13, 2001, Gazette)
Johns Church, now the Art and Recreation Centre, opposite the
Where better to go to study Europe than Europe? With this thought
in mind, the Faculty of Arts will soon introduce a minor program in
European Studies that will take full advantage of Memorials
gateway to Europe, Harlow Campus.
The program will kick off in the winter semester 2002 with the course
European Studies 2000: Europe in the 20th Century. Then in fall 2002
there will be a semester-long stay at Harlow in England, where students
will do 15 credits worth of courses in 20th-century European political
science and history at the 3000 and 4000 levels. The Harlow semester
will feature trips to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium,
various museums and historical sites, and a weekly program of European
film and literature.
As a university we havent really made enough of the fact
that Harlow is in the U.K., which is part of Europe we need
to broaden our outlook and take advantage of this fact, said
Karen Cracknell, director of the Harlow campus. With the introduction
of the European Studies minor we are doing exactly that, acknowledging
that we have a European campus and taking advantage of its location.
Although European studies will be a minor offered by the Faculty of
Arts, Dr. James Black, interim dean of arts, believes it has a lot
to offer students in other faculties and schools wishing to make their
degree unique. Were hoping that the broad appeal of the
program will convince students to take part in the courses offered
at Harlow, he noted, adding that for business or science students
the courses could be used as electives, or they could be bundled with
other courses in the program to get the minor, a possibility allowed
for under the B.Comm., BBA and B.Sc. programs.
Its very much a multi-disciplinary program, with required
courses from political science, history, the modern language departments,
and elective courses from English, folklore, geography, philosophy
and sociology/anthropology, Dr. Black explained. Study at a
European location is also a requirement. He said that study in future
Harlow semesters in programs such as those offered by business, theatre,
science and other arts disciplines, as well as study at other European
universities, would also be eligible for European studies credit,
as long is there is a connection with modern Europe.
The introduction of the program is part of a broader effort to intensify
use of Harlow. A central part of this effort is ambitious physical
renovations to Harlows infrastructure.
The renovations aim to improve Harlows teaching facilities and
living quarters. The renovations will provide ensuite showers/toilets
for each bedroom. The whole site will be cabled and networked to ensure
good computer provision and connectivity to the Internet. All bedrooms
will have voice/data connection, enabling each student to have use
of a phone and the ability to use their own laptops if they so desire.
There will be a large resource room housing the library, study cubicles,
computers and a photocopier, and the current library will be refitted
as teaching/conference space, Ms. Cracknell summarized.
Dr. Black pointed out that, with this additional teaching space, there
will be two full classrooms, thus opening the possibility to run two
separate, simultaneous academic programs per semester at Harlow.
Overall, the renovations will make Harlow a more flexible learning
space. These changes will ensure that the accommodation meets
the needs of todays student, but will also be acceptable to
business people who will be the targeted clients for the non-academic
time, Ms. Cracknell said.
Dr. Black said the renovations are scheduled to be completed in August