Aug 15, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HS 3930 - Beyond the Horizon: Global Exploration

What defines an “explorer”? What does it mean to “discover”? Who went where, when, and why? These questions and more will be addressed in this study of global exploration from fifteenth-century Ming China to twentieth-century Polar expeditions. Focusing selectively on expeditions that explored rivers and crossed oceans, land, and ice, this course will examine themes such as the experiences of explorers; political, economic, and cultural factors that motivated exploration in various places and time periods; effects of encounters between cultures; examples of exploration as a characteristic of leadership; and examples of scientific and technological developments related to exploration. Students will engage with exploration through primary sources such as diaries, letters, expedition narratives, and maps.