with accommodation in a centrally-located hostel.  There will be free time for sightseeing where students may elect to visit the Guinness Brewery, Trinity College (the Book of Kells), as well as a variety of museums and tours. Please plan on paying the trip fee via credit or debit card in Scotland.


Lake Superior State University: COMM 177/THEA 177

Murray State University: ENG 330: Special Topics, COM: Speak with advisor for approval for upper level elective

Normandale Community College: COMM 1900

UW-River Falls: SASA 289/Special Topics in Stage & Screen Arts/3 cr.

UW-Superior: COMM 273/Oral Interpretation/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: COMM 999/Communication Elective/3 cr.

MODULE TWO: Introduction to Geology (with optional lab)/Ian Williams/UW-River Falls/4 cr.

The investigation of the planet Earth. Includes the study of earth materials, the dynamic processes which have shaped and are shaping the earth's surface and interior through time, and the influence of these materials and processes on humanity.

Introduction to Geology Laboratory: Laboratory study of minerals, rocks and earth processes including interpretation of topographic and geologic maps. Using geological data to understand the scientific method. Field trips and lab fee required. Pre- or Co-requisite: GEOL 101-Introduction to Geology

Textbook: Continents in Collision available via online course management system

Lake Superior State University: GEOL 177

Murray State University: GSC 101/The Earth and the Environment

UW-River Falls: GEOL 101/Intro to Geology (3 cr) and GEOL 102 Lab (1 cr)/4 cr. (SI)

UW-Superior: If taking both class AND lab: GEOL 110/Dynamic Earth/4 cr. (Lab Science)

UW-Whitewater: GEOLGY 999/Geology Elective/ 3 cr.

MODULE TWO: Intercultural Communication/Mike Wartman/Normandale Community College/3 cr.

An introduction to communication among peoples from different cultures. This course explores the relationship between culture and communication, gaining an intellectual framework to understand cultural patterns, verbal and nonverbal codes in intercultural interpersonal relationships. Attention is given to obstacles to and skills for competent intercultural communication. Attendance at a cultural event is a requirement for this course.

Textbook(s): students in the module will use whatever Intercultural textbooks already exist in the Dalkeith House Library

Lake Superior State University:  COMM 377/3 cr.

Murray State University: COM 340/Intercultural Communication

Normandale Community College: COMM 1131/Intercultural Communication/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: COMS 213/Intercultural Communication/3 cr. (d)

UW-Stout: COMST 312/Intercultural  Communication/3 cr.

UW-Superior: COMM 167/Introduction to Intercultural Communications/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: COMM 999/Communications Elective/3 cr.

MODULE TWO: British History/Scottish Professor Joyce Miller/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-345-0S1/Modern British History/3 cr.

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

UW-Whitewater: HISTRY 999/History Exchange Study/3 cr.

MODULE THREE: Environmental Geology/Ian Williams/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This is a writing intensive course. A survey course designed to develop a general understanding of the relationship of the various earth systems to human activity, to deal rigorously and optimistically with both short-term, local geologic problems as well as those of world impact.


Any introductory Environmental Geology Text
materials provided via online course management system

Lake Superior State University: GEOL 115/Field Excursions in Earth Science

UW-River Falls: GEOL 269/Environmental Geology/3 cr. (EC)

UW-Superior: GEOL 130/Environmental Geology/3 cr. (Envir Sci or Lab Science)

UW-Whitewater: GEOLGY 999/GEOL Elective/3 cr.

MODULE THREE: Public Speaking/Mike Wartman/Normandale Community College/3 cr.

The course offers communication experiences intended to improve students' speaking and listening skills across a broad spectrum of situations including multicultural interactions, public communication, small group interaction, interpersonal communication, and interviewing. The study of communication principles to develop skills in finding, adapting, and delivering material to inform or persuade an audience. Each student is expected to perform several speeches throughout the course and evaluate speeches given by others.

Textbook: Textbook:

  • Students in this course need a clean/new2 GB flash drive (can be brought with you or purchased in Scotland) 
  • No textbook purchase is required; however, students should be prepared to pay for a required course pack on the first day of class (estimated cost of $15)

Lake Superior State University: COMM 101/Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Murray State University: COM 161/Introduction to Public Speaking

Normandale Community College: COMM1101/ Public Speaking/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: COMS 101/Fundamentals of Oral Communication/3 cr. (CS)

UW-Superior: COMM 189/Communication Elective/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater:COMM 110/Intro to Human Communication/3 cr.

MODULE FOUR: Geological Destiny of Nations/Ian Williams/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

Our entire society is dependent upon geological resources. This course examines the epic quest through history--past, present, and future--for nonrenewable mineral, energy, soil, and water resources. World events, politics, and resource conflicts will be explored. The course will engage students on the sustainability of geologic resource use as it relates to economic, environmental, and social justice as well as examine the potential for, and consequences of, unsustainable resource use.

Textbook: materials provided via online course management system

Lake Superior State University: GEOL 377

UW-River Falls: GEOL 250/Geological Destiny of Nations/3 cr. (GP, gen ed SB)

UW-Superior: GEOL 189/Geology Elective/3 cr. (Social Inquiry)

UW-Whitewater: GEOLGY 999/Geology Elective/3 cr.

MODULE FOUR: Scotland: Heritage & 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:  CDGE, 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., GE (MD)

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 Exchange Study/3 cr.

MODULE FOUR: Family Communication/Jennifer Isaac/Normandale Community College/3 cr.

This course explores how communication functions within families to develop, maintain, enrich, or limit family relationships. Descriptive rather than prescriptive, the course emphasizes understanding families as unique communication systems imbedded within sub-cultural and cultural ecosystems. Awareness of the functions of communication in families can help students understand more about how and why families behave as they do. The course also provides several theoretical approaches to help students better understand the interactive dynamics occurring within their own family or families.

Textbook(s): Family Communication: Cohesion and Change, 9th Ed. Galvin, Byland and Brommel ISBN 13: 9780205945238 (978-0-205-94523-8) ISBN: 0205945236 (0-205-94523-6)

Lake Superior State University: COMM 277

Murray State University: COM: Speak with advisor for approval for upper level elective

Normandale Community College: COMM 2111 /Family Communication/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: COMS 206/Family Communications/3 cr.

UW-Superior: COMS 289/Communication Elective/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: COMM 999/Communication Elective/3 cr.

MODULE 2, 3, OR 4 (semester-long course, but with an emphasis in one module): Career Exploration in an International Setting/Onsite 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-Superior: IDS 297/Exploring Majors & Academics/3 cr.

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

Meet the Fall 2017 Faculty

Joan Navarre

Joan NavarreJoan Navarre, PhD, UW-Stout, Department of English and Philosophy

Joan is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  She teaches writing, literature and film studies.  She also serves on the board of trustees for The Museum of Soho, London (   

Her devotion to Great Britain began when she was an undergraduate:  She enrolled in the St. Cloud Centre for British Studies and lived in Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter's castle, near the Scottish/English border) for a full academic year.   Joan loves teaching, experiencing live theatre and introducing students to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  She is looking forward to the Experience Scotland program (Fall 2017)!

Mike Wartman

Mike Wartman recently retired after a 39-year college teaching career at Purdue University, St. Olaf College, Wisconsin in Scotland program and 37 years at Normandale Community College.   Academic studies include a M.A in Communication, Purdue University, a B.A in Speech and Theatre, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and an A.A in Liberal Arts, Normandale Community College. Post-graduate studies include extensive coursework and study at the University of Minnesota, Bethel, Minnesota State Mankato, & University of St. Thomas.  Mike served as a Speech and Debate coach, Children's Theatre Director and instructor at Normandale and taught eight different courses in Communication.  An avid outdoorsman, Mike enjoys hunting, fishing and recreational sports.  He also is active in community theatre performance and directing in the Twin Cities.  His family includes wife Jodene, a retired high school Communication instructor, speech coach and theater director, daughter Jesse an on air meteorologist at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee son Ben, a FDIC analyst, 2 year old grandson Jaxton and fanatic black lab, Champ.

Ian Williams

Dr. Ian Williams is a professor of Geology at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls 

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PhD   University of California-Santa Barbara – Geophysics.     Thesis:  An Investigation of Some Aspects of  Geomagnetic Reversals  Studies in the Pacific Isands and the Phillipines   

MSc  University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England – Geophysics.  Thesis: Paleomagnetism of North West Scotland.  Studies in NW Scotland

BSc  Durham University, England, Major - Geology.  Field trips to Wales, N.W. Scotland, the Isle of Skye & North Yorkshire


Spring 1991 Taught at Wisconsin in Scotland campus, Dalkeith Scotland Spring 2004  Advisor to Rachel Crownheart  – Geology of Skye, Scotland- SA:E Fall 2008 Faculty Supervisor, Semester Abroad: Europe (SA:E) Spring 2010 Taught Geol 101 in the Pyrenees, Interna'tl Traveling Classroom (ITC) Fall 2011 Advised to Jake Bunda – Geology of the Lizard, England - SA:E Summer 2012 Taught Geol 101 at Wisconsin in Scotland campus, Dalkeith Scotland Fall 2012 Advised Erin Peterson – Italian Volcanoes – SA:E Fall 2013 Advised Patricia Mayer - Croatian cave development - SA:E Fall 2015  Faculty Supervisor, Semester Abroad: Europe (SA:E) Fall 2015 Advisor to Brett LaCoy – Crustal Shortening in the Bude area, UK. Fall 2016 Faculty Director Semester Abroad: Europe

1995/96  Outstanding Teacher in the College of Agriculture, UWRF. 2001/02   Compass Award 2015/16  UWRF Advisor of the year 2016/17   UWRF Distinguished Teacher Award

Sabbatical '06 Wrote Cartoon Textbook "Continents in Collision" ian williams 3

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT Arranged & Coordinated Faculty Development seminars (both Fall and Spring semesters) Fall 2001 to Fall 2008. Arranged & Coordinated & participated in New Faculty Orientation Day (Fall semester only) Fall 1999 to Fall 2008.


1987-1990 Member of Board of Directors of Whole Earth Coop  1990-1995 Member and Officer of River Falls Macintosh User Group 1994-2000 Science Fair Judge 2003-2004 Ad hoc contributions to 'River Falls Wildcat Marching Band'. 2009-2016 Occasional Science Olympiad test writer and host – Dynamic Planet, Volcanoes,Earthquakes

COURSE RESPONSIBILITY Geology 101 Introduction to Geology - 3 credits   From Fall '12 taught on-line Geol 101 for Early Childhood Ed. Geology 102 Introduction to Geology Lab - 2 credits Geology 115 Oceanography – 3 credits Geology 279 Environmental Geology - 3 credits Geology 305/505 Geology of the Planets - 2 credits  Geology 326 Structural Geology - 4 credits Geology 389 Special Topics-Paleontology – 1 credit (Fall 16 only) Geology 441/641 Introduction to Geophysics - 4 credits Geology 381/581 Western Regional Field Trip - 1 to 2 credits Geology 375 Appalachian Regional Field Trip – 1 to 2 credits SMGT 320 Energy for Sustainable Management (3cr) co Taught with Dr. G. Spiczak

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