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 Spring 2016 Semester:


COR 330-01/01TVL Life in the Amazon: Human & Ecological Communities of the Amazon River Basin

Kristin Wolf - T/F 8:00-9:15am

The Amazon River Basin (ARB) is the most biodiverse place on Earth; it is also home to hundreds of human communities, making it a unique and appropriate setting to study the intersection of humanity and ecology.  In this course we will explore, compare, and contrast various lifeways of human communities of the Peruvian Amazon along a gradient of the contested concept of "development".  With special interest topics in tropical forest ecology, beekeeping with stingless bees, ecotourism, and community-driven development, this interdisciplinary course will explore how various communities perceive and interact with their respective environments, highlight the exceptional characteristics of the larger Amazon ecosystem, and investigate the effects of globalization, both past and present, on the landscape and peoples of the Amazon.  This course can be taken with or without a two-week travel component to Iquitos, Peru and surrounds in July.

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COR 330-02: Gods, Ghosts, and Ancestors

Kerry Noonan - M 12:30pm / W 9:30am

Hungry ghosts, ancestor worship, the Kitchen God, Guanyin, Buddhism, Daoism, feng shui: all these are components of the folk religions of China. This course will examine the supernatural in China, looking at religions like Buddhism and Daoism as well as new religions such as Falung Gong.  We will also consider supernatural beliefs, such as ghost tales, and ideas about the dead.  How have these beliefs survived under half a century of official atheism? Now that religion is somewhat tolerated in China, what directions is it taking today?

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COR 330-03: Gods, Ghosts, and Ancestors

Kerry Noonan - M 2:00pm / W 11:00am

Hungry ghosts, ancestor worship, the Kitchen God, Guanyin, Buddhism, Daoism, feng shui: all these are components of the folk religions of China. This course will examine the supernatural in China, looking at religions like Buddhism and Daoism as well as new religions such as Falung Gong.  We will also consider supernatural beliefs, such as ghost tales, and ideas about the dead.  How have these beliefs survived under half a century of official atheism? Now that religion is somewhat tolerated in China, what directions is it taking today?

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COR 330-04: European Union: A House Divided

Ciaran Buckley - M 12:30pm / W 9:30am

This course will investigate the emergence of global interdependence and interconnectedness and its influence on people, business and governments. Throughout we will examine the experience made in the European Union where countries established institutions and coordinated policies to enable travel, cultural exchange and close cooperation under the motto 'Unity in Diversity." We will analyze and understand also the challenges of unifying people from diverse European as well as non- European cultures.  This course will raise the awareness of how people work closely and have begun establishing structures as well as international and cultural decision making processes to be able to deal effectively with the issues of increased interdependence and interconnectedness among diverse peoples and groups. We will look at the European Union in its current form, ascertain its needs to succeed, research the cultural, political and institutional responses in order to make interdependence structures visible.

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COR 330-05: European Union: A House Divided

Ciaran Buckley - W/F 12:30-1:45pm

This course will investigate the emergence of global interdependence and interconnectedness and its influence on people, business and governments. Throughout we will examine the experience made in the European Union where countries established institutions and coordinated policies to enable travel, cultural exchange and close cooperation under the motto 'Unity in Diversity." We will analyze and understand also the challenges of unifying people from diverse European as well as non- European cultures.  This course will raise the awareness of how people work closely and have begun establishing structures as well as international and cultural decision making processes to be able to deal effectively with the issues of increased interdependence and interconnectedness among diverse peoples and groups. We will look at the European Union in its current form, ascertain its needs to succeed, research the cultural, political and institutional responses in order to make interdependence structures visible. 

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COR 330-06: Istanbul

David Kite - T/TH 2:00-3:15pm

Our section of COR 330 will examine the city first known as Byzantium, later Constantinople and now Istanbul - a city that has always been at the crossroads of major world cultures. Few other cities have been so routinely destroyed, remade and elevated by such a wide array of peoples and empires. This course is an interdisciplinary tour of this city. Texts will include items such as the mosaics and domes of Hagia Sophia, Sinan's Suleymaniye Mosque, and the expansive street life of the modern city.

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COR 330-07: Istanbul

David Kite - T/TH 3:30-4:45pm

Our section of COR 330 will examine the city first known as Byzantium, later Constantinople and now Istanbul - a city that has always been at the crossroads of major world cultures. Few other cities have been so routinely destroyed, remade and elevated by such a wide array of peoples and empires. This course is an interdisciplinary tour of this city. Texts will include items such as the mosaics and domes of Hagia Sophia, Sinan's Suleymaniye Mosque, and the expansive street life of the modern city.

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COR 330-08: Shaking the Spirit: Sacred Arts of the Afro-Caribbean World

Steve Wehmeyer - M 12:30-1:45pm / W 9:30-10:45am

Through an extensive examination of the material, ritual, and performative arts associated with the cultures of Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, and other Caribbean "hot-zones," students will explore the ways these arts embody and communicate sophisticated ideologies at the core of Caribbean cultural identities. Students will explore such diverse phenomena as the flamboyant costume arts and ritual dance-dramas of Haitian Rara, the elaborate altar assemblage and musical traditions associated with Cuban Santeria, and the transgressive sexual and gender performance of Pomba Gira's mediums in Brazil.  In doing so they will confront the fact that the Caribbean has been a locus of active globalization for over 500 years, and that its visual, ritual, and performative arts provide a record of the profound economic, religious, linguistic, and cultural impact this region has had on the world at large.

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COR 330-09: Shaking the Spirit: Sacred Arts of the Afro-Caribbean World

Steve Wehmeyer - M/TH 11:00-12:15pm

Through an extensive examination of the material, ritual, and performative arts associated with the cultures of Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, and other Caribbean "hot-zones," students will explore the ways these arts embody and communicate sophisticated ideologies at the core of Caribbean cultural identities. Students will explore such diverse phenomena as the flamboyant costume arts and ritual dance-dramas of Haitian Rara, the elaborate altar assemblage and musical traditions associated with Cuban Santeria, and the transgressive sexual and gender performance of Pomba Gira's mediums in Brazil.  In doing so they will confront the fact that the Caribbean has been a locus of active globalization for over 500 years, and that its visual, ritual, and performative arts provide a record of the profound economic, religious, linguistic, and cultural impact this region has had on the world at large.

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COR 330-10: Identity and Independence

Mike Lange - M/TH 9:30-10:45am

This course looks at several movements for political independence in places such as Vermont, Quebec, the Basque region, Scotland, East Timor, Western Sahara, and more.  By exploring the intersection of identity and political power (or powerlessness), the course will understand how Western identity has less to do with geography than it does with identity and power.

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COR 330-11: Identity and Independence

Mike Lange - M/TH 11:00-12:15pm

This course looks at several movements for political independence in places such as Vermont, Quebec, the Basque region, Scotland, East Timor, Western Sahara, and more.  By exploring the intersection of identity and political power (or powerlessness), the course will understand how Western identity has less to do with geography than it does with identity and power.

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COR 330-12: Central Asia: Crossroads of the World

Gary Scudder - T/F 8:00-9:15am

Far from being the desolate ends of the earth, Central Asia has been the meeting ground of many of history's greatest civilizations.  Over the centuries Chinese, Indian, Greek, Persian, Arabic and European explorers, merchants, holy men and conquerors have met in Central Asia and left a diverse legacy.  Students will explore this legacy by analyzing its artifacts.

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COR 330-13: Central Asia: Crossroads of the World

Gary Scudder - T/F 9:30-10:45am

Far from being the desolate ends of the earth, Central Asia has been the meeting ground of many of history's greatest civilizations.  Over the centuries Chinese, Indian, Greek, Persian, Arabic and European explorers, merchants, holy men and conquerors have met in Central Asia and left a diverse legacy.  Students will explore this legacy by analyzing its artifacts.

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COR 330-14: Irish Women and Drama: Identity and the Challanges of Globalization

Joanne Farrell - W/F 12:30-1:45pm

The 20th century was an era of political upheaval, revolution, civil war, and heated debate over what it means to be Irish.  It was also a period of exceptional literary production and innovation, especially in theatre.  Examining the ideological, historical and cultural issues in relation to the performance of woman, gender, sexuality, and the body on the Irish stage in plays by and about women will allow us to understand the struggle for independence, identity and the challenges of globalization.

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COR 330-15: Irish Women and Drama: Identity and the Challanges of Globalization

Joanne Farrell - W/F 2:00-3:15pm

The 20th century was an era of political upheaval, revolution, civil war, and heated debate over what it means to be Irish.  It was also a period of exceptional literary production and innovation, especially in theatre.  Examining the ideological, historical and cultural issues in relation to the performance of woman, gender, sexuality, and the body on the Irish stage in plays by and about women will allow us to understand the struggle for independence, identity and the challenges of globalization.

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COR 330-16: Minority Report: Assimilation, Adaption, or Isolation

Ken Wade - T/TH 12:30-1:45pm

How do small, diverse religious, political and cultural groups in Turkey and adjacent locations in the Middle East co-exist with the cultures that surround, and often overshadow, them?  This class is designed to deepen the students' understanding of the inner lives of displaced individuals and the strategies they need to survive.  Students will examine a variety of media (e.g., original documents, graphic novels, films, audio, art, etc.) setting the socio-cultural context of the region.

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COR 330-17: Minority Report: Assimilation, Adaption, or Isolation

Ken Wade - T/TH 2:00-3:15pm

How do small, diverse religious, political and cultural groups in Turkey and adjacent locations in the Middle East co-exist with the cultures that surround, and often overshadow, them?  This class is designed to deepen the students' understanding of the inner lives of displaced individuals and the strategies they need to survive.  Students will examine a variety of media (e.g., original documents, graphic novels, films, audio, art, etc.) setting the socio-cultural context of the region.

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COR 330-18: Vienna and the Astro-Hungarian Empire: Border and Bridge Between West and East

Betsy Allen-Pennebaker - T/TH 2:00-3:15pm

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 330-19: Vienna and the Astro-Hungarian Empire: Border and Bridge Between West and East

Betsy Allen-Pennebaker - M/W 5:00-6:15pm

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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