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Global perspectives refer to skills, knowledge, and attitudes in areas such as global dynamics, non-western worldviews, international systems and events, and global cultures.† Ideally, it includes the ability to communicate effectively in a second language.

The objective of the global knowledge and perspectives requirement is to increase studentsí 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

Students will:

  • 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 oneís 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 oneís communication and responses to reflect anotherís 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 Evaluation Rubric [doc]

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