GE Redesign: Global Perspectives

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Courses in this category examine the historical and cultural foundations of contemporary and past societies by studying enduring and influential literary, political, economic, philosophical, legal, ethical or religious traditions. Courses can examine multiple aspects of a single culture (for example, the literary and philosophical heritage of classical Greece or imperial China) or can trace the develop-ment of a fundamental idea or tradition across multiple cultures.

Learning Objectives

Students finishing a course with this tag will be familiar with intellectual traditions extending back to the Greeks and Romans, as well as the other great intellectual traditions from across the globe. They will understand some of the major ways in which humans relate to the past in their present, such as Platonic conceptions enabling western science or the Chinese and Italian writings that frame modern ideas of warfare, diplomacy, trade and politics.

GE courses that satisfy “Global Perspectives – Traditions and Historical Foundations” requirement:



Courses in this category enhance understanding of citizenship and moral agency within the context of today’s increasingly global society, exploring differences across communities and cultures. Courses can cover a diverse range of issues, such as political, legal, ethical, or cultural aspects of US society in a global context, or the ways in which other societies and cultures construct what it means to be a citizen and a moral agent. Courses in this category can also employ various disciplinary perspectives or methods, such as political, social or economic analyses, moral philosophy and social justice, cultural studies, and critical theory. However, all courses must confront questions of social responsibility and citizenship in the context of political, social, legal, or economic institutions during the present global era.

Learning objectives

  1. Upon completion of the Citizenship in a Global Era tag students should be able to:Identify social, political, economic, and/or cultural forces that bear on human experience in the U.S. and around the world
  2. Identify and critically analyze the causes and/or consequences of the forces listed above
  3. Articulate a definition of globalization/globalism and offer a critical analysis of its impacts on human life in the U.S. and around the world
  4. Articulate a definition of citizenship and offer a critical analysis of its accessibility and importance in both U.S. and Global senses
  5. Offer informed contributions to debates about how to improve the quality of life in the U.S. and around the world

GE courses that satisfy “Global Perspectives – Citizenship in a Global Era” requirement:

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