Reading Without Borders [CRN 79586]

Discipline: English
Instructor: Gray
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1230
End: 1350
Field Work: Day 2 | November 15, 2018 | Vietnam
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Students in Reading Without Borders examine texts and films that consider what it is like to live in border communities. The reading and screening list is designed to impart a rich and nuanced understanding of the multi-layered complexities found in border communities, especially those visited during this Semester at Sea border-crossing voyage. Students are challenged, as global citizens, to think comparatively across cultures and world regions, and to think critically about foundational questions such as: how and why are borders defined; what are the impacts created by borders; why are national borders increasingly relevant in the age of globalization; when do factors such as technology, trade, and violence most affect border communities; where are today’s incendiary border communities and what is it like living there; what types of exiles, diasporas, and personal identities do border communities produce? Students in this interactive course are invited to engage the acts of traveling, reading, writing, and experiential learning as collaborators and problem-solvers. Assignments include journal reflections, leading class discussions, and composing formal analysis and synthesis essays.

Field Work

Country: Vietnam
Day: 2
Date: November 15, 2018

Understanding the Legacy of Borders Defined During the War between the USA and Vietnam: This field class takes students to the War Remnants Museum and to the Cu Chi Tunnels where they will listen to a panel of presenters who will speak about the physical and emotional borders demarcated during the war with the USA.

Learning Objectives:
1. Generally, the objective of this field class is to promote critical thinking about our world and the borders in it, as well as to prompt you to synthesize the lessons you have been learning.
2. Specifically, the objective of this field class is for you to see actual places where borders are demarcated, and to hear real people’s stories about what it was/is like to live on those borders.