Living in an interconnected global society requires an appreciation of the complexity and interdependency of world events and issues. Undergraduate education at TWU aims to broaden students’ perspectives, expand the boundaries of their conversations, and provide them opportunities to recognize and understand other worldviews. To meet this goal, all undergraduates who enroll at TWU must complete three (3) semester credit hours of approved global perspectives. A global perspective refers to skills, knowledge, and attitudes in areas such as global dynamics, non-western worldviews, international systems and events, and global cultures.
Global Perspectives Objectives
The objective of the global knowledge and perspectives requirement is to increase students’ understanding of people and cultures different from the native culture.
Courses approved for this requirement must include a major focus on global perspectives and should enable students to demonstrate mastery of the majority of the following student learning outcomes.
Exemplary Educational Objectives
- Demonstrate the awareness that one has a view of the world that is not universally shared, that there is a distinction between opinion and perspective.
- Demonstrate understanding of cultural/ civilization complexities that can alter the interpretation of world events.
- Demonstrate understanding of prevailing world conditions, developments and trends associated with world issues such as population growth, economic conditions, inter-nation conflicts.
- Demonstrate the knowledge, values and skills needed to participate in decisions about the way we do things individually and collectively, both locally and globally, that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future.
- Demonstrate knowledge of one’s own political system, players, and events as well as international systems, leaders, and events.
- Demonstrate an increase in interest about international developments, ability to express empathy and/or feelings of kinship about others, and degree of comfort in foreign situations.
- Demonstrate the ability to alter one’s communication and responses to reflect another’s communication style and thus build relationships.
Note to departments: Courses approved for this competency would be expected to show instruction and assessment of at least 5 of the 7 exemplary objectives above. If they are also core courses, they would have instruction and assessment for at least 4 of the 6 basic intellectual competencies.
Global Perspectives Proposal Form [doc] (new Fall 2015)
Courses Approved to Satisfy Global Perspectives Requirement
ART 3053 Global Perspectives in Art (approved for core - Creative Arts)
BIOL 4223 Ecology
BUS 3183 Introduction to International Business
BUS 3193 Community Conversation in Sustainability
BUS 4293 International Human Resource Management
BUS 4353 International Marketing
DH 4923 Senior Capstone: Global Oral Health (students entering prior to 15/FA)
DH 4533 Oral Health Worldview
DNCE 2143 Dance and Globalization (approved for core - Creative Arts)
DNCE 3143 World Dance Forms
ECO 3223 International Finance and Trade
ENG 2073 Mythology (approved for core – Language, Philosophy, and Culture)
ENG 2133 Drama (students entering prior to 15/FA)
ENG 3033 Introduction to the Study of World Literature
ENG 4333 Introduction to the Study of World Literature (students entering prior to 15/FA)
FL 2013 Mythology (approved for core; students entering prior to 14/FA - Visual and Performing Arts)
FS 2003 Diversity in Contemporary Families: A Global Perspective
FS 3523 The Care and Education of Children: A Global Perspective
FT 3043 Global Production and Trade
FT 4083 Global Dress and Adornment
GOV 3013 Community Conversation in Sustainability
GOV 4533 International Relations
HIST 2013 World Civilizations to 1715
HIST 2023 World Civilizations since 1715
HIST 4233 Global Issues and Trends
HS 2813 Introduction to Global Health
MATH 2053 Women and Minorities in Engineering, Mathematics and Science (approved for core - Component Area Option)
MU 3713 Music and World Cultures (approved for core - Creative Arts)
NFS 3063 Ecology of Foods and Nutrition
NFS 3073 Nutrition for Women in a Global Environment
NFS 3173 Culture and Food
NURS 4614 Community Health
PHIL 3163 Ethics in a Global Context
PHIL 3193 Women and Western Religions (approved for core - Language, Philosophy, & Culture or Component Area Option)
PSY 4183 Global Perspectives in Psychology
SCI 2103 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry: Global Perspectives (approved for core - Life & Physical Sciences)
SCI 3013 Community Conversation in Sustainability
SCI 3033 Who Owns the Rain: Water in a Changing Environment
SCI 3133 Climate change: A Human Perspective [formerly SCI 2333]
SCI 3153 History of Modern Science on the 21st Century
SOCI 1013 Introduction to Sociology (approved for core - Social & Behavioral Sciences)
SOCI 3083 Population Dynamics
SOCI 3273 World Regional Geography
SOCI 3303 Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 3483 Societies in Development
WS 2013 Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural Women's Studies (approved for core - Component Area Option)
WS 3193 Women and Western Religions (approved for core - Language, Philosophy & Culture or Component Area Option)
Other courses are pending approval.
To have a course reviewed contact:
Dr. Barbara Lerner, Office of Undergraduate Studies and Academic Partnerships
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