Upcoming 360° Clusters

Fall 2014


Identity Matters

This cluster of courses, which have been co-designed by professors with shared interests in disability studies, gender studies, human development, literature, social work, visual studies and writing, will consider how multiple systems of identity, as Rosemarie Garland-Thomson says, “intertwine, redefine, and mutually constitute one another.” Focusing, in particular, on those identity categories of “humans being” that may seem non-normative, we will read, view and create a range of self-representations: What stories do we tell about ourselves? What images do we construct? How might we revise them? To what degree can we—and do we want to—intervene in the processes of gender and sexual identity, illness, disability and aging? What changes and “cures” are desirable? What are the possibilities, and what are the limits, of our re-imagining ourselves?  What roles might others play in this re-imagining?

  • Courses:
      • ENGL 293: Critical Feminist Studies (Dalke, English and Gender Studies)
      • SOWK 556: Adult Development and Aging (Bressi Nath, GSSWSR)
      • ICPR 207: Portraits of Disability and Difference (Lindgren, Haverford Writing Program)
  • 360 Course Units: 3 units
  • Field Component: Praxis with Camphill Village/Kimberton Hills (Chester County), field trip to National Portrait Gallery
  • Special Programming: On-campus Creative Residency with artist Riva Lehrer (tentative)
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Open/Closed: SOWK 308 open to non-360 participants, ENGL 193 and ICPR XXX available to 360 students only


Temperate and Tropical Coasts in Transition

Coastlines, by definition transitional environments, are naturally dynamic and resilient. But climate change, sea level rise and shifting species distributions are now causing rapid physical and ecological changes to the world’s coasts. Anticipating and addressing these changes requires understanding the physical, chemical and biological processes that interact at the land-sea boundary. To prepare and engage students in meeting these challenges, we offer a two-course, upper-level science 360°. The sequence comprises GEOL 314 Marine Geology and BIOL 3XX Coastal & Marine Ecology, offered in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, respectively.

  • Courses:
      • GEOL 314: Marine Geology (Barber, Geology)
      • BIOL 3XX: Coastal & Marine Ecology (Mozdzer, Biology)
  • 360 Course Units: 2 units
  • Field Component: Two week-long field excursions (during fall and spring breaks), along the US Mid-Atlantic coast and to Belize
  • Prerequisites: BIOL 220: Ecology and 1 200-level Geology course, or advanced Biology major standing
  • Open/Closed: GEOL 314 open to non-360 participants, BIOL 3XX available to 360 students only


Struggles for Global Health Equity: Local Knowledge and International Partnerships

 This 360 will explore not only how individuals, families, communities, and institutions define and pursue health; but also how they respond to gaps, barriers, and inequities in this pursuit. The courses aim to help students begin to understand both significant problems of and promising approaches to the practice -- and study -- of community health and education. By exploring how disciplines in science, social science, and the humanities define and investigate health, students will learn how an interdisciplinary perspective can inform research and practice.  Through a complementary, three-pronged experiential component, students will also learn from grassroots practitioners.

  • Courses:
      • HIST 336: Social and Cultural History of Medicine in Africa (Ngalamulume, History and Africana Studies)
      • ICPR 311: Reproductive Health Justice (Edwards, Haverford College Independent Programs)
      • SOWK 563: Perspectives in Social Welfare: Local to Global (Sousa, GSSWSR)
  • 360 Course Units: 3 units
  • Field Component: Travel to Nicaragua (during fall break), semester-long field placement in an area organization where health and education are pursued in an integrated way
  • Special Programming: 3 field trips to Philadelphia area advocacy agencies.
  • Prerequisites: Students are encouraged to take a course in Gender Studies, Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice, or Peace, Justice and Human Rights
  • Open/Closed: all courses are open to non-360 students (please note - participation in trip to Nicaragua is a requriement of ICPR 311, and funding for non-360 students will be requested through the HC CPGC)


Play and the City - postponed to a future semester

Spring 2015


Contemporary Cuban Culture and Society in a Global Context

This cluster brings together students and faculty to understand a country whose past and future are bound up deeply with the United States and the rest of Latin America even as it has charted very different courses within contemporary history and social policy. Through multidisciplinary approaches to a changing Cuba today, students will explore vantages of culture and cinema, urbanism and law in order to understand this complex nation and to draw lessons for other states worldwide.

  • Courses:
      • CITY 229: Comparative Urbanism: Colonial and Post-Colonial Perspectives (McDonogh, Cities)
      • POLS 273: Race and the Law (Albert, GSSWSR)
      • SPAN 351: Cuban Culture and Cinema: Tradition and Revolution (Sacerio- Garí, Spanish)
  • 360 Course Units: 3 units
  • Field Component: travel to La Habana, Cuba (tentative dates: March 6-15, 2015)
  • Special Programming: lecture and film series
  • Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, at least one 200-level Spanish course
  • Open/Closed: CITY 229 and SPAN 351 open to non-360 participants, POLS 273 available to 360 students only

Tentative - pending scheduling

Performance Across Language and Culture

Cross-language performance has been a constitutive component of live theater since antiquity. A series of international festivals such as the Globe to Globe Cultural Olympiad in London in 2012 has raised the visibility of cross-language productions, yielding a messy but rich trove of reception records in social media, scholarship, and reviews. This 360 takes a close look at these phenomena, asking students to engage it as performers, audience members, teachers, and scholars – studying and experimenting with multilingual and vernacular stagings.

  • Courses:
      • ENGL 247: Multilingual Shakespeare (Rowe, English)
      • ARTT 265: Acting Across Culture (Slusar, Theater)
  • 360 Course Units: 2 units
  • Field Component: Travel to Global Student Shakespeare Festival (location, dates, TBA)
  • Special Programming:
  • Prerequisites: ARTT 251
  • Open/Closed: all courses available to 360 participants only