Global Perspectives: Media, Communication, Culture
Through a culturally-immersive learning framework, students in this course will explore how globalization (as process, practice, and system) intersects evolving conceptions of media, communication and culture as international phenomena.
Students from all majors are welcome, as the course is specifically designed to both link up with a wide array of disciplinary perspectives related to the subject, as well utilize student diversity regarding backgrounds and majors as a means to mutually enhance our understanding of the topics and perspectives we will engage in the course.
Utilizing directed engagements with the Czech and Central European cultural context (visiting Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest, Brno and Southern Moravia), students will explore the Local as a context for understanding the Global, considering how their own culture, media, and means for communication (language, technology, symbolism, etc.) frame and connect their knowledge and personal experience of the world to broader understandings of their identity and perspective in the world.
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Why this program: This program combines classes with site-visits to different companies, industries, and organizations to provide practical examples to the course work in Brno, Prague, Budapest, and Vienna.
Learning outcomes: Students in this course will explore how globalization (as process, practice, and system) intersects evolving conceptions of media, communication and culture as international phenomena.
Credits: Students will receive 6 ECTS upon successful completion of this course.
Dates and Fees
Cost: The cost of this program is €3350, with a €500 discount for partner universities.
- Transportation for the weekend trips (Prague, Vienna, Budapest)
- Accommodation in Brno and weekend trips
- Tuition for the summer school
- Academic trips (Hungarian parliament, Radio Free Europe, UN, etc.)
- Breakfast on weekend trips (at the hotel only)
- Opening and Closing receptions
- Culture activities around Brno
Students should budget an additional €400-1000 depending on their spending habits for food in Brno (breakfast, lunch, dinner), weekend trips (lunch and dinner) and fun "optional" activities in Brno, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest (the underground labyrinth in Brno, Budapest baths, bars, etc.)
This is a sample schedule for the course. Culture activities are subject to change, but the academic trips will stay the same.
Classes take place Monday-Thursday from 9:30-12:30. Culture/social activities will take place in the afternoons/nights.
Students are expected to arrive in Vienna on Sunday, May 19 and will be transported to Telč to start the program. The program ends in Prague on Friday, June 12, however students can depart on that Thursday. For information on Brno, see our Practical Information.
Students in this program are housed in one of our Residence Halls where both international and Czech students live during the school year. This is a great opportunity to see how student housing is different all around the world (or is similar, depending on what country you are from!). In Brno, students share a room with one other student, while on trips, students are three per room.
Bedding is provided; however, students should bring their own towels. Students will have an opportunity to cook their own meals, some cooking supplies will be provided, as supplies last.
C. MICHAEL ELAVSKY, PHD. is an award-winning American instructor and research scholar (formerly tenured at The Pennsylvania State University) with 20 years in-country academic experience including 2 US State Department Fulbright Scholar appointments. As an expert in international education, he is committed to encouraging students to push themselves to explore their human potential and grow as citizens of the world.
Life in Brno
Brno is a great place to live, even if just for a short period of time. As a student city (1/5 of the population are students) and an international city there is always something to do, and the Czech language isn’t a barrier. This means that exploring cafes, teahouses, restaurants and the local sites is easy, even without our amazing assistants. However, because we want you to get the most out of your experience, we have a team of local Czech students to show you their favorite things in Brno!