Explore Western Europe by sea...The historic seaports of Ireland, France, Portugal, and Spain all have stories to tell. Celebrate their past, present, and future as you explore each one from the platform of a traditional sailing vessel. Learn about the rich maritime traditions of these ancient cities and address how they have evolved over time as the result of globalization. Visit four distinct nations for a taste of their unique, vibrant cultures, drawing comparisons from each to create a truly global summer experience.
Historic Seaports of Western Europe
This voyage will sail along the coastal waters of Western Europe, combining several short cruise legs with a single longer passage. Port stops in France, Portugal, and Spain will offer first-hand interactions with communities intricately tied to ocean resources and maritime trades both historically and today.
Cruise Track: Cork, Ireland to Cádiz, Spain
Destinations: Cork, Ireland > Douarnenez, France > Lisbon, Portugal > Cádiz, Spain
When?July 4 - August 2, 2014
Brief shore component in Cork aboard ship
July 4 - August 2: In Cork & At Sea
Who Should Apply?
This program is ideal for Humanities or Social Science majors who are interested in learning more about the oceans from a historical perspective. We welcome students of all majors to apply.
Summer Session II - Historic Seaports of Western Europe - is designed for students representing a wide diversity of backgrounds and interests, but especially those who want to understand environmental, political and cultural changes within a historical context. Students will begin on board the SSV Corwith Cramer in the ancient city of Cork, a port city that maintains a long history with the sea. After a brief shore component in Cork, they will then set sail along the coastal waters of Western Europe, combining several short cruise legs with a single longer passage. Port stops in France, Portugal, and Spain will offer first-hand interactions with communities intricately tied to ocean resources and maritime trades both historically and today.
SEA Semester provides an experiential opportunity to gather firsthand knowledge that will influence students’ lifelong relationships with the ocean. As our society becomes more aware of how integral the oceans are to the planet, from climate patterns to energy production to the origins of life itself, we must also understand how to conserve these important resources. Moving beyond the textbook toward practical application, hands-on research, and personal experience, SEA Semester prepares students to take a more active role in solving today’s environmental problems.
Summer Session II carries 4 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.
Explore impacts of European maritime ventures on the societies they contacted in the Atlantic or Pacific, with focus on the resulting social, political, economic, and cultural changes. Investigate responses documented in the post-Colonial literature of indigenous people.
"SEA Semester was the perfect environment to learn about a vastly important but often overlooked part of our world, the oceans. The classroom time was very engaging and I learned a great deal in this more traditional academic environment. Of course, the sea component will probably be the most memorable aspect of my undergraduate education."