Faculty-Led Courses

2019-2020 Proposed Faculty-Led & Service Learning International Travel Courses

Faculty-led courses have more requirements than most courses at Champlain College:

  • Students must be in good academic standing and pass a discipline review.
  • Students must get permission from the faculty member before registering for the course (some faculty members require an application for their course)
  • Initial deposits must be made and contracts of participation must be signed soon after the registration period.

If you are interested in one of these courses, it is best to start by contacting the faculty member(s).

200 Level Courses

Jordan Thanksgiving Break 2019 Travel
Fall COR 220: Aesthetic Expression
with Gary Scudder and co-leader Cyndi Brandenburg

Jordan has been a crossroads of the Middle East for millennia. Today, it remains the most stable country in the region, a traditional US ally, and an important player in the political, cultural, and economic worlds of the region. The course is designed for second-year students but will be open to upperclassmen to take as an elective, broadening the pool of students able to enroll and allowing for a more diverse group. Travel will focus mainly on Amman, Jordan.

India Spring Break 2020 Travel
Spring COR 250: Sacred & Secular
with Gary Scudder and co-leader Steve Wehmeyer

India is not only one of the most spiritual countries in the world, but it is also a country of extraordinary religious diversity. Many Indians consider their country to be an increasingly secular country with its own balance between the secular and sacred worlds, although defined differently than in the west. This class will focus mainly on the Muslim population in India and will help students connect with India’s complex religious history. The course is designed for second-year students but will be open to upperclassmen to take as an elective, broadening the pool of students able to enroll and allowing for a more diverse group.

Puerto Rico Spring Break 2020 Travel
SAP 210: Place Based Service Learning
with Christina Erickson and Corinne Novetti

Much of Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017, leaving communities to rebuild with some support from federal aid (FEMA), humanitarian support from other organizations and individuals, and through their own ingenuity. This course will focus on the communities surrounding the El Yunque National Forest in eastern Puerto Rico and assess the various ways they are building resiliency despite a legacy of colonialism and the increasing intensities of climate change impacts. Through partnerships with Centro para la Conservación del Paisaje, and other organizations working to establish a UN Regional Center of Expertise in eastern Puerto Rico, this class will create a community resiliency report card to support their work. Students will gain cultural understanding by working on smaller, daily service projects that the community hosts need.

300 Level Courses

The Amazon May/June 2020 Travel (two weeks)
Spring COR 330: "Life" in the Amazon: Human and Ecological Communities of the Amazon River Basin
with Kristin Wolf

This course will focus on studying the landscape and ecologies of the Amazon, and then using the information to understand how social, cultural, economic, and political systems of the region are formed. 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. With special-interest topics in tropical forest ecology, beekeeping, ecotourism, and community-driven development, this interdisciplinary course will investigate and experience how various communities perceive and interact with their environments, highlight the exceptional characteristics of the Amazon ecosystems, and study the effects of globalization, both past and present, on the landscape and peoples of the Amazon.

Note: The following four courses have an optional 1 credit Costa Rica travel add on:

Costa Rica May 2020 Travel
Spring ENP 350: Ecotourism
with Kristen Wolf

This course will focus on defining “ecotourism” conceptually and philosophically. It will then use these foundational definitions to compare and contrast various ecotourism initiatives around the world.

Spring ENP 330: Place-Based Environmental Studies
with Val Esposito

This course will allow students to analyze the operational and/or scientific principles underlying sustainability initiatives at the local level, as well as assess the economic, environmental, and social justice factors of sustainability policy, how they are addressed in the initiatives being studied, and how they fit into national and global contexts.

Spring COR 330: ¡Pura Vida Costa Rica!: Ecology and Policy
with Rob Williams

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Spring COR 330: ¡Pura Vida Costa Rica!: Policy
with Betsy Allen-Pennebaker

These COR 330 courses will allow students to analyze and describe cultural traditions and worldviews—as well as significant historical experiences—among the people in the region. The courses will also relate the role and significance of the specific course theme to the cultural and historical contexts of the people and/or region.