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The World Beyond: Cultural Imagination, Exchanges, and History
In this foundation-level course, students will study how people in various parts of the world imagined what was beyond their everyday experiences, particularly across the oceans, and how these imaginings often motivated them to venture out to make contact with these other worlds for purposes of trade, resettlement, and conquest. The course will also consider more contemporary perspectives of people in various parts of the world in the age of globalization. The course will use mythological accounts, early texts of various cultures, travelogues, diaries, ship captains’ accounts, newspaper articles, and other sources to reveal the voices of the participants in historical events.