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The Art of Travel

Semester and Year FA 2018
Course Number TRAVL-UG1200
Section 001
Instructor Steve Hutkins
Units 2
Level U


Permission of the instructor required ( Enrollment is restricted to students studying abroad at an NYU site. Due to local restrictions on what are considered to be online courses, this course is not available to students studying at NYU London, NYU Madrid, or NYU Accra.


This online course provides an opportunity for students studying abroad to reflect, analytically and creatively, on their travel experiences. We examine the art created by travelers—such as travel literature, photography, paintings—and we consider how traveling can itself be viewed as an art, with its own conventions, styles, traditions, and opportunities for innovation. All of the course activities are conducted on the class web site: students blog about their responses to the readings and their own travels, post photos, and comment on each other’s posts. The written assignments focus on subjects like dealing with foreign languages, the political environment of the abroad site, and the impact of new technologies on the travel experience. Enrollment is limited to students studying at one of NYU’s study abroad sites. Reading assignments are individualized for the city and country of each study-abroad site, but some readings are for the whole class: these may include selections from Alain de Botton’s The Art of Travel and John Urry’s The Tourist Gaze. For more information, see the course website:


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Course Type

Travel Courses (TRAVL-UG)