COR 330 Class Descriptions

In the third year of the Core, students who are not studying abroad enroll in any two COR 330 courses. These two courses must be taken in the same semester. The 330 courses, which vary from semester to semester, offer a "deep dive" into various regions of the world and give students the opportunity to choose topics of interest to them.

Take a look at what is offered for the Fall 2016 Semester:


COR 330-01 China 20/20

Craig Pepin – T/TH 12:30–1:45 PM

In rising to become the second largest national economy, China has presented the world with a new model for modernization:  accelerated capitalism combined with political authoritarianism.  What cultural traditions, political ideologies and geographic realities have shaped the "China Model"?  Yet despite outward success, there are many barriers to that return to world preeminence, from resource scarcity to population pressures to political control, censorship and economic dislocation.  How will Chinese leaders and the Chinese people negotiate the challenges accompanying their continued economic ascent and political stability?  Students will examine the cultural, political and economic forces shaping China today, and use that background to explore the future of China in an area of their own choice.

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COR 330-02: Identity in Jordan's Cultural Mosaic

Miriam Horne – M 12:30 PM / W 9:30 AM

Drawing on the legacies of intersecting, overlapping, and dynamic cultures of the geographic region called Jordan, this course seeks to understand the meaning of citizenship both for ethnic and cultural groups within Jordan and for students engaging in the world. The course will do this by focusing through the lens of co-existing cultural groups to understand the complex fabric that is modern-day Jordan. By examining the historical migration as well as the cultural values represented through art and media, the course will help students to understand the complexities of citizenship. Jordan, with its complex and myriad cultures, serves as a microcosm of the world.  As students come to understand how disparate cultures may not only co-exist but also interact, they will have the opportunity to examine their own intersections and roles as they negotiate global engagement.

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COR 330-03: Identity in Jordan's Cultural Mosaic

Miriam Horne – M 2:00 PM / W 11:00 AM

Drawing on the legacies of intersecting, overlapping, and dynamic cultures of the geographic region called Jordan, this course seeks to understand the meaning of citizenship both for ethnic and cultural groups within Jordan and for students engaging in the world. The course will do this by focusing through the lens of co-existing cultural groups to understand the complex fabric that is modern-day Jordan. By examining the historical migration as well as the cultural values represented through art and media, the course will help students to understand the complexities of citizenship. Jordan, with its complex and myriad cultures, serves as a microcosm of the world.  As students come to understand how disparate cultures may not only co-exist but also interact, they will have the opportunity to examine their own intersections and roles as they negotiate global engagement.

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COR 330-04: Pakistan

Faculty Member TBA – W/F 2:00–3:15 PM 

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COR 330-05: Pakistan

Faculty Member TBA – W/F 3:30–4:45 PM

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COR 330-06: Arab Spring: Social Media and Social Movements in the Modern Middle East

Rob Williams – M/TH 8:00–9:15 AM

Our course will explore the arrival of "pro-democracy" movements in the modern Middle East. From Tunisia to Egypt to Yemen and beyond, ordinary Arabs are challenging traditional power centers in a quest to create a more democratic and inclusive society. We will explore the causes of the Arab Spring, and ways in which the Arab Spring have transformed the Arab World since 2011.

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COR 330-07: Arab Spring: Social Media and Social Movements in the Modern Middle East

Rob Williams – M/TH 9:30–10:45 AM

Our course will explore the arrival of "pro-democracy" movements in the modern Middle East. From Tunisia to Egypt to Yemen and beyond, ordinary Arabs are challenging traditional power centers in a quest to create a more democratic and inclusive society. We will explore the causes of the Arab Spring, and ways in which the Arab Spring have transformed the Arab World since 2011.

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COR 330-08: Tourism & Ethnicity in China

Kerry Noonan – M/TH 8:00–9:15 AM 

Did you know that China has 55 ethnic minority groups? Today these groups are feeling the pressure to assimilate into the majority Han culture and become "modern," but also to retain an idealized version of their ethnic culture in order to attract tourism and gain economic benefits. Traveling to see "backward" and "primitive" ethnic groups has appeal for both Han Chinese and non-Chinese tourists, but what are the costs? Similar issues are faced by other ethnic minorities around the globe. Tourism—is it good or bad? Traditional languages—should they be learned or forgotten? Is being different an asset or liability?

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COR 330-09: Tourism & Ethnicity in China

Kerry Noonan – M/TH 11:00 AM–12:15 PM

Did you know that China has 55 ethnic minority groups? Today these groups are feeling the pressure to assimilate into the majority Han culture and become "modern," but also to retain an idealized version of their ethnic culture in order to attract tourism and gain economic benefits. Traveling to see "backward" and "primitive" ethnic groups has appeal for both Han Chinese and non-Chinese tourists, but what are the costs? Similar issues are faced by other ethnic minorities around the globe. Tourism—is it good or bad? Traditional languages—should they be learned or forgotten? Is being different an asset or liability?

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COR 330-10: Vienna and the Austro-Hungarian Empire: Border and Bridge Between West and East

Betsy Allen-Pennebaker – T/TH 12:30–1:45 PM

From its earliest days as a Roman garrison settlement, the city of Vienna has long been the "final outpost" on the cultural and geopolitical border between the West and the East, as well as a bridge between the two. As the seat of royal, imperial, and national governments, and the site of epic battles and nuclear-age standoffs, Vienna offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the complex and fraught relationship between West and East. Once the capital of the ethnically-diverse Austro-Hungarian Empire, which for a time united West and East under a single crown, Vienna was, and still is, a rich mix of cultures and nationalities with a complicated and often painful relationship with its own multicultural identity. 

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COR 330-11: Graphic Language Across Cultures

Valerie Hird – W/F 3:30–4:45 PM

A hands-on, interdisciplinary course that draws from anthropology, creative writing, semiotics, performance, and graphic arts and challenges us to 'unpack' the visual signals we give and receive everyday. The course will expand our knowledge of our own American cultural identity to include the diverse voices and perspectives of Jordan, from the ancient Nabataean culture and Haji paintings to contemporary artists such as Mazen Kerbaj, Marjane Satrapi, and Malik Sajad along with interviews with Jordanian/Palestinian/Americans. From these sources and more, we create a hybrid, image-based language for the purpose of sharing stories across cultures. Finally, we will be testing how far we can stretch the interpretation of these visual translations by sharing them through digital media with a broader audience.

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COR 330-51: Vienna and the Austro-Hungarian Empire: Border and Bridge Between West and East

Betsy Allen Pennebaker – M/W 5:00–6:15 PM

From its earliest days as a Roman garrison settlement, the city of Vienna has long been the "final outpost" on the cultural and geopolitical border between the West and the East, as well as a bridge between the two. As the seat of royal, imperial, and national governments, and the site of epic battles and nuclear-age standoffs, Vienna offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the complex and fraught relationship between West and East. Once the capital of the ethnically-diverse Austro-Hungarian Empire, which for a time united West and East under a single crown, Vienna was, and still is, a rich mix of cultures and nationalities with a complicated and often painful relationship with its own multicultural identity. 

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