UA Little Rock to offer French politics course with option to study in Paris

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is offering a new course on French politics, led by Dr. Christopher Williams of the School of Public Affairs, during the fall 2020 semester with an option to study in France during the Thanksgiving break.

The French Politics course combines a three-credit, face-to-face semester course with the option to earn an extra credit through a 10-day trip over the Thanksgiving break to study in the French cities of Paris and Lyon. The cost of the trip is $1,850 and will take place from Nov. 19-29.

In the course, students will develop a critical understanding of modern French politics and society. During the study abroad trip, students will meet with multiple political stakeholders, including representatives from political parties, members of the media, and interest groups.

“We will be meeting a representative of President Emmanuel Macron’s party, as well as leaders of the radical left democratic socialist party,” Williams said. “We will also have an opportunity to talk with people in the French media, including reporters from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the world famous newspaper Le Monde. Finally, we will meet with the leaders of the militant French labor unions.”

Highlights of the trip include a free day in Paris, a French Revolution walking tour, a visit to Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, eating Thanksgiving dinner at the famed Brasserie Georges in Lyon, and a cultural visit to the Resistance and Deportation History Center and Montluc Prison in Lyon.

For more information, visit the French Politics course website or contact Williams at

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