Third Year Experience

Please note that due to changing international guidelines regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be restrictions on study abroad opportunities this year. Please contact the Office of International Education for assistance.

International study is transformative, providing lifelong perspective-shifting insight. Each major at Champlain is designed to allow a semester abroad in your third year—and some majors can accommodate a full year of global exploration. Our campuses in Dublin and Montreal provide a seamless study abroad experience, while numerous exchange and third-party programs open up a whole world of possibilities.

If you spend a semester abroad through another program, you'll work with your study abroad advisor to ensure you meet appropriate learning goals.

If you’re studying at any of our three Champlain campuses, you’ll continue your Core classes; third-year students will take two courses in common—COR 310 and COR 320—as well as two different COR 330 courses. Our Dublin and Montreal classes offer a deep dive into local topics. 

COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

COR 310 | The Global Condition

Is the world getting better? Is there such a thing as global progress—and if so, what does it look like? Students will examine the idea of progress from different theoretical, cultural, and marginalized perspectives, considering how progress has been defined, by whom, and by which standards. They will apply their understandings of progress to contemporary global phenomena such as economic globalization, international organizations, violent conflict, interactions between humans and the environment, and the spread of new technologies.

COR 320 | Human Rights & Responsibilities

Are human rights universal? Should they be? This course uses film, fiction, and other contemporary media and traditional sources to explore how different groups of people around the world define and debate human rights. Students will investigate how a variety of religious, philosophical, and social traditions challenge contemporary efforts to find a global definition of human rights.

COR 330 | Local Contexts, Global Connections

In an interconnected world, what makes particular peoples or places unique? How do the forces of tradition and change play out in different local contexts? Each COR 330 section allows students—guided by faculty with relevant expertise—to gain in-depth knowledge of a particular people, culture, and/or region. Students generate their own questions about continuity and change as the global meets the local, and participate in a dialogue about the various topics studied in all COR 330 courses.

Please see the Spring 2021 available courses below—you can click on each course title to learn more.

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Veruska Cantelli - TH 11:30-2:15pm

In this section, we will embark on 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 discuss 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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Kerry Noonan - T/F 2:30pm

Hungry ghosts, ancestor worship, the Kitchen God, Guanyin, Buddhism, Daoism, feng shui: all these are components of vernacular religion in China. This course will examine the supernatural in China, looking at religions like Buddhism and Daoism, & the suppression of Islam and 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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Kerry Noonan - T/F 4:00pm

Hungry ghosts, ancestor worship, the Kitchen God, Guanyin, Buddhism, Daoism, feng shui: all these are components of vernacular religion in China. This course will examine the supernatural in China, looking at religions like Buddhism and Daoism, & the suppression of Islam and 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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Flavio Rizzo- M 8:30-11:15am

Through courageous juxtapositions of cinematic texts and interdisciplinary readings, we will try to trace back some distinctive traits of the Japanese experience, from the contemplation of the transitory nature of life, Zen influences, the role of modesty and ambiguity, all the way to the seeds of contemporary cultural dynamics like manga, anime, Otaku culture and their offspring such as owl cafes and capsule and love hotels. These themes will be placed against the backdrop of crucial Japanese issues: national trauma, gender conflicts, and aging. We will take a dynamic and curious stance starting from the Japanese film giant Yasujirō Ozu and his take on post-war Japan. As his masterful work slowly falls into the background of a fast-paced Japanese society, the meticulousness of his observations will become more and more prophetic projections when placed next to the contemporary films of Hirokazu Koreeda, Kōji Shiraishi, Hayao Miyazaki, Takeshi Kitano, Kōji Wakamatsu, Naoko Ogigami and Makoto Shinkai

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Gary Scudder - T/F 8:30am

Islam is both the fasting growing religion in the world and in the US. Nevertheless, it's a faith that is widely misunderstood if not villainized, and it's history in the American experience is routinely ignored. In fact, the first Muslim arrived, enslaved, in what would eventually become the US only a few years after the first European. This class will explore the foundations of Islam as a faith, but also the lived experience of millions of Muslims over the last five hundred years. Special attention will be given to gender, and the African-American and Immigrant experience.

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Gary Scudder - T/F 10:00am

Islam is both the fasting growing religion in the world and in the US. Nevertheless, it's a faith that is widely misunderstood if not villainized, and it's history in the American experience is routinely ignored. In fact, the first Muslim arrived, enslaved, in what would eventually become the US only a few years after the first European. This class will explore the foundations of Islam as a faith, but also the lived experience of millions of Muslims over the last five hundred years. Special attention will be given to gender, and the African-American and Immigrant experience.

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Steve Wehmeyer - T/F 10:00am

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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Steve Wehmeyer - T/F 11:30am

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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Ciaran Buckley - T 10:00-12:45pm

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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