This course takes a close look at the historical, cultural, political, global, and economic factors surrounding Armenia‚Äôs reemergence as an independent state in the late 20th century and its trajectory in the 21st century.   Students will become acquainted with the main events and factors shaping contemporary Armenia and analyze different interpretations of the recent and more distant past as a frame for thinking about current events and longer term scenarios for the Armenian state and nation, placing an emphasis on global and regional issues. The course will be instructor-led, supplemented by group discussion, and includes visits to cultural or historic sites as well as individual and group projects.