Wisconsin in Scotland

Spring 2018

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.

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 1: 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 Elective/3 cr.

MODULE 1: 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: 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., 

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 1: Human Geography/Daniel Bochman/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course focuses upon the descriptions and analysis of human patterns of existence on earth using a landscape approach. Topics covered include: world patterns of population, race, religion, language, agriculture, industry, levels of economic development, urbanization, and humanity's impact upon the environment. The human geography patterns and populations of Scotland, as well as the broader British Isles, will be a central focus. In addition, this course provides participants with an introduction to the principal concepts, approaches and perspectives of the discipline of geography.

Textbook: Human Geography: People, Place &Culture 11th Ed. ISBN 13: 9781118793145 (978-1-118-79314-5) ISBN: 1118793145 (1-118-79314-5) and selected materials on the online course management system 

Additionally, this course will carry a $80 course trip fee that will enable our class to conduct an immersive investigation of human geography trends within Scotland. Among other locations, the course fee will include excursions such as:

Lake Superior State University: GEOG 177

Murray State University: GSC 110

UW-River Falls:GEOG 120/Human Geography/3 cr. (SB)

UW-Superior: GEOG 102/Cultural Geography/3 cr. (Social Inquiry, NW)

UW-Whitewater: GEOGRPY 230/Human Geography/3 cr. 

MODULE 2: Introduction to Visual Art/Dan Paulus/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course serves as a broad introduction to the visual arts. Students will develop skills to describe and analyze artworks within their cultural and historical contexts, while gaining an understanding of media and processes.

Textbook: Exploring Art: A Global Thematic Approach, 4th Edition, by Margaret Lazzari and Dona Schlesier. ISBN-13: 978-1-111-34378-1. ISBN-10: 1-111-34378-0

Lake Superior State University: ARTS 177

Murray State University: ART 121/Art and Visual Culture

UW-River Falls: Art 100/Introduction to Art/3 cr.(HF)

UW-Superior: Art 101/Introduction to Art/3 cr. (Aesthetic Experience)

UW-Whitewater: ARTHIST 111/Art Appreciation/3 cr.

MODULE 2: Lifespan Development/Michael Miller/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course will examine prominent psychological theories and research related to physical, cognitive, emotional, social and cultural aspects of growth and development from conception to end of life. Students will discuss the scientific study of development including learning about questions researchers ask, methods that they use and how findings are interpreted. Throughout the course students will reflect on and talk about the cultural basis of development and how research is related to real life experience and application. This course does not count toward the Psychology major or minor.


Lake Superior State University: 3 cr 

Murray State University: 3 cr 

UW-River Falls: PSYC 245/Lifespan Development/3 cr.

UW-Superior: /3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: EDFOUND 230/Human Development/3 cr.  

MODULE 2: Physical Environment-Patterns and Systems of Geography/Daniel Bochman/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course presents a basic understanding of the processes that, in combination, produce worldwide natural environment patterns: landforms, climate, vegetation and soils. Additionally, as this course takes place in Scotland, the physical environment patterns of Scotland and the British Isles will be a central focus.

Textbook: Introducing Physical Geography, 6th Ed. Strahler & Strahler ISBN 13: 9781118396209 (978-1-118-39620-9) ISBN: 1118396200 (1-118-39620-0) and selected materials on the online course management system 

Additionally, this course will carry a $160 course trip fee that will enable our class to conduct an in-depth survey of the physical geography of Scotland. Among other activities, the course fee will include excursions such as:

  • An afternoon excursion to Our Dynamic Earth, an interactive museum in Edinburgh that showcases over one-million years of geographical changes within Scotland
  • An experiential course day trip to the Scottish seaside town of Dunbar to tour John Muir's Birthplace and Trails, which will facilitate discussion of Muir's nature preservation philosophy, his connection to Wisconsin, and his role as the founder of the U.S. National Park Service and the Sierra club
  • A two-night course trip to the University of Edinburgh's Firbush Outdoor Centre, which is located on the idyllic Loch Tay and provides ample opportunities for course participants to explore the local physical geography through activities such as canoeing, sailing, mountain biking, and mountaineering

Lake Superior State University: GEOG 106/Physical Geography: Landforms

UW-River Falls: GEOG 110/Physical Environment/3 cr. (SI)

UW-Superior: GEOL 110/The Dynamic Earth/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: GEOGRPY 999/Geography Elective/3 cr. 

MODULE 3: Hagrid's Hut to Hogwart's Castle: the Architecture of Harry Potter/Daniel Bochman/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

Author JK Rowling's seven best-selling 'Harry Potter' novels (1997-2007) launched a magical fictional realm that has expanded into successful films, plays, and spin-of novellas. Yet, the novel storylines expose the importance of space and place within the British Isles, revealing a lens through which to explore the historical and cultural significance of architecture and the built environment.

Utilizing excerpts from the 'Harry Potter' novels, this course surveys the architectural development of the British Isles from prehistoric Highland crannogs that resemble the fictional Hagrid's Hut to the 18th century Gothic revival style of Alnwick Castle, used in film scenes for the fictional Hogwarts Castle. This course will examine the formal, spatial, social and political characteristics of buildings within the context of historical architectural development, drawing upon both secular and religious examples from the British Isles.

These examples will be discussed in both their historical context and the fictional Harry Potter universe for what they reveal about notions (and anxieties) regarding modern British architectural identity and geographic themes of space and place. 

Textbook: Readings on the online course management system, and references to the 'Harry Potter' novels

In lieu of required textbooks, this course will carry a $352 course trip fee that will enable our class to explore the architecture of Scotland and England as well as view major points of inspiration for author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Among other activities, the course fee will include excursions such as:

  • An overnight trip to northern England, where course participants will spend one night in the English city of York and explore its varied heritage through a detailed walking tour as well as visiting the 14th century York Minster cathedral and Jorvik Viking Centre. The following day, course participants will visit Alnwick Castle, present home of the Dukes of Northumberland and a primary filming location for Hogwarts Castle in the movies Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets (2002)
  • A two-night course trip to London, England where course participants will visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour as well as participate in a detailed Harry Potter walking tour of London; spend time exploring the British Museum; and visiting the Tower of London. Course participants will also have personal free time to explore London

Lake Superior State University: GEOG 277

UW-River Falls: GEOG 289/Special Topics: The Architecture of Harry Potter/3 cr.

UW-Superior: GEOG 289/Geography Elective/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: GEOGRPY 9999S/Geography Elective/3 cr.

MODULE 3: Art: Comparative Symbology/Dan Paulus/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

Students will study and compare symbols and their usage as they relate to Scotland, the United States, and other countries.  They will find, analyze, interpret, and make symbols to better understand why and how people communicate in this way.

Textbook: TBD


Lake Superior State University : ARTS 277

Murray State University: ART 121/Art and Visual Culture

UW-River Falls: Art 289/Special Topics: Comparative Symbololgy/3 cr.

UW-Superior: Art 289/Art Elective/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: ARTHISTRY 999/Art History Elective/3 cr. 

MODULE 3: General Psychology/Michael Miller/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

Introductory behavioral science course which emphasizes research methods, biological basis of behavior, human development, learning, memory, social and abnormal behavior.

Textbook: TBD 

Lake Superior State University:
PSYC 101/Introduction to Psychology

Murray State University: PSY 180/General Psychology or HON 180/Honors Seminar in Psychology

UW-River Falls: PSYC 101/General Psychology/3 cr. (SB)

UW-Superior:PSYC 101/Introduction to Psychology/3 cr. (Social Inquiry)

UW-Whitewater: PSYCH 211/Introductory Psychology/3 cr.

 MODULE 4: Foundations of Multicultural Education/Michael Miller/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain a meaningful understanding of multicultural education. Students will study the effects and influence of cultural diversity in American education. The topics of cultural diversity include ethnicity and race, gender, SES, religion, exceptionality, language, and learning styles. Students will also study current affairs that influence the educational decisions as they relate to multicultural education. Prerequisites: TED 120 or 155 or P ED 161, or AGED 201 or COMD 275.

Textbook: Understanding Human Differences: Multicultural Education for a Diverse America with Access Card Package ISBN 13: 9780134044316 (978-0-13-404431-6) ISBN: 0134044312 (0-13-404431-2)   and

additional readings as assigned and distributed as needed 

Lake Superior State University: EDUC 277

Murray State University: IECE: advisor-approved elective; Elementary: advisor-approved elective only if it is a university-studies equivalent course

UW-River Falls: TED 252/Multicultural Education (d)/3 cr.

UW-Superior: T ED 270/Multicultural Nonsexist Ed./3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: EDFOUND 243/Foundations of Education in a Pluralistic Society/3 cr.

MODULE 4: 2D Design Foundations/Dan Paulus/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

2D Design Foundation is the study of the principles of design and the visual elements of two-dimensional design and their applicaiton to the foundations of visual expression. 2D Design Foundation is organized to introduce students to 2D design fundamental concepts related to art making with an emphasis on the use of Principles of Design and Visual Elements. Students will utilize hands-on approaches to explore and complete projects.

This course will provide students with a comprehensive introduction and understanding of the Visual Elements (line, shape, value, space, texture, color) and principles (unity, rhythm, repetition, balance, economy, emphasis, variety) of design. This course also seeks to develop visual sensitivity, creative and thoughtful problem-solving skills, and visual vocabulary. Concepts and theories will be explored through a series of studio projects that utilize traditional tools and techniques. Emphasis is placed on creative exploration and experimentation as students develop sensitivity toward intelligent solutions to course projects. Throughout the course, students will be strengthening their understanding and appreciation for the visual and applied arts.

Textbook: Launching the Imagination: A Comprehensive Guide to Basic Design 4th Ed. Mary Stewart ISBN 13: 978-0-07337924-1

Lake Superior State University: ARTS 109/Principles of Design and Color

Murray State University: ART 111/Two-dimensional Design

UW-River Falls:Art 121/2D Foundations/3 cr.

UW-Superior: Art 101/Introduction to Art/3 cr. (Aesthetic Experience)

UW-Whitewater: ARTSTDIO 102/Design/3 cr. 

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

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

 Meet the spring 2018 faculty

Dan Paulus

Dan PaulusDan Paulus is an Associate Professor of Art in Graphic Design and Art Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Mr. Paulus brings extensive practical experience and theory to the classroom. He also continues to practice graphic design through his studio, Foci Creative. As a graphic designer and educator, Dan considers himself a determined problem solver and someone who enjoys a challenge.

Design is his way to organize and clean up a cluttered environment. Solutions to communication problems become the goals that drive the decisions which influence his work. His research interests include how design can influence consumer debt, design student motivation, assessment-moving away from the letter grade, and infusing design into high school curriculum. Dan has also been involved with AIGA, the professional association for design, for over 10 years in Utah, Oklahoma, and now in Minnesota. AIGA has provided opportunities to get involved and stay connected to the design community. Dan believes that all these combined experiences encourages a more holistic classroom experience.

Michael Miller

Michael Miller is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education at the Univeristy of Wisconsin-River Falls

Dr. Miller's course load revolves primarily around educational foundations, adolescent psychology and intercultural competence.  He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and consistently prepares and delivers professional development experiences for teachers and youth workers locally and nationally.  

Dr. Miller's  recognitions for teaching and service, include Wisconsin Campus Compact's Community Based Practitioner Award for having college students apply course topics to real work in local communities.  His courses in Scotland will most certainly connect to Scottish culture and history and the communities surrounding Dalkeith.

In addition to a love of teaching, Dr. Miller is a committed parent and spouse, crazed soccer fan and coach, and passionate mindfulness advocate. He is excited that his family will be joining him for much of the spring 2018 semester. 


Daniel Bochman

Daniel Bochman is a visiting lecturer from the University of Edinburgh, where he is currently completing his PhD in Architecture with an emphasis in Digital Geo-Humanities. A primary research focus for Daniel is connecting the geographical themes of space and place to both the built environment and innovative conservation techniques. To do so, Daniel's architectural research incorporates onsite fieldwork and archival examination with such contemporary technologies as aerial drone (UAV) analysis, LiDAR, GIS, remote sensing and 3D scanning, modeling and printing. Daniel has presented his research at various architecture and geography conferences around the world and has received numerous doctoral research grants and awards.

Mr. Bochman holds a MSc degree in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh and BSc degrees in Geography, History and Geographic Information Systems. Daniel also has previous professional experience working in Data Visualization and Analytics for a multi-national technology firm and clients in both the U.S.A. and the European Union. As a former student on the Experience Scotland program, Daniel is passionate about viewing Scotland as a laboratory for learning and is looking forward to incorporating multiple experiential learning activities into his three courses.  

Mr. Bochman's two geography courses will engage students in hands-on activities and field trips in order to gain a fundamental understanding of the discipline's core concepts, including the natural patterns affecting the physical environment and how human settlements have shaped the earth's landscape for millennia. Daniel's architecture course will explore the historical and cultural significance of the built environment within Great Britain, with a central focus upon Scotland. Author J.K. Rowling's seven Harry Potter novels (and corresponding films) will be utilized extensively throughout the course as a lens through which to survey the architectural history of Great Britain and discover the built environment sources of her literary inspiration.

In addition to researching and teaching students, Daniel loves to explore the 'layers' of Scottish culture and its impact and influence around the world. He is excited to share his passion for architecture and geography with the students of the Experience Scotland program.

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