Faculty-Led Courses

2020-2021 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

Tanzania Spring Break 2021 Travel
Spring COR 250: Sacred & Secular
with Steve Wehmeyer

East Africa, and especially Zanzibar, is a site shaped by extraordinary cultural and religious diversity; a place where Islam, Hinduism, indigenous Bantu traditions, and European forms of Christianity collide, intersect, and mingle; a place marked by colonialism and decolonization, modernity and tradition. Zanzibar has been the heart, for centuries, of a vibrant trading network that left the region very culturally and ethnically diverse. This course will encourage the students to delve into the syncretic nature of the Zanzibari cultural and religious worlds. In the present day, Tanzania (including Zanzibar) is an extraordinary nexus of cultural interplay—with Chinese investment in infrastructure, and a corresponding wave of Chinese immigration to both the mainland and the Zanzibar archipelago, adding another fascinating cultural and economic influence to an already robustly diverse nation.

Puerto Rico Spring Break 2021 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) and 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 Bahamas Spring Break 2021
Spring EVT 3XX: Destination Event Management
with Dr. Roz Whitaker-Heck

This course will explore the managerial concepts of Destination Events planning. Students will learn the functions of Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO), Destination Management Companies (DMC), and Convention and Visitor Bureaus (CVB). Students also will apply their knowledge of destination event planning concepts via travel to a popular destination for a cause-related event. The Bahamas is one of the most popular destination sites for planning corporate, social, and cause-related events. Specifically, students will learn about the destination management industry through engagement with a destination management company (DMC) located in Nassau/Paradise Island. This section features a required spring break trip to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, a country within the Lucayan Archipelago in the West Indies. Instructor permission is required for registration.

The Amazon May/June 2021 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 2021 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.