CORE 467 - Globetrotting: Inventing and Reinventing Ourselves
Prerequisites: Core 101-105 and at least sixth semester standing
Why do we travel? Who do we become when we travel? Why do we tend to think of travel as promoting a greater good? As we go into the core of travel, we will ask these questions and others about who we are, what we can know, and how we should act-all the while focusing on travel’s transformational nature. We will consider travel as a means for self-knowledge, cultural knowledge, and scientific knowledge, and we will critically examine how, at various stages in human history, travelers have participated in transforming worldviews. Drawing from the fields of literature, philosophy, history, science, technology, psychology, anthropology, and art, readings and research will delve into the types of travel humans have embarked upon across time-from the pilgrimage to the slum tour and from the industrial revolution to the digital revolution. Students will have an opportunity to discuss their own travel in light of their reading and research. Prior travel is not required for the course.
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