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Course Possibilities for 2019-20

The faculty members teaching the courses listed below would like to offer their course as a Globally Connected Course in the 2019-20 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 Fall 2019

ENTP 353 - Launching Entrepreneurial Ventures, Fall 2019
Muhammad Khan,, Effat University
This course helps students mock or actually start-up (where the valid business ideas are available). A dedicated website developed as a result of research in hackathons and ideation camps helps build the startup "Strategy" based on "Context" and calculates "Financial and Economic" impact automatically. The result is first ever one page "Startup Strategy frame" a registered business model design. The website takes the startups through design thinking and develops the detailed plans. Have a look at Lectures and practical assistance is provided throughout. [Expected enrollment: 13-15]

PSC3311 Politics in the Global South, Fall 2019
Zaynab El Bernoussi,, Al Akhawayn University
This course explores the concept and dynamics of "development" through a consideration of a range of concrete problems that have assumed primacy in the Global South today. Whether referred to as the "Third World," or other variants such as the "Developing World," the "G-77," the "Non-Aligned Movement" or the "Post-colonial World" a certain unity has long been assumed for the multitude of countries ranging from Central and South America, across Africa to much of Asia. Is it valid to speak of a Global South? The course begins by examining the concept of the "Third World and its political ramifications, and moves on to engage the rise of Third World internationalism and the phenomena of political violence and revolution in the Third World. Issues discussed will include ethnic conflict and displacement; poverty and inequality; foreign aid and neoliberal globalization; humanitarian intervention; urbanization and environmental destruction; and civil society and democratization. [Expected enrollment: 30]

Earlham Seminar 150: Transnational feminist literature, Fall 2019
Kari Kalve,, Earlham
We will read transnational feminist literature and theory, including the local and the international in the "trans" of transnational. It would be great to connect to a class in a different part of the world and compare the local and the students' ideas about feminism. [Expected enrollment: 16]

PSYC 362: Cross-Cultural Psychology, Fall 2019
Beth Mechlin,, Earlham College
An individual's culture greatly influences the environment in which s/he is raised. A variety of aspects of one's life are related to culture including religion, family structure, socioeconomic status, history, geographic location, political conditions, access to resources, and climate. This course will focus on how culture can affect the way people think, feel, and behave. [Expected enrollment: 20]

Transnational Feminisms 306, Fall 2019
Dalia Gomaa,, Denison University, Fall 2019
The course discusses and analyzes feminist writings from different cultures and societies: Middle East and North Africa, the Arab region, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the United States. It raises and addresses questions about the pitfalls of a universal notion of sisterhood, the necessity of contextualizing feminism, sharing feminist concerns across geographical and national boundaries, as well as the interlocking relationship between gender, patriarchy, neoliberalism, and imperialism/colonialism. Readings for the course problematize sisterhood as a core principle that has the potential of bringing women together. The course focuses on key issues such as mainstream feminism vs. third world feminism; feminism and Islam; intersections of patriarchy and colonialism; feminization of transnational labor, and expressions of feminisms in different socio-economic-historical contexts. [Expected enrollment: 18]

DS 251: Children, families, and the welfare state: Perspectives on family policy and childhood from the US and Finland (service learning) , Fall 2019
Gina Dow,, Denison University, Fall 2019
A primary learning goal for this course will be to discover and analyze how cultural beliefs and expectations affect family policy, and how these policies affect children and families, as well as (recursively) the larger society, with a particular focus on poverty and social inequality. The course includes critical analyses of the conception of the modern welfare state (as relevant to family policy), and the concept of the family, as each exist in Finland and in the US; we also will analyze how these concepts reflect each society's respective historical and cultural influences. As we do so, we will learn about child development within the context of the family, and how diverse policy priorities may be associated with particular child outcomes. Service learning also will be incorporated into the course to enhance and contextualize student learning. [Expected enrollment: 16]

Operations and Project Management BUSN 360, Fall 2019
Syed Shoaib Nazir,, Forman Christian College University, Fall 2019
This course provides students with the concepts, techniques and tools to devise, investigate, and enhance primary operational capabilities, and apply them to make strategies. It equips the students to make decision by learning to analyze and improve business processes in services and goods. Topics include, global operations management, project management techniques, design of goods and services, management of quality, process selections, location and layout strategies and supply chain management. [Expected enrollment: 40]

Oral Histories of the Urban Poor, Fall 2019
Ravikant Kisana,, Flame University, Fall 2019
The 'city', especially in the developing world, has emerged as a site for projecting futurisms and performing modernity. The state and capital alike offer technocratic visions of automation and sanitized cosmopolitanism as the face of the 'city of tomorrow'. However, in praxis, the city as emerged as a contested ground wherein large communities of dispossessed poor live. They are simultaneously essential to the city's economy and undesirable in its imagination. The lives and identities of the urban poor get marginalized and often reduced to simply the very basic social security identification documents. This course, will attempt to bring out stories of the urban poor and contextualize them as beings of agency and imagination within the city space. Students will be trained in the methods of oral history and will participate in fieldwork. The course will also cover debates and theories around documentation and dissemination strategies for the collected oral histories, and the implications thereof. [Expected enrollment: 20]

JRLM 207 Broadcast Journalism, Fall 2019
Mochish KS ,, FLAME University, Pune, India , Fall 2019
This course is designed for the study and practice of the basic elements of broadcast journalism and video production. The course will emphasize on news-gathering, writing, video recording, editing, and the study of mass media. Students will develop practical skills necessary to craft television and video journalism. Students work in collaborative teams to produce projects using cameras, while learning the basics of studio and field production. [Expected enrollment: 20]

BUS 105: Exploring Business, Fall 2019
Matt Vollrath,, Ohio Wesleyan University, Fall 2019
A study of the role of business in society, methods of business operation, and business functions. Topics covered include the business environment, the global nature of business, entrepreneurship, general and human resource management, marketing, accounting, and finance, and their inter-relationships from an overall and integrated business perspective [Expected enrollment: 30]

LIT 0238 Latin American Short Story, Fall 2019
Alejandra Zambrano,, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Fall 2019
This class pays special attention to: A) the study of Latin American literature through the analysis of contemporary short stories; B) the understanding of the formal structure of short- stories and their film adaptations; C) the individual and collective creative writing process; and D) the transformational power of cinematic storytelling. Culture can be understood as an artistic, individual rapture as well as a collective practice. Literature and film can be conceived as vehicles of social change. With these ideas in mind, students enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to critically reflect on literature and film while contributing to the advancement of underserved youth in Ecuador. The objectives of this course are twofold. First, students will study literary adaptation for film and the special structural attributes of the short film and the short story. Second, students will have the opportunity to adapt a short story of their preference and participate in a program of artistic intervention in Ecuador. In order to accomplish these purposes, students will analyze various contemporary Latin American short stories during the first half of the semester. Then, the class will watch and discuss film versions of Latin American short stories. The class will cover the following topics: character development, setting, form, and structure in both short stories and film adaptations. Students will be graded individually on participation as well as on two adaptation exercises assigned throughout the semester. Students will also be graded as a group for the presentation of a filmable adaptation. The class will be divided in groups of three students. Each group is responsible for a 5-minute adaptation of a short story. Each group will make copies available to the rest of the class before their final presentation at the end of the semester. Local high-school students will later produce these adaptations during the winter break. [Expected enrollment: 25]

LIT 2604 Children's Literature, Fall 2019
Alejandra Zambrano,, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Fall 2019
The main objective of the course is to introduce students to the vast conceptual and interdisciplinary overview of the so-called Children's Studies, an area that includes Social History, Literary Criticism, Psychoanalysis, Folklore, Developmental Psychology, Aesthetics, Laws and of course, Pedagogy. The goal is to examine the different scenarios where the concern for children is installed, and pay particular attention to two discursive fields: literature and instruction. The course offers five topics or different approaches: the history of childhood, history of children's literature in the oral tradition, history of the printed children's literature, Spanish American tradition, and gender, education, and pedagogy. The course aims to examine various cultural traditions and schools of interpretation while proposing a significant sample of canonical texts for discussion. [Expected enrollment: 25]

PAS 0102E Service-Learning, Fall 2019
Karla Diaz,, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Fall 2019
The Service Learning course combines a theoretical learning component with service hours in order for the student to acquire an integral learning experience about Ecuador's social reality. Through readings, reflections, discussions and various activities, students can reflect on different topics, develop leadership skills, civic awareness, tolerance and respect. The eight topics covered in this class include: Strength's Perspective, Human Groups, Poverty situation in Ecuador, Education system in Ecuador, Health situation in Ecuador, Human Rights, Discrimination and Gender issues in Ecuador. [Expected enrollment: 25]

MCOM 402 A Theoretical Introduction to TV, FALL 2019
Adeel Ahmad Aamir,, Forman Christian College University
This course is the combination of both theory and practice. What is television today? How have representations of gender, race and class changed due to television's transformation from a single-channel mass medium to a multi-channel niche-oriented medium? We will be addressing such key tele-visual questions along with the technical learning of the production phases for TV programs. Students will learn all kind of camera shots, movements, production rules and editing techniques through different practical demonstrations and projects. At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Know the essential production phases;
  • Know the jargon of the TV production,;
  • Plan different TV programs;
  • Research, implement and execute their ideas

[Expected enrollment: 40]

MCOM 301 Media Ethics and Law , Fall 2019
Adeel Ahmad Aamir,, Forman Christian College , Fall 2019
This course will provide conceptual knowledge of Ethics and Laws for the media practices. It will equip the students with the required background to work in accordance to media regulations. It will not only include the media laws and regulations but will also delve into the issues which must be regulated by now. Students will study the real life case studies and situations faced by media professionals while deciding what is right and wrong in this field. In this way students will be able to take ethical decisions in their professional careers. This course is aimed at media literacy and developing the critical thinking among students so they can not only create the media texts and products with responsibility but also access, analyze and evaluate them. At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Know the essential media laws in Pakistan
  • Know the code of ethics defined by Press Council and other regulating bodies
  • Develop opinion about ethical issues faced by professionals
  • Know the defenses open to a journalist in the event of litigation
  • Differentiate between media laws and ethics and understand their purpose in society, politics, economy
  • Understand why the media must be regulated
  • Know the canons of journalism
  • Become active audience through media literacy
  • Be acquainted with some ethical case studies in Pakistan

[Expected enrollment: 40]

CHEM-270/Thermodynamics and Equilibrium , Fall 2019
Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh,, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore
Chemical Thermodynamics: Second and third laws of thermodynamics, concept of entropy, Helmholtz and Gibbs Energy functions, Spontaneity and equilibrium, chemical potential, system of variable composition, interrelationship of thermodynamic functions. Phase equilibrium: Clapeyron equation, solid-liquid, liquid-gas, solid-gas equilibria, Phase diagrams, Phase rule. Solutions: Ideal and non-ideal solutions, Raoult's law, Colligative properties, Osmotic pressure, depression of freezing point, elevation of boiling point. [Expected enrollment: 15]

CHEM 170: Introductory Physical Chemistry, Fall 2019
Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh,, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore
Physical states of matter: structure and physical properties of gases, liquids, and solids, Bragg's Law, intermolecular forces. Kinetic Theory of Gases: deviation from ideal behavior, Van der Waals equation, distribution of velocities, Boltzmann Distribution Law. Chemical Kinetics: rate of reaction, reaction velocity, rate laws, integrated rate law, half life of reaction, determination of order of reaction. Chemical Thermodynamics: First Law of Thermodynamics and Thermochemistry. Quantum Chemistry: development of quantum theory, wave mechanics, Schrodinger equation, wave function. [Expected enrollment: 15]

ME 431 - Fluid Mechanics and Applications, Fall 2019
Heather Beem,, Ashesi University
How can we model and analyze problems involving fluids? We will discuss theories and principles of fluid dynamics and statics using engineering applications as examples. Students will learn various analytical approaches to model and solve basic fluid problems. They will experimentally solve problems during the labs, and they will learn to design to a first-order, fluid systems like pipes, pumps, and turbines. [Expected enrollment: 40]


Courses for Spring 2020

Design Innovation for impact, Spring 2020
Dr. Albert Ko,, Lingnan University
The course will take a deep dive into understanding community challenges. Hands on workshops with various theoretical and practical methods like design thinking and Lego serious play will be used to develop potential solutions. The course will take up one community challenge which groups of students will work towards understanding and by the end of the course would have gone through one iteration of ideation, prototyping and testing the solution. The challenge will involve community partners as co-designers of the solution. The solutions can take one of the various forms; behavioral change, product, mobile application, policy proposal, service, innovation of process, etc. [Expected enrollment: 25]

Humanitarian technology for Sustainable Development Goals, Spring and Fall 2020
Dr. Albert Ko ,, Lingnan University
Most challenges faced by communities today can be solved with technology which is mature and easy to use. Taking this line, students will get a deep understanding of how relatively inexpensive and mature technology like Arduino, solar power, 3D printing and others can pave the way to providing a technological tool kit for students. This can empower the students to take up challenges locally and internationally providing them with confidence to pursue career prospects in the fast-evolving technology and social landscape. An overview of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to aid students to achieve a deeper understanding of global challenges at the macro-level. This will be complemented with specifically designed challenges at the community level to help the students grasp the gravity of how simple technology can change the world we live in. [Expected enrollment: 25]

Orality, performance, and indigenous resistance, Spring 2020
Antonia Carcelen-Estrada, , Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Fall 2019
This course explores how indigenous memory passes down from one generation to another by means of orality to contest a national memroy of the past that is exclusive and violent. While history advances meanings and practices central to the colonial matrix of power, people "without history" contest such cultural hegemony by proposing alternative meanings and practices with the hope of redefining social power in and through their own textual and artistic practices. Encoding knowledge against the grain of the imposition of a national (white or mestizo) cultural hegemony requires an appropriation of the public sphere and a reorganization of collective memory through a performance that can transmit memory otherwise. [Expected enrollment: 25]

GLAXXXX Global Business and Management, 2019-20 second semester
Paul Whitla,, Lingnan University
This course examines the changing world of international business and the impact that globalization has had on the amount and the nature of international trade and investment. It also considers the impact of continuing globalization on the growth strategies of multinational corporations and how they conduct their international business activities.

  • Part one defines globalization, describes its drivers, and debates its merits and drawbacks.
  • Part two focuses on national differences in culture and ethics and the implications of these differences for ethical decision making in international business.
  • Part three presents a review of international trade theories and describes the trade and investment environment in which international business occurs.
  • Part four examines alternative market entry strategies that businesses adopt and the strategic choices available for international competition.
  • Part five examines the functional activities of multinational companies

[Expected enrollment: 25-30]

Solving community problems through media and art, Spring 2020
Cristina Castrillon,, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
"Solving community problems through media and art" seeks to make students become managers of communication projects that have a positive impact on society through innovative solutions to real problems within social-urban contexts. The workshop is an open learning space in which students plan and develop projects of community interest. The workshop addresses a specific driver theme throughout the semester could be power abuse, gender, immigration, political corruption, people manners, cultural aspects, etc, the topics vary and can be shaped to mutual needs. The students are organized in groups and develop the projects throughout different tasks that includes research, fund rising, media approach, legal advisory, activation in a public place. Finally, the whole class choose one project with the highest level of incidence and all of them contribute to the creation of a creative final project with possible solution proposals.[Expected enrollment: 20]

ECON 200-level Globalization and the Economy, Spring 2020
Allison Roehling,, DePauw University
This course will enhance student understanding of how the organization of the global economy and global economic integration has affected developed and developing economies. We will study global organizations (such as the World Bank, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, and regional banks) from an economist's perspective, answering questions such as: what is their purpose?; what structural relationships do they impose on countries?: what are their pros/cons/limitations? We will also critically consider the implications of economic integration -- international trade, migration, and capital movements -- in developed and developing economies on economic growth and economic well-being. [Expected enrollment: 25]

CIV 111 Women & Gender in Africa , Spring 2020
Jennifer Lofkrantz,, American University in Nigeria
This course will explore gender and the history of women in Africa in a cross-cultural perspective. We will examine the depiction of women by historians and in popular culture. We will analyse and discuss how contemporary historians, anthropologists and other academics have viewed women’s roles with regards to such topics as power, religion, slavery, marriage, sex, and love. Specific themes include constructions of gender, LGBTQI rights, sexuality, reproduction, the household, women's economic activity, political power, religious roles, colonialism, and democracy. [Expected enrollment: 20]

HUM 2311 Indigenous Futurism, Spring 2020
Keino Campbell, Esq.,, International University of Grand Bassam
This interdisciplinary course examines how the future is thought and imagined in Indigenous cultures, including African, Chinese, and Native American. Science Fiction and the Futures industry are promoted through Westernized binoculars. This is limiting, but Indigenous-Futurism, like Afrofuturism, allows us to look at the world through an unfamiliar cultural lens which enables us to project alternative futures and then chart present possibilities within an indigenous context. This is done by futuristically viewing Indigenous religion, culture, history, mythology, cosmology, and science fiction as expressed in indigenous-centered literature, film, art, architecture, and music. Students participating become innovative, free-thinkers in the present. [Expected enrollment: 30 Students]

BUSA 423 International Finance, Spring 2020
Esther Laryea,, Ashesi University
The course aims at providing students with a basic understanding of the international financial market, and multinational finance and investment. This course extends the basic principles of corporate finance to dimensions peculiar to global financial markets and multinational corporations. It is designed to cover areas of international finance such as the international financial markets, international parity conditions, foreign exchange determination and quotations, derivative securities for currency risk management, and management of the risk of multinational operations. Thus, beside the discussion of issues of corporate finance such as working capital management, capital budgeting, risk and returns, and cost of capital from the perspective of multinational enterprises, additional issues such as international monetary system, currency derivatives, exchange rate changes and regimes, and political risk are also covered. [Expected enrollment: 25]

Economics of Development, Spring 2020
Galina An,, Kenyon College, Spring 2020
Students examine the economic conditions and problems of developing economies, exploring alternative theories of economic development and strategies for achieving development goals. Specific topics include the meaning of development; historical and theoretical perspectives; income distribution; agriculture, population and human resources; industrialization, employment and technology; urbanization and migration; foreign trade, investment and aid; and government planning. Prerequisite: ECON 101 and 102. [Expected enrollment: 25]

Orality, performance, and indigenous resistance, Spring 2020
Antonia Carcelen-Estrada, , Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Spring 2020
This course explores how indigenous memory passes down from one generation to another by means of orality to contest a national memroy of the past that is exclusive and violent. While history advances meanings and practices central to the colonial matrix of power, people "without history" contest such cultural hegemony by proposing alternative meanings and practices with the hope of redefining social power in and through their own textual and artistic practices. Encoding knowledge against the grain of the imposition of a national (white or mestizo) cultural hegemony requires an appropriation of the public sphere and a reorganization of collective memory through a performance that can transmit memory otherwise. [Expected enrollment: 25]

ENGL 131: Text and Meaning, Second Semester 2020 (Spring 2020)
Kaneisha Gaston Arhin,, Ashesi University, Spring 2020
The course takes a fresh approach to the study of literary and critical theory, integrating critical thinking into class activities to increase students' very ability to learn and question. It is designed to teach students critical thinking skills and how to pose questions, propose hypotheses, gather and analyze data, and make arguments. In order to accomplish this, the term "text" is used in its broadest possible sense and includes literature, newspapers, magazines, speeches, advertising, websites, blogs, film, music and documentaries. Put simply, Text and Meaning encourages students to do their own intellectual fishing, instead of waiting to be served. [Expected enrollment: 50]


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.

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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   X     
DePauw University X X X X X X X X  X
Earlham College X X X X X X X  X    
Effat University C X          
FLAME University X X X   X          
Forman Christian College X X                
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               X     
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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