Publication Date

5-2016

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Sora Friedman

Second Advisor

William Hoffa

Abstract

This capstone paper introduces a special section of the already existing, and quite successful, University 101 programs at the University of South Carolina (USC). U101: Global Perspectives is a semester-long program proposal for first-year students (freshman and transfer students), offered by the Study Abroad Office (SAO) at USC. Functioning as part of the Global Carolina initiative, the USC SAO is committed to providing students with the knowledge and cultural awareness to be responsible and successful citizens in today’s globally integrated world. With the goal of increasing the number of students studying abroad, as well as creating unique opportunities for students during their first year on campus, the SAO has created a new course. The beginning of the course will focus on various cultural identifiers (i.e. religion, literature, film, language, politics, history, and food) in the larger context. The curriculum will lead students through a deeper way of thinking about culture and will become more specific throughout the semester. During Fall Break, students will travel to Quebec City, Canada to conduct research on the cultural identifier that they have chosen. Upon returning to campus, individual research projects will be presented on campus. U101: Global Perspectives seeks to contribute to the field of programming for first-year students, with this capstone paper serving as the initial steps towards adoption by USC.

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Education | French and Francophone Language and Literature | International and Comparative Education

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