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Virtual Social Impact Practicums: Experiential Learning Projects

The Virtual Social Impact Practicums: Experiential Learning Projects are academic courses that have an experiential learning project component. These project-based courses are offered within specific academic fields where students apply the skills they have learned to real-world problems and scenarios in partnership with international organizations and IAU community partners.  The course focuses on both the theoretical and experiential realms of course topics, in a variety of disciplines, enabling students to develop skills, knowledge, and values from practical experiences and ongoing reflection. Practicum courses can involve research, social impact initiatives, and community-based learning activities, theatre, art, or project-based work, which is related to the course material. 


IAU is proud to offer Virtual Social Impact Practicums: Experiential Learning Projects (3-credit courses) listed below.

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All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Course offerings are subject to change.


ARC 308: Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management - What is the relationship between on-the-ground archeological research and the process of archeological presentation in the museum? Students will study the processes of archeological research and collaborate with specialists from the Musée du Vieil Aix-en-Provence, and the Musée d’archéologie de Marseille. Simulated projects will explore the intricacies of cultural resource management.

ART 325: Museum Studies: The Online Catalogue Raisonné - What is involved in creating an online catalogue raisonné? Students will study the form of the recent publication of the online catalogue raisonné of Paul Cézanne and work with an online raisonné committee which is in the process of creating the online catalogue raisonné of renowned artist, Leo Marchutz. The course includes on line dialogues with renowned Cézanne specialists, the Princeton Museum, and the Musée Granet to learn about the intricacies of gathering information for catalogue raisonné research.

ART 326: Museum Studies: Islamic Art and Museum Education Programming - This course studies Islam and the West (EU & US) through art and art history, examines the influence of Islamic art on Western art from the 8th century CE until today, and teaches the students how to create museum educational tours and programs. Students will study the Islamic art collections that reside in various museums in Europe (Louvre, British Museum, V & A, and the David Collection in Copenhagen), the Islamic art galleries at the MET in NYC, and at the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic art in Toronto. We will discuss the educational programs of these museums, and each student will create his/her own tour and/or program for use in the museum educational system.


IR 305: Contemporary US Diplomacy in an Age of Change: From 9/11 to COVID-19 - The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined that modern diplomacy is conducted in a world of rapidly evolving and interconnected global challenges: the spreading dangers of weapons of mass destruction; new and more malignant forms of terrorism; regional and sectarian conflicts; failed and failing states; global economic dislocation; and transnational health, energy and environmental concerns. This social impact practicum will explore contemporary U.S. foreign policy and the challenges that face its practitioners. It will also examine how U.S. diplomats organize their work in a world where longstanding assumptions about U.S. leadership are questioned from all sides of the domestic political spectrum. Students will explore the context of US diplomacy today through direct discussions with U.S. diplomats (past and present) and analysts located around the world. They will hone essential written and oral communication skills by presenting to U.S. diplomats practical proposals for confronting a current U.S. foreign policy challenge.