The faculty members teaching the courses listed below would like to offer their course as a Globally Connected Course in the 2021-22 academic year and are looking for a course partner from an Alliance institution. If you are interested, please contact the instructor to explore connecting their course to a course you teach. Visit the Global Course Connections page for information on how to submit a course description and how to submit a connection proposal.
Courses looking for a match for fall 2021 are no longer available. Please consider proposing a course for spring or fall 2022.
ARTS400 – The Social Turn: Art and Social Engagement
Sobia Zaidi, [email protected], Forman Christian College
Social turn was first used in 2006 to describe the recent return to socially engaged art that is collaborative, often participatory and involves people as the medium or material of the work. The course is an artistic exploration of socially engaged art through practice and theory. This course will include the key critical and disciplinary debates in order to understand art which involves people and communities in debates, collaboration, or social interaction. The students will understand the meaning of collaboration as well as the significance of participation of communities in making art and how it guides the creative process. They will look at the development art and its discourses critically. Students will also understand practice through engagement by collaborating with communities and designing research backed art projects. One of the aims of this course is to investigate the conception, process and materialization of art within society and its impact on society. Students will be engaged in debates concerning ethics of public interventions and creative collaboration and in some cases its discontents. [Expected enrollment: 20]
English 234: Mental Health: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Ernest Cole, [email protected], Hope College
This course focuses on mental health narratives and the cultural representations of mental illness in selected African novels. It traces the historical perspectives, cultural connections and belief systems associated with mental health in the literature of former British colonies in Africa and others with cultural connections to the Middle East in order to address stereotypes, trauma, exclusion and isolation, and stigmatization associated with the mentally ill. The proposal draws from the literature of Sub-Saharan Africa to explore the inequities, social disparities, and trauma of mental health along four constructs of disorders: character disorders, including anxiety disorders and phobias; mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder and mood swings; post-traumatic stress disorder; and psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia. [Expected enrollment: 25]
PSY402 Advanced Topics in Psychology: Narrative, Identity, and Transformation
Felix Diaz, [email protected], American University in Bulgaria
This course focuses on narrative, identity, and life transitions, relying on social theory, qualitative research and oral history. It involves students in applied research, including fieldwork, interviewing, transcription, case analysis and comparative analysis. Students will focus on cases illustrating one of four vital problematics: displacement/migration, ethnic/national identity, sexual orientation, and/or parenthood. The course activities include selecting an interviewee, passing and transcribing an interview, analyzing it and contributing to comparative analysis in small groups. The assessment system is based on practical, applied and research tasks, including peer interaction across the two connected courses. [Expected enrollment: 10-15 students]
Core 1099 Entrepreneurial Leadership and Critical Global Issues
Nellie El Enany , [email protected], The American University in Cairo
The world is facing unprecedented critical issues including poverty, government accountability and corruption, income inequality, climate change, unemployment and migration and more recently the Covid-19 global pandemic. This course will take a close look at global issues through an experiential entrepreneurial and leadership lens, developing your ability to think strategically and systematically about different scenarios, and how to unpick them innovatively, creatively and courageously. Through hands-on experience applications, exposure to entrepreneurs and key figures from business and society, analysing in-depth current topics and key theory as a critical reader and writer, this course aims to develop students into future entrepreneurial leaders and changemakers. [Expected enrollment: 20]
BADM 3003 Business Environment and Ethics
Nellie El Enany, [email protected], The American University in Cairo
This course offers various perspectives on the business environment and the ethical issues facing organizations face. It also discusses organizational responses to environmental and ethical issues, the social responsibility of organizations and societal challenges. [Expected enrollment: 20 per class]
BUSA 423 – International Finance
Esther Laryea, [email protected], 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: 20-30]
BUSA 454 Africa and the Oil Industry
Stephen Armah, [email protected], Ashesi University
This course will introduce students to the history of the global oil industry, the emergence of the oil industry in Africa, how colonization influenced the process, the economic and environmental ramification of Africa’s dependence on oil despite environmental and sustainability-related concerns, and the link of the oil industry to corruption and development in Africa. The recent Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) revolution in the in the USA and developed countries led by Elon Musk’s Tesla that has dampened the demand for oil in developed countries but is largely absent in Sub-Saharan Africa is a dichotomy in the oil industry whose consequences for Africa a a major exporter and consume of oil will also be explored [Expected enrollment: 30]
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.