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Global Liberal Arts Alliance

Course Possibilities for 2019-20

The faculty members teaching the courses listed below would like to offer their course as a Globally Connected Course in the 2019-20 academic year and are looking for a course partner from an Alliance institution. If you are interested, please contact the instructor to explore the possibility. Please see the Global Course Connections page for information on how to submit a proposal to offer a Globally Connected Course.

 

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Courses for Spring 2020

Design Innovation for impact, Spring 2020
Dr. Albert Ko, albertko@ln.edu.hk, Lingnan University
The course will take a deep dive into understanding community challenges. Hands on workshops with various theoretical and practical methods like design thinking and Lego serious play will be used to develop potential solutions. The course will take up one community challenge which groups of students will work towards understanding and by the end of the course would have gone through one iteration of ideation, prototyping and testing the solution. The challenge will involve community partners as co-designers of the solution. The solutions can take one of the various forms; behavioral change, product, mobile application, policy proposal, service, innovation of process, etc. [Expected enrollment: 25]

Humanitarian technology for Sustainable Development Goals, Spring and Fall 2020
Dr. Albert Ko , albertko@ln.edu.hk, Lingnan University
Most challenges faced by communities today can be solved with technology which is mature and easy to use. Taking this line, students will get a deep understanding of how relatively inexpensive and mature technology like Arduino, solar power, 3D printing and others can pave the way to providing a technological tool kit for students. This can empower the students to take up challenges locally and internationally providing them with confidence to pursue career prospects in the fast-evolving technology and social landscape. An overview of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to aid students to achieve a deeper understanding of global challenges at the macro-level. This will be complemented with specifically designed challenges at the community level to help the students grasp the gravity of how simple technology can change the world we live in. [Expected enrollment: 25]

Orality, performance, and indigenous resistance, Spring 2020
Antonia Carcelen-Estrada, acarcelen@usfq.edu.ec , Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Fall 2019
This course explores how indigenous memory passes down from one generation to another by means of orality to contest a national memroy of the past that is exclusive and violent. While history advances meanings and practices central to the colonial matrix of power, people "without history" contest such cultural hegemony by proposing alternative meanings and practices with the hope of redefining social power in and through their own textual and artistic practices. Encoding knowledge against the grain of the imposition of a national (white or mestizo) cultural hegemony requires an appropriation of the public sphere and a reorganization of collective memory through a performance that can transmit memory otherwise. [Expected enrollment: 25]

GLAXXXX Global Business and Management, 2019-20 second semester
Paul Whitla, Whitla@ln.edu.hk, Lingnan University
This course examines the changing world of international business and the impact that globalization has had on the amount and the nature of international trade and investment. It also considers the impact of continuing globalization on the growth strategies of multinational corporations and how they conduct their international business activities.

  • Part one defines globalization, describes its drivers, and debates its merits and drawbacks.
  • Part two focuses on national differences in culture and ethics and the implications of these differences for ethical decision making in international business.
  • Part three presents a review of international trade theories and describes the trade and investment environment in which international business occurs.
  • Part four examines alternative market entry strategies that businesses adopt and the strategic choices available for international competition.
  • Part five examines the functional activities of multinational companies

[Expected enrollment: 25-30]

Solving community problems through media and art, Spring 2020
Cristina Castrillon, mcastrillon@usfq.edu.ec, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
"Solving community problems through media and art" seeks to make students become managers of communication projects that have a positive impact on society through innovative solutions to real problems within social-urban contexts. The workshop is an open learning space in which students plan and develop projects of community interest. The workshop addresses a specific driver theme throughout the semester could be power abuse, gender, immigration, political corruption, people manners, cultural aspects, etc, the topics vary and can be shaped to mutual needs. The students are organized in groups and develop the projects throughout different tasks that includes research, fund rising, media approach, legal advisory, activation in a public place. Finally, the whole class choose one project with the highest level of incidence and all of them contribute to the creation of a creative final project with possible solution proposals.[Expected enrollment: 20]

ECON 200-level Globalization and the Economy, Spring 2020
Allison Roehling, allisonroehling@depauw.edu, DePauw University
This course will enhance student understanding of how the organization of the global economy and global economic integration has affected developed and developing economies. We will study global organizations (such as the World Bank, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, and regional banks) from an economist's perspective, answering questions such as: what is their purpose?; what structural relationships do they impose on countries?: what are their pros/cons/limitations? We will also critically consider the implications of economic integration -- international trade, migration, and capital movements -- in developed and developing economies on economic growth and economic well-being. [Expected enrollment: 25]

CIV 111 Women & Gender in Africa , Spring 2020
Jennifer Lofkrantz, jennifer.lofkrantz@aun.edu.ng, American University in Nigeria
This course will explore gender and the history of women in Africa in a cross-cultural perspective. We will examine the depiction of women by historians and in popular culture. We will analyse and discuss how contemporary historians, anthropologists and other academics have viewed women’s roles with regards to such topics as power, religion, slavery, marriage, sex, and love. Specific themes include constructions of gender, LGBTQI rights, sexuality, reproduction, the household, women's economic activity, political power, religious roles, colonialism, and democracy. [Expected enrollment: 20]

HUM 2311 Indigenous Futurism, Spring 2020
Keino Campbell, Esq., campbell.k@iugb.edu.ci, International University of Grand Bassam
This interdisciplinary course examines how the future is thought and imagined in Indigenous cultures, including African, Chinese, and Native American. Science Fiction and the Futures industry are promoted through Westernized binoculars. This is limiting, but Indigenous-Futurism, like Afrofuturism, allows us to look at the world through an unfamiliar cultural lens which enables us to project alternative futures and then chart present possibilities within an indigenous context. This is done by futuristically viewing Indigenous religion, culture, history, mythology, cosmology, and science fiction as expressed in indigenous-centered literature, film, art, architecture, and music. Students participating become innovative, free-thinkers in the present. [Expected enrollment: 30 Students]

BUSA 423 International Finance, Spring 2020
Esther Laryea, ealaryea@ashesi.edu.gh, Ashesi University
The course aims at providing students with a basic understanding of the international financial market, and multinational finance and investment. This course extends the basic principles of corporate finance to dimensions peculiar to global financial markets and multinational corporations. It is designed to cover areas of international finance such as the international financial markets, international parity conditions, foreign exchange determination and quotations, derivative securities for currency risk management, and management of the risk of multinational operations. Thus, beside the discussion of issues of corporate finance such as working capital management, capital budgeting, risk and returns, and cost of capital from the perspective of multinational enterprises, additional issues such as international monetary system, currency derivatives, exchange rate changes and regimes, and political risk are also covered. [Expected enrollment: 25]

Economics of Development, Spring 2020
Galina An, ang@kenyon.edu, Kenyon College, Spring 2020
Students examine the economic conditions and problems of developing economies, exploring alternative theories of economic development and strategies for achieving development goals. Specific topics include the meaning of development; historical and theoretical perspectives; income distribution; agriculture, population and human resources; industrialization, employment and technology; urbanization and migration; foreign trade, investment and aid; and government planning. Prerequisite: ECON 101 and 102. [Expected enrollment: 25]

Orality, performance, and indigenous resistance, Spring 2020
Antonia Carcelen-Estrada, acarcelen@usfq.edu.ec , Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Spring 2020
This course explores how indigenous memory passes down from one generation to another by means of orality to contest a national memroy of the past that is exclusive and violent. While history advances meanings and practices central to the colonial matrix of power, people "without history" contest such cultural hegemony by proposing alternative meanings and practices with the hope of redefining social power in and through their own textual and artistic practices. Encoding knowledge against the grain of the imposition of a national (white or mestizo) cultural hegemony requires an appropriation of the public sphere and a reorganization of collective memory through a performance that can transmit memory otherwise. [Expected enrollment: 25]

ENGL 131: Text and Meaning, Second Semester 2020 (Spring 2020)
Kaneisha Gaston Arhin, karhin@ashesi.edu.gh, Ashesi University, Spring 2020
The course takes a fresh approach to the study of literary and critical theory, integrating critical thinking into class activities to increase students' very ability to learn and question. It is designed to teach students critical thinking skills and how to pose questions, propose hypotheses, gather and analyze data, and make arguments. In order to accomplish this, the term "text" is used in its broadest possible sense and includes literature, newspapers, magazines, speeches, advertising, websites, blogs, film, music and documentaries. Put simply, Text and Meaning encourages students to do their own intellectual fishing, instead of waiting to be served. [Expected enrollment: 50]

Languages

Language instruction offers an excellent opportunity for a Globally Connected Course. The longest running course connection has been between German courses at the American University in Bulgaria and Denison University. German is not the native language for students on either campus, so they have the same sets of challenges. Since language courses are sequenced, there is also the opportunity for students to have several connected courses together and to get to know each other.

School German French Spanish Arabic Japanese Chinese English Latin Italian Russian
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane X X X X    
Albion College X X X X
Allegheny College X X X X X X    
American College of Greece X X X X  
American University in Bulgaria X X X              
American University in Cairo X X
American University of Beirut                    
American Univesity of Nigeria X X X    
American University of Paris   X 
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Antioch College X X X        
Ashesi University College   X         X      
Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts X      
Denison University X X X X X X   X     
DePauw University X X X X X X X X  X
Earlham College X X X X X X X  X    
Effat University C X          
FLAME University X X X   X          
Forman Christian College X X                
Franklin University Switzerland X X X  
Hope College X X X X X X    X    X
International Christian University X X X X X X X   X X
John Cabot University               X     
Kalamazoo College X X X X X X   X    
Kenyon College X X   X X  X  X   X  X X  X 
Lingnan College   X X   X X      
Oberlin College X X X X X X X X X
Ohio Wesleyan University X X X X X X X X X  
Wabash College X X X X X X  
The College of Wooster X X
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