Turning Pts and Connections
Turning Pts and Connections IDS 2210
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Recommendation C Z Second Semester Global Citizens Course Initiative The FYT believes that the FYE must include a second semester components in order to transform the program into a truly first year experience Rationale The Taskforce recommends replacing current IDS 2210 course Turning Points and Connections with a new offering entitled The Global Citizen an interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary global issues See Interdisciplinarity Websites Appendix Bl Currently Turning Points and Connections is a relatively incoherent component of Area B with vague learning objectives and more importantly no real connection to the general education curriculum Finally Turning Points and Connections has developed a very negative image across the campus among both students and faculty and consequently many students defer this course until the absolute last moment of the their college career and devote very little time and energy to the course despite the many creative courses which have been offered in the past The Global Citizen course responds not only to the Board of Regents mandate on internationalizing the curriculum but also to President Grube s enunciation of transcultural opportunities for all students This course also addresses the calls for enhanced internationalization of the curriculum articulated in the most recent Strategic Plan for the University On a less positive note the Global Citizen course will also help to redress the problems identified in the NSSE1 and Foundations of Excellence data particularly our students perception of the University s poor record of introducing students to global issues Georgia Southern came last in the comparative data collected by the FoE student survey pertaining to classroom experiences involving world cultures and world religions See Foundations of Excellence Appendix B2 Finally the interdisciplinarity of the Global Citizen will help students relate the core curriculum to the wider world and the relevance of the core courses to their own lives and careers See Truman State General Catalog pp 127134 Desired Outcomes Understanding the value of the core curriculum to their future careers it is hoped will make our students appreciate the core as an integral component of their complete course of study not just another hoop to jump through By stressing the value of the core in this manner we hope to lessen the discouragement many students often feel in response to the core and thus positively affect retention through to the Second Year and help insure progress to graduation By emphasizing the importance of global awareness to our students at an early stage in their undergraduate careers we should be able to engage them more thoroughly in their preparations to be world citizens We also recommend that this course be taught in classes with a relatively small number of students 22 in order for faculty and students to have the kind of intimate contact that is most conducive to effective learning As it is envisioned the Global Citizen will be taught as a seminar with students reading significant documents and discussing how different disciplines 1httpservices cu 39 quot nod sradownloadNSSE 2005 Report MJ04102006 FINALpdf
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