The Learning Season: North of the Border

Monday, August 1, 2011

UWG students in the Summer Study in Canada Program spent five weeks in Ottawa, Canada's capital city, learning about Canadian history, culture and literature.

Pictured at right are students in front of the Biosphere in Montreal, which was originally built as the U.S. pavilion for the 1967 World's Fair. Pictured at right are students in front of the Biosphere in Montreal, which was originally built as the U.S. pavilion for the 1967 World's Fair. 

All students in the program had just finished their freshman year and earned core level credit for their program classes.

As part of their coursework, students had both traditional class discussions and took part in field trips to Canada's Parliament and Supreme Court, to the National Gallery and Museum of Civilization and to historic sites in Montreal and Gatineau in Quebec, Canada's French-speaking region.

In addition to these explorations, students also got to go behind the scenes: they talked with representatives from Pearson Peacekeeping, an organization that trains those working on peacekeeping missions for the United Nations, and with representatives from the Assembly of First Nations and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, both groups that represent the interests of Native Americans within Canadian culture.

To cap off their learning experience, each student did a research project on a topic of his or her choosing, using resources from their field experiences, coursework and materials available at the University of Ottawa, which served as the site for the program.