New Global Learning courses offered

Eleven global learning foundations courses will be offered in spring 2011. In fall 2010, FIU launched the first phase of its new global learning graduation requirement as part of the Global Learning for Global Citizenship initiative. Starting this academic year, first-time-in-college freshmen take two global learning courses prior to graduation–one global learning foundations course in the UCC and one upper division global learning course as part of their major program of study. The requirement will apply to all incoming students beginning in fall 2011.

Global learning foundations courses fulfill students’ university core curriculum and global learning graduation requirements. All foundations courses develop students’ global awareness, global perspective, and attitude of global engagement. The courses are interdisciplinary, feature active learning strategies such as team-based learning and case study analysis, and involve a co-curricular global learning activity.

Among the 11 courses offered this spring are five signature courses developed expressly for Global Learning for Global Citizenship:

IDS 3163            Global Supply Chains and Logistics

IDS 3189             International Nutrition, Public Health, and Economic Development

IDS 3214            Our Coastal Environment From the Bay to the World

IDS 3309             How We Know What We Know

IDS 3336            Artistic Expression in a Global Society

Six existing UCC courses have also been revised to include global learning components:

ANT 3212            World Ethnographies

ASN 3410            Introduction to East Asia

COM 3461            Intercultural/Interracial Communication

LBS 3001            Introduction to Labor Studies

REL 2011            Religion: Analysis and Interpretation

REL 3308            Studies in World Religions

Faculty Senate curriculum committees have reviewed and approved all global learning courses. Faculty developing new courses or revising existing courses for global learning designation are encouraged to attend a two-day faculty development workshop, for which they may earn a stipend. For more information on workshops and other global learning opportunities, visit or contact the Office of Global Learning Initiatives, 305-348-4145.

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