Director Fall 2013: Professor William Peck, Department of Geology
An important part of any study abroad program is the integration of its participants into the host country’s fabric of daily life.The Division of University Studies' Manchester Study Group (MSG) offers its members the opportunity to continue their Colgate programs by taking four credits and living with British or international students at the University of Manchester (UM).Registering as non-matriculating students, study group members are guaranteed full access to the University's libraries, Student Union, health services and sports and fitness facilities.
Over a decade's worth of student evaluations show that one of the most valuable aspects of MSG is the opportunity to study at an outstanding British university, so different from Colgate in the diversity and size of its student body, its extensive curriculum, and location.Approximately 12,000 students study at the university, which comprises over 70 academic departments.Valuing the richness of UM course offerings, in the last four years credit has been earned in the following Colgate departments: Art History · Biology · Chemistry · Computer Science · Economics·Studies· English · Geography · Geology · History · Music · Philosophy · Religion · Sociology & Anthropology · Women’s Studies
The University Theatre, home to the professional Contact Theatre Co.; the Academy, offering almost nightly music events; and the impressive Whitworth Art Gallery are all located on the main campus.The university's proximity to the city center allows easy access to a variety of cultural amenities available in this city of half a million.Manchester is also a convenient jumping-off point for excursions to London, Edinburgh (regular train service to either takes just over 3 hours), and beyond.As part of the 2013 program, the study group will experience the wilderness of Mt. Snowdon in North Wales as well as the scenic beauty of picturesque villages along Yorkshire’s “Heritage Coast.”
The 2013 program will be the 25th
group of Colgate Students to enroll at the University of Manchester. Its director will be William Peck (422 Ho Science Center), Department of Geology.
All students will enroll in two elective courses and three required courses (two are ½-credit courses), which are designed specifically to reflect the study group’s unique location.
UNST XXX: This Old Earth: Scientific and Cultural Perspectives on the Discovery of Deep Time (William Peck, Colgate University) *This course carries Global Engagements designation
The antiquity of the Earth is geology’s most important contribution to science. In the late 18th and 19th centuries new findings about the Earth’s history by scientists and in Europe and during exploration of Asia, Australia, and the Americas came into conflict with deeply-held religious and cultural understandings of creation, evolution, and the place of man in the universe. These discoveries pointed to an incredibly vast expanse of geologic time, which allowed Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. The discovery of Deep Time was an international undertaking, where European geologists and biologists pieced together its fundamental parts, such as the independent discovery of extinctions, ice ages, changing environments, modification of animals, and finally evolution by natural selection. During this period and afterwards knowledge of the Earth’s vast age reached past scientific debates and influenced all aspects of life, including religion, poetry, art, and architecture. In this course we will explore how Deep Time was discovered and explore changing cultural and scientific views of the age of the Earth. This course will include two weekend trips to Whitby and London to visit sites of historical and natural historical interest.
UNST 324Y: The History of Technology, Science, and Culture in Manchester (½ CR).
This half credit course is an experiential look at the evidence of how technology and science changed Manchester, the first industrial city in the world, and by extension, changed the way we all live in the industrialized modern age. During the two weeks before the UM term begins the group will visit an operating textile mill at Helmshore; the site of the first commercially smelted iron in the world at Ironbridge; the Leeds Liverpool Canal and its system of canal locks; the Albert Dock, at Liverpool, a primary nineteenth century port for cotton and emigration; North Wales and its early 19th century bridges and aqueducts; and a slate mine near Mt. Snowdon that provided Victorian Britain with its roof tiles. Students will be assessed on the basis of their participation in seminar discussions, an exam and a paper on the autobiography of an entrepreneur or engineer who made significant contributions to the Industrial Revolution. Taught by Prof. Joseph Marsh, historian of science and technology.
UNST XXX: Workshop of the World: Britain’s Industrial Revolution in Regional Perspective (½ CR).
This half credit course is a survey of key themes in the economic and social history of Britain during the classic period of the industrial revolution (c.1740 – 1850) and later economic transformation (1851 – c.1939). The themes of the course will be explored through a series of weekly workshops during which students will be introduced to key literature and historical debates. The aims of this course are to encourage students to reflect upon debates that historians have engaged in relation to these themes, as well as to relate these broad themes to regional perspectives (e.g. emergence of the railway networks vis-à-vis regional specialization of industrial activity, the regional impact of the loss of export markets for British goods following the First World War, etc.)
Courses 3 & 4: Two courses from the University of Manchester's visiting students handbookin consultation with the study group director.
Students live with other UM students in residence halls.Each has a single room that is part of a 'flat' of six or seven other singles with a shared sitting room, kitchen, and bathrooms.Students purchase and prepare their own meals.Visitors to the University are occasionally housed in suite rooms before UM students arrive.
Selection Criteria and Eligibility
The Manchester Study Group is sponsored by the Division of University Studies and open to all Colgate students. of M requires a GPA of 3.00 for participation. You may gather additional information from the University of Manchester’s web site for international students at www.manchester.ac.uk/international
For details of student expenses on this study group, please see the student cost estimate sheet.
Calendar and Deadlines
The deadline for applications has already passed.
Passports and Visas
You must confirm that your passport is valid through December 2014. All students participating on the Manchester Study Group will be required to obtain a U.K. student visa. With participation on this study group comes the responsibility of understanding and complying with U.K. government visa requirements. If you will not be traveling on a U.S. passport it is imperative that you contact an adviser in Off-Campus Study/International Programs, 101 Lathrop, and International Student Services, 103C Lathrop Hall, to learn as much as you can about the regulations. For some students there are significant visa requirements to be met that take time, advance planning, and incur extra costs.
Manchester Study Group program dates: Aug. 22 (arrival) - Dec. 13, 2013
All information sessions for this program have already passed.
For more information, contact William Peck
at 422 Ho Science Center