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GLS150 Global Issues and Trends

Lead Faculty: Dr. Lorna L. Zukas

Course Description

Cultivate students' understanding of 'the global' as a complex web of local events and their sense of themselves as 'global citizens', whose everyday decisions are inextricably linked to larger social, political, and economic forces and structures. Investigate global issues to enable students to develop competencies that enhance their abilities to make informed decisions throughout their lives about how their actions and/or inactions fit into the broader global context.

Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise the relationship between global and local issues to create global awareness and foster global citizenship.
  • Evaluate specific global issues in different national and international contexts.
  • Effectively report on contemporary trends and their effect on people's lives at both the local and global level.
  • Analyze varying perspectives and values in a culture other than one's own.
  • Demonstrate college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills along with an understanding of selected case studies drawn from transnational advocacy organizations.
  • Demonstrate ability to integrate academic work with community engagement by incorporating information from current academic journal publications into analysis of fieldwork and case study projects.
  • Demonstrate information literacy applicable to professional goals and specify ways in which they can make a difference by incorporating aspects of capacity building within local or global organizations.