Past Program

Portugal: Mapping Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages

Students in this course will spend four weeks in Portugal and will use the methodologies of design for the built environment, the fine arts, the environmental humanities, mapping, and writing to investigate overlapping networks of biological, geological, and cultural heritage in Portugal.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Sines, Portugal
  • Évora, Portugal
  • Mértola, Portugal
  • Faro, Portugal
When
Winter 2019

Course Dates: Jan 3, 2019 — Feb 3, 2019

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Program Partners

Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD)

Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Interior Architecture
  • Literary Arts & Studies
  • Liberal Arts Elective
Course Numbers
  • INTAR-1512
  • LAEL-W512
Cost
$3900

Includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages
Lisbon, Portugal 2019
Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages
Lisbon, Portugal 2019
Portugal: Bio-geo Cultural Heritages
Lisbon, Portugal 2019

Full Course Description

Located on the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal contains a wide range of socio-ecological regions and configurations, including large cityscapes, western and southern Atlantic coasts, mountainous regions, agricultural landscapes, marine ecologies, petrocultural landscapes, and tourist infrastructures. In addition to these complexly-layered contemporary socio-ecologies, Portugal has many richly-layered built environments, with cultural heritage sites dating from the pre-historic to the contemporary. Portugal's historical and contemporary socio-ecologies emerge from both historical and contemporary geopolitics, but also, at least in part, from its varied geological contexts.

Students in the co-requisite, integrated liberal arts and studio courses that comprise "Mapping Portugal: Bio-Geo-Cultural Heritages" will spend four weeks in Portugal and will use the methodologies of design for the built environment, the fine arts, the environmental humanities, mapping, and writing to investigate overlapping networks of biological, geological, and cultural heritage in Portugal, with a focus on the Alentejo and Algarve regions. The course begins and ends in Lisbon, but focuses primarily on sites to the south and east of Lisbon around four three different bases: Setubal/Sines/Alcácer do Sal, Évora, Mértola /Serpa, and Faro. By staying for extended periods in each of these areas, students will be able to focus their studies on the specific socio-ecologies and heritage sites surrounding each base. By the course end, students will be able to link them, together into a comprehensive understanding of the bio-geo-cultural heritages and networks of the Alentejo and Algarve.

Program Details

Wintersession Travel Courses are open to all RISD + Brown University students. To apply for a Wintersession Travel Course, you must:

  • attend an infosession with faculty (general or course-specific)
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application (Note: Students seeking exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrar at registrar@risd.edu with any questions.)
  • be in good standing in terms of conduct and finances
  • First year students must provide approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies as part of their applications.
  • Brown University students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to RISD students.

Per Student Financial Service requirements, students who plan to travel on school-sponsored trips must first pay their student account in full. Students with an account balance are ineligible for travel and may forfeit any funds already used to book travel arrangements. Contact Student Financial Services at sfs@risd.edu with any questions.

Co-Requisite Courses

This is a co-requisite course. Students must plan and register for INTAR-1512 and LAEL-W512. Students will receive 3 studio credits and 3 liberal arts credits.

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