UMD: A Globally Connected University

Welcome to Global Classrooms

 

WHAT ARE GLOBAL CLASSROOMS?

Global Classrooms are an innovative way to gain international experience, virtually, from wherever you are! Join forward-thinking students and faculty from UMD and peer institutions around the world as we explore what it means to engage and collaborate globally in the virtual space. 

Global Classrooms come in a range of shapes and sizes, from one-session experiences to full semester, project-based courses that bring together international partners to learn about global challenges, network, and design collaborative solutions for real-world impact.

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UPCOMING WINTER 2021 OFFERINGS

Registration for the following Global Classrooms Connections courses will open in October! If you have any questions, please contact Maria Barra, Advisor for Short-term Programs.

CLAS308G/ARTH369D: Greek and Roman Culture in Context: Examine the ancient Greeks and Romans in Italy through virtual visits to significant sites, monuments and museum collections in Rome and the Bay of Naples area, connecting students with original artifacts to better understand ancient cultures.

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PLSC489Z/ENSP489Z: Special Topics in Plant Science - Environmental Sustainability: Investigate how climate change, introduced species (including COVID-19) and the world political and economic stage shape New Zealand's land and culture. Experience the country virtually through live presentations and interviews with local experts, and learning how the government approaches sustainability challenges such as energy production, ecological conservation, tourism, and urban design.

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LARC489N/HONR348N: Sustainable Transformation and Adaptation - Culture and Earth: Learn about sustainability best practices in New Zealand, as well as the cultural systems that evolved from colonization and shape the country’s society today, through the practices of field sketching and observation as well as the virtual exploration of historic sites, monuments, art and artifact museums, aboriginal settlements, natural wonders, and environmental restorations.

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CHBE405/ENCH605: Global Perspectives on Air Pollution Sources and Control: Explore the sources and effects of global air pollutants and international regulatory trends, intercontinental pollutant transport and atmospheric dispersion models, the development and use of air pollution control systems in different countries, the design of systems in the energy sector for control and mitigation of gases, and particulate matter. 

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ENGL391: Advanced Composition: Tolkien in Oxford: A professional writing course explores the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien, professor and author of The Lord of the Rings, through virtual visits with scholars and experts in Oxford, England, offering an opportunity to learn about the writer's world and the unique intersections between his scholarship and fantasy.

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AAPS300/GVPT368G: Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana: A Strategy for Sustainable Educational Development: Explore Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as an alternate development strategy that recognizes the power of Corporations in a globalized world, as agents with the potential to bring about sustainable change. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, explore if and how the business community responded as a means of social responsibility, which stakeholders were involved in the conversation, and what decision making processes were employed. 

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GLOBAL CLASSROOMS: WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

Global Classrooms Courses

A groundbreaking program now in its sixth year, semester-long Global Classrooms enable you to collaborate with classmates, faculty and communities from 25+ partner universities around the world on virtual, project-based coursework that addresses global challenges. Whether you’re helping to advance healthcare in Bangladesh, design agricultural technology in Liberia, or create an AI language app in Ecuador, semester-Global Classrooms empower you to have global impact without leaving home! 

Students: Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain the skills you need to thrive in our increasingly diverse and interconnected world, all while sticking to your four-year plan. Talk to your advisor to see how Global Classrooms Courses can fit into your schedule.

Global Classrooms Connections

These Global Classrooms are short-term, virtual experiences ranging from one-class sessions, to multi-day modules, to full winter or summer terms. All are intentionally designed to facilitate meaningful connection with global experts and/or partners, going beyond the typical online class experience to help you grow cross-cultural competencies.

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 Classrooms 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 backgrounds 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

 

CURRENT COURSES

Spring 2021 

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

Time: 9:30-12:30

Location: Online

Instructor: Candace Moore

Credits: 3

Partner institution: University of Cape Coast in Ghana

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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

Instructor: Taryn Devereux

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Liberia International Christian College, Liberia

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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.

 

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

Instructor: Matthew Aruch
Credits: 3
Partner Institution: University of Cuenca, Ecuador
Restriction: must be in the College Park Scholars Science, Technology & Society (CPSS) program.
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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. 

FMSC265: Teaching Menstrual Hygiene: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions

Time: TBD

Instructor: Elisabeth Maring

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Banaras Hindu University, India

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Course Description: Teaching Menstrual Hygiene: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptionsprovides a platform to teach UMD  students and BHU Bachelor of Education students about the intersections of gender, culture, and health. We will explore how menstruation is addressed in different cultures and uncover myths and misconceptions that impact individuals but also their families and communities. Furthermore, the course emphasizes the health cost (physical and mental) of not educating youth about this vital process and discusses the need for an intervention. The course provides essential skills to participating students for the development of an intervention. Key concepts include: theoretical understanding of menstrual hygiene issue and its impact on girls and women’s lives from cross cultural perspectives, importance of deconstructing myths and misconceptions and importance of educating both girls and boys, cultural taboos and patriarchal power relations that contribute to myths, misconceptions and practices, public health interventions addressing the cost of ignoring adolescent health issues including menstrual hygiene, impact of providing agency to young girls and boys to challenge the status-quo, and links between knowledge about menstruation, human rights, gender equality and SDGs.

 

HIST429G/PERS498W/SLLC499I: The Islamicate World 2.0: Studying Islamic Cultures through Computational Textual Analysis

Time: Contact Department for Details

Instructor: Matthew Miller

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Aga Khan University, United Kingdom

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Course Description: An introduction to the use of computational methods for the study of Islamic cultures & societies.

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

Meets February 8 - May 11
Time: M 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Location: TBA

Instructor: Christopher Antoun

Credits: 3

Partner institution: University of Mannheim, Germany

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Course Description: Data from traditional sources (e.g., national population censuses, sample surveys, and administrative sources) on migration and immigration are limited in quantity and quality, and new alternatives have recently emerged. Some of these new types of "Big Data" are particularly promising for the study of migration-related phenomena. These include mobile phone call logs, Internet activity (e.g., Google searches, tracking of online media content use), geo-referenced social media activity, and other passively collected (mobile) data. This course is shared between the University of Maryland and University of Mannheim, and students will virtually attend the same class/lecture and then collaborate via online tools. 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: Online

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.

 

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

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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.

 

HESI418V: Global Leadership in a Virtual

Blended Learning

Instructor: Genevieve Hiltebrand

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

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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 in a virtual classroom environment. Contact leadershipstudes@umd.edu for more information.

GVPT356:Capstone in International Development

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

Instructor: Stacy Kosko

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Leiden University 

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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 2020 

MITH301: Digital Publishing with Minimal Computing: Humanities at a Global Scale

Cross-listed with CMLT398M, ENGL378M, and LASC348C

Time: W 12:00-1:50/F 12:00-12:50

Location: HBK0301

Instructor: Raffaele Viglianti

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Universidad del Salvador Buenos Aires, Argentina 

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NFSC230: Global Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems

Time: TBD

Location: Online

Instructor: Margaret Udahogora

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

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HONR269T: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan

Time: Th 6:30-9:00 pm

Location: ANA0120

Instructor: Temim “Tim” Nusraty

Credits: 3

Partner institution: American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan 

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FMSC286: Assisted Reproduction Law & Policy in the U.S. & Brazil

Time: T/Online

Location: 1102 HJP

Instructor: Kerry Tripp

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

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PAST COURSES

Summer 2020 

ARCH688A: Carbon Neutral Development through Net Zero

Dates: June 1-July 10

Time: TBD

Location: Online

Instructor: Ming Hu

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Graduate Students Only

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

Dates: June 1-July 10

Time: TBD

Location: Online

Instructor: Abdel-Razak Kadry, Muhiuddin Haider

Credits: 3

Partner institution: Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Open to Senior Undergraduates

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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:
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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:
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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 

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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)

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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 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

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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
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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).

 

 

 

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.

 


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