UMD: A Globally Connected University

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WHAT ARE GLOBAL CLASSROOMS?

We know you want to make a difference in the world. Global Classrooms offer innovative opportunities for forward-thinking students and faculty to learn about global challenges, collaborate with international partners, and design impactful solutions from right in College Park.

Imagine if you could...

... create a model for an AI language-learning application in Ecuador,
... use big data to explore polarizing political issues in Germany,
... advance health-related UN Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh,
... design agricultural technologies and education for farmers in Liberia,

... all without leaving campus?

Global Classrooms are virtual, project-based courses offered in collaboration with 25+ partner universities abroad. Learn, exchange ideas, and work with international peers to create real-world deliverables. Grow your international network of like-minded future colleagues, and make a positive impact on the planet’s biggest challenges!

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VIRTUAL CLASSROOM, REAL-WORLD IMPACT

Read on for a brief sampling of the many student projects created through virtual exchange with international partners.

A School of Public Health student presents on waste management in Bangladesh

 

 

 

    UMD's Joint Program in Survey Methodology explores big data in immigration research with partners in Germany

 

A School of Agriculture course offers cross-cultural collaboration on agricultural technology in Liberia

 

 

 

 

          In "Technology, Education and Society," students work with Ecuadorian classmates on medicine and tech-based projects

Students explore technology in education with Cuban peers in "Búsquedas Investigativas"

 

 

Architecture students design buildings in "Bridging the Gap," a project exchange with students in Baghdad, Iraq


Students collaborate with Cairo University to explore global food safety and security
 
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
Above: A word cloud derived from Global Classroom student testimonials
 
“The Global Classroom experience offered an opportunity to engage with a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge uniquely situated in both American and Ghanaian contexts that helped to broaden my frame of thinking around higher education structures and best practices. It helped to reframe my often binary way of thinking about student affairs and to foster cohesion and complexity in what the future of the field will look like.”  -- HESI771 Student, UMD
 
“Global classroom for food safety was useful in bringing in students from different background and expertise into one virtual classroom, to present global food safety issues, understand, discuss and brainstorm ideas on what the public should know about food safety, guidance for public education, and potential impact on community. It was a great introduction to a new culture that has taught us to be more aware of and sensitive to others’ culture and ideas. It provided a platform for communication, critical thinking, and concern for global food safety issues.”  -- MIEH606 Student, UMD
 
“I learned how to communicate effectively and how to work with people who don't take the same classes as me and think in the same way.”  -- Student Partner, Leiden University, The Netherlands
 
“This course taught me concepts of multidisciplinary teamwork, as not all students which participated were public health students. I also learned that important work can occur across borders without leaving home. But one of the most important lessons … was that technology of today makes it possible for students to have multicultural, global experiences which will enhance their education and prepare them for work in the global health sector.”  -- MIEH 607 Student, UMD
 
“I learned how to deal with challenges and benefits that come from working with an international team while maintaining a high standard of work and professionalism.”  -- QUEST UMD Student, UMD
“I learned that business isn't done the same everywhere, and we learned all the steps to have a successful negotiation for anything. [We learned to apply these skills] to a different culture and understand how they do business. I would [not have otherwise] learned that universities students have different views with regards to school in Ecuador.”  -- SPAN 422 Student, UMD

“[We came together] for a gathering with American and Australian students to share our respective countries' culture and politics. It was interesting to gather international perspectives on hot-button topics.”-- QUEST Student, UMD

 

UPCOMING COURSES

Spring 2020 


HESI771: The College Student and Student Personnel Services in a Global Context

Time: W 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: EDU 2102

Instructor: Candace Moore

Credits: 3

Partner institution: University of Cape Coast in Ghana

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: The course centers on the acquisition of local knowledges to decolonize conventional narratives of higher education practices. Students gain an understanding of Ghanaian and American approaches within the praxis of student affairs to student development theory, student support services, and the role of student affairs practice in student learning. Additionally, the course offers a cross-cultural, project-based platform for students to apply student development theories in the context of diverse campus environments. Specifically, the areas of psychosocial and cognitive structural development will be emphasized through multiple perspectives including moral development, intellectual development and social identity development. Moreover, the course offers a demographic study of the characteristics of college students in Ghana and the U.S. as well as a study of their aspirations, values, and purposes. Finally, the course explores  best practices and emerging trends in global student affairs practice.

 

AREC360: Global Agriculture: Developing Extension Education & Agriculture Technologies in Africa

 

Time: W 10:00 am - 12:50 pm

Location: SYM 2200B

Instructor: Taryn Devereux

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Liberia International Christian College, Liberia

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: The objective of the course is to identify challenges faced by farmers in Nimba County, Liberia, and work collaboratively across borders to discuss these challenges and develop extension education programming that will be implemented in the region in order to empower local farmers. The course is designed to create a paradigm shift for both cohorts of students who will educate and learn from each other in what is now becoming a critical context - the globalized workspace. UMD and LICC students will be grouped together to identify and develop particular thematic areas most needed by local farmers, and then as a cohort create a week-long extension program to be implemented on the ground.

For more course information or to obtain permission to enroll, contact Jill Janofsky at jjanofsk@umd.edu.

 

EDHD498G: Social Problems in Education; Cross-Cultural Approaches to Child Development and Poverty in the U.S. and Chile

Time: W 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: HJP 3120

Instructor: Natasha Cabrera

Credits: 3

Partner Institution:
Register on Testudo

 

This course will help students gain a cross cultural understanding of child development and poverty in different contexts (U.S. and Chile). Through the use of technology, UMD students will interact directly with their peers in Chile.

 

EDHI750: International Higher Education 

Time: M 4:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: EDU 1315

Instructor: Taylor C. Woodman

Credits: 3

Partner Institution:
Register on Testudo

 

Comparison of higher education systems in several countries, and of the problems and issues in higher education faced by these countries.

ENGL362: Caribbean Literature in English

Time: TuTh 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Location: TWS 1321

Instructor: Merle Collins

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Universidad Católica de Salta, Argentina 

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Political and literary traditions that intersect in the fiction, poetry, and drama written in English by Caribbean writers, primarily during the 20th century.

Also offered as LASC348E. Credit granted for ENGL362 or LASC348E.

 

SURV699C: Special Topics in Survey Methodology; Big Data in Immigration Research

Meets February 10 - May 11
Time: M 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Location: TBA

Instructor: Christopher Antoun

Credits: 3

Partner institution: University of Mannheim, Germany

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Students from the two partnering universities will form international groups to collaboratively work on the collection and analysis of Big Data to answer immigration-related research questions.

 

HONR269T: Honors Seminar: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan

Time: Th 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: ANA 0120

Instructor: Temim Nusraty

Credits: 3

Partner Institution: American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan
Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Afghanistan has been at the center of U.S. and international attention since September 11. This seminar will examine the development and evolution of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, including the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden on the U.S. strategy. This seminar will also examine the history of Afghanistan and its political figures. In addition, the seminar will explore the current challenges facing Afghanistan such as weak governance, widespread poverty, pervasive corruption, the burgeoning narcotics problem, and lack of respect for the rule of law. Students will also have the opportunity to hear different perspectives on the conflict in Afghanistan from current and former senior officials in the U.S. Government. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage with undergraduates studying in Afghanistan to better understand the indigenous perspective on the war and the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

 

This is a Global Classroom course. There will be approximately 4 or 5 weeks where this course will meet on Sundays for teleconferencing meetings with students in Kabul, Afghanistan instead of meeting at its normal weekly time on Thursday nights.

 

ARCH601: Bridging the Gap Studio: Collaborative Design Thinking Across Cultures

Time: MWF 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: TBA

Instructor: Madlen Simon

Credits: 6

Partner institution: Al Nahrain University, Iraq

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Topical architectural design studio with concentration on advanced topical inquiry addressing but not limited to: architectural competitions, sustainable design, theoretica/conceptual issues, programmatic, contextual, and/or technical issues.

Restricted to ARCH, URPD or ARCP majors.

 

HESI318I: Applied Contextual Leadership; Global Leadership in a Virtual

Blended Learning

Instructor: Gregory Weaver & Genevieve Hiltebrand

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Most course activities will be conducted online, but students will be expected to meet in person 6 times out of the semester. During these sessions, students will interact and learn with students and faculty from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in a virtual classroom environment. Please visit, go.umd.edu/lspglobal or contact instructor, aspear@umd.edu, for more information.

GVPT356:Capstone in International Development

Time: Tu 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Location: HJP 3120

Instructor: Stacy Kosko

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Leiden University 

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Serves as one of the two capstone courses for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Focuses on advanced theory and the practice and profession of international development and is designed to provide students an introduction to, and a chance to engage with, a core set of practical skills relevant to the field.

CURRENT COURSES
Fall 2019 


MIEH606Addressing Current, Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges in Bangladesh

Blended Learning
Time: F 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: SPH 2234CC
Instructors: ​Muhiuddin Haider
Credits: 3
Partner Institution: Independent University of Bangladesh

Register on Testudo

Course DescriptionThis course focuses on how to operationalize public health field research/practice on the ground in Bangladesh. The public health threat that will be addressed is solid waste management in Dhaka. With a landmass equivalent to the State of Wisconsin and the world's eighth largest population, Bangladesh is the most densely populated country on the globe. This course will give students the opportunity to collaborate virtually with students in Bangladesh.

ENGL362: ​Caribbean Literature in English

Time: TuThW 9:30 AM - 10:45 PM
Location: TWS 1106

Instructors: Merle Collins
Credits: 3
Partner Institution: 
University of West Indies, Jamaica
Register on Testudo

Course Description:

Political and literary traditions that intersect in the fiction, poetry, and drama written in English by Caribbean writers, primarily during the 20th century.

Also offered as LASC348E. Credit granted for ENGL362 or LASC348E.

HONR269T: Honors Seminar: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan

Time: Th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: ANA 0120

Instructors: ​Temim Nusraty
Credits: 3

American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan
Register on Testudo

Course Description: Afghanistan has been at the center of U.S. and international attention since September 11. This seminar will examine the development and evolution of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, including the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden on the U.S. strategy. This seminar will also examine the history of Afghanistan and its political figures. In addition, the seminar will explore the current challenges facing Afghanistan such as weak governance, widespread poverty, pervasive corruption, the burgeoning narcotics problem, and lack of respect for the rule of law. Students will also have the opportunity to hear different perspectives on the conflict in Afghanistan from current and former senior officials in the U.S. Government. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage with undergraduates studying in Afghanistan to better understand the indigenous perspective on the war and the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

 

This is a Global Classroom course. There will be approximately 3 to 4 classes where this course will meet on a Saturday or Sunday morning for videoconferencing with students in Kabul, Afghanistan instead of meeting at its normal weekly time on Thursday nights (exact dates and times are TBA).

 PAST COURSES

Summer 2019


MIEH607: Global Classroom: Risk Based Approach to Ensure Global Food Safety and Security​

Time: MW 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: SPH 2234HH

Instructors: ​Muhiuddin Haider
Credits: 3
Partner Institution: Cairo University; Agriculture Research Center, Egypt
Register on Testudo

Course DescriptionThe purpose of this global graduate class is to train and disseminate knowledge to the participants on the food safety and security. The main subject will be application of risk assessment to ensure food safety and food security. This course will improve the ability of participating students to accept various ways of investigating and solving food safety challenges. This international course on food safety and food security will assist the students from UMD and Cairo University to collaborate together to solve an international challenge. UMD students will experience, firsthand, the knowledge, belief and attitude toward food safety from other students from the Middle East and vice versa. This course will be a virtual and all lectures, assignment, quizzes and group projects will deliver by web-based technology. All course participants will interact, communicate, view and discuss presentations, and engage with learning resources while working in groups, all in an online setting.

ARCH688A: Advanced Selected Topics in Architectural Technologies; Carbon Neutral Development through Net Zero​

Time: MW 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: ESJ 2309

Instructors: ​Ming Hu
Credits: 3
Partner Institution: Nankai University, China
Register on Testudo

Course Description: In this course, Net Zero (High-performance) building design and related life cycle environmental impact are examined through real case studies to explore the means and techniques applied to the buildings with integration of a variety of simulation and analysis software. The course focuses on an understanding of the design strategies of the high-performance design and life cycle assessment method through combination of lecture and lab time. The course topic Net Zero building will be investigated from a variety of perspectives and diverse case studies in United States and China.

The purpose of this course is to provide fundamental knowledge of building sciences for the development of high-performance buildings utilizing energy modelling and simulation technology and Life Cycle Assessment technology as a design method and process. Occupant comfort is also assessed using the field testing method. In this course, students will learn knowledge and collaborate with each other to develop high-performance buildings, resulting in energy savings and environmental protections through greenhouse gas emission reductions. Throughout the course, students will work in groups to propose high-performance renovation design options that improve the existing building energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. The course will be a combination of broadcasted lectures and video conference between students.

Spring 2019 


HESI771: The College Student and Student Personnel Services in a Global Context

Time: Tu 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: EDU 2102

Instructor: Candace Moore

Credits: 3

Partner institution: University of Cape Coast in Ghana

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: The course centers on the acquisition of local knowledges to decolonize conventional narratives of higher education practices. Students gain an understanding of Ghanaian and American approaches within the praxis of student affairs to student development theory, student support services, and the role of student affairs practice in student learning. Additionally, the course offers a cross-cultural, project-based platform for students to apply student development theories in the context of diverse campus environments. Specifically, the areas of psychosocial and cognitive structural development will be emphasized through multiple perspectives including moral development, intellectual development and social identity development. Moreover, the course offers a demographic study of the characteristics of college students in Ghana and the U.S. as well as a study of their aspirations, values, and purposes. Finally, the course explores  best practices and emerging trends in global student affairs practice.

 

AREC360: Global Agriculture: Developing Extension Education & Agriculture Technologies in Africa

 

Time: W 10:00 am - 12:50 pm

Location: SYM 2200B

Instructor: Taryn Devereux

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Liberia International Christian College, Liberia

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: The objective of the course is to identify challenges faced by farmers in Nimba County, Liberia, and work collaboratively across borders to discuss these challenges and develop extension education programming that will be implemented in the region in order to empower local farmers. The course is designed to create a paradigm shift for both cohorts of students who will educate and learn from each other in what is now becoming a critical context - the globalized workspace. UMD and LICC students will be grouped together to identify and develop particular thematic areas most needed by local farmers, and then as a cohort create a week-long extension program to be implemented on the ground.

For more course information or to obtain permission to enroll, contact Jill Janofsky at jjanofsk@umd.edu.

 

ENGL362: Caribbean Literature in English

Time: TuTh 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Location: TWS 0221

Instructor: Merle Collins

Credits: 3

Partner institution: University of West Indies, Jamaica

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Political and literary traditions that intersect in the fiction, poetry, and drama written in English by Caribbean writers, primarily during the 20th century.

Also offered as LASC348E. Credit granted for ENGL362 or LASC348E.

 

SURV699C: Special Topics in Survey Methodology; Big Data in Immigration Research

Meets February 14, 2019 - May 22, 2019
Time: Th 9:30 am - 11:10 am

Location: LEF 1208

Instructor: Christopher Antoun

Credits: 2

Partner institution: University of Mannheim, Germany

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Students from the two partnering universities will form international groups to collaboratively work on the collection and analysis of Big Data to answer immigration-related research questions.

 

MIEH606: Addressing Current, Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges in Bangladesh

Blended Learning

Time: F 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Location: SPH 2234CC

Instructor: Muhiuddin Haider

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Independent University (IUB), Bangladesh

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: This course focuses on how to operationalize public health field research/practice on the ground in Bangladesh. The public health threat that will be addressed is solid waste management in Dhaka. With a landmass equivalent to the State of Wisconsin and the world's eighth largest poulation, Bangladesh is the most densely populated country on the globe. This course will give students the opportunity to collaborate virtually with students in Bangladesh.

Restriction: Senior undergraduates may enroll with instructor's permission.

ANTH456: Conservation and Indigenous People in South America

Time: Tu 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Location: ASY 3203

Instructor: Janet Chernela

Credits: 3

Partner institutions: Universidade do Estado do Amazoas (UEA), Universidade de Brasilia (UNB)

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Course Description: Considers indigenous peoples and their relation to the lands on which they live, issues of traditional indigenous knowledge and land management as well as new contributions by indigenous peoples to changing landscapes. Reviews legal mechanisms and instruments through which indigenous peoples have rights to the resources they occupy and utilize. Taking specific cases and examining them through the lens of political and social ecology, tthe role of indigenous peoples in local and worldwide conservation efforts is considered. Case studies will emphasize the indigenous peoples and conservation policies of Latin America.

 

ARCH601: Bridging the Gap Studio: Collaborative Design Thinking Across Cultures

Time: MWF 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: TBA

Instructor: Madlen Simon

Credits: 6

Partner institution: Al Nahrain University, Iraq

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Topical architectural design studio with concentration on advanced topical inquiry addressing but not limited to: architectural competitions, sustainable design, theoretica/conceptual issues, programmatic, contextual, and/or technical issues.

Restricted to ARCH, URPD or ARCP majors.

 

HESI318I: Applied Contextual Leadership; Global Leadership in a Virtual

Blended Learning

Instructor: Anne Spear

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Most course activities will be conducted online, but students will be expected to meet in person 6 times out of the semester. During these sessions, students will interact and learn with students and faculty from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in a virtual classroom environment. Please visit, go.umd.edu/lspglobal or contact instructor, aspear@umd.edu, for more information.

GVPT356:Capstone in International Development

Time: Tu 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Location: HJP 3120

Instructor: Stacy Kosko

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Leiden University 

Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Serves as one of the two capstone courses for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Focuses on advanced theory and the practice and profession of international development and is designed to provide students an introduction to, and a chance to engage with, a core set of practical skills relevant to the field.

Fall 2018 


HONR269T: Honors Seminar: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan

Time: Th 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: ANA 0120

Instructor: Temim Nusraty

Credits: 3

Partner Institution: American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan
Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Afghanistan has been at the center of U.S. and international attention since September 11. This seminar will examine the development and evolution of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, including the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden on the U.S. strategy. This seminar will also examine the history of Afghanistan and its political figures. In addition, the seminar will explore the current challenges facing Afghanistan such as weak governance, widespread poverty, pervasive corruption, the burgeoning narcotics problem, and lack of respect for the rule of law. Students will also have the opportunity to hear different perspectives on the conflict in Afghanistan from current and former senior officials in the U.S. Government. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage with undergraduates studying in Afghanistan to better understand the indigenous perspective on the war and the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

 

This is a Global Classroom course. There will be approximately 3 to 4 classes where this course will meet on a Saturday or Sunday morning for videoconferencing with students in Kabul, Afghanistan instead of meeting at its normal weekly time on Thursday nights (exact dates and times are TBA).

 

EDHD498G: Social Problems in Education; Cross-Cultural Approaches to Child Development and Poverty in the U.S. and Chile

Time: Tu 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: HJP 3120

Instructor: Natasha Cabrera

Credits: 3

Partner Institution:
Register on Testudo

 

This course will help students gain a cross cultural understanding of child development and poverty in different contexts (U.S. and Chile). Through the use of technology, UMD students will interact directly with their peers in Chile.

Summer 2018 


MIEH607: Global Classroom: Risk Based Approach to Ensure Global Food Safety and Security​

Time: MW 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: SPH 2234CC

Instructors: ​Muhiuddin Haider
Credits: 3
Partner Institution: Cairo University; Agriculture Research Center, Egypt
Register on Testudo

Course DescriptionThe purpose of this global graduate class is to train and disseminate knowledge to the participants on the food safety and security. The main subject will be application of risk assessment to ensure food safety and food security. This course will improve the ability of participating students to accept various ways of investigating and solving food safety challenges. This international course on food safety and food security will assist the students from UMD and Cairo University to collaborate together to solve an international challenge. UMD students will experience, firsthand, the knowledge, belief and attitude toward food safety from other students from the Middle East and vice versa. This course will be a virtual and all lectures, assignment, quizzes and group projects will deliver by web-based technology. All course participants will interact, communicate, view and discuss presentations, and engage with learning resources while working in groups, all in an online setting.

ARCH688A: Advanced Selected Topics in Architectural Technologies; Carbon Neutral Development through Net Zero​

Time: MW 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: ESJ B0320

Instructors: ​Ming Hu
Credits: 3
Partner Institution: Nankai University, China
Register on Testudo

Course Description: In this course, Net Zero (High-performance) building design and related life cycle environmental impact are examined through real case studies to explore the means and techniques applied to the buildings with integration of a variety of simulation and analysis software. The course focuses on an understanding of the design strategies of the high-performance design and life cycle assessment method through combination of lecture and lab time. The course topic Net Zero building will be investigated from a variety of perspectives and diverse case studies in United States and China.

The purpose of this course is to provide fundamental knowledge of building sciences for the development of high-performance buildings utilizing energy modelling and simulation technology and Life Cycle Assessment technology as a design method and process. Occupant comfort is also assessed using the field testing method. In this course, students will learn knowledge and collaborate with each other to develop high-performance buildings, resulting in energy savings and environmental protections through greenhouse gas emission reductions. Throughout the course, students will work in groups to propose high-performance renovation design options that improve the existing building energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. The course will be a combination of broadcasted lectures and video conference between students.

Spring 2018 


CPSS225: College Park Scholars Capstone: Science, Technology, and Society

Section: 0301
Time: TuTh 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Location: CCC 1100

Instructors: David TomblinMatthew Aruch
Credits: 3
Partner Institution: University of Cuenca, Ecuador
Restriction: must be in the College Park Scholars Science, Technology & Society (CPSS) program.
Register on Testudo

Course Description: Exploration and understanding of ways science and technology shape and are shaped by society.
Offered for the first time, course participants will learn and investigate STS concepts and case studies in collaboration with engineering faculty and students from the University of Cuenca in Ecuador. Throughout the course, UMD and Ecuadorian student teams will work on a research project for the College Park Scholars Academic Showcase in May 2018.

HESI318I: Applied Contextual Leadership; Global Leadership in a Virtual Context

Blended Learning

Instructors: Anne Spear, Natasha Chapman

Credits: 3

Partner Institutions: Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Course Description: This course is a global learning experiment that joins students and faculty from the University of Maryland, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Royal University of Phnom Penh in a virtual, interactive environment. Students will explore the role of socially responsible leadership in a global context in response to the question, “How do we learn to understand, examine, and address complicated global problems while working with highly diverse groups of people and perspectives?”.

This course uses a selected global issue as a means to explore the complexity of the issue and develop understanding of and leadership skills in diverse, multicultural and global environments. Students will learn and work virtually with international partners to explore and critically examine the issue and present briefings on the various challenges, options and views surrounding it. As a final project, students will apply problem-solving skills and use their personal, acquired, and co-constructed knowledge about leadership, intercultural competencies and the global issue to respond to a live case study with recommendations for stakeholders.

ARHU398QSpecial Topics in Arts and Humanities; Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Quality​

Time: M 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: VMH 1518
Instructor: David Ashley
Credits: 3

Partner Institutions: University of Queensland, Australia, and Linköping University, Sweden
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Course Description: This course builds on the foundation concepts of quality and substantially broadens our field of view to include a global perspective on quality. Specifically, we consider the subjective, customer-created definition of quality and the social and cultural forces that shape customer perspectives. We explore the differences in quality perceptions between US and non-US consumers, the sources of these differences, and the challenges they present in measuring expectations, performance, and customer satisfaction in a multinational business environment. This project-based course will examine international quality standards and cross-cultural measures of equivalence.

Open to QUEST program students. Instructor permission is required for non-QUEST students.

HONR269T: Honors Seminar: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan

Time: Th 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: ANA 0120

Instructor: Temim Nusraty

Credits: 3

Partner Institution: American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan
Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Afghanistan has been at the center of U.S. and international attention since September 11. This seminar will examine the development and evolution of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, including the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden on the U.S. strategy. This seminar will also examine the history of Afghanistan and its political figures. In addition, the seminar will explore the current challenges facing Afghanistan such as weak governance, widespread poverty, pervasive corruption, the burgeoning narcotics problem, and lack of respect for the rule of law. Students will also have the opportunity to hear different perspectives on the conflict in Afghanistan from current and former senior officials in the U.S. Government. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage with undergraduates studying in Afghanistan to better understand the indigenous perspective on the war and the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

 

This is a Global Classroom course. There will be approximately 4 or 5 weeks where this course will meet on Sundays for teleconferencing meetings with students in Kabul, Afghanistan instead of meeting at its normal weekly time on Thursday nights.

EDHI788X: Embargoed Dialogues: International Investigations in Cuban Education

Section: SB04
Instructors: Gilberto Garcia Batista, Taylor C. Woodman, Martha Naufrille Morris
Credits: 3
Partner Institutions: Association of Cuban Educators (APC) and Pedagogical University Enrique José Varona (UCPEJV), Havana, Cuba
Restriction: Graduate students with a preference for College of Education students.

Course Description: Immerse yourself in the complex global education and social issues facing the world today. The course combines both a virtual learning environment with a travel component to Cuba. In these environments, students will have the opportunity to conduct international research related to their academic interests and receive feedback from an international audience. The workshop style of the program allows you to engage with local Cuban educators through scholarly lectures, collaborative exchanges, interviews, and site visits.

SPAN422: Cross-Cultural Communication

SPAN 422: Cross-Cultural Communication
Time: TuTh 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Location: JMZ 0122

Instructor: Elisa Gironzetti

Credits: 3

Partner Institution: Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial, Ecuador
Prerequisite: SPAN370 OR SPAN371 OR SPAN373 OR SPAN 374
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
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Course Description: Focuses on the relationship of language and culture of those operating in world markets. Particular attention will be given to cross-cultural communication, linguistic systems, and culture specific perceptions of the Hispanic world.

ARCH601: Topical Design Studio VI

ARCH601: Topical Design Studio VI

Time: MWF 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: TBA

Instructor: TBA

Credits: 6

Partner Institution: Al Nahrain University, Iraq
Restriction: Permission of ARCH-Architecture Program.
Register on Testudo

 

Course Description: Topical architectural design studio with concentration on advanced topical inquiry addressing but not limited to: architectural competitions, sustainable design, theoretical/conceptual issues, programmatic, contextual, and/or technical issues.

 

Restricted to ARCH, URPD or ARCP majors.

URSP661: City and Regional Economic Development Planning

URSP 661: City and Regional Economic Development Planning

Time: W 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: HJP 3120

Instructor: Li Fang

Credits: 3

Partner Institution: Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia
Prerequisite: URSP606 or URSP660.
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Course Description: Spatial patterns of employment and populations, and models of urban and regional growth and decline. Focus on application of economic theory and urban planning techniques to issues of local economic development and planning.

ANTH461: Language as Practice

ANTH 461: Language as Practice

Time: Monday 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Location: WDS 1114

Instructor: Janet Chernela

Credits: 3

Partner Institution: Universidade do Estado do Amazonas (UEA), Brazil
Formerly: ANTH468I

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Course Description: An introduction to linguistic variation and the construction of identity, relationship, and community membership through language use. The approach emphasizes language as community-based practice and examines the dynamic construction of social relations through linguistic interactions.

Fall 2017 


MIEH 606: Addressing Current, Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges in Bangladesh Blended Learning

Blended Learning

Instructor: Muhiuddin Haider

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Independent University of Bangladesh
Restriction: Senior undergraduates may enroll with instructor's permission.
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Course Description: This course focuses on how to operationalize public health field research/practice on the ground in Bangladesh. The public health threat that will be addressed is solid waste management in Dhaka. With a landmass equivalent to the State of Wisconsin and the world's eighth largest population, Bangladesh is the most densely populated country on the globe. This course will give students the opportunity to collaborate virtually with students in Bangladesh.

HONR269T: Honors Seminar: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan

Time: Th 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: ANA 0120

Instructor: Temim Nusraty

Credits: 3

Partner Institution: American University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan
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Course Description: Afghanistan has been at the center of U.S. and international attention since September 11. This seminar will examine the development and evolution of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, including the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden on the U.S. strategy. This seminar will also examine the history of Afghanistan and its political figures. In addition, the seminar will explore the current challenges facing Afghanistan such as weak governance, widespread poverty, pervasive corruption, the burgeoning narcotics problem, and lack of respect for the rule of law. Students will also have the opportunity to hear different perspectives on the conflict in Afghanistan from current and former senior officials in the U.S. Government. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage with undergraduates studying in Afghanistan to better understand the indigenous perspective on the war and the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

 

This is a Global Classroom course. There will be approximately 4 or 5 weeks where this course will meet on Sundays for teleconferencing meetings with students in Kabul, Afghanistan instead of meeting at its normal weekly time on Thursday nights.

Global Classrooms are credit-bearing, semester-long courses.

Students: Please contact your advisor to see how your chosen global classroom fits your academic plan.

Faculty: For more information on the Global Classrooms Initiative, contact Dr. Raluca Nahorniac in the Office of International Affairs. Learn more about our past Global Classroom courses.

 

GLOBAL CLASSROOMS CONNECTIONS

Global Classrooms Connections (GCC) are short-term virtual activities that seek to expand exposure for UMD students to international peers, communities, ideas, and practices. GCC embed an international virtual activity into at least one class session during a regularly scheduled course. Faculty can access GCC mini-grants to design and implement a GCC in their course. Applications are rolling and awards are announced monthly.

 


Other ways to globalize your experience on campus: