Using International Content in an Introductory Human Geography Course

Using International Content in an Introductory Human Geography Course

David Dorrell (Georgia Gwinnett College, USA)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2791-6.ch004

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to provide an example of internationalizing an Introduction to Human Geography course. This mostly consists of translating the material normally found in such a class into the explicit language of internationalization. This is accomplished by modifying the course to include less theoretical descriptions and more concrete examples of globalism at work. Topics normally found in an introductory Human Geography course are well suited for this. Religion, global development, foreign direct investment, immigration, language, and political conflict are avenues of investigation that overlap between geography and international or global studies.
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International Student Learning Outcomes

The process of internationalizing this course began by evaluating the ways in which the course met the institutional student learning outcomes for the institution. Internationalization of the curriculum at Georgia Gwinnett College for the Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) was defined by the following Student Learning Outcomes, taken from the Georgia Gwinnett College Internationalization website (GGC 2017).

  • 1.

    Describe and evaluate their own cultures in relation to history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices;

  • 2.

    Describe and evaluate other cultures in relation to history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices;

  • 3.

    Communicate effectively with persons from different cultures;

  • 4.

    Demonstrate ability to interact effectively and productively in situations involving people from diverse cultural and national backgrounds;

  • 5.

    Demonstrate the ability to apply intercultural knowledge to intercultural or global problems.

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