Office of Global Citizenship

Teaching Resources

The Office of Global Citizenship works with faculty to infuse global studies throughout the curriculum. The infusion can take the form of study abroad/away segments in a course, adding modules related to global studies or global problem-solving in an existing course, or designing new courses around a theme related to global citizenship.

The staff of the Office welcomes opportunities to work with faculty on course revisions and course development. The office hosts seminars related to globalizing the curriculum, developing global assignments in classes, and running study abroad programs. It also helps faculty to identify potential funding sources for faculty and course development.

AAC&U VALUE Rubric for Global Learning

The AAC&U defines Global learning as "a critical analysis of and an engagement with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability. Through global learning, students should 1) become informed, open-minded, and responsible people who are attentive to diversity across the spectrum of differences, 2) seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities, and 3) address the world’s most pressing and enduring issues collaboratively and equitably." Download the Global Learning VALUE rubric.

Collaborative Online International Learning

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) components use communications technology to allow faculty and students to work collaboratively across institutions in different cultural contexts. The integration of COIL components into existing courses is one way to extend the enriching benefits of international education to students who are not able to study abroad. SUNY has been working to develop a repository of online resources to facilitate this kind of work, including a Faculty Guide, case studies and other materials on the Website of the SUNY COIL Center.

General Education Learning Objective 6. Comprehending Cross-Culturally: Language and Global Studies.

The cross-cultural comprehension requirement at Sewanee helps to prepare students for full citizenship in our global society. Upon completion of this requirement, students will have developed a range of communicative strategies in a foreign language, recognition of another cultural perspective, and the capacity for informed engagement with another culture. These skills lead students to understand a variety of texts: oral, visual, and written. Students practice writing, public speaking, conversing, critical thinking, and textual analysis. Success in a foreign language gives students knowledge that they can apply broadly to academic and non-academic settings. The study of at least a second language is and always has been a hallmark of liberal arts education, providing not just access to the thought and expression of a foreign mentality and culture, but also a useful way to reflect on one’s own mentality, language, and culture.

Mellon Globalization Forum Teaching Grants

The Mellon Globalization Forum offers Course Development Grants to support faculty developing and/or revising innovative courses with a global or international dimension, as well as Language Teaching Grants to support faculty with ideas for increasing students’ interest and competency in foreign languages. Details are available on the Website of the MGF.