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Learning Outcome Four: Global Learning
Students will be able to use a disciplinary perspective and tools of analysis to articulate an understanding of the interconnections (such as social, economic, political, religious, and environmental) of the world community, along with the global conditions and systems that affect the well-being of human communities and ecosystems. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to constantly question the source of their cultural assumptions and ethical judgments, leading to the habit of seeing things through the eyes of others.

  • 3 s.h. from the following list of courses approved for this outcome by the Essential Education Committee
    Sustainability Theme
    AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture
    HLTH3200 Community Health
    SOCI3100 Environment and Society
    Equality and Peace Theme
    COMM3100 Intercultural Communication
    ECON3440 International Economics
    INTD/POLS1200 Introduction to International Studies
    POLS2370 Politics of Latin America: Beyond Borders
    PEAC/POLS3220 Global Peace Issues
    POLS2360 The Politics of Immigration
    POLS3300 Politics and Religion
    PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology
    SPAN3110 Hispanic Cinema
    SPAN3120 Hispanic Literatures
    SPAN3220 Unheard Voices
    SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean
    Innovation Theme
    AGRI1300 Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management
    COMM3500 Emerging and Social Media
    CSIT1080 Technology in a Changing World
    CSIT1100 Principles of Computing
    EDUC2100 Technology Application in Education
    HMSC4100 Social Issues in Sport
    THTR1310 Introduction to Stagecraft

 

Approved course descriptions:

AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture 3 s.h.
Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning – Sustainability

+AGRI1300 Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management 3 s.h.
An analytical course in agronomy applying multiple perspectives in studying crops, soils, and environmental sciences to understand the interconnectedness of agricultural systems in global communities. Includes questioning the sources of assumptions about and the strengths/weaknesses of past innovations of production and management. Recognizes the soil and crops as the sources of food, fiber, and fuel and emphasizes the need for diverse innovation in varied ecosystems to improve global conditions. ELO4 Global Learning – Innovation

+COMM3100 Intercultural Communication 3 s.h.
An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

+COMM3500 Emerging and Social Media 3 s.h.
An exploration of the emergence of new communication practices as well as their social, political, cultural, and economic impact in personal, community, cultural, social, institutional, and international life. Specific attention will be given to the ways social media influence and shape matters of ethics and privacy, how we see ourselves and others, how we interact formally and informally, and how we do business. ELO4 Global Learning – Innovation

CSIT1080 Technology in a Changing World 3 s.h.
A study of technology and its effects on the world. The world is connected by technology and how its connecting us is critical to how we live today. Knowing how to handle technology and make it work effectively will be increasingly important for the future. Exploration will include how technology impacts our world in both a positive and negative sense. The ethical use of technology will be explored. Students will understand how to solve simple programming problems. ELO4 Global Learning – Innovation

CSIT1100 Principles of Computing 3 s.h.
An introduction to the fundamentals of computer programming through extensive practice developing software in the Python language. Fundamental terminology and topics such as integrated development environments, variables, data types, control structures, functions, and objects will be covered. ELO4 Global Learning – Innovation

+ ECON3440 International Economics 3 s.h.
Theories of international trade, foreign exchange markets, resource movements and international economic policies. Prerequisite: ECON1300. Goal 1C, ELO4 Global Learning – World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

EDUC2100 Technology Applications in Education 3 s.h.
A hands-on course with a focus on the effective and appropriate use of technologies commonly used in the professional world and the field of education. This includes use of office applications, developing and working with multimedia such as video, podcasts, and professional audio recording, creating web pages, using cutting edge social media communications tools for marketing and communication, and extensive use of still and video cameras, audio recording tools, smart boards and tablet technologies. ELO4 Global Learning – Innovation

HLTH3200 Community Health 3 s.h.
This course is designed to acquaint students with various aspects of health as implemented in community settings. The nature and structure of official government health programs, voluntary health agencies, professional health groups and individual efforts in improving health practices will be explored. ELO4 Global Learning – Sustainability

HMSC4100 Social Issues in Sport 3 s.h.
Sociological analysis of sport in contemporary American society. Focus is upon sport as a form of social interaction, which reflects, reinforces, and helps create basic societal norms, values, attitudes, and beliefs. The impact of sport is analyzed on the basic societal institutions of family, church, school, government, and economics, from a sociological perspective. Prerequisite: Junior standing. ELO4 Global Learning – Innovation

INTD1200 Introduction to International Studies  (also POLS1200) 3 s.h.
An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

+PEAC3220 Global Peace Issues (Also POLS3220) 3 s.h.
Focuses on the causes and resolution of conflict at the macro level (global violence and international peacemaking). ELO4 Global Learning – Peace, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

POLS1200 Introduction to International Studies (also INTD1200) 3 s.h.
An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

POLS2360 The Politics of Immigration 3 s.h.
Examines immigration in an interdisciplinary way, focusing on how politics affects, obscures or exacerbates inequalities of power, wealth and safety among immigrant populations worldwide. Explores motives for migration across or within states, the means by which people migrate, and the reception immigrants receive in their destination countries. Goal 1B, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

POLS2370 Politics of Latin America: Beyond Borders 3 s.h.
This course examines the politics of Latin America past and present, with an emphasis upon examining inequalities of power, wealth, gender, race and origin among populations throughout Latin America. The course will explore the legacy of colonialism, the functioning of local and national government institutions, challenges posed by neoliberal globalization, and migration flows both within and outside of Latin America. The course also explores the politics of identity concerning what, in each country and across them, is defined as “Latin”, “American”, and other identity markers such as “Latino”/”Latina”, “Hispanic”, “Chicano”/”Chicana”, “Mestizo”/”Mestiza”, and how these intersect with other forms of inequality. ELO4 Global Learning – World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

+ POLS3220 Global Peace Issues (Also PEAC3220) 3 s.h.
Focuses on the causes and resolution of conflict at the macro level (global violence and international peacemaking). ELO4 Global Learning – Peace, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

+ POLS3300 Politics and Religion 3 s.h.
Addresses longstanding issues of religion’s involvement in domestic and international politics. It will place a critical focus on how the major religious traditions think of the appropriate relationship of religion to society and politics, the history of how different religious groups participate in the political process, the ways that political leaders use religion as a source of legitimacy, and changing religious values due to globalization. A particular emphasis will be placed upon the contemporary political relationship between religion and a growing secularism worldwide. Prerequisite: Any lower division course in History, Political Science, Religion, or instructor’s consent. Goal 1B, ELO4 Global Learning – Peace, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology 3 s.h.
Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

SOCI3100 Environment and Society 3 s.h.
Examines environmental concerns and issues such as environmental justice, wilderness preservation, sustainability, peak oil, environmental security, green consumption, conservation crime, oil spills, and fracking. Ecological hope and despair, that is, the question of emotional sustainability in the face of issues that seem beyond one’s individual control, are explored throughout. Goal 1C, ELO4 Global Learning – Sustainability

SPAN3110 Hispanic Cinema 3 s.h.
Designed to enhance students’ knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected Spanish-speaking films. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

SPAN3120 Hispanic Literatures 3 s.h.
Designed to enhance students’ knowledge of Hispanic culture through selected pieces of literature from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Prerequisite: SPAN2440. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

SPAN3220 Unheard Voices 3 s.h.
Explores representations of vulnerability in Latin American cultural production, particularly short narrative and film. Discusses the diversity of vulnerable experiences among unheard sectors of Latin American societies with a focus on women, afrolatinos, and the LGBTQ+ community. Taught in Spanish. Instructor approval required. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

Note: Since this course is taught in Spanish, an intermediate-high proficiency level in Spanish is recommended for non-minor students.

SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean 3 s.h.
Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality and Peace

THTR1310 Introduction to Stagecraft 3 s.h.
Introduction to the elements and practices of theatrical construction and scene design. Concentration on the techniques of theatrical construction, costume construction, lighting technology, stage mechanics, alternative methods of staging and shifting stage scenery, backstage organization, and development through practical experience of essential woodworking and stagecraft skills. Laboratory session required. Additional fee required. Goal 2A, ELO4 Global Learning – Innovation