Glbl 350A: Serving the Global Community
Professor: Tom Shaw, Ph.D.
Term: Fall 2013
Location: Stevenson 3036
Time: Mondays 4-5:50pm
Note to non-Global Studies majors:
GLBL 350A is designed to help Global Studies students identify and prepare for their Community Service Internship, which is a requirement for the major. This class was initially not restricted to majors only, so you certainly have the right to be in it. You should decide, however, if you actually want to be in it. Part of the class is academic, asking students to reflect on the purpose and value of service in a globally interconnected world. Much of the class, however, is more practical in nature. Students will search for and present specific internship opportunities in class, explaining how they meet the objectives of the Global Studies Internship. Students will also begin developing their e-portfolio, which is a culminating product within the Global Studies major. Thus, it is really designed for Global Studies Majors.
The primary goal of this course is to sensitize students to the purpose and value of human service. The course takes as a basic assumption that to be globally competent means (in part) being interested in helping others, locally as well as globally. In this course we will explore
the value of service in a globally interconnected world.
The significance of community service (at least for this course) derives
not from religious sentiments, but from knowledge, understanding and awareness
of how other people around the world live, and how they struggle for justice, peace and survival.
A. Readings designed to explore and reinforce the value of service.
B. Speakers who describe the work of local non-profits.
C. Develop e-Portfolio
D. Two Presentations:
1. Students identify one of the “people making a difference” in an area that resonates with their interests and career goals. You will need to explain what the person did and how it related to your own ideals, interests and goals.
2. Students present an internship idea. You aren't obligated to actually follow through with this. However, you should act "as if" you will. So, you must first of all explain:
a. what the internship (or volunteer opportunity) is
b. how the work will provide an opportunity to understand the needs of the agency’s clients
c. how the work will provide an opportunity to show initiative and/or demonstrate leadership
d. how the work relates to your Concentration in the Global Studies Major (academic area of focus / expertise), and
e. how the work relates to (or can build skills in preparation for) your professional career
You will want to develop a short PowerPoint presentation for this.
Requirements to pass the course:
This course will meet 8 times over the course of 8 weeks. The last class will be Monday, October 14th.
1. Attendance. Only 1 absence is permitted.
2. Participation. Regularly participate in class discussions.
3. Reading. Done before coming to class.
4. Presentations. Completed satisfactorily
Required reading: all linked to this document