Planning Meeting at the American University of Paris-Globalization Studies Program Development
A planning meeting for the new Globalization Studies Program was held November 10-12, 2014, hosted at the American University of Paris. There were 40 participants, including presidents, chief academic officers, and faculty members representing 19 institutions from 11 countries. The goals of the meeting were to create a working program description that could be adopted by any institutional member of the GLAA.
The outcomes of the meeting are now being translated into a coherent student program opportunity by several subcommittees of participants who will be meeting virtually to construct the structure and implementation of the program. This program will be based on the development of competencies, not the fulfillment of a set of courses. The program is designed to develop in undergraduates an understanding of the relationship between local and global issues, insight into human differences and similarities and the ability to go beyond an ethnocentric view of others, and to foster global citizenship. Study involves both course-based and experiential learning in a transnational context. This program is designed to be flexible in how it is used by each participating institution; it could be implemented as a major, minor, track within a major, or special course of student study.