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CDD 240 A: Baseball and culture in Dominican Republic

Anne DeMartini

This course explores United States’ neocolonialism and the broader social impacts of sport through analysis of baseball in the Dominican Republic. We’ll examine specific local baseball practices and the impact on the culture, people, international relations, and economy of the Dominican Republic. This course includes a 7-day trip to the Dominican Republic to develop an understanding and appreciation of a foreign culture and a critical perspective on the role of baseball in the country. 

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CDD 240 B: Idioms, metaphors, proverbs, oh my! Language & culture in Cajun Country - Lafayette, LA

Edwidge Bryant

This course examines the intersection between language and culture in Cajun Country. Students will travel to Lafayette, LA for seven days to observe and study Cajun culture, which includes Acadians and Creoles. We’ll visit the villages of Vermillionville and Village Acadien Memorial,

Acadian Cultural Center, Alexander Mouton House, Laura Plantation, and participate in a language class. In addition, students will collect data and examine how words, idioms, metaphors, and/or proverbs covertly or overtly reveal the beliefs, values, norms, and social practices of the Cajun culture. 


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CDD 240: C Deaf Ecosystem

Jennifer Catalano and Kim Nichols

This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL). Through the exploration of the concept of the Deaf Ecosystem. students will be encouraged to form a clearer understanding and appreciation of the cultural pluralism of American society. Deaf Ecosystem enables empowerment and economic mobility of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Students will develop an appreciation of the perspectives from the Deaf community in order to become allies that support and participate productively in a Deaf Ecosystem.


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CDD 240 D: Cajun Country: History and Culture

Eugenia Charoni

The course studies the cultural and historical richness of Cajun, Country in Lafayette, Louisiana. Through visits to several local sites (Vermillionville, Village Acadien, Acadien Memorial, Acadian Cultural Center, Alexander Mouton House, Laura Plantation, etc), workshops (cajun cuisine, folklore dance, ragdoll, etc.) and interaction with local “acadiens”, students will acquire substantial knowledge about this diverse area of the United States, while they build their intercultural competence and move beyond common stereotypes. 

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CDD 240 E: Africa & Development- The Ghana Experience

Lisa Fiala

Travel to Africa's Gold Coast to discover international development up close in the West African country of Ghana. Meet with nonprofit organizations and see their work on-the-ground. Spend time with Ghanaians, learning the local language, take a drum class, and learn how to cook like a local. Visit Cape Coast Castle and reflect on the power of privilege. Explore the market in Kumasi and enjoy the nature of Kakum National Park where you will complete one of the highest canopy walks in the world. 


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CDD 240 F: Diversity in Theatre: My Hands, My Story

Christine Fogarty

Prof. Christine Fogarty and her students will examine play readings in diversity and collaborate with the deaf community to create a final project called My Hands, My Story.


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CDD 240 G: Cinematic Terrorism Deconstructed

Jordan Galehan

The course uses a case study format to examine the provocative relationship between the specific form of political violence known as terrorism and media images and messages that depict it. We will utilize various theories and mediums to explore how the framing of those depictions, in both news and fictional material, affects the public’s understanding of terrorism and counterterrorism. Finally, we will examine how terrorist groups use media to disseminate their messages. Each day will cover a different topic related to mass-mediated terrorism.


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CDD 240 H: Unsheltered: Homeless and voiceless in St. Augustine

Sandi Gehring

This course will explore several substantive issues by going out in the community and focusing on the homeless experience in St. Augustine. Students will learn how homelessness is defined and who is homeless today, the major contributing factors of homelessness and explore the myths, facts, attitudes and beliefs about people who are homeless. By giving an honest and compassionate voice (final speech) to the individual stories of the homeless, students will challenge their own attitudes and stereotypes about unsheltered poverty victims and use experiential learning to analyze power and privilege.


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CDD 240 I: Intercultural Communication- Working and Leading Across Cultures

Susan Herrera

This course focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to successfully work and lead across cultures in an increasingly globalized world. Students will learn the importance of culture and its impact on communication, personal and cultural identities, perception, cultural values, dimensions of national cultures, verbal and non-verbal communication, ethnocentrism and stereotypes. Students will be able to apply cultural frameworks and new knowledge to solving global challenges and working and leading across cultures.


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CDD 240 J: Crisis in Mexico: Gaming the Mexican Revolution

Jessica Howell

Immerse yourself in the events surrounding the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) through a game simulation that combines history with human choice and action. Students will try to “win” the Mexican Revolution by reacting to events in an effort to establish peace and security in Mexico.


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CDD 240 K: Lost in Translation: Communication Across Difference

Craig Woelfel

We will work with translation study and practice, literary theory, and the practice of deep reading, to engage with the possibilities and problems inherent in communication across difference.  This will involve traditional study and experiential learning as we engage with the seminal questions in the history of translation theory and practice, and work on comparing translations of various works.  We will cultivate our own practice of “deep reading” – sustained, prolonged, and focused engagement with reading which fosters empathetic experience, and which is so difficult to find time for in today’s world.


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CDD 240 L: Radical Empathy in Documentary Filmmaking

Kevin Mahoney

This course is an introduction to a variety of genres of Documentary film with instruction in ideation, video editing, sound recording, and interview techniques. Films, readings, and visiting speakers center around the idea of striving to better understand and share the feelings of others and to fundamentally change our perspectives from judgmental to accepting, attempting to more authentically connect with ourselves, those of different backgrounds and ages, and elements of the natural world, both living and non-living.


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CDD 240 M: Reminiscence Theatre

Leah Page

Students will interview senior citizens about their experiences and then turn the transcripts of these interviews into a play that showcases an intergenerational understanding of the issues we face.


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CDD 240 N: Incarceration & Emancipation

Leslie Robison

Students will examine issues of freedom and privilege when they are each paired with a young man incarcerated by the state of Florida. In this socially-engaged art project called “Cellmates,” all participants will benefit from their growing knowledge of and respect for each other.


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CDD 240 O: A Photographic Investigation of a Changing St. Augustine

Jason Schwab

This is a two-week intensive documentary photography course that examines the effects of gentrification on local communities within St. Augustine. Through the use of photography, language, and research, we’ll question how an influx of affluence and differing cultures may either negatively or positively affect specific communities within our city. Each student will create a body of images from the experiences and research encountered during the course and then as an entire class we will work together to create a photographic book that synthesizes all of our work into a cohesive narrative.


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CDD 240 P: Climate Archives: Stories of Place, Memory, and Identity in St. Augustine

Bobbie Stewart Noloboff

In “Climate Archives,” students will engage in acts of cultural preservation by collecting the stories of St. Augustinians, in the context of climate change impacts. They will apply qualitative research methods to investigate what it means to be a citizen of the nation’s oldest city and probe how/if residents’ livelihoods are shaped by the global threat. The course will culminate in students presenting data findings, and recommendations for cultural preservation, to the City of St. Augustine. A background in research, interviewing or climate change is not necessary!


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CDD 240 Q: Queer Stories, Queer Lives: Working the Archives

Jay Szczepanski

We will uncover, research, and write about the queer lives of everyday LGBTQ individuals (especially racial and ethnic minorities, the working class, transfolk, activists, and others). We will read published primary sources in the first week. Next, we will travel to the ONE National Archive in Los Angeles (the largest LGBTQ archive in the world) to research the untold stories of queer lives. Finally, we give voice to their experiences through a creative or scholarly piece/presentation. The destination will be Los Angeles and West Hollywood, CA with six days of travel. 


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CDD 240 R: Design Thinking for Community Problem Solving

Natalie Stephenson

This course will explore design thinking as a human-centered approach to community problem solving. During this intensive form of community-integrative education (CIE), students will partner with a local non-profit organization to visualize their social problem and address some of their design-related needs.


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CDD 240 S: A Local Look at Global Issues

Brenda Kauffman

This course uses simulations and visits with local politicians to examine global inequality and looks at how governments combat poverty on a local, national, and global level.


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CDD 240 T: Immigrant Journeys: Adventures in Documentary Photography

Tracey Eaton

An introductory course in documentary photography focused on illustrating the lives of immigrants in Florida. Students will learn about issues in immigration – along with some of the technical aspects of photography, interviewing, and caption writing – before heading into Florida communities to document the daily struggles, special moments, and triumphs of immigrants as they pursue the American dream. This course includes an all-day (8 am- 7 pm) field trip to Apopka, FL.


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CDD 240 U: Building Bridges Through Song: The Flagler College Street Choir Project

Kip Taisey

Students will unite with homeless members of the St. Augustine community by forming a street choir with which students will directly engage through group rehearsal, culminating in a public performance. The Flagler College Street Choir Project seeks to engage and improve societal perceptions of those experiencing homelessness. Musical experience is not essential as our choir creates a sense of community, offers compassion and hope, and engages in the profound experience of empowering individuals to achieve what once seemed impossible through this seemingly simple act of singing.


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CDD 240 V: Biases in Mathematics, with a focus on Women

Adebukola Adeyemi

For centuries now, women have been making huge impacts in mathematics, despite the various challenges and obstacles in their way. This course will explore and research some of the biases (relating to race, culture, etc) that exists in mathematics and the effect on our world, with a focus on women – an underrepresented group in mathematics. We will take a day trip to Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL to see first-hand some of the history made by female mathematicians. In this process, students will learn about other cultures, as well as the roles power and privilege play in forming those biases.


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CDD 240 W: Law in Action

Chris Moser

This immersive experience will challenge students to compare the popular perception of the legal system to the realities of our local courtroom. Students will evaluate the fairness of the judicial system for racial minorities and the poor and develop an in-depth understanding of particular judicial process(es) through direct observation and critical analysis.


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CDD 240 X: Protest Songs and Writings: Changing the World

Kevin Murphy

This course will be an immersion in protest songs and writings, from Billie Holiday to Green Day, to heighten our appreciation of them as works of “social art,” both aesthetically and as instruments for social change. The course’s main interactive project, creating an original protest song or writing, performed or merely presented at the end of the course, will deepen our awareness of our cultural identity, assert the value of political engagement through protesting against perceived injustice, and bring a sense of individual empowerment through letting your voice be heard.


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CDD 240 Y: Diversity in the Museum & Community

Jennifer Saracino

Students in this course will engage in a community-integrative project designed to strengthen Flagler College students’ ties to the community, particularly the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, a museum whose mission is “to tell the rich history of more than 450 years of African American experience in the Oldest City in America.”


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CDD 240 Z: From Apartheid to Democracy in South Africa

John Young

Using the unique pedagogical approach of the Reacting to the Past curriculum, this immersive course examines the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa in the 1990s. As part of the Reacting game, students will research and represent the positions of historical figures, all in an effort to convince their classmates of the superiority of their ideas.


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CDD 240 AA: Stages of Life: Building a Theatrical Bridge Between Generations

Andrea McCook

In this intensive format course, students will probe cross-cultural difference along inter-generational lines. They will conduct interviews with senior citizens from a local, Independent and Assisted Living Community that will culminate in the performance of on-site monologues. By consulting the diverse, lifetime experiences of these community elders, students will construct and hone an empathetic stance regarding the hopes and dreams of youth, middle- and old-age, allowing both students and seniors to interrogate our culture’s narrative of aging and inter-generational connection.

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CDD 240 AB: Finding Authenticity in Historic St. Augustine
Tonya Creamer
In this course, students will study the complexities of cultural representation and authenticity, as well as inclusion and exclusion, in America's Oldest City. By examining the constructed narratives of St. Augustine's popular tourism sites, students will investigate their own pre-conceptions of the town's public spaces and historic structures. They will consider the roles that power, privilege, and inequity play in shaping these narratives and work to propose strategies for crafting ethical and equitable narratives that honor the sometimes-hidden peoples and histories of St. Augustine.
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CDD 240 AC City in Context: Discovering the Oldest City

Rachel Cremona

This course will provide an interdisciplinary examination of the people, architecture, history, culture, and demographics of At. Augustine. In addition to assigned readings and the investigation of historical documents, students will be exploring the city – both on and off the beaten path – in order to develop long-term sensitivity and reflection about the human experience – social, cultural, economic, and political - in a built environment.

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CDD 240 AD City in Context: Discovering the Oldest City

Wes King

This course will provide an interdisciplinary examination of the people, architecture, history, culture, and demographics of At. Augustine. In addition to assigned readings and the investigation of historical documents, students will be exploring the city – both on and off the beaten path – in order to develop long-term sensitivity and reflection about the human experience – social, cultural, economic, and political - in a built environment.

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