by Hannah Sroka MUDEC student
During last week's study tour, students spent two days doing class-specific activities. These activities allowed them to expand on concepts they had studied inside the classroom.
SOC 337: Aspects of European Culture
For instance, Professor Briot’s SOC 337 class has been studying the Croatian War, so they visited a fortress in Knin. This fortress (and the city of Knin) was an integral part of the “Operation Storm”, a military operation that led to Croatian victory. Knin was liberated on August 5, 1995, and is now recognized as the Day of Croatian Defenders.
Students also got a glimpse of Europe’s most venomous snake, the Poskok. “Poskok” means “jumping snake” because it was believed that the snake could “jump” up to six feet in the air to attack its prey. (In reality, it can simply move very fast, which gives it the illusion of jumping.) Luckily, students admired the snake from a distance; it was hiding out in cracks on the fortress wall, so everyone was safe.