The faculty members teaching the courses listed below would like to offer their course as a Globally Connected Course in the 2021-22 academic year and are looking for a course partner from an Alliance institution. 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.
HS324 – Magic and Witchcraft in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Fabrizio Conti, [email protected], John Cabot University
This course examines the rise and decline of beliefs in magic and witchcraft “the supposed power of humans to intervene in natural events and to harm others by supernatural means” in medieval and early modern Europe, up to the outburst of the so-called “witch craze.” It studies social, cultural, literary, judicial, religious, gender, economic, and environmental aspects of these beliefs, and their roots in such things as classical Greek and Roman literary traditions and popular folklore.
Students will analyze primary sources in English, such as early literary texts elaborating on witch beliefs, the infamous handbook for inquisitors, Hammer of Witches, the records of early modern trials, and intellectual reflections on the reality or otherwise of magic and witchcraft, and a variety of contemporary historiographical explanations. Students will thus be helped to frame magic and witchcraft in their historical, anthropological, environmental, sociological, and intellectual contexts, and to enrich their understanding the evolution of medieval and early modern European societies and cultures.
[Expected enrollment: 15]
EN / HS 315 Selected Topics in American Literature: A History of African American Literature
Carlos Dews, [email protected], John Cabot University
This course pairs the consideration of significant historical documents relevant to the lives of those of African descent in the United States of America with the literary texts written by them, to provide both a survey of African-American literature and a history of African Americans in America. From the publication in 1773 of the first book written by an African American (Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral) and the drafting of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, to Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and the signing of the Voting Rights Act by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, the course will consider the major literary works, including poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction, written by African-American writers, and the social and political contexts in which they were written. [Expected enrollment: 20]
ECON-305 Public Sector Economics
Shujaa Waqar, [email protected], Forman Christian College
This course covers the theory of public sector economics, that is, the role of the government in the functioning of the economic system. The course focuses on the topics such as role of public sector, theories of public goods, externalities, distribution equity and economic welfare, concepts used in taxation, types of taxes and their shifting and incidence, resource mobilization, public expenditure evaluation, public debt, external debt modeling, budget deficit, cost-benefit analysis of development finance. [Expected enrollment: 35]
GEO2302 Political Geography
Eric Ross, [email protected], Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
This course studies the spatial deployment of power through analysis of political entities, identities, and interests at different scales. Emphasis is placed on the State, with definitions of national sovereignty, territory, and borders. Domestic governance and civil administration are also discussed. International institutions and agencies are analyzed in relation to contemporary economic activities, trade, resource management, and environmental monitoring, and in relation to conflict and conflict resolution. Students are required to conduct bibliographic research and to write a number of essays and papers. [Expected enrollment: 15-20]
Disability and Society
Sara Newman, [email protected], Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ
In this class, we will examine what it means to be disabled, to be considered different, and usually lesser, on the basis of physical differences. Our overall goals are to better understand how perceptions of disability reflect social values in general and in particular cultures, and to identify and interpret some of those values in context. To those ends, we will read and analyze fiction and creative non-fiction works which confront or hide disability issues. These efforts will be guided by disability theories and supplemented by visual and aural materials (art and film), materials addressing the broader context in which perceptions of disability arise. And, to express and complicate what you have learned, you will write short papers, reflections, and a longer paper as well as make presentations and participate in class discussion [Expected enrollment: 20]
Marcela Correa, [email protected], Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ
contemporary dance, art, movement improvisation, freedom of thought, alternative thinking [Expected enrollment: 15]
María Belén Ocampo, [email protected], Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ
Evaluate the nutritional situation of diverse communities and propose public health solutions that adapt to their reality [Expected enrollment: 25]
Textile Atelier or Creation Laboratory 3 (Fashion)
Sara Molina, [email protected], Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ
Atelier Textil is a course that covers different textile modification techniques that are learned and practiced creatively by students. These techniques are applied to a finished garment at the end of the semester. They are meant to be used as part of the construction process of their final collection as their graduation project. The techniques usually covered are luneville and other embroidery, tricot knitting, natural dyeing or printing, digital printing, upcycling, textile marbling and different smocking techniques. Weaving can be included as well. The final design produced by students needs to include upcycling materials. Lab de Creacian de Moda is structured around 4 projects. The main objective is to finish the conceptual phase of the collection the students will manufacture and present as their graduation projects. The first project is used to create a brand for the student to derive his/her collection from. It needs to have a clear concept, coherent brand identity and a well defined costumer. The next 3 projects are capsule collections that evolve from the brand with different concepts and inspiration. [Expected enrollment: 6]
Language instruction offers an excellent opportunity for a Globally Connected Course. The longest running course connection has been between German courses at the American University in Bulgaria and Denison University. German is not the native language for students on either campus, so they have the same sets of challenges. Since language courses are sequenced, there is also the opportunity for students to have several connected courses together and to get to know each other.