Team-taught, globally focused courses

As part of Connecticut College’s commitment to internationalizing its curriculum, four new, team-taught international courses were introduced in 2008-09. The goal of these course offerings was to promote interdisciplinary perspectives by bringing together faculty members from diverse disciplines to promote a unique discussion of difficult and important international issues.

Faculty Seminar on Interdisciplinarity and Foreign Languages

As a continuation of this initiative, the first of two faculty development seminars took place over the 2009-2010 academic year, with 5 faculty from foreign language departments (German, East Asian, Slavic, French and Arabic) and 5 faculty members from the departments of sociology, human development, government, economics and history. The outcome: eight new or significantly revised interdisciplinary courses with a foreign language component (FLAC) were added to the curriculum. Ten new or revised courses were created in 2010-2011 after the second faculty seminar.

Some current team-taught, international courses:

Contemporary Russian and American Cultures

A team-taught, dual language telecourse with the St. Petersburg School of Economics.

Gender in Communist and Post-Communist Societies

This course examines representations and theories of gender, social policies designed to create more just and egalitarian societies and the lived experiences of women and men in socialist and post-socialist Russia and China. Through the analysis of works of history, literature, memoir, film, political posters, advertising and podcasts, this course examines state political agendas behind constructions of femininity/masculinity, how these constructions have changed in the market-driven economies of modern Russia and China, and what dominant public rhetoric reveals about the realities of citizens of these regimes.

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

Drawing from the disciplines of history and political science, this course examines insurgency (a variation of guerrilla warfare) and counter-insurgency (the government response) and seeks to understand the nature, causes and consequences of a variety of insurgencies. Class discussions include theories of insurgency as well as historical and contemporary case studies of nations such as Algeria, Malaysia, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico, Vietnam and Iraq.

Political Economy of Asia and Latin America in Comparative Perspective

This course examines the distinctive development paths of selected countries using a political economy approach, assessing the interaction between economics and politics across different regions. Some of the nations discussed include Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China and India. Major themes include the rise of emerging market economies, new patterns of trade and international relations, demographic transition, migration and remittances, employment, social protection and inequality.

Crossing the Sea: Transatlantic Dialogue Between Spain and the Americas

This course explores in an interdisciplinary fashion the permanent, problematic and enriching dialogue between Spain and the Americas. This transatlantic interaction began in 1492, reached a breaking point in the 19th century revolutions, and continues to shape the conflicts of our global moment. Through the analysis of historical texts, literary artifacts and film, the course considers key issues such as conquest slavery, modernity, post-colonialism and immigration.

Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present

The course examines history on the largest scale: the origins of the universe to the history of humanity and our unfolding present. An astronomer, geologist and historian trace the fundamental forces shaping change and continuity across time, with an eye to how history and the historical sciences learn about the past.