Hi there – on Monday morning, we’ll be posting the first discussion forum question on the Learn@UW course site. Here are a few responses to questions that are likely to emerge.

Q1: I can’t seem to find l’Auberge Canadian/the Canadian Apartment (the equivalent of l’Auberge Espagnole/the Spanish Apartment).

A1: This is just a hypothetical movie. In other words, once you watch the movie l’Auberge Espagnole, and had to imagine how you would change living in this Spanish apartment for 6-12 months, use your imagination and think through how you might change in a Canadian equivalent based in a Canadian city like Toronto or Montreal or Vancouver or Halifax or even smaller cities like Moose Jaw or Calgary or Winnipeg or Yellowknife). But only do this AFTER you have completed all the Canada/US and Europe readings, podcasts, lectures, etc.

Q2: I can’t find l’Auberge Espagnole on the Learn@UW course site.

A2: All you have to do is:

  1. Go to the Geog 340 course site on Learn@UW
  2. Click on iTunesU in the upper right corner of the main page you see.
  3. Follow the steps through to get iTunesU loaded up. These are self-explanatory.
  4. THEN, and this is the step that trips a few people up, go to the Europe tab (see below) and link to the movie there.

GrabiTunesUEurope

I should add, too, that iTunesU is only to be used for movies — podcasts, lectures, etc., are all available and best viewed/listened to on the main course site (you get the content in the Course Materials by Region link in the left column). In addition, please see the syllabus for further tips on using iTunes in this course.

Q 3: For part A and B, do we just simply state out our feelings as a student studying abroad or we shall also include information about the context (Europe/Spain/Barcelona + North America/Canada/city of your choice).

A3: You should do both…your transformation as a person will obviously be related to the Europeans you are engaging with in l’Auberge Espagnole but also by the Barcelona/Catelonian social, cultural, political, linguistic, food, environmental, etc., contexts you will be embedded in.  So learn a little about the city and the region/country before responding.  The same goes for the l’Auberge Canadian (the Canadian apartment). I would read about Canada (esp via the textbook) and then you should select a province and a city and then learn about these contexts via other sources you yourself identify via Google, the library, etc. But then imagine also living in the apartment with a bunch of Canadians and Americans.  Inevitably you’ll be influenced by their personalities and you’ll change just being away from ‘home’ (the purpose of study abroad) but the transformation you undergo living in Montreal vs Barcelona or Whitehorse (Google it…) vs Barcelona or Vancouver vs Barcelona will be different and similar…in what ways, perhaps? So I’d try and state your feelings as a student studying abroad but also discuss the places (the cities/regions/nations) you’re situated in.

Q4: When is my first (original) posting due again?

A4: One original contribution, no later than Friday 6 June @ 10:00 pm CDT

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ps: two pics of Vancouver, my hometown, to get you into the mood!

Vancouver-Skyline

VancouverPan

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