The course will build upon the foundation developed in CHEM 154. Lectures will focus on the biological structures of more complex food organisms such as meat, fruits, vegetables, and eggs, as well as the chemical reactivity involved in cooking and spoilage. Lectures will also include more in-depth discussions of these chemical processes. Instruction at an Italian cooking school and visits to local food production facilities will supplement the classroom work. The course will take place on location in Siena, Italy for four weeks.
Crete, Santorini, Naxos, Syros and Athens (Greece)
Positioned on the boundary between the African and European tectonic plates, the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea display a remarkable breadth of geology. In this course, students will explore the diverse geology of Greece with a particular emphasis on the regional tectonics. Long-lived subduction of the downgoing African Plate has created features typical of convergent margins, including a large accretionary wedge and an active volcanic arc. Regional stretching of the overriding plate will allow students to explore features common in extensional terrains, such as the metamorphic core complexes exposed in Naxos and other islands of the Cyclades. Additional topics will include high-pressure metamorphism, deformation mechanisms, geomorphology of actively uplifted landscapes, paleomagnetic rotations, and tectonic mélanges. Approximately one week will be spent exploring the geology of Crete, followed by multi-day trips to the islands of Santorini, Naxos, and Syros, and finishing in Athens. As a complement to the geological focus, students will also include tours of the ancient sites of Knossos, Akrotiri, and the Acropolis.
This course spends four weeks in the southwest of Ireland, based in Dingle, County Kerry. From here we visit and study the dramatic Irish landscape of the Dingle Peninsula and the Irish Southwest. We focus primarily on sites associated with the great 20th-century Irish writers, such as Yeats’s tower of Thoor Ballylee, Lady Gregory’s estate of Coole Park, and the Aran Islands so beloved of J. M. Synge. We read a range of Irish literature, from medieval poetry and mythic saga to the great achievements of the Irish Revival, such as the poetry of Yeats and the plays of Synge, and also work from more recent Irish writers such as Heaney and O’Brien.
Combining language study with studies of other aspects of Chinese culture, this course provides students with firsthand experience of the development of contemporary China. The program includes field trips to points of historical interests and many cultural activities. Students learn through personal experience about the emergence of modern China and its changing culture.
Amazonas is a huge Brazilian state of 1.5 million sq. kilometers which retains 94 percent of its original forest cover. This course examines the importance of the forest for economic development in both the formal and informal sectors of the economy, and how policies can be develop to promote both environmental protection and an increase in the quality life in both the urban and rural areas of Amazonas. The learning objectives of this course integrate those of the economics and environmental studies majors. Students are asked to use economic tools in an interdisciplinary context to understand the relationships among economic behavior, ecosystems and policy choices.
This course introduces students to issues in African politics and society, with a particular emphasis on political economy. We discuss political institutions and social change in contemporary Africa, and historical patterns of economic and political development. We pay particular attention to questions of public action, poverty reduction, and human capability. This focus is complemented by the study of African philosophy and literature.