From 28 May to 7 June, I will work as a teaching assistant at the UCL Global Citizenship Programme. In the pilot of this two-week programme, first-year undergraduate students will have the opportunity to take courses connected to UCL’s “Grand Challenges” – I will be involved with the course on Intercultural Interaction which focusses on the Danube.
The Danube is one of Europe’s major rivers, passing through 10 countries as it flows from Germany to Romania. It is both a barrier and a bridge to cooperation, a cause and a cure for conflict: the course will explore both sides of the river’s role in bringing cultures together and keeping them apart, through history, politics, environmental science and literature. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake taster lessons in one of six Danubian languages.