Course Matching – Spring 2025

The faculty members teaching the courses listed below would like to offer their course as a Globally Connected Course in fall of the 2024-25 academic year and are looking for a course partner from an Alliance institution. Course descriptions will be added as they are submitted.

The courses are organized by academic division, but you are encouraged to think creatively and expansively about how GCC programming could enhance your course. Some of the richest course connections are cross-disciplinary, so you are strongly encouraged to search broadly.

If you are interested, please contact the instructor to explore connecting their course to a course you teach. Visit the Global Course Connections page for information on how to submit a course description and how to submit a connection proposal.

Also review the list of courses for fall 2024.

HIST 101: History of Islam
Ibra Sene, [email protected], The College of Wooster
This course is intended to survey the development of the complex history Islam. From its birthplace in Arabia, we will follow the expansion of Islam around the West Asia, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, but also Central, South, and Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America. We will examine the various ways in which politics, the economy, and different cultural dynamics, among other factors, have shaped this history. We will also show that the diversity in the historical trajectories of Muslim societies went hand in hand with the formation of strong global connections among Muslims communities across space and time. [Expected enrollment: 25]

HIST 232: Africa: From Colonization to Globalization
Ibra Sene, [email protected], The College of Wooster
This course begins with an investigation of the relationship between the end of the slave trade and the origins of European colonization. Among other important topics, we examine the African contribution to the two World Wars, African nationalism, the Cold War, neocolonialism, and their enduring consequences for the continent. We end the course with a study of the rise of Africa from the early years of independence through the continent’s important global role today. [Expected enrollment: 25]

ANTH 305: Anthropology of Space and Place
Jennifer Grubbs, [email protected], Antioch College
This course will explore foundational theories of space and place in anthropology as well as ethnographic case studies of the intersections of cities, gentrification, race, class, gender, immigration, and the environment. Perfect for majors and students interested in urban studies. This course puts ethnographic, philosophical, and historical readings on space and place in conversation in order to provide a basis for understanding how and when human beings, societies, nature, and social spaces are co-produced. The course opens with an exploration of fundamental concepts in the anthropology of space before moving into specific interrogations of concepts like nature, cities, race, gender, and security. [Expected enrollment: 15]

ANTH 322: Langauge, Disability, and Semiotic Ecologies
Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway, [email protected], Oberlin College
This course introduces students to anthropological perspectives on language use as an embodied practice, with attention to the diverse sensory ecologies through which language is produced and perceived. In so doing we will highlight how perspectives from disability studies enrich anthropological understandings of the political and phenomenological dimensions of language. In addition, we will explore how linguistic and other semiotic practices contribute to the construction of and experience of disabilities. [Expected enrollment: 25]

SOCY 152 Indian Society and Culture
Anup Tripathi, [email protected], FLAME University
This course is aimed at presenting an integrated understanding of Indian society and its diverse cultures. It explores the pluralistic composition of Indian society focusing on tribal, rural and urban societies; enabling students to comprehend the diverse nature of Indian society and its culture. By understanding the social structures and cultural patterns embedded within it, the course will also facilitate an intercultural and multicultural understanding of society. Students will also engage in reflecting on issues of national integration and identity. Students will critically examine the processes of social change and continuity in contemporary India. [Expected enrollment: 35]

URBN 10200 World Cities
Hamed Goharipour, [email protected], The College of Wooster
This course introduces students from various disciplines to major cities and urban areas in the world, including Tehran, Cairo, Athens, Delhi, Copenhagen, Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Milan, Seoul, etc. We review how and why they developed, what makes them unique and worth investigating, their physical and non-physical characteristics, what it might be like to live there, and what issues they may face in achieving a sustainable future. We read papers, watch videos, listen to guest speakers, analyze urban design elements, share the latest news, explore maps, tell stories, and discover world cities. [Expected enrollment: 30]

INTN 130: Introduction to International Studies
Midori Yoshii, [email protected], Albion College
The course is designed for students who have broad ranging interests in the world as a whole. It covers development of the League of Nations and the United Nations, the Cold War, origins of the Arab-Israel conflict, decolonization, cultural relativism, cultural humility, resource nationalism, Iranian revolution, Gorbachev” perestroika, theories of “Clash of Civilizations” and “the End of History,” the Gulf War, Yugoslavian Civil War, American Exceptionalism, Rwandan Genocide, establishment of EU, expansion of NATO, Syrian Civil war, Russian war with Ukraine, UN MDGs and SDGs, Fair Trade movement, Human Development Index, micro-credit, digital gap, and UN efforts to fight climate change. [Expected enrollment: 25]

CULS 334 Environmental Writing in South Asia and Beyond
Kedar A. Kulkarni, [email protected], FLAME University
This course is a research seminar, designed to introduce students to a range of literary and philosophical perspectives that engage with notions of environment, animality, and humanity’s entanglement with both. We will study key texts and ideas in a field that continues to grow while also paying attention to the postcolonial world. Here (or there, depending), questions about environment & animality are much more complicated, where the laws of colonial difference ensured that racialized subjects were often considered barely distinguishable from animals. How do postcolonial dynamics complicate environmental and animal discourses produced in the global north? [Expected enrollment: 15]

GEOG 233-Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Prasad Pathak, [email protected], FLAME University
GIS course provides students with preliminary data visualization and spatial analysis skills. Students from environmental studies, economics, public policy, geography and allied domains can benefit immensely. [Expected enrollment: 20]