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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:
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.
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:
“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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.