Christina M Kleisath
B CUSP 131
Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.
This course prepares students for the life-altering experience of studying abroad. Designed to address the needs of both seasoned travelers and those who have rarely set foot outside of the country, this course will offer a complex look at the industry of global travel. Here, students will explore the history and power dynamics involved in the tourist industry, and will learn to question their own roles in this industry. We begin with a survey of the history of tourism, and grapple with the controversial topics it encompasses, including issues of colonialism, status and power, race, sex and desire. Wherever it happens, tourism as an industry transforms places and identities. In this seminar, students will consider various approaches to “responsible travel” and reflect on the ways that their own study abroad experience may both mirror and challenge the well-worn image of the “American tourist”.
Student learning goals
To understand the historical roots and transformations of tourism, and its connection to study abroad
To understand study tourism’s environmental, economic, social, cultural, and political dimensions
To think critically about study abroad and ourselves as international travelers
To understand the complexities involved in the discussion of race, gender, and power in international travel
To think insightfully about how to be a responsible and respectful traveler while studying abroad
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading