Third Year Experience

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 Fall 2020 available courses below—you can click on each course title to learn more.

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Veruska Cantelli
Section 01 | Section 02

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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David Kite
Section 03 | Section 04

Buddhism moved from its origins in ancient northern India throughout the Far East and China and into one of its most distinctive modern forms in Tibet. This course will look at Buddhist ideas, texts, and practices to see how they came to form a basis of Tibetan culture and a principal source of identity in the contested relationship between modern China and Tibet today.

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Kerry Noonan
Section 05 | Section 06

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, and 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
Section 07

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
Section 08

In the ancient world, Yemen was called Arabia Felix, which might be translated as Happy Arabia or Blessed Arabia or Fertile Arabia—names that hardly seem to fit the nation that is the site of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Still, Yemen is a land rich in culture and history, and it was one of the first areas to accept Islam. Students in this class will explore the tenets of Islam through the lens of this fascinating country.

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