This three-week Interdepartmental
course (INTD) offers an opportunity to become immersed in the culture of a
nation that relishes its independence and traditions having survived multiple
invasions and occupations.
The course will be held at Alytus
College in the sixth largest city of Lithuania.
Centered on concepts and theories of cross-cultural communication taught
by Geneseo faculty, the course will include sessions on history, culture and
language mentored by faculty of Alytus College.
Field trips to the cities of Vilnius (capital) and Kaunas, national
parks, museums, architectural landmarks, UNESCO world heritage sites, as well
as a variety of cultural activities will also be included.
Open to all academic majors. This course may qualify as a 300-level Social
Science general education credit or it may fulfill the 300-level track related
requirement for Communication majors.
Despite its small size, Lithuania is home to four UNESCO world heritage sites. For instance, Vilnius Old Town is a medieval town of Eastern Europe that was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994 due to its original architecture and global cultural value. Proud of its unique Indo-European language, its legacy as a great power of the 14th and 15th centuries, its natural beauty and of its spirited people, Lithuania's experience is a lesson in political and social perserverance - the preservation of national identity.
Course content is comprised of three modules. The
core module deals with intercultural communication dynamics with emphasis on
theoretical concepts and patterns of communication behavior that deepen
understanding of the communication process in cross-cultural contexts. Two
modules on Lithuanian history, cultural traditions and language, complemented
by field trips, will enrich the core module through active learning experiences
in the environs of Lithuania. The course is an interdepartmental (INTD), 300-level
offering, which may be applied in fulfillment of requirements for the SUNY
Geneseo Communication major. (3 credits,