A century ago, Vienna explodes with creative energy—psychologists, composers, painters, writers, natural scientists, medical pioneers. Then, the shot, the blood, the open car speeding away for help. . . Sarajevo in 1914. The killing of the heir to the Austrian throne sends Central Europe down a death spiral that will lead to global horrors and slaughter on a monstrous scale, and end with wide-spread devastation and the stench of rotting flesh in 1945. In many views, another 30 Year’s War.
Students will explore the history, the environment, the culture of the city, and the events of 1914. They will engage the centennial commemorations of 1914 and compare and contrast the Vienna a century later while we live and study in a historic monastery in the heart of Vienna. A weekend in Budapest will add a Hungarian dimension. With the help of Austrian professors students will use an interdisciplinary approach, including history, the arts, business and economy, and the social scene. As part of the SYE Program, this course requires reflection, creates a lively interdisciplinary learning experience, and helps to “top off” your Otterbein experience. It addresses “Global and Intercultural Engagement” of the 5 Cardinal Experiences.
A course-related fee of approximately $3995 covers travel and living expenses, with the exception of lunch and most dinners. A non-refundable deposit of $995 is required by September 1, 2014, with other payments of $1000 due November 1st, February 1st, and April 1st. Admission to the course is by permission of the instructor; criteria include academic achievement, focused interest in the course, campus citizenship, balance among disciplines, and availability of rooms for men and women. Previous study of German is “a plus,” but not required.
The course meets Wednesday evenings in April and travels to Europe during the period May 4 – 27 Students can extend the trip and travel in Europe on their own after the course ends by paying any additional airfare required. Juniors on track with INST requirements and seniors are eligible for this course; seniors should check the commencement site for conditions.