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TRVL300: Paris and Comparative Cultural Policy



Diane R. Scott

Assistant Professor, Arts Management

Address: Fine and Performing Arts Department
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Bowman Hall, Room 322C
North Adams, MA 01247

Office Phone: 413-662-5349

Office Hours: TBA


3 hours


Instructor approval—you must have Diane Scott’s approval before you can register for the course


20XXX | TRVL 300-XX | Fridays 9:00 to 9:50 | Bowman Hall, Room XXX

September Information Session

Friday, September 15, 2017 | 3:00 to 4:00 pm | Bowman Hall, 3rd Floor Conference Room | Info Session Flier



During spring break 2018 students will have the opportunity to explore the outcomes of Western European cultural policy on the ground in France’s capital, Paris. Students will gain a deep understanding of American cultural policy and the comparative policy of an EU member state. Students will put that knowledge in context through a seven-day exploration of the major arts and historical sites of the city including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Versailles, Montmartre, and (of course) the Eiffel Tower. There will also be free time for pre-planned self-exploration.

This 3-credit course has two components. The first component will be classroom meetings and online research, writing and presentation assignments prior to the trip. The second component is the trip itself where students experience the differences identified in the first component. After the trip there will be another meeting and report to put the experiences on the ground in context.



The schedule below is subject to change and will be adapted based on the needs of the class and opportunities that arise during the course of the semester. Each module will include readings to be posted on CANVAS. All assignments and discussion boards will be announced at least one week in advance on CANVAS.

I. Friday, January 19, 2018

  • Introduction to course and assignments

II. Friday, January 26, 2018

  • History of American cultural policy

III. Friday, February 2, 2018

  • Current American cultural policy

IV. Friday, February 9, 2018

  • History of French cultural policy

V. Friday, February 16, 2018

  • Current French cultural policy

VI. Friday, February 23, 2018

  • Research Presentations

VII. Friday, March 2, 2018

  • Research Presentations

VIII. Saturday, March 10 to Friday, March 16, 2018

  • Scheduled travel dates

IX. Friday, March 23, 2018

  • Discussion and debrief

X. Friday, April 13, 2018

  • Comparative Analysis Reports due

For complete course information please see the course Syllabus.


Day 1: Albany to Paris on an overnight flight

Day 2: Arrive in Paris

  • Latin Quarter
  • Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 3: Paris Sightseeing

  • Champs-Elysees
  • Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Gardens of Les Tuileries
  • Les Invalides
  • Conciergerie
  • Ecole Militaire
  • Explore the Louvre

Day 4: Pre-planned free time in Paris 6 | TRVL 300 Syllabus

Day 5: Versailles

Day 6: Walking tour of Montmartre

Day 7: Fly from Paris to Albany

*Itinerary subject to change


Projected cost for students under 30 are a maximum of $3,500. Costs for students 30 and over are a maximum of $3,675. The trip is handled by EFTours, a leading company in the college study tours sector.

Price includes:

  • Transportation from the MCLA campus to Albany (students may choose to provide their own transportation to the airport)
  • Round-trip airfare from Albany
  • Hotel accommodations for 5 nights in 3-4 star hotels with private bathroom en suite. Three to four students per room.
  • Land transportation to EF-arranged activities
  • Breakfast daily, 2 local dinners
  • Full-time Tour Director to manage all on-ground logistics (checking into hotels, communicating with bus drivers, respond to any emergency scenarios, etc.)
  • Guided sightseeing of Paris
  • Entrances to Notre Dame, Louvre, Atleier and Versaille
  • Global Travel Protection (

Price does not include:

  • Daily lunches
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Customary tips for your tour director
  • Pocket money for your own expenses


There will be two small (approximately $500 each) MCLA Travel Scholarships available for this course. Scholarships are selected through a competitive application process in the Fall 2017 semester. Students must be approved by instructor to register in the course.  

Financial Aid:

If you plan to use financial aid dollars to fund this trip, please talk to your financial aid counselor as soon as possible. Details on Financial Aid for course travel can be accessed at: Financial Aid/Career Services Travel Course Tip Sheet

Payment Plans: EF tours offers many different payment plans. Payment methods accepted: Visa or MasterCard, ATM/debit card and personal checks

  • Option 1: Pay in full at enrollment—Free
    • Pay the entire balance at the time you enroll
  • Option 2: Automatic Payment Plan—Free
    • After you enroll with the $95 deposit, payments are automatically deducted from your bank account
    • Choose your payment frequency:
      • Monthly payments based on a preferred date
      • Bi-weekly payments on a preferred weekday
  • Option 3: Manual Payment Plan--$50 plan fee. Receive invoices and make your payments in less frequent installments
    • Payment schedule:
      • $95 deposit due upon enrollment
      • $500 due 30 days after enrollment
      • $500 due 90 days after enrollment
      • Remaining balance due 95 days prior to departure


  • Does this course contribute towards the Arts Management Major/Minor and/or an MCLA degree? Yes, for all MCLA students this course will contribute 3 upper-level credits toward the required upper level credits. For AMGT students this course will satisfy one of your required arts management electives.
  • How much time will I need to devote to this course? A significant portion of the time put into this course will be during the trip itself. Students will meet for once weekly 50 minute class sessions prior to the trip. Prior to the trip there will be weekly discussion boards to explore course material and a research presentation for pre-trip planning. Post-travel we’ll meet for one final class session to debrief. Three weeks post-travel students will submit a report comparing cultural policy in France and the United States illustrated with examples from the trip.
  • What travel documents do I need? You will need a valid passport (it must not expire before September 17). You must also bring your MCLA ID, as a college ID may be required for some activities. You must also complete the MCLA Travel Course Form and Travel Liability Waiver forms.
  • How many people can go on the trip? The trip can accommodate between 10 and 18 students.
  • Will I have free time to explore on my own? There will be small amounts of free time on days 2, 3, 5 and 6. Day four we have no scheduled activities. As a pre-travel assignment, students will plan where they will each go and how they will get to their selected locations.
  • What will we eat? Breakfast each day is provided. Dinners on two of the evenings are provided. Students will need to bring funds for lunch and dinners on the remaining five evenings. We will eat in a variety of reasonably priced locations proximate to where we are visiting each day.
  • This is an upper-level course—do I need to be a junior or senior? Not necessarily. Students will be approved for this course on an individual basis.
  • How does the registration work for this course? In order to take this course you must have the instructor’s approval. If you wish to take this course, please contact Diane Scott at to express your interest If you are interested in taking this course and you have never taken one of Scott’s courses, you are still welcome to have a discussion with her to determine if this a good fit for you. The cohesion of this group is critical to a successful trip. Participating students need to be reliable, flexible and willing to go with the group.  Students will be asked to have a faculty reference complete a reference form.   If you are approved, the instructor will sign you into the TRVL 300 course via Banner, allowing you to preregister. Once you are approved the instructor will also provide you with the link to the EFTours’ site to make the travel payments. All travel costs are handled through EFTours individually with each student. You must complete payments with EFTours per one of their plans (as described above) a minimum of 95 days prior to departure (December 5, 2017).
  • When are grades reported for this course? This a spring 2018 course with grades reported at the same time as your other spring courses.
  • If I’m interested, what do I do next? Get in touch with Diane Scott at to see if the course is a good fit for your background and interests. Don’t delay, as spots are expected to fill up.  See the Next Steps Information Sheet.