Monday, June 23, 2008

Variety of Global Module Topics

It would be a good time to give a brief overview of the variety of Global Modules that we ran last semester. One of the great advantages of the Global Module approach is the flexibility it provides in linking seemingly very different classes together for an international and interdisciplinary experience. There is an endless choice of topics, readings and approaches that professors can take to enrich the educational experience. These different topics were run in just one semester, and we are busy creating dozens of new modules. Also, keep in mind that professors still have the freedom to create, with our assistance, their own Global Modules.

The students of Soonu Dhunjisha (THINC College, India) and Bob Mayer (Champlain) discussed the universality of human rights and read portions of the United Nations Declaration of Humans Rights and the Cairo Islamic Declaration of Rights.

The students of Akosua Darkwah (University of Ghana, Ghana) and Barb DuBois (Champlain) discussed domestic violence and read Belknap, Trials of Measuring the "Success" of Domestic Violence Policies and Fernandez, Cultural Beliefs and Domestic Violence.

The students of Sally Totman (Deakin University, Australia) and Mike Lange (Champlain) discussed perceptions of Arabs in film, while using as a common "text" two films - Kingdom of Heaven and Three Kings.

The students of Carmen Flys (University of Alcala, Spain) and Sandy Zale (Champlain) discussed immigration while reading Cariboo Cafe and examining provocative photographs.

The students of Andras Tetenyi (Corvinus University, Hungary) and Jennifer Vincent (Champlain) discussed the global public good vs. national interest while reading Nye's The American National Interest and Global Public Good.

The students of Bouziane Zaid (Al Akhawayn University, Morocco) and Nancy Nahra (Champlain) discussed the Google virtual library project and read Kevin Kelly's Scan This Book!

The students of Kate O'Neill (Zayed University, United Arab Emirates) and Ken Wade (Champlain) discussed cultural differences, specifically the interplay between one's personal culture and the culture of an organization, and read articles from the Gulf News.

The students of Erika Alm (Goteborg University, Sweden), Soonu Dhunjisha (THINC, India), Aarti Valia (THINC, India) and Fiona Mills (Champlain) discussed the concept of Woman as "Other" and read the introduction to Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex.

The students of Brigitte Howarth (Zayed University, United Arab Emirates) and Cyndi Brandenburg (Champlain) discussed ecological and carbon footprints, and read three articles: Hinrichsen, A Tale of Two Families, Plans for a Zero-Carbon City, and Specter, Big Foot.

The students of Richard Szanto (Corvinus University, Hungary), Reka Matolay (Corvinus), and Jenny Noller (North Carolina A&T University, U.S.) discussed conflict and cultural differences while reading portions of the play 12 Angry Men.

The students of Klaus Himpsl (Donau University Krems, Austria), Andreas Raith (Donau), Petra Szucsich (Donau), and Rob Williams (Champlain) discussed technologies as extensions of human beings while reading McLuhan's Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man.

The students of Inas Ababneh (University of Jordan, Jordan) and Phil Crossman (Champlain) discussed boundaries while reading Lincoln's 1st Inaugural Address, the Gettysbury Address, and Bierce's Incident at Owl Creek Bridge.

The students of Susan Jones (Zayed University, United Arab Emirates) and Tom Jordan (Champlain) discussed women's suffrage and read two pieces: Addams, Why Women Should Vote and Reynolds, Anti-Woman Suffrage.

The students of Michael Wainaina (Kenyatta University, Kenya) and Cameron Webster (Champlain) discussed community, family and adulthood while reading the poems of several contemporary African poets: Ngatho, Footpath, Niyongo, Songs from the Congolese, Muigui, The Troubled Warrior, and Ingonga, Come, My Mother's Son.

The students of Mikael Ejdaback (University of Skovde, Sweden), David Kite (Champlain) and Alfonso Capone (Champlain) discussed medical ethics and health care while reading Omarzu's Selecting the Perfect Baby: The Ethics of "Embryo Design" and Yaich's Stem Cells: Promises to Keep.

The students of Lazaward Sughayer (University of Jordan, Jordan) and Anne Charles (Champlain) discussed connections and empathy while reading Nafisi's Mysterious Connections That Link Us Together.

The students of Joanne Valin (Nipissing University, Canada) and Richard Hunt (Champlain) discussed the topic of community and living deliberately while reading a section from Thoreau's Economy.

The students of Usha Narayanan (THINC, India) and Allyson Wattley (Normandale Community College) discussed perceptions of Arabs in film and read portions of Reel Bad Arabs.

The students of Inas Ababneh (University of Jordan), Hani Ellayan (University of Jordan) and Phil Crossman (Champlain) discussed the concepts of naming and identity and read portions of Levitt's Freakonomics and Watson's Nameless: Gender and Person in Chinese Society.

Gary Scudder

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