El Camino de Santiago is a historic pilgrimage through northern Spain. While walking along its path for six to eight hours a day, students will learn the history of this religious and historical route. Students will examine the Camino de Santiago in multiple facets: as a channel of cultural communication, a travel tradition, a ritual and a pilgrimage. While there are multiple starting points and paths to take across Europe, students will start their journey in Leon and end at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
Each day will begin with breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Students will begin walking at 8 a.m. and will arrive at the next destination approximately around 3 p.m. for a late lunch. Evenings will be free. Student participants will have the option to carry their luggage or to have a van transport the group's luggage each day. The group will have a rest day in Ponferrada, a city along the path. They will also have two days to explore Santiago de Compostela to celebrate the completion of El Camino.
Students have the unique opportunity to spend the whole summer in Spain. Walk El Camino de Santiago and then continue on to the Marquette en Madrid Summer Program.The dates do not overlap.
Orientation Students will participate in a comprehensive orientation prior to departure. Additional orientation will be provided upon arrival in Spain. Students are also required to participate in discussions and readings in the months leading up to departure. Each student will become an expert on one section of the road. They will serve as the group's guide as they pass through that section of the path. Much of the coursework will take place prior to leaving so that students can enjoy and understand their experience along El Camino de Santiago.
Courses offered Students will complete three credits in either Spanish or Theology. The program will be led by Dr. Steve Long and Dr. Omega Burckhardt.
THEO 2310 God and Pilgrimage: Space, Time and Architecture in Pre-Modern, Modern and Post-Modern Epochs will be taught by Dr. Steve Long in English. This course will explore the different meanings of the doctrines of God through three different epoch perspectives: the time prior to modernity, modernity and post-modernity. Knowledge gained throughout the trip will enable students to address the topic of theology in each epoch and its relationship with diverse cultures.
SPAN 4931 Ritual, Travel Traditions, and Cultural Communication Along the Camino de Santiago will be taught by Dr. Omega Burckhardt in Spanish (prerequisite: SPAN 3500 or SPAN 3505 and group leader's consent). This course will examine the cultural infussion between Portuguese, Spanish and French kingdoms since the 9th century along El Camino. Students will find that Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque construction is the perfect example of the Camino's cross-cultural history and find how the Camino is now one of the most lasting zones of cultural contact in Europe.
Upon return, all students will complete a research paper discussing their findings along El Camino de Santiago.
Students will stay in large dorm-style accomodations along El Camino de Santiago.
VISA & TRAVEL INFORMATION
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