Faculty-Led 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 and some faculty members require an application.  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 members.

2018-2019 Proposed Faculty-led International Travel Courses

200 Level Courses

The Galapagos Spring Break 2019 travel - full year (AKA linked) course
Fall COR 210: Scientific Revolutions: Evolution and Extinction with Cyndi Brandenburg AND Spring SCI 205: Introduction to Evolutionary Biology with Kathleen Seiler

  • Students who take COR 210 (Scientific Revolutions) spend a significant amount of time discussing Darwin and reading excerpts from his writings as well as discussing the social and historical context of this work. So, developing a travel-based SCI course that builds on the COR 210 content will provide even greater interdisciplinary exposure for students. A SCI lab does not need to be concurrently scheduled with SCI 205 because the spring break travel component will count as the lab, it is anticipated that this will not interfere with required major program courses for students. The course will be initially offered as EXP to see if there is adequate interest from students and ability to cohort with COR 210.

Italy Spring Break 2019 travel
Spring COR 280: Colonialism and the West with Aziz Fatnassi AND Spring MKT 210: Consumer Behavior with Ken Henrie

  • Class members will develop and carry out a research project related to traditional Italian markets and emergent consumer cultures in Italy. Students will experience the process of developing research questions, hypotheses, and a research design as well as conducting fieldwork on the question of 'the West' and 'the other'. The class requires a commitment to carry out an intensive research project during the travel period. Students will have the opportunity to perform ethnographic research at a number of sites, including the Institute for the Study of Multiculturalism, Society for the Protection of Refugees and Immigrants, Ministry of the Interior, and informal spaces such as open-air markets, refugee camps, and commercial districts.

The United Kingdom Spring Break 2019 travel
Spring COR 270: Heroines & Heroes focused on Harry Potter with Kerry Noonan and proposed co-leader, Katheryn Wright

  • The travel component of this course will emphasize the sociocultural influences, and the influence of place, on the fictional world JK Rowling created, paying particular attention to local and cultural specificities that Americans often miss when reading/viewing Rowling's works. We will also be noting the intersections of literature, film, and theater in presenting versions of Harry Potter, as well as analyzing the use of this hero in tourism and in "fan pilgrimages." Students will take a professional Harry Potter walking tour in both London and Edinburgh, see the Warner Brothers Studio Tour with original sets and costumes, and visit numerous film sites.

Tanzania Winter Break 2019 travel - full year (AKA linked) course
Fall COR 220: Aesthetic Expressions with Gary Scudder AND Spring COR 250: Sacred & Secular with Steve Wehmeyer

  • This trip will be very focused on analyzing artifacts. In this case the artifacts chosen will be designed to represent the different cultures that are part of the Zanzibari experience. The job of the students will be to intellectually dissect these artifacts, determine which cultural influences are present, and how they influenced each other. Students will form a required travel component between Scudder's COR 220 Aesthetic Expressions class and Wehmeyer's COR 250 Sacred & Secular class. Students will be required to sign up for both classes.

300 Level Courses

India Spring Break 2019 travel
Spring COR 330: Dar al-Islam: India with Gary Scudder and proposed co-leader Steve Wehmeyer

  • Muslims first reached India in the eighth century and have played a key role for thirteen centuries, including ruling over the subcontinent for centuries. Consequently, a trip to India that focuses on, among other things, its long and complex Muslim heritage will allow the students to view the unmatched diversity of the country. That said, it is impossible to understand the deeper meanings behind the history of Islam in India without viewing it through historical, social, economic and gender lenses - and this also includes the broader Indian religious tapestry. In addition, the power of experiencing "place" first-hand will help demonstrate how physical environments shape, and are shaped by, cultural and religious contexts.

The Amazon July 2019 travel (two weeks)
Spring COR 330: "Life" in the Amazon: Human and Ecological Communities of the Amazon River basin with Kristin Wolf and proposed co-leader, German Perilla

  • 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 the Peruvian Amazon watershed - from the dramatic Andean highlands to the lush, tropical lowlands - along a gradient of the contested concept of "development."  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.