An Institutional Imperative: Our students live in a networked, participatory, and globalized world. They also use and produce goods and knowledge in this context. We strongly believe that we must do more to educate our students for global citizenship. This goal is articulated as one of the University’s essential learning outcomes.
What are “Globalization Studies?” Globalization studies raise questions outside traditional disciplinary boundaries in their examination of population migration, global ecological and health crises, the power of non-state actors, information technology, the use of culture for purposes of political outreach and commercial marketing, and other topics.
Developments in technology have produced an information- and data-saturated environment in which real-time exchanges allow unparalleled global connectivity. These developments produce corollary challenges in assessing information, resolving problems of media overload, and applying depth analysis to new knowledge.
The Question: How can globalization studies best be taught at a small liberal-arts college?
Our Response: John Carroll plans to develop an integrative curriculum that expresses academic excellence in the Jesuit tradition of intellectual rigor, an ethical concern, and praxis or experiential learning.
Globalization issues must be examined from many perspectives, with a variety of analytical tools. Engaging the World will help better equip faculty to address the global dimensions of their disciplines, and to enter into conversations about features that transcend disciplines.
Through a series of faculty learning communities and course development opportunities supported by the McGregor Fund, John Carroll has begun to build faculty capacity in areas of globalization studies so that every curricular area demonstrates engagement with issues of globalization.
Liberal Learning for a Globalized World: JCU’s globalized curriculum will promote skills essential to a contemporary liberal arts education, including:
- An emphasis on new kinds of critical evaluation that involve spatial thinking and complex systems analysis, and that engage non-linear models of information assessment and decision-making.
- A focus on the critical understanding of the possibilities and limitations of technology and participatory culture, including ethical issues related to globalization and technology.
- The cultivation of moral values as well as the development of practical tools that empower students to address chronic problems and acute instances of social injustice and humanitarian crisis.