Study Abroad Opportunities

Art, Literature, and Contemporary European Thought

An excellent study abroad program for students interested in critical theory is: Art, Literature, and Contemporary European Thought. This program takes place in Paris, France at Sciences Po and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. The program is offered during the Fall quarter and is an International Program Development (IPD) specifically designed program. This means that students take a set curriculum and courses are designated as NU courses, taken for direct credit, appear on your NU transcript, and are issued a letter grade.

The Art, Literature, and Contemporary European Thought study abroad program combines art, literature, and philosophy to understand and critique Western modernity, all in the home of some of the world's most influential artists and thinkers: Paris, France. This program combines a fun and interesting mix of excursions to museums, picturesque villages home to Vincent van Gogh, as well as visit collections and inspirations from artists such as Marc Chagall and literary works of novelists and playwrights like Breon and Kafka. Coursework is taught in English, but students will also take intensive French language courses. 

Below are a sample of course offerings for the Art, Literature, and Contemporary European Thought study abroad program:

  • POLI_SCI 364-SA: French Politics, Culture, and Society | Course Instructor: Michael Loriaux, Professor Political Science at NU
  • POLI_SCI 308-SA: Critical Theory and the Study of Politics | Course Instructor: Michael Loriaux, Professor Political Science at NU
  • COMP_LIT 383-SA: Art and Philosophy in Contemporary Europe | Course Instructor: Marc Crepon, École Normale Supérieure
  • COMP_LIT 390-SA: Philosophy and Literature | Course Instructor: Isabelle Alfandary, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle
  • FRENCH 199-SA or 299-SA: French Language | Taught by French instructors from Sciences Po

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to study and engage with the world's most renowed thinkers and scholars at two of the most distinguished and well-known schools: Sciences Po and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. 

For more information, please visit the program's webpage from Study Abroad and IPD: http://www.ipd.northwestern.edu/study-abroad/explore/europe/critical-theory-literature-media.html. You can also contact Professor Michael Loriaux for more information.