Incorporate a Module into an Existing Course


Why is a global perspective important for our students?

  • Students are exposed to an enhanced curriculum that connects global forces to real life making them strong critical thinkers and more engaged learners.
  • Students develop empathy; they learn to value difference in people, themselves and their experiences.
  • Students develop skills, attitudes and values that foster cooperation and community.
  • Students become empowered to engage in the world in a sustainable and just way.

Develop Topics

How does this all work? What do you need to consider when developing a global perspectives module? The application contains more detail on specific themes, skills, and values upon which you may wish to expand. Consider the following as you develop your plans:

  • Broad themes of your module involving knowledge and understanding.
  • Skills which will be addressed in the module. What will students learn to do?
  • Values and attitudes that will be incorporated in the module.
  • What are some methods and objectives for teaching a global module? What are you going to teach, and why?
    • Connect global issues and problems to local experiences so that students can see how these grand narratives not only relate to their lives but impact them in multiple ways in the process.
    • Search for solutions by seeking out a more sustainable approach to challenges through action.
    • Analyze language and ideological constructs that silence certain voices over others.
    • Address the diversity of the human experience by offering comparative perspectives on complex issues through cooperative classroom activities.
    • Underscore root causes in order to grapple with the systemic nature of power.


What examples are available to help establish a general mindset for infusing global perspectives into a JCC course?

Course Example
BIO 1570: Principles of Biology I Consider ways in which biology is approached through cross-cultural awareness of such topics as biodiversity and genetics.
BUS 1500: Intro to Business Maintain a critical perspective on the role of free enterprise and its impact throughout the world.
CMM 1510: Intro to Communications Review appropriate modes of communications and communication theories across diverse cultures.
CRI 1510: Intro to Criminal Justice Introduce the American criminal justice system through comparative international models.
EDU 1510: Foundation of Education Introduce comparative understanding of diverse educational approaches and philosophies and the role of citizenship education in schools throughout the world.
HIS 1530/40: American History Use concepts of textual silence to engage students in alternative historical narratives.
MAT 1500: Problem Solving with Mathematics Use problem-solving strategies from various worldviews.
NUR 1510: Foundations of Nursing Foster empathy through a cross-cultural understanding of health care.
PHY 1510: Intro to Philosophy Highlight common humanity through cultural universals while highlighting diverse worldviews through non-Western vs. Western thought.
PSY 1510: General Psychology Highlight the importance of cross-cultural psychology in being able to access the central themes of concepts of self, affect, cognition, and depression/anxiety, etc.
SOC 1510: Intro to Sociology Expand cross-cultural understanding by infusing models of ethnocentrism in sociological terminology; consider how an emphasis on American or Western 'cultural literacy' may impact student understanding.

Next Steps and Application

  1. View resources for informative reads for module development.
  2. Complete the application.

Course Consideration

Courses will be considered based on the number of students engaged in the course and an appropriate diffusion across the curriculum.


If you agree to include a global module in your course, you will meet periodically with the team and with other instructors in the program to share progress. You will also share your experience with other interested faculty and conduct survey/evaluations with students.

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