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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


September 5, 2001

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, x4521,

ACTION: Approval of the Global Awareness Checklist


The proposed Global Awareness Checklist that will govern which courses will be given the designation of "G" to signify those courses have sufficient content to reach the objectives set by the Information Literacy and Global Awareness subcommittee of AAC is ready for your perusal. The Global Awareness Philosophy, as adopted by the Senate, and the proposed checklist are given here.



Checklist for Global Awareness Courses:


Course Prefix & number_________________________________________________________________

Course Title______________________________________________________________

A global course is one that focuses on global issues and awareness and the global content should be substantial. Once a course is approved as a global course, it will remain a global course until its content is changed.

Course description from catalog:___________________________________________




  1. Any offering of this course must include at least one of the following checked items of global and international content, although those included may vary by offering. Please check all those that apply to this course:

    _____ different belief systems / religions from other nations

    _____ global issues from multiple perspectives

    _____ environmental issues with global effects

    _____ different economic systems

    _____ gender roles in different nations

    _____ role of race in a different culture

    _____ role of class in different nations

    _____ scientific issues with global impact

    ____ interview / discussion with people from different nations / cultures

    ____ attendance at campus events focusing on global experience / issues

    ____ history of another nation or region of the world

    ____ political structures of other nations

    _____ different languages and cultures from other nations

    other _________________________________________________________________

  2. Any offering of this course will use at least one of the following checked items to expose students to global awareness, although those used many vary by offering. Please check all those that apply to this course:

    ____ ethnographies

    ____ music / dance

    ____ literature

    ____ journal article s

    ____ internet searches

    ____ films / videos

    ____ documentaries

    ____ visual arts

    ____ guest lectures

    ____ class interaction with people from different nations

    ____ role playing

    ____ class lectures / class discussion

    other ____________________________________________________________

  3. How frequently will students be exposed to global awareness experiences?

    _____ daily
    _____ weekly

    other ____________________________________________________________

  4. Evaluation methods: how does this course measure a studentís awareness of the issues presented in the course? Check all that may apply.

    _____ research papers

    _____ portfolios

    _____ class discussions

    _____ class presentations

    _____ letter grade

    _____ checklists

    _____ performances

    _____ student-teacher conference

    _____ research reports

    _____ questioning, oral reading

    other: (please describe) _________________________________________________________________


  5. A consideration of the global awareness experience makes up approximately what percentage of the overall grade?

  6. Please attach the following item, which should clearly indicate to the student how global awareness experiences will affect his or her grade in the course and should also clearly indicate the global focus of the course.

    _____ A current (within the last four years) syllabus or a proposed syllabus for new, experimental, or special topics courses.


When you complete the checklist, please make a copy for your files and mail the original to Ann Mabe in 207 Pinecrest. Also, if you have any questions, please contact Ann at ext. 4482, or email her at, or contact any member of the IG Task Force Committee: Karen Guenther, Brad Holtman, Clarence Lienhard, Matt Syrett, or Robert Timko.




Mansfield University's Global Awareness Program
(G Courses)


Global awareness opens doors into varied cultures and furthers an understanding of our complex world. It considers the perspectives of peoples from cultures and circumstances other than one's own and major challenges facing humankind requiring global cooperation, while also recognizing the phenomena which engender continued conflict and competition in and increasingly interdependent world.



G courses involve student in experiences in global awareness, for many of which the professor has an interactive role. These global awareness experiences include, but are not limited to, the study of the following: different belief systems from other nations, global issues from multiple perspectives, nationalism, different languages and cultures from other nations, different economic systems, roles of women and men in different nations, role of race in different nations, role of class in different nations, role of religion in different nations and its impact across the globe, environmental issues with global effects, and scientific issues with global impact. While not necessary, it is quite natural that these global awareness experiences be compared and contrasted with the appropriate United States experience.


Global awareness experiences are integrated into the course in such a way so that the students have multiple exposures to them and these are clearly reflected in the syllabus.


A student's mastery of the experiences of global awareness in a particular G course is taken into consideration when arriving at the course grade.



At the conclusion of a G course students will be able to do at least one of the following:


Identify major global issues


Examine global issues from multiple perspectives.


Examine the concepts of power, gender, race and class intra-and inter-culturally.


Compare and contrast their own beliefs and attitudes with those of other national, cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, and religious groups.


Discuss economic, environmental, and scientific issues with global effects and impacts.


Demonstrate appropriate skill levels in a non-English language; also demonstrate some familiarity with the geography of countries where the language is used with the culture(s) for which the language is the essential vehicle.







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