Marseille

CIEE Paris Study Tour - Fall Block III

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Founded by the Greeks around 600 BCE, Marseille is known to be the oldest city of France. For many years, the busy port suffered from a negative image and could not bear comparison with cities in the south of France such as Cannes, Nice, and Aix-en-Provence in the eyes of visitors. Today, Marseille is a dynamic, edgy, bustling city, the second most populated in France with 852,516 residents. The European Capital of Culture in 2013, the city has sparkled with a new sense of optimism and self-confidence. The heart of the city is the vibrant Vieux Port. Just uphill is the neighborhood of Le Panier, the oldest section of the city. Also worth exploring are the République quarter, with its stylish boutiques and Haussmannian-type buildings, and the Joliette area, with Marseille’s famous striped Cathédrale de la Major as its center.

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Friday

GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF THE CITY’S VIEUX PORT AND PANIER NEIGHBORHOOD
The tour will focus on Marseille’s identity as a city of immigrants and as a Mediterranean metropolis.

VISIT TO A MANUFACTURER OF MARSEILLE SOAP
This visit to a producer of “Savon de Marseille” takes place in the galley dockyard dating back to the reign of Louis XIV. It explains the development of the product and its benefits for health and features a soap-making workshop.

DINNER AT ELYSSA
A Tunisian restaurant next door to the soap producer / 26-27, Quai de Rive-Neuve / 13007 Marseille. We will be enjoying North African cuisine through one of its typical dishes (couscous with an assortment of meats and/or vegetables, with a spicy broth on the side).

Saturday

GUIDED VISIT OF LE CORBUSIER’S ARCHITECTURAL LANDMARK LA CITÉ RADIEUSE
The most famous Unité d’habitation (housing unit) built by Swiss-French architect and urban planner Le Corbusier, the Cité radieuse is a postwar housing development. A self-contained city within the city, with a school as well as stores, a hotel, a paddling pool, and a rooftop terrace, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016. We will take a guided tour to understand its architecture and core principles (light, hygiene, and health, spatial organization ad socialization).

GUIDED VISIT OF THE VÉLODROME SOCCER STADIUM
The home stadium to one of France’s iconic soccer clubs, the Olympique de Marseille, the Stade Vélodrome has a long history of cycling, track and field, rugby and of course soccer events. This visit serves as an introduction to this history, the contemporary stadium architecture, and the relations between the worlds of business and professional sport.

Sunday

BOAT TRIP TO THE CHÂTEAU D’IF
Immediately after checking out, we will be boarding a boat to the château d’If, a fortified structure on an island across from Marseille. Historical fact and fiction have contributed to the attraction of the place and made it a sensation for tourists since the last decades of the 19th century.

Free Time Suggestions

Mucem

The museum of Mediterranean and European civilizations brings together objects from all fields of human activity (art, industry, science, popular culture, politics…) in its permanent collections as well as thematic exhibitions. In just a few years, its building—a cube of dark concrete mesh—has become a familiar landmark in the landscape of Marseille’s Old Port.

The Calanques

The calanques are natural creeks located in the vicinity of Marseille, whether in islands or along the coast. They are home to a rich fauna and flora and as such are protected: the Parc national des calanques is mostly accessible by foot and by boat.

La Friche de la Belle-de-Mai

This former sugar-refining plant/tobacco factory is now a vibrant arts center with a theater, artist studios, a cinema, multimedia displays, skateboard ramps, electro and world-music parties, and restaurants.

WHAT ARE THE STUDY TOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES?

The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.

Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:

ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.

RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.

IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.

EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.

DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.

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