GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP COURSE For Faculty
Date: August 16th, 2023 || Time: 9am - 12pm || Location: BH 420
Overview of Shorelight’s Global Citizenship Course (GCC)
Shorelight’s Global Citizenship Course (GCC) and related workshops are designed to give students and educators opportunities to explore topics related to global competency. The Global Citizenship Course enables students to delve into important global issues, develop empathy and intercultural communication skills, and consider actions they can take to contribute to creating a safe and sustainable world. In addition to shaping students’ journeys, the GCC team has developed a suite of workshops that encourage socio-emotional, cognitive and behavioral engagement in the issues that affect our students, our universities, and the world. These workshops, which are offered to university faculty and RAs and high school students and administrators at home and abroad, have been delivered with great success in 20 U.S. cities and 19 countries across the globe, including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. The GCC was shortlisted for the 2019 PIEoneer Award in the Progressive Education Delivery Award category, which recognizes educators who offer something truly unique and purposeful to a student’s life journey in the 21st century. The course and workshops are also endorsed by University for Peace in Costa Rica, a United Nations Charter school with whom Shorelight partners to create overseas study opportunities.
The GCC is intended to support faculty and staff in effectively instructing and interacting with international students by giving them space to explore topics related to global competency. Through interactive and reflective activities, participants:
Consider their own perspectives and biases that may impact how they present material and facilitate learning in the classroom.
Practice intercultural communication skills that they can use to improve relationships among individuals from diverse socio-economic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.
Practice critical analysis and find commonalities amidst difference.
Engage in socio-emotional learning with the goal of developing an open, reflective attitude toward exploring global issues, which is essential in a multicultural setting.
Global Citizenship Course (GCC) Framework
Learning Objectives (from UNESCO Global Citizenship Education: Topics and Learning Objectives)
- Learners acquire knowledge and understanding of local, national and global issues and the interconnectedness and interdependency of different countries and populations
- Learners develop skills for critical thinking and analysis
- Learners experience a sense of belonging to a common humanity, sharing values and responsibilities, based on human rights
- Learners develop attitudes of empathy, solidarity and respect for differences and diversity
- Learners act effectively and responsibly at local, national and global levels for a more peaceful and sustainable world
- Learners develop motivation and willingness to take necessary actions
In the GCC course, students delve into all three realms – cognitive, socio-emotional, and behavioral – through in-depth analysis of global issues, reflective exploration of diversity and social justice, and a culminating project focusing on positive action.