Travel Studies

CATH 2100 A60 Field Studies in Catholic Culture: Scotland (6-credit hours)

May 6 – 18, 2020
Pre-trip classes: April 27 – May 1, 2020, 6:00-9:00 pm

Course description:

For a small nation, Scotland has exerted a tremendous influence on the global history of Christianity. From the sixth-century mixing of Christianity with the Picts and the Gaels and the Romantic history of the Jacobites to the large-scale Scottish emigration of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Scottish Christianity has influenced how and where people understand Christianity in a fundamental way. Scottish Catholicism’s story helps tell so much of the history of the nation. In its relations with England, Europe, and the larger global world, Scottish Catholicism has had a fraught relationship with Scottish identity. ‘Scottishness’, then, can be seen at different times to be Catholic or anti-Catholic and some scholars suggest that this difficult history has led to the widespread secularization found in Scotland today. This course will follow the meandering story of Scottish Catholicism from its origins through the periods of the Penal Laws and into the present as it examines Scottish Catholicism by studying the people, places, and ideas central to Scottish Catholicism.

This course will explore sites integral to the history and culture of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. It has been designed to offer participants the opportunity to explore and appreciate the history, art, monuments, people, and landscape central to the Catholic story in Scotland.  Day trips are planned around stays in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, and elsewhere in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. The itinerary is structured by ease of travel and accommodation and is subject to change due to weather, site hours, or other factors.

Travel Fee:

$2,000.00 (subject to change) includes accommodation, transportation within Scotland, museum and site entrance fees as well as some meals. Airfare, health and trip cancellation insurance, as well as University of Manitoba tuition are not included.
Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from Scotland and must be in Glasgow to begin classes on the afternoon of May 6, 2020 and remain until the completion of the final class on May 17, 2020.

How to Apply:

All participants applying for the travel study course must meet with and have the approval of the instructor, Dr. Daniel MacLeod by January 31, 2020. Dr. MacLeod can be reached at

Participants must attend the scheduled pre-trip classes. Students are required to register in 6 credit hours. Check course details online in Aurora.
Tuition fees are payable to the University of Manitoba. Tuition fees vary for international students.


Travel fees may be paid by cheque (payable to St. Paul’s College), VISA, Mastercard or in cash. The travel fee payment schedule is as follows:
- A payment of $500 is due on Friday January 31, 2020 (includes a $200 non-refundable deposit). Participants may be accepted later, space permitting.
- A second payment is due on Thursday, April 3, 2020.

In order to participate in a travel study course, all students must sign an Acknowledgement of Responsibility and Liability Waiver that outlines risk and shared responsibility associated with travel study.

Canadian residents are advised that a passport is required. Non-Canadians should contact Foreign Affairs for information on obtaining travel documents, phone 1-800-567-6868.

Everyone is advised to contact the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WHRA) for information on immunization requirements, (204) 940-8747. Please contact the WRHA early as some immunization must be taken in advance of travel.

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