Global Learning Program

Continuing Global Learning Experiences

Continuing Global Learning Experiences are special sections of general education courses offered each spring that are designed to engage students in reflecting on what it means to be a global citizen while providing international perspectives on the subject matter. They are open to all students and include both 1000 and 2000 level courses. Enrollment is limited to 22 students per section.  These Global Learning sections are designated by "GL" as part of the section number.

Global Learning Experiences Courses for Spring 2011

AL 1000 AGL Language Awareness

In this class, we discuss language as a tool for communication and explore the different ways language is used by real people for real purposes in diverse social contexts. We look at language acquisition and the lexical and grammatical systems of language. Students will use basic analytical tools in exploring topics such as gender dynamics in conversation, persuasive language, register and genre in written discourse, and language and social identity. The course also introduces students to the unique linguistic community of Hawai‘i, as well as the role of English in the world, including global varieties of English. Assignments will include student-centered, inquiry-oriented activities aimed at developing students’ metapragmatic and critical awareness about language, including how it functions and what role it plays in people’s lives.

CRN 2508 MWF 8:35- 9:30 Brian Rugen (World Cultures B)


AL 2000 BGL Introduction to Linguistics

An introduction to the analytical study of language. We investigate the nature of language and survey the subfields of linguistics including morphology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, and first and second language acquisition. Personal, national, and global affairs often involve complex issues related to language. In many countries, native speakers of one language may have easy access to education and power while their neighbors who speak a minority language may struggle for similar access. Migration may lead to language change as speakers lose contact with each other or as they come into contact with speakers of other languages. The study of language issues in everyday life is the domain of applied linguistics (AL), and in this course we use the tools of linguistic analysis to see how applied linguists study a variety of linguistic phenomena from syntax to semantics to slang to sociolinguistics. In this particular section of AL 2000, we will extend our learning outside the classroom by investigating the extinction and near-extinction of minority languages, using films and various exchanges with the Language Documentation and Preservation Center on the UH-M campus.

CRN 1567 MWF 0940-1035 Edward Klein (World Cultures C)



ANTH 2000 AGL Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humans. Cultural anthropology explores the vast and dynamic cultural diversity within and between human groups. Learning about others and trying to understand the way they perceive, relate, act and interact in the world helps develop understanding about our society and ourselves. Cultural anthropology uses ethnography or participant-observation to conduct and analyze research data. Students will be introduced to this methodology and practice skills such as rapport building, active listening, effective interviewing, and cultural sensitivity.  The course utilizes community involvement, field trips, films, group work, and class discussions to integrate literature with personal experience. Though this engaged scholarship students enlarge their critical writing and thinking skills while fostering awareness of global citizenship, cultural diversity, and social responsibility.

CRN 1380 TR 12:30-13:55 Topher Erickson (World Cultures B)



 ANTH 2000 DGL Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Sometimes it is difficult to understand human behavior, although we know that behavior implies something about who we are and the cultures we grow up in.  Anthropologists study societies, either our own or others, with a humanistic interest in cultures and customs that we hope will ultimately lead to a greater appreciation and acceptance of the diversity of human societies. In this course we will explore how the complex interplay between historical impacts, cultural creativity and material constraint shapes society and, as a result, individual interactions.  Anthropological thought provides a way to understand the wider contexts within which people and their history are situated.  Responsible anthropology creates opportunities for anthropologists to participate in developing relationships in local communities with those who have, in the past, been considered ‘objects of study.’  Such opportunities allow us, ultimately, to know ourselves better and to contribute to making the world a better place to live. Through guest speakers, group exercises, field trips and class discussion, students in this course will be expected to understand, discuss, and write about how cultural diversity has shaped how we see the world today.

CRN 2242 R 17:15-20:10 Lynette Cruz (World Cultures B)



 BIOL 1000 AGL and BGL Introductory Biology

The course includes topics such as cellular structure and function, metabolism, mitosis and meiosis, protein synthesis, evolution, animal diversity, anatomy and physiology, ecology, and conservation biology. It also focuses on a variety of ways for students to become more responsible members of their local and global communities. It lays a strong foundation for students to examine and research their options to make healthier ethical and sustainable choices in their everyday lives; from what products they purchase to what they consume on a daily basis. Students will investigate their individual ecological footprints on their natural environment and resources as well as explore new biotechnology and advances in science. Throughout the semester students will view & discuss online and other current biology related media, participate in class activities (in and outside of the classroom), and have many opportunities for expanding their knowledge in science by attending Viewpoint Films, completing a research project and summarizing current articles in science.

CRN 1097 and 1098 MWF 9:40-10:35 and 8:35-9:30 Angela Costanzo (Global Systems A) 

CSCI 1041 AGL, BGL, and CGL Digital Literacy in a Global Society

This course gives students tools to be active participants in today’s global culture of digital literacy.  Students acquire technology skills to create digital products such as spreadsheets, presentations, and podcasts; analytical skills to understand, organize, and analyze numeric and graphic data; communication skills to convey information in a context appropriate to the receiving audience; and knowledge of international standards and treaties that govern rights and responsibilities in creating and disseminating original works.  The course is presented in a global context with local details drawn from a variety of countries and cultures.

CRN 2226, 2227 and 2628 MWF 8:35-9:30, 9:40-10:35, and M 17:15-8:10 Gabriela Artigas (Global Systems C and Digital Literacy Cross-theme Requirement)  



ENG 2000 BGL Introduction to Literature

English 2000 is an introduction to the three major genres of literature: fiction (short stories), drama, and poetry.  Through close readings of the texts, active discussions, and a combination of exploratory and formal writing assignments, students will develop their awareness of authors’ rhetorical and narrative techniques and their own interpretive skills. In this Global Learning section, students will study a culturally diverse selection of literature written in English to explore the theme of borders, both literal and metaphorical.  Geographical, political, cultural, and social borders not only create lines of division and separation—marking inclusion and/or exclusion—they also provide points of meeting or crossings where people can encounter and engage with each other, where exchange and interaction can take place.  Students will consider how the literary texts inform our expressions of individual and group identity and our perceptions of the stranger, the Other.  They will be encouraged to share their views, relating the literature to their own lives and to broaden their perspectives, empathizing with views, cultures different from their own.  The class will attend an arts event in the community.

CRN 2883 MWF 12:55-13:50 Angela Gili (Values and Choices C and Art, Aesthetics and Creativity Cross-Theme Requirement)



HUM 1270 AGL Introduction to Women’s Studies

This course introduces students to ways of thinking about how gender relations shape and are shaped by the economic, political, psychological, cultural, and sexual world around us. We discuss what gender is, and how it is constructed in various cultures and societies. We look at how gender is a basis for social organization and social inequality, how gender hierarchies are central to the structure of institutions like economics, work, and the family, and how gender intersects with race, ethnicity, social class, and sexuality to shape women’s identities in a global context.

CRN 2862 TR 12:30-13:55 Linda Lierheimer (World Cultures B)



 MARS 1500 1GL Marine Biology and Global Oceans

The oceans and atmosphere impact and are impacted by virtually all life on earth and our knowledge of the diversity and consequences of anthropogenic impacts on these systems is growing steadily. This course will provide a foundation of knowledge on marine biological systems and then discuss how the world’s oceans and surrounding environments affect and are affected by people from an economic, cultural, and political perspective. The first half of the course will be delivered in the traditional lecture format and will provide a foundation of knowledge regarding the marine environment and marine biology.  The second half will also include approximately four meetings during which students will make presentations on predetermined topics involving global marine environmental issues.

CRN 2322 TR 12:30-13:55 Eric Vetter (Global Systems B)



MUS 2101 AGL Music in World Culture

This course explores traditional and modern musical cultures from Japan, India, Indonesia, China, Cuba, Brazil, and other ethnic groups throughout the world. While Western musicologists have tended to focus purely on music itself, ethnomusicologists are interested in putting music into a wider cultural context. This course provides various audio/visual resources and hands-on performing experience for students to understand musical cultures from an “insider” point of view. More importantly, students will get the flavor of dancing Japanese court dance “Nasori,” singing South Indian songs in “Raga Shankharabharana,” chanting Balinese “Kecak,” the Monkey Chant, and other performing arts. Fieldwork and a series of workshops by artists from local community groups are held each semester.

CRN 2167 MWF 9:40-10:35 Ju-Hua Wei (World Cultures B and Art, Aesthetics and Creativity Cross-Theme Requirement) 

PSCI 2000 CGL Introduction to Politics

The course is designed to help the student better understand the political world.  It surveys the central analytical concepts of political science that have emerged over decades of research to help explain the realities of the political world in the early 21st century.  The level of analysis ranges from the individual’s political beliefs and actions through the politics of groups, states, and the dynamics of the international political system.

CRN 1517 MWF 8:35-9:30 Rob Vaughan (Values and Choices A) 



PSCI 2500 AGL World Politics

The course is a survey of global politics. It examines trends such as the rise of nationalism, the revival of religion as a political factor, and regionalism and interdependence of the global economy. Contemporary issues of global conflict and cooperation include topics like terrorism, human rights, sustainable development, and foreign trade.  Students will also gain an understanding of many Hawaii-based organizations and government agencies that focus on international affairs.

CRN 1875 TR 12:30-13:55 Carlos Juarez (Values and Choices B)