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Course Possibilities for 2017-18

The faculty members teaching the courses listed below would like to offer their course as a Globally Connected Course in the 2017-18 academic year and are looking for a course partner from an Alliance institution. If you are interested, please contact the instructor to explore the possibility. Please see the Global Course Connections page for information on how to submit a proposal Ito offer a Globally Connected Course.

If you would like to have a course you teach included in the list below, please complete the Course Description Google Form.

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Courses for Spring 2018

BIOL/CHEM 251 - Introduction to Nutrition Science, spring 2018
Courtney Scerbak,, Earlham College
An introduction to the science of human nutrition and the relationship of food and nutrients to health and disease. This is an introductory course intended for students who are interested in pursuing health science careers and/or graduate studies or in gaining insight into the science of nutrition. Topics covered will include digestion of food, the macro- and micronutrients, and current recommendations for nutrient intake. We will also discuss current scientific literature on the role of nutrition in selected disease processes, the use of foods as medicines, food policy/food systems ethics, and current nutritional controversies. In the Spring of 2018, I would like to broaden the perspective of the class with a collaborative student project through GLAA global connection. Specifically, students would learn food interview techniques, interview student(s) from the connected class, be interviewed by student(s) from the connected class, and work together to create a comparison of what college students eat around the globe and how actual dietary patterns compare to their resident country's dietary recommendations. I am also very open to other ideas to incorporate global perspectives on nutrition and food in the form of recorded guest lectures and/or other collaborative student projects.. [Expected enrollment: 15-20]

CSCI 225 - Introduction to Software Development, spring 2018
Matthew DeJongh,, Hope College
An introduction to the techniques and practices of software design and implementation, including top-down design, object-oriented principles, advanced programming concepts, and the use of software development tools. Students will gain substantial experience with the Java programming language. [Expected enrollment: 24]

CSCI 361 - Programming Language Design and Implementation, spring 2018
Matthew DeJongh,, Hope College
This course provides a study of design and implementation considerations for imperative, object-oriented, functional and declarative programming languages. Students will learn these concepts through hands-on projects building interpreters and compilers for representative languages. Topics include representation of objects and classes, implementation of variable bindings and function calls, lazy evaluation and pattern matching of arguments, and query evaluation. [Expected enrollment: 20]

PSYC 346: Psychology of Women, spring 2018
Sarah Murnen,, Kenyon College
Psychological research about women is examined critically in this course. Topics such as gender differences, gender stereotypes, eating disorders, and violence against women will be addressed with particular attention to the effects of sociocultural factors. The class will conduct three projects to apply course reading to the "real world" (e.g., collect and analyze media images) and for these assignments a global connection would be ideal. [Expected enrollment: 25]

AUN 101 - First Year Experience, spring 2018
Reginald Braggs, Jelena Zivkovic,;, American University of Nigeria, spring 2018
This course prepares student for academic rigor. It helps students to transition from highschool to college/university. AUN 101 introduces the Amercian style of education and standard. AUN 101 offers study skills and other habits to survive the first year. [Expected enrollment: 25-30]

ARTS 321 Digital Photography, spring 2018
Marcella Hackbardt,, Kenyon College, spring 2018
This course will include fundamental digital photography skills, such as image editing, creative camera work, and color digital printing. Through readings and discussions, students will be introduced to different ways of conceptualizing photography and the digitization of photographs. Examining the impact of digital technologies on the photographic image deals with many cultural issues, including representation and imagination, politics of visuality, history and identity, human and social preoccupations with memory. [Expected enrollment: 15]

GEOG 323: Population Geography, spring 2018
Khadija Shakrullah,, Forman Christian College(A chartered University, spring 2018
The course is intended to make students understand the major concepts and basic tools of demography; key geographical and historical process of population dynamics such as fertility, mortality and migration; and the socio economic, political and environmental causes and consequences of population dynamics in different world regions and over time period. Further, the course will discuss and analyze the contemporary dynamics of population growth, composition and spatial distribution. [Expected enrollment: 25]

GGLO 234: Global Citizenship, spring 2018
Jibreel Speight,, Effat University
The course will explore the main theories and key concepts that shape the discourse of global citizenship. The course will also examine its history and reflect on the meanings of key concepts and challenges of global citizenship. [Expected enrollment: There will be multiple sections each with about 25 students.]

Kinesiology 353: Physiology of Exercise, spring 2018
Tom Ball,, DePauw University
This course investigates how physiological function changes as a result of using exercise to disrupt homeostasis, with an emphasis on the acute responses of various systems to exercise and the bodily adaptations that occur as a result of engaging in regular exercise. Focus in this course will be on homeostasis, energy metabolism, the role of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in supporting energy metabolism, neuromuscular control of movement, and the effects of exercise on health and well-being. In addition, there is a heavy emphasis on the scientific method and use of data to explore and understand concepts investigated. [Expected enrollment: 20]

SOC 495: Health and Medicine, spring 2018
Temple Smith,, Hope College
This course in medical sociology focuses on social determinants of health. Social determinants of health as defined by the World health organization are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. Social determinants of health explore the inequality that produces health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries. A potential course partnership might explore systemic economically inequality from a global perspective. [Expected enrollment: 25]

FS 102: Live Well, spring 2018
Elizabeth Weiss Ozorak,, Allegheny College
This course will explore community wellness from both a collective and individual perspective. Topics will include sleep, food and nutrition, exercise, study and learning, play, and social connections. In each case, we will examine popular recommendations for living well and the research (or lack of it) behind them. As one of the first-year seminars on writing and speaking, this course will also focus on improving students' skills in both areas. [Expected enrollment: 18]

HIST 101: History of Islam, spring 2018
Ibra Sene,, The College of Wooster
More than 1400 years since its birth, in the 7th century, in the Arabian Peninsula, Islam is today among the religions that draw the biggest number of followers. Over this period of time, Islam spread around the world. Along the way, it has shaped and has been influenced by a large variety of cultures and environments, hence the inner diversity of the Muslim world today. This course is intended to survey the development of this complex history. We will go from the birthplace of Islam in Arabia to follow its expansion around the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, but also Central, South, and Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America. We will examine the ways in which language, time, space, ethnicity, social situations, and gender, among other factors, have influenced the history of Islam. In the meantime, we will show that the diversity of Muslim societies did not exclude the existence of global networks connecting Muslims around the world, fostering deep commonness across space and time. [Expected enrollment: Capped at 30 students]

Arts 260 Images of Terror: violence in visual culture, spring 2018
Sobia Zaidi,, Forman Christian College
We live in times when violence is part of our daily routine. We are experiencing violence, talking violence, fearing violence, consuming and even producing violence. Unconsciously, while trying to counter violence we are producing more violence and artists are no exception. The debates and talks during the course will be designed around these questions: Has this wave of terror changed our aesthetics? Is it because horror and violence is the only thing that intrigues, thrills and entertains us? How and when violence became such an integral part of our popular visual culture? What is the role of media and artist in curation of violence? In order to answer these questions the course will look at the discourse of violence, art and their interplay. The course will discuss the aesthetics of Intimidation, fear and resistance by going through the examples such as ISIS and Taliban's released videos and images. Hollywood movies like SAW. Media coverage of Bomb blasts, Punjabi films, Political performances and protests around the world after Arab Spring, Wall Street occupation movement, hate graffiti, Military parades etc. Art Projects such as Marina Abramovich's Rhythm 0, Tania Bruguera's Self Sabotage and the post 9/11 media turn and works of Pakistani artist will be discussed in detail. [Expected enrollment: 25]

Phil 310 Global Justice, spring 2018
Eric Palmer,, Allegheny College
Philosophy and political theory: An examination of the difficulties facing the ideals of democracy, international aid and development as global and multicultural movements. We consider the justice of such institutions from the perspectives of international responsibilities of individual, business and nation, and with regard for the demands of local self-determination. Representative authors in philosophy: Onora O'Neill, Thomas Pogge, Iris Marion Young, Martha Nussbaum. Many other authors including politicians (Lee Kuan Yew) economists, political theorists and anti-globalization theorists are included. [Expected enrollment: 20]

Rural Innovation and Entrepreneurship, spring 2018
Dr. Albert Ko,, Lingnan University
Rapid innovation and technological advancement, is commonly associated with business opportunities, new jobs, better healthcare and improved sustainability. However, most technological advancement, including information technology and robotics are only benefiting the world's wealthiest population. The rest are still struggling to gain access to clean water, food, education, health care and other basic human needs. This course will re-examine the impact of technology on environment, society and economy from the perspective of developing countries through experiential learning activities. Students will learn and apply design thinking, robotics, automation, and startup models to develop business plans for tackling major sustainable challenges. (Note: A version of the course will be offered in summer 2018 that is shorter and more intense than the spring version. Lingnan invites GLAA students to come to Lingnan to take this course.) [Expected enrollment: 18-30]

MATH 141: Statistics for Professionals, spring 2018
Mamunur Rashid,, DePauw University
MATH 141 is a non-calculus based introduction to statistical methods that requires no prior knowledge of statistics but does assume some high school algebra skills. The purpose of this course is to give students a working knowledge of the ideas and tools of statistical practice. The principal goal of the course is to familiarize students to the fundamentals of statistical reasoning and to the role of statistical methods with applications to diverse fields, such as biology, sociology, economics, and business. Among the topics covered are descriptive statistics, basic probability rules, discrete and continuous probability distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for means and proportions, and correlation and regression. [Expected enrollment: 20]

EUR 212: EU POLITICS, spring 2018
Jean F. Crombois,, American University in Bulgaria
The course provides a comprehensive view of EU and the European Integration process. It examines the theories of integration, the EU institutional framework and policies as well as current debates around the integration process. The course constitutes the foundation course for students intending to continue in European studies program. [Expected enrollment: 15]

French 343 Contemporary France, spring 2018
Brigitte Hamon-Porter,, Hope College
Discussion-based course in which we discuss key issues such as the family, women's rights, immigration, education, the health system and France's ties to the European Union. We also gain a deeper understanding of how French society today differs or resembles American society through movies, documentaries, popular music, online news and the autobiography of an Iranian writer Comment peut-on être Français? (2010). This course prepares students for a semester in France and also helps understand the important role France plays in our global world. [Expected enrollment: 10 to 15]

MLL 216 Intermediate French II, spring 2018
Krastanka Bozhinova,, American University in Bulgaria
This course aims at developing students' proficiency in all areas of language learning. The language structures will focus on discourse and pragmatic characteristics. Students will listen, read, write, and discuss complex topics while being exposed to various aspects of French and francophone culture and society. The method of team project work based on the use of technologies will be applied often, as a part of the "action-oriented approach", recommended by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). [Expected enrollment: 10 to 15]

MLL 301 Modern France: Society, Politics, and Culture, spring 2018
Krastanka Bozhinova,, American University in Bulgaria
This course introduces students to contemporary concepts in French society, politics, and culture. It brings together students' evolving linguistic skills and their understanding of today's France through exposure to various types of discourses and authentic contexts. The course also considers the role of French as an official and working language in the framework of European and international organizations and introduces students to specific terminology and sources that enhance their research, communication, and language skills. [Expected enrollment: 7 to 10]

ENGL 207 Media and Literature (with a focus on Disability)
Syed Muhammad Saqib and Dr Kamal Ud Din,,, Forman Christian College, spring 2018
This course is designed to make students more literate and critical about disability and disabled persons. Through an interdisciplinary comparative and historical lens, the course explores the media (TV/cinema) and literature (fiction/drama/poetry) relating to disabilities and disabled persons. This course focuses on conceptual and ideological aspects of disability prevalent in different societies and cultures of the South Asian region and studies how they are looked at and presented in literature and media of respective region, societies and cultures. This course will give a brief overview of disabilities of all kinds with the focus to explore how media productions and literary texts portray people with physical disabilities (any type of physical condition that significantly impacts one or more major life activities). The course will also help students comprehending various stereotypes related to disabilities and disabled persons in the society by evaluating their social relations and their daily life interactions. [Expected enrollment: 20]

SPAN426 Literature and Film of the Spanish Civil War, spring 2018
Nelson Danilo Leon,, Earlham College
This course explores, describes, and analyzes one of the most important historical and cultural events of the 20th century: the Spanish Civil War. The history of the Spanish Civil War is complex and fascinating. We seek to understand what happened, why it happened and its consequences by employing literary and cinematographic works. While watching the movies or reading the books and articles, please do not only focus on the history of the this war, but also on issues such as social classes, gender, cultural repression and censorship. Films and readings will be available in English and Spanish. [Expected enrollment: 12]

WRI 101 Introduction to Freshmen Composition, spring 2018
This course focuses on developing effective written communication ability, reading and critical thinking skills; and analysis in several major forms of writing.The emphasis in WRI 101 is placed primarily on planning, outlining, writing and revising essays. Stress is placed upon exposition and argumentation; and emphasis is also given to grammar, sentence structure, organization, and diction. [Expected enrollment: 20-24 per class for 7 sections.]

Bio 231: Biology of Microorganisms, spring 2018
Vicki Isola,, Hope College
This course is designed for pre-health professional students. A study of selected bacteria, viruses and parasites with an emphasis on host-microbe interactions and microorganisms implicated in human disease. Three 1-hour lectures and two 2-hour laboratories per week. [Expected enrollment: 75]



Language instruction offers an excellent opportunity for a Globally Connected Course. The longest running course connection has been between German courses at the American University in Bulgaria and Denison University. German is not the native language for students on either campus, so they have the same sets of challenges. Since language courses are sequenced, there is also the opportunity for students to have several connected courses together and to get to know each other.

School German French Spanish Arabic Japanese Chinese English Latin Italian Russian
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane X X X X    
Albion College X X X X
Allegheny College X X X X X X    
American College of Greece X X X X  
American University in Bulgaria X X X              
American University in Cairo X X
American University of Beirut                    
American Univesity of Nigeria X X X    
American University of Paris   X 
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Antioch College X X X        
Ashesi University College   X         X      
Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts X      
Denison University X X X X X X        
DePauw University X X X X X X X X
Earlham College X X X X X X X      
Effat University X X          
FLAME University X X X   X          
Forman Christian College                    
Franklin University Switzerland X X X  
Hope College X X X X X X    X    X
International Christian University X X X X X X X   X X
John Cabot University                    
Kalamazoo College X X X X X X   X    
Kenyon College X X   X X  X  X   X  X X  X 
Lingnan College   X X   X X      
Oberlin College X X X X X X X X X
Ohio Wesleyan University X X X X X X X X X  
Wabash College X X X X X X  
The College of Wooster X X
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