This interdisciplinary course, with both a literature and social science section, delves into the geographic movement of people, ideas, and cultures across the globe from the early modern to the contemporary period.
Course Segment 1 | What happens when two distinctly different cultures come into contact in a colonial relationship?
Inquiry considers Shakespeare’s The Tempest, alongside an examination of the geographic regions of the emerging Atlantic World (Western Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean), through the topics of exploration, colonization, power, geographic movement of ideas and culture, and transculturation. A social science case study follows the voluntary migration of Christian missionaries in the Americas and their work with empire-building conquistadors.
Course Segment 2 | How do individuals adapt to new cultures, and how do societies adapt to influence from other cultures?
Inquiry considers The Queen of Water, a story of a girl in the Ecuadorean Andes who leaves her rural village to work for an upper-class family in the city, in concert with an investigation of the effects of colonialism upon immigration and emigration, and transculturation in Brazil during the Napoleonic War and independence movement.
The final assessment is a personal narrative project focusing on themes and topics of migration.