History | From Crusaders to Tourists
W300 | 3078 | Rosenthal/Sovde
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
TOPIC: THE EVOLUTION OF TRAVEL
Why do people travel? How does travel change an individualís
perception of other places and cultures? And how do travelersí
narratives influence others? In seeking answers to these questions
through various periods and locations of world history, this course
examines the role of travel and travelers in cultural exchange.
From accounts of well-known travelers such as Marco Polo and Gandhi
to lesser-known individuals such as the fourteenth-century Muslim
Ibn Battuta, this course will focus on placing the travel experience
in the larger context of global relations.
Organized topically, this course will consist of six units, each
encompassing a historically significant motivation for travel:
religion, war, exploration and education, imperialism and tourism.
In each, students will read, analyze and discuss original documents
of travelers. Course Requirements: weekly readings, participation
in discussion, three map exercises, six response papers (three to
five pages) and a final project.