GRS 290/390/490: GLOBAL ISSUES IN CULTURAL CONTEXT**Course description for 2019/20.**
RationaleThe rationale of this program is to bring GRS students together to form a community of learners for sharing cross-cultural experiences and perspectives on global issues. This course will connect you to your GRS colleagues before they go abroad for their international experience, while they are abroad and after they return to campus. Students are required to take GRS 290, 390 and 490 during the time that you are enrolled in the GRS program. This will ensure that you are part of a GRS community of learners from the time you enter the program until you graduate. You can contribute different questions and different perspectives to the learning process as you develop academically and personally throughout your undergraduate program. In your last year, you can focus on global leadership development as you assist new GRS students in understanding global issues and being effective in their international settings. Whether abroad or on campus, you will interact and share perspectives on-line that will help both groups understand their place in a global world and build skills as global citizens. In addition to on-line participation, you will attend a series of face-to-face classes during the time you are on campus.
- Interact and learn from student colleagues, both in the classroom and on-line.
- Recognize cultural differences and value cultural diversity (academic, agricultural, gender, ethnicity, nationality).
- Identify the different stages of cultural shock and describe alternative approaches for dealing with them.
- Articulate important global issues that relate to agriculture, food, and natural resource systems.
- Describe the interrelationship between global issues, regional issues, local issues, and culture.
- Interpret your area of resource specialization within the context of the global community.