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 2019 semester:


COR 330-01TVL: "Life" in the Amazon

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

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 includes a two-week travel component to Iquitos, Peru and surrounds in July, which carries additional expense. Enrollment by instructor permission only.

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COR 330-02TVL: Dar al-Islam: India

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

India has the second largest Muslim population in the world, and Muslims have played a foundational religious, cultural and political role in Indian history for over a thousand years.  Students in this class will study that unique role, but also more general issues inside of Islam and the broader Islamic world. A semester long Twitter assignment will allow students to consider the intersection between the tenets of Islam and the lived faith of Indian Muslims.  This class features a required trip to India over spring break, which carries additional expense. Enrollment by instructor permission only.

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COR 330-03: Dar al-Islam: Yemen

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

Few religions are as misunderstood as Islam, and arguably no country is as ignored as Yemen. Students will study the foundational concepts of Islam through the lens of Yemen, allowing them to come to grips with the balancing act between a faith in theory and in practice.

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COR 330-04: The European Union: A House Divided

Buckley - T/F 9:30-10:45

This section 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.

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COR 330-05: The European Union: A House Divided

Buckley - T/F 11:00-12:15

This section 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. 

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COR 330-06: China 20/20

Cross - W/F 2:00-3:15

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 330-07: China 20/20

Cross - W/F 3:30-4:45

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 330-08: Istanbul

Kite – M/TH 9:30-10:45

This section 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-330-09: Arab Spring: Democracy Movements in the Modern Middle East

Aziz Fatnassi - W/F 2:00-3:15pm

This section will focus on the emergence of the so-called "Arab Spring" movements in the 21st century Middle East, with a specific focus on Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria. Students will learn the geography and culture of the modern Arab World, with a look at how Arab Spring movements emerged, and the consequences of the Arab Spring in both the Arab world and globally.

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COR-330-10: Arab Spring: Democracy Movements in the Modern Middle East

Aziz Fatnassi - W/F 3:30-4:45pm

This section will focus on the emergence of the so-called "Arab Spring" movements in the 21st century Middle East, with a specific focus on Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria. Students will learn the geography and culture of the modern Arab World, with a look at how Arab Spring movements emerged, and the consequences of the Arab Spring in both the Arab world and globally.  

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COR-330-11: Irish Women and Drama: Identity and the Challenges of Globalization

Joanne Farrell - T/TH 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-330-12: Irish Women and Drama: Identity and the Challenges of Globalization

Joanne Farrell - T/TH 3:30-4:45pm

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-330-13: Gender in Japan

Veruska Cantelli - W 12:30-3:15pm

This semester we will embark into an interdisciplinary quest trying to understand the complexity of gender in Japan: voices, roles and representations. We will read and discuss some of the foundational writings from women thinkers of the turn of the century, continue our journey through post-war Japan and the rise of radical feminist movements, explore subculture experiments with gender boundaries in manga and some of the current debates on transgender representations in contemporary Japan. Although the main geographical subject of our study this semester will be Japan, we will try to delineate some of the points of correspondence and contention with western and non-western trajectories.

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COR-330-14: Gender in Japan

Veruska Cantelli - F 12:30-3:15pm

This semester we will embark into an interdisciplinary quest trying to understand the complexity of gender in Japan: voices, roles and representations. We will read and discuss some of the foundational writings from women thinkers of the turn of the century, continue our journey through post-war Japan and the rise of radical feminist movements, explore subculture experiments with gender boundaries in manga and some of the current debates on transgender representations in contemporary Japan. Although the main geographical subject of our study this semester will be Japan, we will try to delineate some of the points of correspondence and contention with western and non-western trajectories.

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COR-330-15: ¡Pura Vida Costa Rica! - Ecology

Kristin Wolf - T/F 11:00-12:15pm

In 2016 Costa Rica was named "the most sustainably happy country in the world". The country's unofficial national motto, "Pura Vida" - which literally means "pure life" and figuratively means "don't worry about it, it's all good" - sums up Costa Rica's winning mixture of environmental innovation and high quality of life. This course will explore why this diverse landscape attracts tourism and development and how Costa Rica and its visitors use and protect its natural resources. By considering influential factors, including agriculture, conservation, immigration, and international relations, we will begin to understand how historic and current land use and social welfare policies shape the notion of Costa Rican exceptionalism and how this idea manifests itself at the local, national, and international scale. In addition, we will investigate Costa Rica's pioneering environmental policies and unique ecologies, its transition into the world's only "unarmed democracy", and its reigning title as a "blue zone" of extraordinary human longevity. Come explore Costa Rica from the ground up!

This course is not the same as "¡Pura Vida Costa Rica!: Policy". It can be taken on its own or (for those who wish to take a "deeper dive" into the land of Pura Vida) in conjunction with the "Policy" course. 

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COR-330-16: ¡Pura Vida Costa Rica! - Ecology

Kristin Wolf - T/TH 12:30-1:45

In 2016 Costa Rica was named "the most sustainably happy country in the world". The country's unofficial national motto, "Pura Vida" - which literally means "pure life" and figuratively means "don't worry about it, it's all good" - sums up Costa Rica's winning mixture of environmental innovation and high quality of life. This course will explore why this diverse landscape attracts tourism and development and how Costa Rica and its visitors use and protect its natural resources. By considering influential factors, including agriculture, conservation, immigration, and international relations, we will begin to understand how historic and current land use and social welfare policies shape the notion of Costa Rican exceptionalism and how this idea manifests itself at the local, national, and international scale. In addition, we will investigate Costa Rica's pioneering environmental policies and unique ecologies, its transition into the world's only "unarmed democracy", and its reigning title as a "blue zone" of extraordinary human longevity. Come explore Costa Rica from the ground up!

This course is not the same as "¡Pura Vida Costa Rica!: Policy". It can be taken on its own or (for those who wish to take a "deeper dive" into the land of Pura Vida) in conjunction with the "Policy" course. 

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COR-330-17: ¡Pura Vida Costa Rica! - Policy

Betsy Allen-Pennebaker - T/F 11:00am-12:15pm

In 2016 Costa Rica was named "the most sustainably happy country in the world". The country's unofficial national motto, "Pura Vida" - which literally means "pure life" and figuratively means "don't worry about it, it's all good", sums up Costa Rica's winning mixture of environmental innovation and high quality of life. This course will consider methods for promoting national well-being by examining Costa Rica's politics, history, and culture. Among other things, we'll learn about Costa Rica's long tradition of prioritizing social welfare, its pioneering environmental policies, its transition into the world's only "unarmed democracy", and the "blue zone" of extraordinary human longevity located on the country's Pacific coast. Equally, though, we'll consider the challenges - past and present - confronting this beautiful but vulnerable Central American republic.

This course is not the same as "¡Pura Vida Costa Rica!: Ecology". It can be taken on its own or (for those who wish to take a "deeper dive" into the land of Pura Vida) in conjunction with the "Ecology" course. 

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COR-330-18: ¡Pura Vida Costa Rica! - Policy

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

In 2016 Costa Rica was named "the most sustainably happy country in the world". The country's unofficial national motto, "Pura Vida" - which literally means "pure life" and figuratively means "don't worry about it, it's all good", sums up Costa Rica's winning mixture of environmental innovation and high quality of life. This course will consider methods for promoting national well-being by examining Costa Rica's politics, history, and culture. Among other things, we'll learn about Costa Rica's long tradition of prioritizing social welfare, its pioneering environmental policies, its transition into the world's only "unarmed democracy", and the "blue zone" of extraordinary human longevity located on the country's Pacific coast. Equally, though, we'll consider the challenges - past and present - confronting this beautiful but vulnerable Central American republic.

This course is not the same as "¡Pura Vida Costa Rica!: Ecology". It can be taken on its own or (for those who wish to take a "deeper dive" into the land of Pura Vida) in conjunction with the "Ecology" course. 

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COR-330-19: Shaking the Spirit: Sacred Arts of the Afro-Caribbean World

Steve Wehmeyer - M/TH 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 HaitianRara,the elaborate altar assemblage and musical traditions associated with Cuban Santeria, and the transgressive sexual and gender performance ofPomba Gira'smediums 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-330-20: 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 HaitianRara,the elaborate altar assemblage and musical traditions associated with Cuban Santeria, and the transgressive sexual and gender performance ofPomba Gira'smediums 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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