Dr. Matthew Hayden and Dr. Jerrid Kruse's section of Paths, Spring 2016
This course will explore what it means to be a contemporary global citizen. Students will examine the use of humanities, social, physical, behavioral sciences as cognitive tools to understand and respond to the established and long-lived historical fact of globalization and contemporary global problems. The course will be organized around the multiple conceptions of what 'knowledge' is, what it means, how it is generated, and how it operates via the identification of issues of global significance such as global population, global environment and climate, economic globalization, and global security issues (variously defined). In particular, students will be challenged to improve their skills in eight categories that are applied to each of the four course topics. These skills may include, but are not limited to: using multiple knowledge bases (interdisciplinary); documenting and explaining sources of bias; explaining implications and consequences on multiple stakeholders; logically constructed and coherently explained argument; effective critique of own arguments; articulating own positionality in relation to multiple perspectives, knowledge bases, and biases; using and evaluating multiple and diverse research resources. The guiding principle of the course is that a person cannot truly attempt to be a global citizen without these competencies.