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Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts

Spring 2020 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: RACHEL SIMMONS                         

Section 01 -  T:  8:00 – 10:45aRachel Simmons
Section 03 -   R: 4:00 - 6:30 p

This course will examine identity and memory through the visual journal, a mixed media fusion of creative writing and art. Journaling is a practice of self-reflection that helps create meaning in our lives. Students will engage in timed writing activities, group critiques and mixed media techniques. Weekly written and visual reflections focus on memory, identity, aspirations and perceived obstacles to success. Fee $50.

INSTRUCTOR: ERIC ZIVOT                                                                         

MWF 9:00 - 9:50a

Why would anyone care what Shakespeare had to say 400 years ago? What is it about these plays that allows them to be produced today? The plays allow us to examine some of the most difficult 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 woman or does gender dictate destiny? Why not come and take a good hard look at Shakespeare's A.R.S.E.?


MW: 8:30 - 9:45

In this course students will think critically about their everyday lives as a site of research. They will learn to notice and examine the relationships and actions of those around them and to think about these acts as contributing to, or resisting social norms and discourses. They will engage in their own research project by choosing a particular site in which they have some kind of vested interest. Finally, they will learn to think about various ethical stances and the importance of cultivating a sense of justice and ethics in the way in which they themselves "perform" their research.


TR: 9:15 - 11:00

Create your own visual brand for a smart phone cover, learn to draw expressively, develop an innovative design for a household item, and create a persona for a masquerate!


TR: 9:30 - 10:45

Throughout the centuries theatre has provided man with a means of self-expression, transforming the human experience into a lasting symbolic form. Expressive arts classes provide the student with an appreciation for aesthetic experience by teaching the skills necessary for individual aesthetic expression or by focusing on acquiring a critical vocabulary with which to articulate the aesthetic experience.
Innovation, creation and elevation lie at the core of every theatrical production. Its success or failure rests in the production teams ability to create a work that speaks to the audience and elevates their mood, perception or understanding of the subject matter being presented. Innovation in techniques, styles, methods and technical equipment is constant in the field; allowing artists to collaborate in ways that profoundly affect the next generation.


MWF: 10:00 - 10:50

This course introduces students to the history of Western art from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Rather than studying particular styles or periods in-depth, we will trace the broad trajectory of art history since the fifteenth century, exploring how visual culture has both shaped and been shaped by social, political, and religious forces. You will take three exams, prepare a brief presentation, and write three short papers. Each assignment is designed to allow you to practice different aspects of thinking, speaking, and writing critically about works of art, skills unique to the discipline of art history but broadly applicable to other college courses and your future career. You will gain a greater understanding of the intimate relationship between history and visual culture, enhancing your awareness and appreciation of the artistic environments in which you live and work and inspiring you to pursue engagement with the visual arts throughout your time at Rollins and well into the future.


TR: 9:30 - 10:45

Communicating authentically is critical to our success and well-being, but in a world filled with distractions and hashtags, how can we communicate meaningfully, mindfully, and effectively?  In this course, we will examine how communication helps us make sense of our professional and personal identities and how crucial conversations, while sometimes difficult, pave a path to more successful and mindful lives.  We will explore our diverse identities and the social institutions and norms that shape the construction of identity. We will examine ways to be mindful and authentic communicators.  We will think about communication as a key element in creating and sharing our personal and professional identities and an important tool for understanding our changing social world and our place within it.


TR: 9:30 - 10:45

In a globalizing world where people with different backgrounds, experiences, and worldviews are put into closer contact with one another, human interaction may sometimes result in questions about cultural difference. This class explores the concept of culture and how it shapes globally diverse expressions of race, sex, gender, political organization, economic systems, and more. At the end of this class, students will have a better understanding of their own cultural worldview and be able to explain how culture shapes all aspects of life.


SECTION 03: TR 8:00 - 9:15
SECTION 04: TR 9:30 - 10:45

As American politics has become increasingly polarized, questions about the influence of identity within the electorate have taken center stage. Whether the focus is on white blue-collar voters or undocumented immigrants, women or evangelical Protestants, identity is seen as central to the production of conflicting political ideologies. At the same time, American society and political institutions are valued for being pluralistic and representative of a diverse populace. Pluralism offers both the political promise of resolving difference and the peril of encouraging political divisions. This course asks students to reflect on the relationship of identity to the practice of American politics. Students will survey a range of identity-based and intersectional movements in the American electorate and consider how the principles and practices of pluralism work in contemporary American politics.


SECTION 4: TR 9:30 - 10:45
SECTION 5: TR 8:00 - 9:15

An introduction to the global food system and its failings. Through big picture discussions and case studies from the global north and south, students study food cultures and nutrition, their links to global health in both developing and developed countries, global agri-business and food trade, land ownership, land grabbing and other factors affecting food security and food sovereignty, and broader, but connected issues, such as climate change, conflict and hunger, and forced migration. Students will learn about food activism and food justice movements challenging our unjust and unsustainable global food system.



SECTION 08: TR 8:00 - 9:15
SECTION 09: TR 9:30 - 10:45

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?


TR: 9:30 - 10:45

While books can be mirrors for readers to see themselves and windows into the worlds of others, books also provide readers with opportunities to build bridges between our worlds and experiences. In this course, we will explore diverse cultures and identities by reading and discussing multicultural literature. Through authentic literature, we will travel with families to new lands, connect with characters living similar lives as our own, and experience new ways of viewing the world.


MWF:  9:00 - 9:50

Religion and sexuality coexist uncomfortably in the United States. While most major religions expect participants to adhere to certain moral codes, sex and sexuality remain among the most controversial and disputed. This course examines the nexus of culture and social values as it relates to issues like pornography, sexuality, virginity, sexual debut, pregnancy, and the role of technology.


TR: 8:00 - 9:15

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.


TR: 9:30 - 10:45

Whose interests are served by ways we relate to our bodies, to others’ bodies, to eating, and to food? In the arenas of body and food, who has what kind of power? Who profits and at whose expense? How can we resist and promote healthier relationships with body and food?


TR: 9:30 - 10:44

More and more the stories we tell are digital, and you can have the skills to tell them! This course centers on multimedia expression. We will study the ways stories convey who we are and how we understand others and our world. Then we will practice telling evocative, creative, powerful stories that connect personally significant aspects of ourselves to important issues in the world. Projects will include a photo essay, short audio documentary, and short video.


TR: 9:30 - 10:45

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.


TR: 9:30 - 10:45

The minute focus of a medical examiner during autopsy; the seductive cry of the carnival barker asking you to, “Step right in"; the varied ways in which doctors, both real and fictional, repurpose corpses for new ends; each of these acts associated with bodies is surprisingly similar to the skills of reading and writing well. In this course, we'll read about bodies at all kinds of extremes: from medical cadavers, to murder victims, to freak show performers. In the process, we will learn to think differently and more critically about reading by analyzing texts that are themselves strange, often both in subject matter and style.


MW: 2:30 - 3:45

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 languages 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.


TR: 8:00 - 9:15

Boyz to Men will explore the challenges of growing up male in America. We will use a variety of novels, films, and TV shows, from Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye to Boyhood and Sons of Anarchy, along with interviews and data from other disciplines to examine social and cultural assumptions about maleness and to try to define how to become a successful guy in today's world. Each student will conduct interviews in the community, keep a reflective journal, and write personal essays. Please note: this is not a course for anyone who simply wants to bash males as the source of all the world's evil or for anyone who thinks the world would be better if only males ran it.


MWF: 9:00 - 9:50

“If you read, you’ll judge...look through my things, and figure me out.” —Kurt Cobain, *Journals* On April 8, 1994, an electrician discovered a gruesome scene at a luxurious Seattle mansion. Kurt Cobain was dead. Lead singer of the tremendously popular band Nirvana, Cobain’s suicide shocked the world and cementing his place as an American rock icon. When his *Journals* were published years later, many were hopeful for answers to questions he had left in the wake of his death. Can such personal writing provide readers with such insights? In this course, we will consider the concept of memoir: both as actual journals (published and not). In particular, we will examine the American Confessionalist movement as one marked by the tone of memoir, discussing the texts of major poets such as Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Furthermore, we will address how the concept of memoir influences other cultural texts, such as television, film, and social media.


MWF: 12:00- 12:50

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.


TR 8:00 - 9:15

This course is an integrated study of the expressive cultures of Latin America, with an emphasis on the role the arts play in social life. Topics include pre-Columbian art; modernist arts; Spanish American and Brazilian narrative; Latin American poetry, architecture, music, theatre, cinema, and popular culture; and Latin culture.




MWF 12:00 - 12:50

This course will explore intersections between music and mathematics. Their inherent beauty, elegance, and shared properties will be our focus. Many of the topics will be accompanied by music listening, both inside and outside of class, and students will become familiar with a wide variety of musical styles and periods. Their appreciation and confidence in both music and mathematics will grow.


TR 8:00 - 9:15

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.


TR 9:30 - 10:45

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 art works 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 artist 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.


TR 9:30 - 10:45

This course will explore the social and self-identities of what is considered ethical, displayed through the lens of theater and film.  We will observe the ethical dilemmas that are present in society by dissecting plays and film throughout time.  Why is Blackface acceptable in film in the 1920s but not today? Is one example of many questions you will ask yourself and peers.


TR 9:30 - 10:45

Why do some artists or bands have a long career and others are merely “One Hit Wonders”? Is Pop music designed to be disposable and ephemeral? This course will examine the unpredictability of the music industry and unravel many of the factors that influenced the creation of Pop hits from the 1970s to the present. Many of the factors explored in class will include talent versus looks, digital recording, the corporatization of record labels, sampling, global communication, streaming, social media, and behavioral targeting, as well as the overall zeitgeist of each era. We will also delve into the formulaic songwriting techniques used to create the perfect three-minute “Ear Candy” pop masterpiece.


TR 9:30 - 10:45

Inequalities of class, race, and gender shape our lives in profound ways. In this course, we will analyze the causes and effects of inequality from a sociological perspective. Why is the gap between rich and poor growing? Is racism disappearing, or just morphing? How common is rape on college campuses? Most importantly, what can be done to mitigate or eliminate harmful inequalities?  This course will teach students to identify patterns of advantage and disadvantage in society. We will examine how institutions and culture shape individual experiences and life chances.  


First Section: TR 8:00 - 9:15
Second Section: TR 9:30 - 10:15

Sport, an integral part of everyday life, influences and shapes individual identities. Critics argue that the preoccupation with sport distracts people from societal inequities and economic turmoil. Is it better to keep people focused on the World Cup, Olympic Games, and Super Bowl? While sport celebrates human values of freedom, justice, and courage, this assumption is at odds with reality. Sport is intimately related to power, control, and authority. The course will: (1) examine how sport functions in relation to and in conflict with personal values (adult-organized youth sport, school-based sport, worldwide club sport, virtues/exploitation of college athletes, professional sport as a monopoly, and intersection of sport with religion and politics); (2) analyze the interaction between culture and sport, ethical/moral decision making, effects of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, age, sexual preference, and disability on sport access and participation, and deviant rule breaking, violence, performance enhancement, hazing, and gambling; and (3) explore the interplay between sport and society worldwide (sport media revolution connecting countries through technology, international consumer marketing/retailing of sport equipment and apparel, migration from country to country of athletes, coaches, and officials, exchange of values reflecting various cultures, human rights violations, and Olympic economics versus nationalism).


TR 9:30 - 10:45

Innovations  do  not  automatically  translate  into  positive  social  changes.  Competing  ideas,  conflicting  interests  and  complex  social  structures  all  shape  the  ways  in  which  innovations  are  generated  and  applied  to  economic  life,  often  leading  to  mixed  results  and  unequal  distribution  of  costs  and  benefits  across  the  society.  How  can  we  harness  the  power  of  technological  and  institutional  innovations  to  promote  public  interest  and  facilitate  social  progress?  To  answer  this  central  question,  this  course  looks  into  influential  cases  in  agricultural,  industrial  and  financial  sectors  to  understand  the  processes  and  impact  of  applying  innovations  to  economic  life.  Special  attention  is  paid  to  how  lessons  from  the  past  can  assist  us  in  meeting  our  current  economic  challenges. 


TR 9:30 - 10:45

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.


Time - TBA

How are identities and cultures of those on the margins represented and negotiated? What are the dangers of a single story, or identification? How to deconstruct marginalization in diverse, micro and macro educational contexts? This course will use the power of personal narratives produced in the tensioned intersections between the dominant and oppressed cultures in education to let students explore the wounds that are made and could (not) be healed in schools and communities.


TR 9:30 – 10:45

With a dizzying array of scientific, economic, cultural, social, and political variables shaping climate change, even those that recognize it as a threat tend to see climate change as both temporally and geographically distant, unfolding decades down the road – on the other side of the world. Using the narrative lens of ecotourism, our class tackles this misunderstanding, examining locales from here at home to the Galapagos Islands to the Antarctic Peninsula.


TR 9:30 – 10:45

This course covers the European countries’ economic development after WWII to the present day. In doing so it presents an economic framework for understanding the historical past and the change following the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. Focus will be placed on the interconnectedness among various European economies situated in the Eastern and Western parts of the European continent, and their interactions within the international economy.


TR 8:00 - 9:15

China’s dramatic rise recently is an unprecedented phenomenon in world history that is changing global as well as regional economics and geopolitics. This course will help students understand what accounts for China’s rapid rise, what are the strengths and weaknesses of China’s model of modernity, what challenges China is facing and what impacts and implications that China’s rise has to the U.S. and the rest of the world.


MWF: 9:00 - 9:50

Western Philosophy was born in the gyms of Ancient Athens. In this course, we will join Socrates as he engaged people at the wrestling arenas in discussion of the good life. We will explore Plato's idea that music & gymnastics prepared the soul for philosophy and Aristotle's idea that virtue can only be obtained through practice. We will use physical health as a model for thinking about psychological health and think about the current relevance of ancient practices of "spiritual exercise." 


MWF 9:00- 9:50
TR 9:30 – 10:45

Native American Gemma Benton wrote: “Our ancestors knew that healing comes in cycles.  One generation carries the pain so the next can live and heal.” This literature and film course examines the after-effects of cultural collisions like war, genocide, and imperialism by analyzing the representation of intergenerational trauma in literature and film.  Texts include: books I was the Child of Holocaust Survivors, Kindred, Dreaming in Cuban, and Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven; and films Waltz with Bashir and Return of Navajo Boy, as well as Kara Walker's video installations.  Our guiding questions will be:  How is trauma passed between generations, and how it is represented?; and What are the ethical, cultural, and socio-political ramifications of both trauma and representation?  Concepts and contexts related to trauma, identity, nation-state, globalization, imperialism, class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and the humanities will be explored in depth.


TR 9:30 -10:45

This course will focus on accounts regarding how the self is constructed according to Buddhist philosophy, and Western philosophy of mind and cognitive science. We will examine what the philosopher 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.” 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, through studying the theory of Buddhist meditation.


MWF 9:00 – 9:50

The course includes study of selected works by and about bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender individuals. Representative works discussed are chosen to illustrate portrayals of individual identity and life as well as political and changes in the GLBTQ community over time -- from a period of "invisibility," through the AIDS crisis, into the present, looking at the struggles unique to each generation.


TR 9:30 – 10:45

This course will examine several aspects of labor and leisure. Through the works of Josef Pieper, Wendell Berry and others it will raise questions such as the following: What is leisure and what is it for? How is leisure connected to what it means to be a human being? How do modern ideals of ‘busyness’ ‘usefulness’ ‘efficiency’ and others present obstacles to the cultivation of meaningful leisure? Is the vice of sloth connected to boredom and inability to enjoy meaningful leisure more than it is connected to laziness? How is leisure important for stepping back from and critiquing cultural assumptions from within? What does it mean to be connected to a place, and to labor in a way that has regard for preserving that place? Through raising these questions, we will gain insight into modernity and the fundamental changes in the rhythms and shape of human life it has wrought.


TR 9:30 – 10:45
This course examines the philosophical, metaphysical, theological, scientific, and ethical implications of selected science fiction films.   Special focus is given to the Matrix trilogy.  Students critically engage in topics such as the nature of reality and knowledge, personal identity, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, existentialism, and how to live ethically in a post-apocalyptic world.  The course seeks to develop critical and creative skills necessary for understanding mind-blowing movies and unraveling philosophical mysteries.


TR 9:30 – 10:45

Daily we are confronted with ethical questions about how to act in our personal lives and in the world as responsible and engaged citizens. In this course you will learn the moral theories and frameworks that justify moral judgments, and how to apply them to pressing social and political issues such as abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, immigration, human rights, multiculturalism and women’s rights, global poverty, cultural sovereignty, and world hunger relief


TR: 9:30 - 10:45

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 culture 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.


MWF 9:00 – 9:50; LAB T 8:00 – 10:45

This course will look at the biology of athletes through the analysis of their genetics, physiology, and biochemistry.


TR 8:00 – 9:15; LAB T 2:00 – 4:00

The superhero genre is all the rage right now. But do superhero comic books and movies get any of the science right? Can gamma rays turn you into the Hulk? How much energy would the Flash need in order to use his super speed? How much force does Superman need to exert to “leap tall buildings in a single bound”? In this course, we will examine the concept of a superhero throughout history. We will analyze comic books as well as study recent superhero films to determine if the powers and abilities of the most well-known superheroes are scientifically possible. In addition, we will learn to apply the scientific principles of energy, thermodynamics, astronomy and more to a wide variety of super-powered characters. The course contains a required lab, where we will perform experiments to estimate the strength of Superman’s skeletal structure or the forces experienced by Spiderman during his webslinging.


TR 9:30 – 10:45; LAB F 2:30 – 5:00
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 important applications.  We will "shed light" on many interesting phenomena caused by light to better understand the world around us.  


TR 9:30 – 10:45; LAB R 8:00 – 9:30
This course traces the development of musical instruments from prehistory to modern day. The content emphasizes the creativity of successive generations of instrument makers, focusing on the scientific aspects of each new innovation. The result of each innovation is put into the context of how it affected the development of music. Prerequisite of math competency.


TR 9:30 – 10:45; LAB R 8:00 – 10:45

Why does an egg turn white when you cook it or an avocado turn brown when you cut it? Why are some chocolate chip cookies soft and others crispy? Where do recipes come from? In this course we will discover the inextricable relationship between science and our everyday experiences as humans sustained by food. The class will focus on an understanding of how individual food components, as well as physical and chemical changes, contribute to the overall quality of a food. We will explore innovations in food science (e.g. molecular gastronomy) and how new foods are created as we conduct edible experiments to illustrate the scientific method and physical, chemical, biochemical, and microbiological principles in cooking. Science is always involved in the foods we eat, and an act of creative cooking is truly the same as conducting a science experiment.


TR 9:30 – 10:45; LAB F 2:30 – 5:00

What is light?  Is it a wave or a particle?  If it’s made of something, why can’t we feel it?  How can colors come from white light, and why is the sky blue?  In this course, we’ll tackle these enduring questions on the nature of light, how to manipulate it, and how nature creates it’s own optical illusions.  Students will perform their own optics based research project in this highly interactive, hands-on course.  Students should be prepared to blur the line between their perception and reality.


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 technical innovations that eventually made possible the business that chocolate is today.  From Bean to Bar, from Maya to Valentine’s Day – if you will.


TR 9:30 – 10:45

This course explores the intersections of cultures on Rollins' campus and in Winter Park.  Students will use the ethnographic research methods to explore Rollins' history and its contemporary cultures.  Through fieldwork and independent research, students will take an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the cultural collisions that shape life at Rollins.


TR 9:30 – 10:45

This course explores the uniquely American circumstances that gave rise to the development of jazz, baseball and National Parks. All of these icons of Americana exhibit many of the dynamic (and often conflicting) forces at work in American history. For example, the preservation of land in National Parks ran directly counter to the essentially materialistic and exploitative approach to nature that governed 19th century America. Jazz represents the collision of European and African musical forms, which produced an unprecedented opportunity for exploration and innovation. And (sadly), baseball is at odds with a contemporary American culture that is increasingly violent, impatient and overbearing. Underlying themes of the course include the roles of race, class, gender and capitalism, as well as the relationship between the individual and the group.



TR 9:30 – 10:45

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.


R 8:00 – 10:45

Explore contemporary graphic narratives and share the story of your academic journey through your own comic book. Reflect on global citizenship, responsible leadership and meaningful lives as you identify critical moments of growth from your time at Rollins. 


MWF 9:00 – 9:50

While the Middle East is home to some of world’s oldest and most spectacular ancient civilizations, the region has long struggled to keep hold of its historical artifacts. Centuries of intermittent social, political, and economic instability helped give rise to and fuel the practices of confiscation, looting, and illegal selling and exportation of cultural property overseas. As we will see firsthand, it’s not just big-time art thieves who are stealing history; tourists can and do buy objects plundered from Egyptian tombs in local markets and on the street. This Spring 2020 rFLA 300 course and linked field study to Egypt and Jordan builds on this year’s rFLA Common Read Curriculum on travel by asking: who owns the past and why should we care? What drives our impulse to handle and bring home archeological souvenirs? Who is the ‘best’ steward of the material past? Is it possible for western museums to acquire and display artifacts without fueling the illegal arts trade and perpetuating colonialist narratives?


MWF 9:00 – 9:50

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 whole; we will explore its internal diversity and dynamics that lead to different identities. Also, students will get exposed to a variety of ethnics, 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.



TR 9:30 – 10:45

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. The course will also 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. CE course


TR 9:30 – 10:45

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.



TR 9:30 – 10:45

This CE course actively explores the use of performing and visual arts in activism and social change. Students will develop and execute a Community Arts project with a community organization. Students will do on-site work (this means you will work outside of class hours with a community partner) and will prepare in class, by doing research and activities related to their chosen project.  


TR 8:00 – 9:15

This course surveys Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed, a technique which seeks to give back the means of artistic production to the people. We will explore oppression and systems of oppression in our lives and in our context (racism, homophobia, sexism, etc.) 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 may be part of a performance piece.


TR 8:00 – 9:15

This course examines the role and impact of information and communication technology in society, with emphasis on ethical, professional, and public policy issues. Examples of topics we will explore include privacy, anonymity, free speech, cryptocurrency, intellectual property, data collection, and accessibility.


TR 9:30 – 10:45

Is race fact or fiction? Like a novel, is “race” designed to draw audiences in and solicit their belief in its version of the truth? Or is it more than a story? Is “race” a reality that meaningfully impacts individuals, communities, and ideologies? Rooted in the study of 20 c. American literature and using multiple disciplinary lenses to enrich our examination, our course will consider these compelling questions—not only how we answer, but also the implications and consequences of asking, and what we do with our developing perspectives.


TR 9:30 – 10:45

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, as they are related to music, will be examined.


TR 9:30 – 10:45

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.


MWF 9:00 – 9:50

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.