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Spring 2019

Experiencing Charleston
Children and Families with Diverse Needs: How are they served in your community? (LC)
The Gullah Community: Ethnographic Research in Gender and Identity
Natural History of the Low Country
The Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street
Charleston as a Classroom: Exploring the City's Archives and Historic Sites

Countries and Culture, Past and Present
Beyond the Grave: What Old Cemeteries Tell and Teach the Living
Glimpse into India
Stories of Brazilian Carnival
Photography, History, and Memories
Travel Narratives: Journey Around the Hispanic World
Games Cultures Play: Sport(s) and Sport Culture in Germany and the Western World
 
Contemporary Issues
What’s for Dinner? (LC)
Measuring Democracy: The Quest for Fair Representation (LC)
Intelligent Investor
What is a Nation?
Popular Culture in America           
Seeing the South
The Divided State of America
Investigative journalism: How to Change the World with Your Writing
 
Science and the Environment
The Scientist in Society
Paddling Towards Sustainability (LC)
Doom and Glory: How Geology Changed Society
Interpreting our National Treasures: From Parks to Moon Rocks
More than Just Hybrids and Electrics: Rethinking the Greenest Car
Exploring Environmental Issues through Culture and Art
Hooked: Fish, Fisheries, and Food for the Future

Engaging Our World Through the Arts, Literature, and Religion
New Ways of Seeing: Producing Art in Contemporary Culture (LC)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 20th Century Fashion History
Gender and Sexuality on Stage and Screen
The Writer in the Community
 
Education and Development
Special OPS Therapy Tactics
Stories of (Dis)Ability
Exploring Cultural Strengths and Diversity Through Storytelling

Learning Communities:

What’s for Dinner? (LC1)
SOCY 109: Sociology of Food and HEAL 257: Principles of Nutrition (ONLINE) and FYSS 101
Idee Winfield and Michelle Futrell
Sociology and Health and Human Performance
3 social science and 3 elective credits
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This Learning Community will focus on food in both traditional classroom (SOCY 109) and online classroom (HEAL 257) environments, a unique opportunity for first-year students. It will combine the nutrition science behind current dietary guidelines with an examination of the cultural, structural, and political foundations that shape dietary choices, food lifestyle, and risks for disease and/or premature death. The Learning Community will provide students with an opportunity to understand their own personal dietary habits with the larger socio-political context.
 
 
Measuring Democracy: The Quest for Fair Representation (LC2 A & B)
POLI 119: Politics, Participation & the U.S. Economy and MATH 103: Contemporary Mathematics with Applications  and FYSS 101
LaTasha Chaffin and Annalisa Calini
Political Science and Math
3 social science and 3 math credits
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Tom Stoppard wrote: “It is not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting.” This course will explore questions that are central to every democratic system: how do we define and measure democracy? How well can individual preferences be aggregated into a collective choice? How to minimize failures to represent the collective will and maximize fair representation? Should political, social and economic inequities enter into our discussion of a just democracy? How can collective will and fair representation be accomplished in the current partisan and contentious political environment?  POL 119 will examine the philosophical foundations of democracy and its economic determinants in the U.S. and how to measure democracy at the macro-economic and U.S. state levels. MATH 103 will discuss voting systems and fairness criteria; insincere voting and election manipulation; weighted voting and power distribution; apportionment and redistricting.
 
 
Children and Families with Diverse Needs: How are they served in your community? (LC3)
PSYC 103: Intro to Psychological Science and FYSE 138: Children and Families with Diverse Needs and FYSS 101
Silvia Youssef Hanna and Genevieve Hay
Psychology and Teacher Education
3 social science and 3 FYE credits
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This learning community will merge the fields of Psychology and Education to explore alternative careers in working with children and their families. We will examine how cultural competence and diversity play a central role in working with children and their families. Psychology 103 will introduce the tools psychologists use to investigate, describe, predict and explain emotions, thoughts and behaviors, emphasizing reactions to illness. Students will learn how to interview various professionals who work with children to equip students with a broader knowledge of alternative opportunities available in working with children beyond the typical career paths. (Sample career paths covered will be Child Life Specialists, Pediatric Medicine, Behavioral Specialists, Special and General Education, Physical Therapists, Recreation Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Healthcare Social Workers, Guidance Counselors, School Nurses, and Juvenile Justice Professionals.)
 
 
New Ways of Seeing: Producing Art in Contemporary Culture (LC4)
ARTS 220: Sculpture I and and ARTS 119: Drawing I and FYSS 101
Jarod Charzewski and Steve Johnson
Studio Art
6 elective credits
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This learning community will be a studio art collaboration between Sculpture I and Drawing I. Its purpose is to introduce the study of 2D and 3D art production as they are created in contemporary society. The term “Contemporary” will be defined as happening right now. This means techniques, concepts, and subject matters covered in this class will be accompanied by current examples from the art world and our global culture. We will place emphasis on professional practice through lectures, gallery visits, and visiting artists. These will also function as our connections to the art world. Through critiques students will learn the empowerment of language and critical discourse as we discuss materials, skill, aspects of form, space and presentation.
 
 
Paddling Towards Sustainability (LC5)
BIOL 102: Concepts and Applications in Biology II and PEAC 126: Coastal Kayaking and FYSS 101
Miranda McManus and Ashley Brown
3 science credits and 2 elective credits
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This learning community will build awareness of the coastal environment and its benefits and fragility by allowing students to get into it to appreciate it. Through kayaking, students will learn about tides and currents and the Charleston area waterways. In Biology, students will use evolutionary theory and a basic knowledge of the diversity of life to gain an understanding of various ecological issues, with a particular focus on those affecting coastal ecosystems. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature and learn ways to protect local ecosystems, all while building competency as paddlers. The experience of being in the world they are being asked to protect should create a lifelong love and respect for our precious local habitat.
 

First-Year Seminars:

The Gullah Community: Ethnographic Research in Gender and Identity
FYSE 102 and FYSS 101
Ade Ofunniyin
African American Studies
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This course proposes to introduce first-year students to the Gullah-Geechee community, culture, and historical significance in the context of ethnographic research and fieldwork, and through a lens of gender and identity studies. Our focus will be on women’s narratives, especially those that centralize multi-national/regional identity and the desire to reconcile this identity by returning to their “roots” or homelands, or by evoking their ancestors’ narratives. The class will read the novel Daughters of the Dust, written by Julie Dash, who is currently a visiting scholar at the College of Charleston in African American Studies. We will also take several class travel excursions to significant historical sites or places of interest such as Penn Center in Beaufort, SC, and Fielding’s Home in downtown Charleston.
 
 
A Glimpse into India
FYSE 107 and FYSS 101
Mrunalini Karambelkar
Asian Studies
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This course introduces students to various aspects of India to study the past, present and future of this country. The topics will include fine arts, history, religion, current issues and more to increase their overall understanding about this diverse country. Students will also develop individual projects on a topic of their interest that they will research throughout the semester. Along with watching films, reading books and interviewing people, students will also visit places of Indian gatherings around Charleston to mingle with the Indian community.
 
 
Photography, History, and Memories
FYSE 105 and FYSS 101
Mary Trent
Art History
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Since they were invented in 1839, photographs have been used to capture moments in time and preserve memories.  This course will look at examples of photographs from the 19th century to today to study the many ways people have used photographs to capture and construct personal and collective recollections. Assignments will ask students to understand scholarly writing and vocabulary addressing the history of photography and to develop and support independent arguments about how photographs help us narrate our individual and shared memories and myths. NOTE: This class focuses on the history of photography and we will not be taking photographs.
 
 
More than Just Hybrids and Electrics: Rethinking the Greenest Car
FYSE 105 and FYSS 101
Barry Stiefel
Art History
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Carl Elefante claims that “the greenest building is one that is already built,” when we consider the environmental value of reusing energy and materials. Can this concept be applied to other material objects, like automobiles? While the world would be better off without petroleum-dependent engines, realistically is this achievable in the near future? Are electric cars a responsible solution? Historic preservation must play a role in this process regarding the recycling issue. We cannot ignore how much of our global economy, urban landscape, culture, and the way of life have been affected by the automobile. This course will explore the solutions to the environmental issue regarding transportation, looking at old and new automobiles and the ignored opportunity of automotive rehabilitation.
 
 
Natural History of the Low Country
FYSE 108 and FYSS 101
Eric McElory
Biology
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During this course students will be introduced to the natural history of the diverse ecosystems found within coastal SC through in-class instruction and field trips. We will explore the impacts human settlement and development has had on the natural landscape and living resources. By the end of the course students will be able to identify many common animals and plants and understand how these organisms interact with their environments and with humans. There is no course pre-requisite.
 
 
Beyond the Grave: What Old Cemeteries Tell and Teach the Living
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Patrick Harwood
Communication
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The College of Charleston is surrounded by Charleston’s historic streets, buildings, and cemeteries.  This seminar will focus on the many 18th and 19th century graveyards within walking distance of campus. We will use multiple disciplinary perspectives to study lives lost long ago and what how they were buried, memorialized, and remembered can tell us about our lives and lifestyles today.
 
 
 
The Divided State of America
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Michael Lee
Communication
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How should citizens of a democracy talk to one another? How should we talk about one another? What would the American Founders have thought about Trump, trolls, twitter, mass protests, and all of ways we argue and fight over America’s purpose and meaning?  This course aims to accomplish two tasks.  First, we will read the core texts of modern, Western democracies beginning in the middle of the 17th century and ending at the conclusion of the American Civil War.  Second, we will seek to understand these important texts in their eras as well as ours.
 
 
Investigative Journalism: How to Change the World with Your Writing
FYSE 111 and FYSS 101
Caroline Foster
Communication
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Want to be a force for good in the world? If you have a heart for social justice, a nose for news, and a desire to write, why not try investigative reporting? This FYE section will introduce students to the forms of news writing, including basic news story and feature article formats. Students will go through the process of finding story ideas, identifying, tracking down, and interviewing sources, and researching, writing and editing news stories.  The course will include lectures and workshops with working investigative reporters. Arm yourself with the basics of media theory, law and mechanics and be ready to take on injustice—in the right people’s hands, the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.
 
 
The Scientist in Society
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Caroline Hunt
English
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This seminar asks future science majors and non-scientists how scientists should function in their communities.  Topics include experimentation on humans, genetic engineering, and the social responsibilities of scientists. We focus on how to find and assess reliable information and how to communicate the results effectively. Students who have taken an earlier version of this course have found it useful in preparing for future allied health careers.
 
 
Stories of (Dis)Ability
FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Kathy Beres-Rogers
English
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What do we mean when we discuss disability – intellectual or physical? To put this question a different way, how do we define “ability?”  This question inevitably leads to the conclusion that there is no such category as “able” or, in other words, “normal.”  In this learning community, we will challenge the stereotypes and misinformation surrounding people with disabilities, and we will consider the abilities that people with these conditions manifest. We will read novels and memoirs dealing with “disability,” including but not limited to autism, intellectual disability, Tourette’s, cerebral palsy, and loss of limb.  We will also be interviewing students in our SNAP (Students Needing Access Parity) program; based on these interviews, we will develop activism projects aimed at better educating our campus and community.

The Writer in the Community
 FYSE 114 and FYSS 101
Marjory Wentworth
English
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Through service learning and creative writing, students will examine what it means to be a writer in the community. Students will develop service learning sensitivity, creative writing competency and craft. This as introductory creative writing and service learning class which requires no previous experience. Course readings will examine how writers employ elements of craft to produce work that break silences. Writing exercises will explore how creative writing can serve as a tool for empowerment and social change. Students will write reflection journals, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction which includes auto-biography, testimonials and life stories. Through this process students will learn how to develop a compassionate and critical eye for creative work both in the class and in the service learning work.  


 
The Wonderful World of Real Estate According to King Street
FYSE 115 and FYSS 101
Elaine Worzala
Finance
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This course will introduce students to the multi-faceted nature of the real estate industry. King Street will be our case study. We will explore office, retail/restaurant, industrial, residential, hospitality, and public spaces. An incredible laboratory, students will go out in the field to experience the marketplace and we will bring professionals into the classroom. Students will be able to see first-hand the variety of real estate that is located in an urban environment and the professionals will expose students to the many different career paths that are intimately involved with this discipline including business, law, historic preservation, public policy, politics, urban studies, environmental sciences, and arts management.
 
 
Intelligent Investor
FYSE 115 and FYSS 101
Denise Fugo
Finance
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This course is an introduction to financial management concepts. Topics include money management, investment fundamentals, budgeting and an introduction to consumer credit. An emphasis will be placed on financial goal setting with a view toward personal values and the effect of financial choices on quality of life.
 
 
Doom and Glory: How Geology Changed Society
FYSE 117 and FYSS 101
Erin Beutel
Geology
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Doom and Glory: How Geology Changed Society, will look at major historical events (such as the destruction of Minoan society on Thera) in the context of major geologic phenomena.  Volcanic eruptions, glaciers, rivers, climate change and more will take on a whole new persona as we examine how they changed society for better (Glory) or worse (Doom).  This course will change your perception of geology and draw you into an exciting world where good and bad reign side-by-side in the natural world.
 
 
Interpreting our National Treasures: From Parks to Moon Rocks
FYSE 117 and FYSS 101
Cassandra Runyon
Geology
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National Treasures:  From Parks to Moon Rocks will explore some of our country’s greatest natural treasures.  America’s national parks and our nearest planetary neighbor, the Moon, were formed by violent geologic processes, yet yield stunning landscapes and similar compositions. This course will compare and contrast key geologic processes that formed the Earth and Moon and the methods and tools used to explore them.
 
 
Games Cultures Play: Sport(s) and Sport Culture in Germany and the Western World
FYSE 118 and FYSS 101
Thomas Baginski
German
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The course explores sports and sports culture and its various social, political and historical connections. Starting with the Ancient Olympic Games and continuing into the Soccer World Cups, we will focus on the evolution of sports and athletics in both German-speaking and non-German-speaking European countries and the role that sports have played in the formation of national identity. With its attention to the (aesthetics of the) body, sports plays a central role in debates about gender and sexuality, performance-enhancing drugs, athletic apparel and violence. In addition to these issues, we will attend to the reception of sports by examining the portrayal of star athletes and the hero cult, fan identification, media coverage and representations of the athlete in sports films.

 
Stories of Brazilian Carnival
FYSE 120 and FYSS 101
Luci Moreira
Hispanic Studies
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Brazilian Carnival – a time of festivity, excess, and fun. While Brazil is famous for many different reasons, carnival is one of the most important. During those days of frenetic exuberance and merriment it seems that the eyes of the world turn to Rio de Janeiro (among other cities) and to the performances of the Rio Samba Schools. But carnival is not all glitz and glamour, and many Brazilian authors have explored its different facets. This course will examine what stories Brazilians tell about carnival through relevant poetry, short stories, and musical lyrics, and will focus on the social and cultural ramifications of this national celebration.
 
 
Charleston as a Classroom: Exploring the City's Archives and Historic Sites
FYSE 124 and FYSS 101
Dale Rosengarten
Jewish Studies
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Charleston as a Classroom is designed to introduce freshmen to the rich historical resources housed, literally, on every street in Charleston. It aims to engage students in field work, archival research, and the field of public history. Tuesdays will be reserved for lectures, guest speakers, document study, and discussions; Thursdays for field trips to historic sites, archives, museums, churches, synagogues, and fellowship halls. Students will become conversant with the history of Charleston, especially with the city's ethnography and economy. They will learn techniques of archival research and gain hands-on experience using primary sources. The class will provide opportunities to practice documentary methods, such as producing oral histories and photographing people, places, and artifacts.
 
 
What is a Nation?
FYSE 124 and FYSS 101
Joshua Shanes
Jewish Studies
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Nations today seem to be a self-evident reality. The nation is the core unit of political legitimacy for a sovereign state, while the “United Nations” is the platform for global humanity’s cooperation. Yet nations are neither ancient nor self-evident bodies; they are modern constructions, no more than a couple centuries old (often much younger), that compete with other forms of community for legitimacy and loyalty. Even the basic question, “what is a nation,” brings no uniform answer. Nation-states and nationalism can bond communities and stabilize states and regions, but they are also sources of violent conflict and have facilitated some of the most barbaric acts on human history. This seminar will explore the origins and development of nations and nationalism, beginning with France (and America) in the 18th century, moving through Germany to Eastern Europe in the 19th, and then spreading throughout the world in the 20th. Throughout, we’ll compare various versions of the national idea and consider what all of this means for us today, as Americans at the start of the 21st century. We will raise basic questions about identity, community (membership and boundaries), ethnicity, and the human condition.
 
 
Travel Narratives: Journey Around the Hispanic World
FYSE 125 and FYSS 101
Sarah Owens
Hispanic Studies
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This course will take the students on a travel adventure around the Hispanic World. From the colonial period until present day, students will be exposed to travel through the lens of historical texts, novels, films, and travel blogs. Definitions of a global world will be explored in this course and students will have the opportunity to analyze voyages of Spanish women on the fleets of Indies across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, travels of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, motorcycle road trips across South America, and treks over the high Andes. Throughout the semester students will gain a better understanding of the unique cultural and historical spaces in the Hispanic World.
 
 
Seeing the South
FYSE 131 and FYSS 101
Mark Long
Political Science
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This course is about understanding the geographic concept of place.  To that end we use the American South as our laboratory, using field trips, maps and photography to think through place and identity in our home region. This course is timed to coincide with the largest ever exhibition of photographs of and about the American South, Southbound, which the professor is curating with Mark Sloan director of the Halsey Institute. Southbound will be on display at the Halsey and the City Gallery at Waterfront park and will be a central resource for the course. Students will visit the galleries and participate in symposia and artist talks over the spring semester. They will also meet with photographers and scholars related to the exhibition.  They will make extensive use of the mapping component of the Southbound project and will take guided and self-guided field trips in and around Charleston.
 
 
Popular Culture in America (sections A & B)
FYSE 135 and FYSS 101
Paul Roof
Sociology
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This course is designed to introduce students to critical analysis of contemporary popular culture in the United States.  Students will get an overview of the insights, findings, concepts, and perspectives that are held by a wide variety of interdisciplinary popular culture scholars today.  Several prominent areas of popular culture to be studied include: advertising, television, film, music, religion, and cyberculture.
 
 
Exploring Cultural Strengths and Diversity through Storytelling
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Renard Harris
Teacher Education
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Whether real or imagined, stories make us who we are. Stories inform us of our past, support out present, and shape our futures. Culture, or “ways of being”, influence the way we share and interpret stories, and our cultural differences gives each of us a lens to see and understand the world around us. The way an individual speaks, carries him/herself, responds to the mundane and reacts to the unfamiliar is founded in the stories of that individual’s cultural strengths. These cultural strengths can be used to navigate oneself through social and academic spaces. This course is about the art of storytelling to express one’s cultural strengths and the opportunity to share in a diverse community.
 
 
Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Susan Flynn
Teacher Education
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Special O.P.S. Therapy Tactics course is designed to provide students interested in pursuing a degree in occupational and physical therapy as well as teacher education, with the knowledge and skills to design and implement movement experiences to enhance children's physical, social and emotional development. Students will participate in an aquatic and motor clinic putting theory to practice teaching young children in a therapy setting. Students will be required to go to an off-site facility during scheduled class times for 7 of the semester class sessions.  Students will need at least 45 minutes of travel time before 3:00 p.m.
 
 
Exploring Environmental Issues through Culture and Art
FYSE 138 and FYSS 101
Tracey Hunter-Doniger and Cynthia Hall
Teacher Education
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In the world we live in today, there are many concerning issues with the environment, global and domestic. These issues have a cultural effect, from the food people eat, to the water they drink, to the community where they live. Artists have brought awareness to these issues through their artwork. This class will explore environmental issues through a cultural lens and artists who advocate for these causes. The students will research an environmental issue that concerns them and create a work of art illustrating the effect on culture.
 
 
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 20th Century Fashion History
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Glenda Byars
Theatre and Dance
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This course will allow the students to develop an overview and recognition of clothing and fashion from the 20th Century and its cultural language.  Through lecture, discussions, and research, the students will examine the social, political, and practical influences on dress and accepted attire for men and women during the time from the turn of the last century through the early 21st century and the evolution of the modern fashion industry.
 

Gender and Sexuality on Stage and Screen
FYSE 139 and FYSS 101
Jesse Portillo
Theatre and Dance
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This course will use film and theatre to study the performance and presentation of gender and sexuality in the United States from the 20th century to the present. We will investigate how film and theater challenge and reflect societal attitudes towards gender, gender identity, and sexuality in a changing political landscape. Drawing from major works of film, plays, musical theatre, and documentaries, the class will critically analyze content and context while expanding our understanding of the mediums.

Hooked: Fish, Fisheries, and Food for the Future
FYSE 142 and FYSS 101
Nick Principe
Environmental Studies
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Fishes are the most diverse vertebrates on earth, with over 28,000 recognized species; that is more species than all other vertebrates combined. Furthermore, many of our culturally and economically-vital global fisheries are currently at or near a state of collapse. In this course, students will examine the consequences of exploitation and mismanagement of fish populations around the world, from the Antarctic Circle, to the Mediterranean, to Nova Scotia. Students will explore how certain current and historical fisheries practices have led to the collapse of some fish populations and local economies and how these practices can and are being improved to become more sustainable.