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Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts

Spring 2021 RFLA Seminar Courses

The following seminar courses will be offered in the RFLA curriculum for the spring 2020 semester.  In order to satisfy your RFLA requirements you must take:

  • 1 Rollins Conference Course
  • 5 competencies courses (one course in each of these four areas: foreign language, health and wellness, mathematical thinking, writing, and ethical reasoning)
  • 5 Foundations seminars which fall under the five themes: Cultural Collision, Enduring Questions, Environment, Identity, Innovation.
    • At least one course in Expressive Arts(A), Social Sciences(C), Humanities(H), and Sciences(S).
    • One(1) 100-level course, three(3) 200-level courses, one(1) 300-level course.

Instructor:   MacKenzie Moon Ryan

MWF 9:00 - 9:50

Theme: Identity, Enduring Questions

Ever wonder why Buddha has a round belly? Why is art full of naked women? Why we call elegant dinnerware “china?” Why is Jesus often represented as a good shepherd? Why ivory is a European luxury item, even though elephants live Africa and Asia? In this class, we will explore artworks as the visual ramifications when cultures collide. We will challenge our initial assumptions that art is quintessentially one thing by looking into histories of trade and exchange to discover how global interactions have influenced art worldwide. By looking to art, we begin to see how our shorthand definitions of both ourselves and others can be complicated. We will explore how meaning can be fluid, changeable, and sometimes open to hijacking when artistic borrowing occurs. Course activities include field trips to local museums and art collections; close readings of works in the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art and at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Instructor:  Rachel Simmons:

Theme: Identity

Ever wonder why Buddha has a round belly? Why is art full of naked women? Why we call elegant dinnerware “china?” Why is Jesus often represented as a good shepherd? Why ivory is a European luxury item, even though elephants live in Africa and Asia? In this class, we will explore artworks as the visual ramifications when cultures collide. We will challenge our initial assumptions that art is quintessentially one thing by looking into histories of trade and exchange to discover how global interactions have influenced art worldwide. By looking to art, we begin to see how our shorthand definitions of both ourselves and others can be complicated. We will explore how meaning can be fluid, changeable, and sometimes open to hijacking when artistic borrowing occurs. Course activities include field trips to local museums and art collections; close readings of works in the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art and at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Instructor:  Robin Gerchman

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Theme: Identity

Through dance, reading, reflective writings and conversations, this course will give students an awareness of their authentic voice in society. A synergy of movement, written word and voice is the platform from which this is to be created.  Students will narrate who they are, what they stand for, and what they believe in.  The opportunity to share this with the community will compel the students to create their own personal "moving" story.

Instructor:  Marianne DiQuattro

MWF 9:00 - 9:50

Theme: Cultural Collision

The home front provides little in the way of sanctuary in the age of total war. In this course on 20th Century plays, novels, and film, we will critically read creative accounts of global conflicts, seeking to fill in between the lines of newspaper headlines and death tolls. 


Instructor:  Alice Davidson

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Theme: Identity

Do early relational experiences affect relationships later in life? What ways do supportive (v. problematic) social networks influence human development? Drawing from theories of child development and empirical research on interpersonal relationships, this course focuses on the developmental significance of parents, peers, and romantic partners. At the end of this class, students will have a better understanding of their own relational experiences and be able to explain how interpersonal relationships are connected to wellbeing from infancy through young adulthood.

Instructor:  Hannah Ewing

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Theme: Cultural Collisions

Barbarians: we think mysterious, hairy, wild, violent people with no culture and who pose a threat to civilization itself. But what is a barbarian? Who determines barbarianism? And how do civilizations integrate strange and new peoples into their worldviews? In large part, this class examines literary and historical run-ins with ‘barbarians’ in Europe and the Middle East. By studying how dominant civilizations wrote about, imagined, and interacted with ‘barbarians,’ we question the ideas of civilization and barbarism, uncover truths about both parties, and explore the larger impact of the ‘civilized’ and the ‘primitive.’ This course will also involve community engagement and real-world application of the ideas encountered in class through engagement with the collections and institution of the Morse Museum.

Instructor: Mari Robertson

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Theme: Cultural Collision

Will a tariff war with China cause your next smartphone to cost $4000? What does universal health care mean and would it bankrupt the U.S.? Is green energy sustainable? These examples of hotly contested issues all involve understanding the challenges of economic policy and how decisions made on a global scale have consequences for your everyday lives. Our encompassing approach to headline events looks at the different perspectives of the topics. We explore the stakeholders, including individuals and institutions, who influence and make policy decisions that can change your daily behavior. Also analyzed are the incentives constructed in policies that act as guides for reasoned choices made by individuals. Armed with data and facts about real-world challenges, we develop an economic way of thinking about your surroundings.

Instructor: Wendy Brandon

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Counts for ECMP; Theme: Cultural Collision

 The largest, most efficient producer of milk in the world is the US, followed by India and China. For this distinction, dairy cows spend their lives being fed with hundreds, even thousands of other cows, in indoor stalls or crowded feedlots. Constantly impregnated (artificially), each cow can produce milk up to 305 days a year because the mother and newborn calf are separated immediately. This separation causes the mother visible emotional distress that will last days. After 3 or 4 years, dairy cows can’t produce enough milk so they are sold off for hamburger meat. Every time we drink or buy milk, we are "taking sides," choosing between human value-oriented food production and high volume, “efficiency” production. Whether or not we want to be involved, we are. Food Democracy asserts it is the right and responsibility of all citizens to participate in decisions to determine food policies and practices locally, regionally, nationally and globally. This course is an introduction to the revolution that is taking place in our food system--our food democracy—to produce healthy, quality foods that are safer for the environment and foster relationships between farmers and communities.

Instructor: Joshua Savala

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Themes: Identity, Cultural Collision

This class seeks to understand the place of the Pacific in history over the past few centuries. Over the course of the semester, we will cover topics as varied as slavery, migration, social movements, colonialism, and piracy, while pulling readings from history, anthropology, sociology, literature, and geography. We will ask questions about the definition of the Pacific, different types of slavery, the shape of migration and diaspora, and the relationship between people and animals, among others. Central to the course is experimenting with the problem: what does a Pacific approach—and an oceanic approach at that—do for our understanding of the world?

Instructor:  Josephine Balzac

MWF: 9:00 - 9:50

Themes: Innovation, Environments; counts as a 100-level elective in SE major

This class investigates justice and the interplay of law and their historical influence on society. It highlights how justice (social, environmental, criminal, and economic) is being expanded through social entrepreneurship as a transformative process of using innovative ideas to solve social problems and inequities in the legal system on a systemic level. Students will learn how social entrepreneurs advance different types of justice and will reflect on their role as changemakers.


Instructor:  Abeer Aloush

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Theme: Innovation

In its broader meaning, Arabic calligraphy is not only an important means of decoration and a highly creative art form, but it is also, however, a living creature that conveys notions of history, identity, and religion combined, all together are related to myths and spirituality! In this class, you will be able to relate the language script and different schools of calligraphy to the Arab personality, Islamic thoughts, architecture and different types of expressive arts Also, you will examine and compare old texts written in Arabic with different scripts to document the development of different communities in the Middle East in the past.

Instructor:  Denise Cummings

T, R: 9:30 - 10:45

Theme: Cultural Collision

Through critical analysis of representation and the ways Native- and non-Native-created texts (film, digital video, television, radio, print media, art, literature) have contributed to the construction of racial and ethnic identities, this course specifically addresses how contemporary Indigenous peoples reclaim textual production to (in)form identity, reconstruct the past, revitalize culture, and assert sovereignty and treaty rights. Course foundations address American Indian prehistory, the European colonial period, and the American period of American Indian history and experience. The course broadly confronts how a variety of media texts and traditions intersect with questions of race, ethnicity, and other identity categories, how such texts have engaged with diversity and marginalization, class and inequality, and how they may affect identity formations and relations. Assignments address the demonstration of information and media literacies and written competencies. Students will also create short video diaries—expressive autobiographical pieces exploring some aspect of their own identities and/or experiences.

Instructor:  Jana Mathews

M,W,F: 9:00 - 9:50

Theme: Cultural Collision; counts as a 100-level elective in ENG

Sport is one of the master organizing categories of American society, influencing everything from foreign policy to race relations to what kind of cereal we eat to how we spend our afternoons on any given Sunday. This course explores the intersections between sports and popular culture via film, texts, and interactive activities. Topics include Super Bowl commercials, half-time shows, and stadium cities; controversies surrounding race and class, match-fixing, megaconferences, and paying student-athletes; extreme sports (base jumping, parkour); weird sports (toe wrestling, hot dog eating), and the popularity of gladiatorial blood sports.

Instructor:  Kathryn Norsworthy

MW 1:00 - 2:15

Theme: Identity, Cultural Collision; counts as a 100-level elective for CMC, SWAG, and AAAS

Mindfulness involves remaining present, grounded, and non-reactive, even in the most intense circumstances such as when engaging in activism and social change. Impactful social movements have been crucial in advancing peace and justice in our own society and around the world. How are they organized? What roles do activists play in at various stages in a movement and how can we mindfully navigate this work? In this experiential course, we will examine several important social movements, theories and concepts linked to their success, and what we can learn and apply in developing activist campaigns to address some of the most pressing contemporary social justice issues, such as gender-based violence, immigrant rights, and lgbtq+ rights. As a developing activist, you will identify your own strengths and challenges and engage in experiences, including the cultivation of mindfulness as the foundation of social justice work, that promote your growth and effectiveness in this work.

Instructor:  Martha Cheng

T,R: 11:00 - 12:15

Theme: Identity

This course addresses the questions: Why do we talk and write like we do and how is my language use related to who I think I am and who others think I am?

We will investigate the relationship between language use and individual identity, which entails national and local language affiliations, as well as daily interactional habits. Students will
explore various disciplinary perspectives, such as linguistics, anthropology, rhetoric, and discourse studies and by analyzing texts such as movies, speeches, articles, and social media.

Instructor:  Todd French

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Theme: Cultural Collision

This course examines the roots of extremism in religious belief and practice. Tracing topics such as fasting, sexual politics, sacred ritual, and terror, it will examine when religious passion and devotion transform into what society deems "extreme."

Instructor:  Victoria Brown

T,R 11:00 - 12:15

Theme: Identity

How can story truth complement happening truth, and which is truer? In this course, we will read and analyze short fiction from around the globe. How do tradition and progress, history and upheaval, and the continued clashing of cultures impact the stories we tell? Is our shared humanity enough to sustain our ability to empathize with each other in our ever-fracturing world? Students will research national conflicts, explore how writers create art (beauty) out of conflict and mine their own histories, experiences, and knowledge to tell their own stories.

Instructor: Dana Hargrove

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Pre-Requisites:  One 100-level RFLA; Theme: Innovation; can count as an elective in ART

What different roles do artists take in creating a social fabric or a sense of place? Encouraged to make connections between art, landscape, and community, students will begin their own journey as an artist and create innovative artworks that enliven/elevate their community and sense of place. Students will engage with these concepts through readings and discussion and develop these ideas creatively through a series of hands-on projects that explore various art techniques and creative processes - all while learning about art, place, and community from a theoretical, cultural, historical and practical perspective. This course will have a CE component.

Instructor:  Eric Zivot

MWF:  9:00 - 9:50

Pre-Requisites: One 100-level RFLA; Theme: Enduring Questions

Why would anyone care what Shakespeare had to say 400 years ago? What is it about these plays that allows them to be produced so often; even today? These plays allow us a way to examine some of the most difficult, challenging and perhaps intractable problems we face. Who's world will this be; the young or old? Do brown lives matter? Are opportunities equally available to men and women or does gender dictate destiny? Why not come and take a good hard look at Shakespeare's A.R.S.E (Ageism, Racism, Sexism Explored) 

Instructor: Missy Barnes

MWF:  9:00 - 9:50

Pre-Requisites: One 100-level RFLA; Theme: Innovation

"What is it you plan to do with your ONE wild and precious life?" MARY OLIVER. This course delves into self-discovery and asks students to consider who they are and how they plan to craft their lives. We will look at how we become a responsible leader, a deeply engaged member of our community, and what it means to pursue a meaningful life. Course topics will include mindfulness, resilience, compassion, and service.

Instructor:  Amber Hope

T,R: 8:00 - 9:15

Pre-Requisites: One 100-level RFLA; Theme: Innovation

An introductory sculpture course; more information to come. 

Instructor:  Sunni Witmer

T,R: 8:00 - 9:15

Pre-Requisites:  One 100-level RFLA  Theme: Cultural Collision

This course will explore how the popular music of various societies from around the world is created and transformed by musical influences from other societies and worldviews when they encounter and interact with one another. The homogenizing forces of globalization, specifically the global pop aesthetic, will also be explored. Students will examine the artistic, literary, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of global popular music. Topics of inquiry and exploration include hybridity and diversity in music; the effects of globalization on cultural development; and the social, political, and cultural ramifications resulting from expressive cultural forms expanding around the world.

Instructor: Nadia Garzon

T,R 8:00 - 9:15

Pre-Requisites:  One 100-level RFLA; Theme: Cultural Collision

This laboratory is an invitation to explore creativity through the use of various artistic languages and theater tools. Discover your innate creative self; explore the use of theater tools for personal and social transformation; survey theater in different social and historical contexts; and discover ways to apply theater tools to your life and the world today. This course explores theater techniques and works by Augusto Boal, Luis Valdez, Bertolt Brecht, and Enrique Buenaventura among others.

Instructor:  Caitlin Mohr

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Pre-Requisites:  RFLA 100; Themes: Expressive Arts, Identity

This course will examine song literature through the perspectives of the poet, composer, and performer.  Elements of song will be examined in repertoire from Copland to Lady Gaga to the musical Hamilton.  Students will reflect on the breadth of their personal experiences and expression of self-identity in relation to a diverse community of artists of the past and present.

Instructor: David Painter

T,R:  9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100 Themes: Enduring Questions, Enduring Questions; can count for a 200-level COM elective - CE course

Students in this course will explore the central role of communication in the development and evolution of cultural and social norms. Moreover, students will analyze the ways in which verbal, nonverbal, and visual communication are used in interpersonal, public, and professional contexts to create meaning and develop relationships. Finally, students will evaluate a wide variety of communication sources, messages, and practices to develop their critical thinking skills in the Information Age.

Instructor:  Dexter Boniface

MWF:  12:00 - 12:50

Prereq: RFLA 100; Themes: Identity, Enduring Questions; can count as a100 level elective for POL

Why do some countries democratize and others do not?  Why do some democracies flourish and others collapse?  This course seeks to answer these questions and to familiarize students with a few of the prominent theories and methods associated with the comparative study of democracy.  

Instructor:  Phil Kozel

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Cultural Collision

From the High Seas to DVDs, this course explores maritime and digital piracy. Beginning with the "Golden Age" of piracy in the Caribbean to modern violations of intellectual property, we will consider the motivations/ desires of pirates along with their social and economic consequences.

Instructor:  Stephanie Gonzalez-Guittar

M,W,F:  9:00 - 9:50

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Identity, Cultural Collisions

This course presents an overview of the Latinx experience in the United States with a special focus on intersectionality, stereotypes, and identity formation and management. In this course, we will answer questions such as: Who makes up Latinxs in the U.S.? How is the Latinx experience similar/different to other ethnic groups in the U.S.? How do social institutions affect Latinxs’ identity and life chances? Topics include but are not limited to Latinx identity, family and household structure, gender roles, sexuality, educational attainment, labor force participation, and health outcomes among Latinxs living in the U.S.

Instructor:  Anca Voicu

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100: Theme: Cultural Collision

How is culture connected to economics, and why? What happens when cultures collide on the globalized world economic scene? This course considers the impact of culture on economic outcomes and looks at their interaction in a highly integrated world economy. We will examine the differences among the world civilizations in terms of history, language, culture, tradition as well as religion. By investigating case studies such as the Asian miracle, and the transition of previously centrally planned economies into market economies, we will learn that the context of the decision-making process must be taken into account. This challenges the concept of economic rationality and emphasizes the role that culture and values play in the way that people, firms, and countries develop and interact in a highly interdependent world economy. The purpose of this course is two-fold. First, the course will provide an introduction to economic theory and “economic thinking”. This will be beneficial for students who have not had an economics course. Second, the course will provide insight into economic thinking as applied to culture and economic performance.


Instructor:  Ben Hudson

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100; Themes: Cultural Collision, Enduring Questions

This course will consider the figure of the witch as a cultural and social phenomenon across the globe from Russian folktales to Caribbean rituals. Students can expect to analyze poetry, novels, and works of sociology in addition to classic films like The Wizard of Oz to understand how the witch has been constructed as a maligned cultural figure.

Instructor:  Elke Framson

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Cultural Collision

Our professional and social surroundings are increasingly transcultural and shaped by cultural and linguistic diversity. In addition, modern workplace demands and professional opportunities take many of us to countries where people speak a different language and have different cultural standards. How can we learn to communicate appropriately and effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds? In this class, we will explore the links between culture, language, and communication, analyze the challenges of intercultural interaction, and learn ways to overcome them. Our theoretical explorations will be supported by case studies of real-life scenarios as well as interactive games and activities. Students will gain a solid foundation for the development of intercultural sensitivity and transcultural competence, so that they can successfully communicate, operate, and co-operate in diverse settings at home and abroad.

Instructor:  Mario D'Amato

T,R 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Identity 

This course will focus on accounts regarding how the self is constructed according to Buddhist philosophy, and responses and critiques from the perspective of Western philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and psychoanalysis. It will also examine what the French philosopher-historian Michel Foucault has referred to as “technologies of the self,” i.e., techniques that have been employed by individuals to “transform themselves in order to attain a certain state of happiness, purity, wisdom,”1, etc. So we will consider the construction of identities, and examine techniques that have been employed to function as mirrors and windows for the construction of self. To that end, we will also study the theory of Buddhist meditation, and critically examine the ways in which Buddhist meditation has been analyzed in Western philosophy and cognitive science.

Instructor:  Li Wei

MWF:  9:00 - 9:50

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Identity

Is music a universal language? If yes, where is semantics? If not, why Gangnam Style and some other "ethnic" music enjoy huge popularity across culture? While musical expression is a common human behavior, the meaning of it is often culturally specific. In this course, we will look into the cognitive and semiotic aspects of music and examine how music shapes our cultural perception of identity. In particular, we will look at some important historical moments and cultural sites of world music (a mass-mediated, cross-cultural evolving popular music genre), examining how accelerated transnational movements of people, ideas, and information reshape the soundscape of modern world and our perception of cultural boundaries.

Instructor:  Stacey Coffman-Rosen

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100; Identity, Cultural Collision; Counts as an elective in CMC

How do we relate to bodies, minds, and identities that are different than our own, and how does that determine our place in a changing society? In this course, we will examine how disabilities, bodies, and identities intersect and determine how we interpret and occupy bodies in intersecting categories. Course topics include media and disability; becoming disabled; disability, race, gender, and sexual orientation; Deafness and Deaf culture; aesthetics and fashion; disability and sports; and “outsider” sexuality. You will examine your own "body politic," and the bodies of others. Course readings will be supplemented with film, cultural artifacts, personal writing, and interactive projects.

Instructor:  Emily Nodine

MWF:  9:00 - 9:50
F:  1:00 - 4:00 Lab

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Environments

Florida's unique position in the landscape and underlying geology result in a delicate mosaic of interacting land and water that has been affected by little but the rise and fall of sea level for millions of years... until humans came along. People as early as the native Americans have tried to tame Florida’s wilderness and reshape the landscape to suit their own needs. Following European colonization, people largely succeeded in “reclaiming” its wetlands for their own purposes, realizing only recently that doing so threatens the natural systems and creatures that we too depend upon. Springs, Swamps, and Sinkholes examine the natural processes of Florida ecosystems, with a focus on wetlands and waterways, to evaluate how human influence has altered diverse habitats, how it might be employed to repair them, and how we might forge a path toward co-existence in this landscape.


Instructor:  Anne Murdaugh

MWF:  9:00 - 9:50
F:  2:00 - 4:30 Lab

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Innovation

Light is a huge part of everyday life, crucial for vision, phone screens, the pictures we upload to social media, and healthcare. This course will explore the nature of light and delve into several imporatant applications. We will "shed light" on many interesting phenomena caused by light to better understand the world around us. 

Instructor:  Pamela Brannock

MWF:  9:00 - 9:50
R:  8:00 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100 Theme: Identity

This course discusses the general principles underlying basic genetics and how it relates to humans. Explores issues such as genetic testing, genetically modified organisms, cloning, heritable diseases, and evolution.

Instructor:  Pedro Bernal

T,R:  9:30 - 10:45
M: 2:00 - 4:30 Lab

Prereq: RFLA 100 Themes: Enduring Questions

The Science and Culture of Chocolate examines the harvesting of cacao and the production, health effects, and properties of chocolate.  This course also examines the cultural importance of chocolate from the cultures of Mesoamerica to the present day.  Chocolate started as a drink and it became a bar fairly recently as a result of technological innovations that eventually made possible the business that chocolate is today.  From Bean to Bar, from Maya to Valentine’s Day – if you will.

Instructor:  Samantha Douguet (Fonseca)

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45
W: 2:00 - 4:30 

Prereq: RFLA 100; Theme: Innovation, Enduring Questions

Leonardo da Vinci was a man ahead of his time.  He thrived in arts, science, and technology, uncovering new directions with scientific art.  We will investigate his life and the breadth and depth of his scientific studies.  The topics include anatomy and physiology, plant morphology, geology, mechanics, waves, optics, fluid dynamics, civil engineering, ballistics, and mathematics. 

Instructor:  Sunni Witmer

T,R:  9:30 - 10:45

Prereq:  Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCPM; Themes:  Identity, Cultural Collision.  Counts towards ECMP

This course focuses on the role music has played, and continues to play, in influencing and defining political and social justice movements throughout the diverse societies of the Americas. Theoretical constructs such as nationalism, identity, ethnicity, race, and class, and their intersections, as they relate to music, will be examined. The purpose of this course is to serve as an introduction to and survey of the music of the Americas in a political context, specifically the relationship between the political movements in Latin America and those in the United States. This course will focus on the relationship of music to nation-state building and social justice movements. This course will explore how the music of various societies from within the Americas creates and transforms political world views. The homogenizing forces of globalization (and their backlash), specifically the mass-mediation of political movements, will also be explored. Students will examine the artistic, literary, cultural, and socio-economic effects of music in a socio-political context. Topics of inquiry and exploration include hybridity and diversity in music; the effects of globalization on socio-political cultural development; and the social, political, and cultural ramifications resulting from expressive cultural forms expanding throughout the Americas.

Instructor:  Giselda Beaudin

T,R:  9:30 - 10:45

Permission only; registration through International Programs; students must have studied abroad and taken one 100-level and two 200-level RFLA courses, FCMP Themes: Cultural Collision, Identity 

In a culturally relative view, there are many ways to experience and understand the world. As we confront global problems that require consensus around values, cultural relativism becomes a significant challenge. Students will draw on their experiences abroad and course readings to examine concepts of cultural relativism, social constructivism, and identity. They will consider how we might move forward past tolerance to action in our increasingly globalized world and begin to articulate their own sense of commitment beyond relativity.

Instructor:  Gregory Cavenaugh

T,R:  9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP. Themes: Enduring Questions, Innovation; counts as a 200-level elective in COM

Ritual lies at the intersection of the symbolic and the transformative. A wedding ritual, for instance, is both an attempt to symbolize ideals and a speech act that produces a married couple. This performance-based course explores how ritual functions in contemporary Westernized cultures to create, sustain, and transform identities.

Instructor:  H. McLaughlin

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP. Permission only. Registration through International Programs Office. Travel dates 03/13/20 - 03/18/20. Themes: Enduring Questions, Identity; JWS elective; CE course

Students will learn about Jewish life in Europe before World War II, the reasons for the rise of Nazism and the persecution of Jews, the different roles that people played during this time, and the outcomes of the Holocaust for people from many backgrounds. We will analyze the diaries of Jewish children who were hidden or forced into ghettos and camps, and hear survivor testimonies, to know more about what those people experienced. A vital part of the course will be a 6-day Field Study trip to Krakow, Poland, which will include a study tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will end by considering how survivors have made meaning from the Holocaust, relating the past to current social issues, and examining the best ways to teach about the Holocaust.

Instructor:  Joan Davison

MWF:  9:00 - 9:50

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP. Themes: Cultural Collision, Environments; the course can count as an elective in POL major or minor

Globalization might better be understood as glocalization, as the local and global meet across economic, cultural, ecological, and technological spheres. These transnational interactions produce differential impacts, that is, benefits for some people and costs for others. This course analyzes these dynamics, examining why some nations, or groups within nations, favor globalization, while other interests have mobilized a backlash. Additionally, the course examines the so-called wars (or sins) of globalization related to terrorism, human trafficking, the climate crisis, and the drug and arms trades. What can governments and international organizations do to counter these unwanted global webs? As a capstone course, each student will develop a project focused upon a particular dimension (economic, social, cultural, environmental, technological, military, or political). The breadth of possibilities allows students to integrate both their major field of study and previous general education courses into their final project. Finally, the course asks students to understand globalization within the context of Rollins’ mission, discussing what it means to be a responsible leader and global citizen.


Instructor:  Rachel Simmons

R: 8:00 - 10:45

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP. Themes: Identity, Innovation. Waitlist priority to art majors. Fee: $50

What stories can you tell about your experiences as a Rollins student? How do these stories highlight the college mission of being a "global citizen and responsible leader"? This course asks you to research and create a visual narrative that explores the meaning of your liberal arts experience at Rollins College.

Instructor:  Sheri Boyd

MWF:  9:00 - 9:50

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP. Themes: Cultural Collisions, Enduring Questions

How do different societies choose their leaders? What roles do tradition and ideology play in the structure of government? We will research and compare voting systems and representative legislatures from around the world, applying principles of voting theory and fair division to study the ways diverse groups of people select and empower their leaders.

Instructor:  Nancy Chick

T,R:  9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP. Themes: Identity; Enduring Questions

This course will investigate the methods that different nations and cultures use to select their national leadership. Students will apply mathematical theory to analyze the voting and apportionment methods employed, but they will also explore the ways that culture influence these methods.

Instructor:  Tricia Zelaya-Leon

MWF:  9:00 - 9:50

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP. Theme: Identity

What if the first question your top-choice employer asked in your interview was, "how will your academic experience help you succeed in this job?" How would you respond? The purpose of this course, which examines identity development through a variety of developmental frameworks, is to help you share your unique Rollins story with potential employers, supervisors, and influencers. By examining and reflecting upon your identity before and during your time at Rollins, you will map out potential future paths for yourself, which will be captured through personal reflections, intentional observations, and structured analyses. By the end of the course, you will create a cohesive and compelling narrative that can be used to help you make meaning of your time at Rollins and beyond.

Instructor:  Abeer Aloush

MWF:  9:00 - 9:50

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP. Themes: Cultural Collision; counts as an elective in JWS, MENA, and SWAG

The course is designed to discuss the very idea of the Middle East and North Africa as a historical and cultural construct, for which there are many different definitions. The class is designed to be an introduction to the region as a whole; we will explore its internal diversity and dynamics that lead to different identities. Also, students will get exposed to a variety of ethnicities, minority complexity, ideologies, religious struggle, multiculturalism, different languages, Arabic calligraphy as a reproduction of different schools of thought, and food as a reflection of identity.

Instructor:  Nadia Garzon

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: Two 200-level RFLA courses and WCMP. Themes: identity and Enduring Questions; counts for ECMP.

This course surveys Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed, a technique developed for actors and non-actors alike, which seeks to give back the means of artistic production to the people. We will explore oppression in our lives and will use Image and Forum Theater among other tools to investigate and process our experiences. This is a hands-on lab, which means that students will participate in theater games and exercises and will be part of a performance piece.

Instructors:  Jennifer Cavenaugh/Meredith Hein

T,R: 9:30 - 10:45

Prereq: RFLA 100; at least 2 200-level RFLA courses; Themes: Identity, Cultural Collision; CE course, weekend immersions required

This course asks students to reflect on how their own identity has been shaped by power and privilege (or the absence thereof) and then asks them to identify and analyze systems of oppression at work in their own community. Finally, it empowers them with tools to create a specific positive social action to address a problem they have identified in their community. Students will build upon their previous IMW coursework to create an autobiography that explores how their own identity has been shaped by power and privilege (or the absence thereof). The course will then utilize the techniques of Augusto Boal's "Theater of the Oppressed" to empower students to address one aspect of oppression through community-based advocacy or activism. As part of this class, you will engage in community-based experiences through service-learning projects and individual engagement with local community organizations, using your previous skills and knowledge to address one of the community partner’s needs. In addition to taking your learning outside of the classroom and engaging with local community organizations, you will also reflect on how you would like to put your knowledge to use after graduation.