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Sample Internationalized Syllabi

One of the strongest aspects of this online tutorial is the number of internationalized course syllabi that appear in this segment. There are several points to be made about them in general:

  • The syllabi represent diverse types of disciplines.
  • There are two syllabi that have been designed for learning abroad courses.
  • Several of the syllabi are interdisciplinary in design and development.
  • Each syllabus is unique in its content, structure, and format.
  • Several syllabi present clearly written student learning outcomes and incorporate international learning resources.
  • One syllabus meets the University of Minnesota’s requirements for the Liberal Arts designator, International Perspectives.
  • Two syllabi are designed to meet the requirement of a writing intensive course.

Specific Highlights in Internationalized Course Syllabi

As a part of this introduction, unique aspects of each syllabus will be highlighted to assist you in deciding whether you would like to examine it in greater detail.

  • Design 5165 Syllabus (pdf)

    The syllabus for this course begins with this quotation:

    Understanding cultural diversity is perhaps one of the greatest challenges of our global interdependence. As economic borders disintegrate and political borders shift, what remains are cultures.

    Henry Kaufman, economic forecaster

  • In the description of its focus and scope, the instructor states that “we will unravel facets of our own cultural identities and examine how cross–cultural exchanges come to enrich/re-define our lives,” and she goes on to say that “We will read and write; dance and sing; draw and sketch; eat and drink; laugh and cry; discuss and argue. My promise to everyone is that I will keep up my enthusiasm for the richness of the world we know little about, support our explorations into the unknown by sharing resources and contacts, and respect as well as give thoughtful attention to your views and opinions!”

    While perusing this sample syllabus, pay attention to these aspects:

    • How the thread of culture runs throughout the entire document;
    • What strategies are used to encourage critical thinking;
    • Which disciplines are integrated into the syllabus through the focus on design;
    • How clarity and relevance are illustrated in the presentation of readings; and,
    • Which criteria are identified in the grading of assignments.
  • Economics 4431 Syllabus (pdf)

    “International Trade” is a course in which students might well expect to be internationalized. However, this syllabus reflects a more traditional approach to course design. It may prove interesting to read how the instructor discusses class participation and the writing intensive nature of the course.

  • Horticulture 3000 Syllabus (pdf)

    This 3-credit course represents an in-country immersion experience in England. While looking at the syllabus, you may find it of interest to focus on these dimensions:

    • The interdisciplinary nature of the course;
    • The cross-cultural aspect;
    • The teaching methodologies;
    • The evaluation criteria for the subjective/experiential assignments; and
    • The descriptions of student/instructor responsibilities.
  • Horticulture 4000 Syllabus (pdf)

    This is a 3-credit course that focuses specifically on the design, production, management, marketing of horticultural science through international settings. As a result, the class highlights differences between horticulture in China and the United States. The learning outcomes and grading criteria for the final journal/paper are written clearly.

  • Postsecondary Teaching and Learning 1904 Syllabus (pdf)

    The design of this freshman seminar course is highly creative. The eight Millennium Development Goals represent the framework around which the mathematical forms and content are integrated. Moreover, the ancillary resources are varied and include videos, animated segments, readings, and focused blog topics. This course already carries the IP (International Perspectives) designator, and it is multi-disciplinary in its design. Finally, you may want to see what types of topics are suggested for online discussions.

  • Music 3301 Syllabus (pdf)

    This class syllabus is extremely inclusive in terms of its content. In fact, it includes segments such a key course questions, key terms, a variety of on-campus support services that students might find useful, a thorough description of course assignments and their corresponding grading rubrics.

  • Social Work 8693 Syllabus (pdf)

    Students are able to register for 1-3 credits in this course. It carries a prerequisite class and represents a syllabus for a 12-day immersion experience in Ghana. When looking at this syllabus, pay attention to the segments on course expectations, as well as to the course assignments and their corresponding grading criteria. The framework for reporting in-country observations and experiences is especially interesting.

  • Theater 1312 Syllabus (pdf)

    This is a multi-disciplinary course that incorporates highly motivating learning activities including performances, a character book, a solo-inspiration piece, and community tours. The learning outcomes are clearly written and the grading/evaluation of diverse types of learning tasks is straight forward.