May 2018 Travel Courses

Travel Courses for 2018

INQ/HIST 277 The Future of History in New York

Instructor: Dr. Gregory Rosenthal
Prerequisites: Permission
Fee: $2160 includes lodging, subway/bus fares, four group meals, and admissions. Must meet in NYC.
On location in New York City May 13-June 1
This course is not eligible for international travel scholarships. Eligible for Fowler Legacy Scholarship.

New York is the city that never sleeps. Change occurs every day. A favorite restaurant closes, replaced weeks later by a more expensive eatery. A family is evicted from their home, replaced by a younger couple with greater means. This course explores the tangled roots and routes of gentrification in America's greatest metropolis. How can communities on the frontlines of gentrification, particularly communities of color, preserve everything that makes their neighborhoods great--the vitality of local businesses, a common sense of place, a connection to a shared past--in the face of capitalism's relentless drive for upheaval and change? This course examines the pasts, presents, and futures of urban change in New York City through engagement with community leaders, historic preservationists, anti-gentrification activists, and others fighting to preserve the city's diverse pasts and create a more inclusive and just future.

INQ 277 African Faces and Voices

Instructor: Dr. Joshua Rubongoya
Prerequisites: Permission
Fee: $4300 includes airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, most meals, excursion to national park.
On location in Uganda
Eligible for Measure of a Maroon, Cobbs, Fortnightly, and Fowler Legacy Scholarships

Students will learn about the impact of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the political process and in particular how they relate to government institutions. They will interview leaders and members of NGOs, Members and the Speaker of Parliament and participate in workshops run by Professors from Makerere University. The course will grapple with one overarching question: Do NGOs, as key sections of civil society  empower citizens or have they become agencies of the state and what does this mean for democratic consolidation in Uganda? Our interface with environmental NGOs will include an excursion to a national park.
This course counts in the IR major "Non-Western Perspectives" section and as a general elective in both the IR and Poli Sci major.  

INQ/SPAN 377 The Cultural & Literary Legacy of Contemporary Argentinean Women

Instructor: Flores-Silva and Banuelos-Montes
Prerequisite: SPAN 201 and permission
Fee: $4560 includes airfare, lodging, all meals, excursions & language classes
On location in Argentina May 8-29
Eligible for Measure of a Maroon, Cobb, Fortnightly, and Fowler Legacy Scholarships

This course examines the relevance of four contemporary female Argentinean writers and their contribution to the Hispanic literary world. The selected writers through their works not only innovate with literary devices but they inform and create a new role model for women in Latin American Society. Using literary texts and historical documents, the course points out the significance of contemporary Argentinean female writers' fight to find their own voice and place within Latin American society.

INQ 277  Promotions in Paris

Instructor:  Dr. Pamela Galluch
Prerequisites:  BUAD 233 and Permission
Fee:  $4900 includes airfare, lodging, breakfasts, most lunches, metro travel & entrance fees
On location in Paris May 9-27
Eligible for Measure of a Maroon, Cobb, Fortnightly, and Fowler Legacy Scholarships

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of promotions management in Paris, France. Specifically, this course encourages learning by examining works of art, business atmospheres, traditional media and supporting media. We will stimulate creativity at museums, such as the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. We will examine sales promotions, including business atmospheres and design, in the shopping district down the Ave de Champs-Elysées. We will examine promotions on billboards, in the métro, on buses, in premier magazines, etc. This course may be used as an elective within the Marketing Concentration.

INQ 277/ECON 277 Economic Journeys in Alaska

Instructor: Dr. Alice Kassens
Prerequisite: ECON 121 or 122, and Permission
Fee: $2900 includes airfare from Charlotte to Seattle, one night in Charlotte before that flight, five nights in Seattle, and a seven-day Alaskan cruise. May 8-21
This course is not eligible for international travel scholarships. Eligible for Fortnightly and Fowler Legacy Scholarships
An intensive and experiential application of selected principles of economics to the Alaskan economy and its major industries: oil, tourism, mining, and fisheries. Students will travel to various Alaskan locations, attend informational sessions, interview local individuals involved with economic development, and communicate economic observations through various journalistic forms, including feature stories and news analyses. Each destination will include a scheduled session with local individuals involved with the development of the local economy. Students will produce several journalism pieces, one of which will be used as an item in a course publication.Check us out on Facebook ( (@kassensejalaska)), our blog (,  or follow us on Tritter (@EJAlaska)

INQ 277 Vampires, Witches and Werewolves in Slavic Culture-Global
Instructor: Dr. Martha Kuchar and Dr. Virginia Stewart
Prerequisites: Permission
Fee: $3900 includes airfare, lodging, breakfasts, a few other meals, in-country travel & entrance fees
On location in Poland and far western Ukraine May 17-June 1
Eligible for Measure of a Maroon, Cobb and Fortnightly Scholarships

Who are the "undead" in the context of Slavic culture, and why has this region been so rich in their expression, from Dracula to Baba Yaga to Vovkulaka? Why have witches, vampires, and other mythological creatures so captivated the minds of pre-Christian and Christian Slaves that a rich and persistent iconography has risen around them? This course examines the mythology and beliefs about the vampire, witch, and werewolf because they are central to Slavic beliefs about death and the afterlife, concepts which form the broad canvas of the course. The vampiric "undead," the shamanic witch, and the metamorphic werewolf stand at the boundary between two worlds, the living and the dead. Other mythological creatures will be included in the study: dragons, firebirds, and the like. We will read about them in histories, legends, myths, and folk tales. The course will challenge students to separate historical fact from popular fiction, and to consider the complex role of these iconic figures in Slavic and East European cultures. This course is an excellent follow-up to INQ 270: Slavic Folklore, but completion of that course is not required.

INQ 177 Greek Landscape and Literature: The Oresteia in Context

Instructor:  Dr. Wendy Larson-Harris
Prerequisites:  Permission
Fee:  $4900 includes airfare from a major US airport, in country transportation, accommodations, entrance fees, and two meals per day.
On location in Greece May 14-June 3
Eligible for Measure of a Maroon, Cobb and Fortnightly Scholarships

The Oresteia trilogy, first performed in 458 BCE, tells the story of Orestes, son of the royal family of Argos: a tragic tale of betrayal, murder, and revenge spread over three distinct regions of Greece.  The Oresteia also offers an account of Athens' emergence from the archaic past into the Golden Age of democracy and leadership among other Greek city-states, crowned by the Parthenon on the Acropolis.  Following in the footsteps of Orestes, we will explore an island, mountains, ancient archeological sites, and the modern city of Athens in order to experience the role of landscape in Greek culture.   

INQ 277 Globalization and Health: Palau

Instructor: Dr. Chad Morris
Prerequisites:  Permission
Fee:  $4395 includes airfare from a major US airport, transportation in country, accommodations, entrance fees, and meals.
On location in Palau May 7-23
Eligible for Measure of a Maroon, Cobb, Fortnightly, and Fowler Legacy Scholarships

The Republic of Palau is a Pacific island nation with around 20,000 inhabitants. The influence of colonial occupation and globalization over the past century has led to several changes in Palauan dietary behavior, prompting Palauan health officials to declare an epidemic of non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes. In this course, we'll travel to Palau to learn about Pacific Island culture, see firsthand the influence of globalization on Palauan livelihoods, and participate meaningfully in ongoing community research that seeks to improve Palauan nutrition and food security. In addition to interviewing Palauans and speaking with Palauan officials, course activities will include visiting 1100 year-old monoliths, touring the WWII battle site on Peleliu, and exploring the region's tropical ecosystem.

INQ 277 Origins of Modern Physics

Instructor:  Dr. Daniel Robb
Prerequisites:  Permission
Fee: $3700 includes airfare, accommodations, in country transportation, entrance fees and 2 group meals
On campus May 14-18, and on location in Denmark & Switzerland May 19-29
Eligible for Measure of a Maroon, Cobb, and Fortnightly Scholarships

Two great revolutions in modern physics, relativity and quantum physics, took place during the first thirty years of the twentieth century. We will travel across Denmark and Switzerland to trace the origins of these new scientific theories, become acquainted with the scientists who discovered them, and explore the main conceptual ideas of each theory. While enjoying the beauty of several European cities, we will grapple with questions such as: To what extent is it possible for a layperson to understand and appreciate these theories? What is the "scientific method" and to what extent was the scientific method followed in developing these theories? What is the significance of these theories to our modern technological world and to our understanding of the natural world? No mathematics is required beyond high school algebra and trigonometry; familiarity with basic Newtonian physics at a conceptual level (usually obtained by having taken a high school physics course) is expected. Additional material and instruction can be provided for students with more mathematics and/or physics background.

INQ 177 Desperately Seeking Dragons

Instructors: Dr. Lisa Stoneman with Dr. DB Poli
Prerequisites: Permission
Fee: $4300 includes airfare, lodging, breakfasts, charter transportation, and entrance fees.
On location in Wales & England May 7-24.
Eligible for Measure of a Maroon, Cobb, and Fortnightly Scholarships

How can we use the scientific lens to observe and examine folklore origins? How does observation of the world around us help us hypothesize about the mysteries of the natural world? Geneticists have been able to explain a number of phenomena (cyclops, mermaidism, werewolf syndrome) through genetic mutation, but it is the collection of stories and analysis of cultural norms that provide the conclusions upon which lore is created. This course is designed to examine dragon folklore representations through a scientific lens. Approaching folklore establishment from a multidisciplinary viewpoint provides a more complete picture of lore development and propagation. Travel will include locations rich in dragon lore and coordinating geologic phenomena as well as museums, churches, castles, and fossil sites.