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Global Studies (GS) Designated Courses

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As part of the Core Curriculum requirements for all undergraduate students at Avila, each student must take a number of "Global Studies" (GS) designated course hours. These courses aim to:

    • Develop globalized student perspectives
    • Engage and interact with cultural diversities
    • Acknowledge and evaluate personal responsibility within a global context
    • Investigate complex solutions to global challenges
    • Examine developments of global organizations and institutions over time
    • Consider relations between local actions and global impacts
    • Explore right relationships with others in our shared global community

Be sure to speak with your advisor about the number of hours you are required to take. Below you can find course titles and descriptions on these GS-designated courses that are offered by faculty across different departments here at Avila University.

BI 115 People & the Environment:

A survey of the environmental sciences that addresses human impacts on the global environment. Students build a strong foundation in ecology. They then apply ecological concepts to contemporary challenges such as human population growth, biodiversity conservation, resource management, food security, climate change, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. The interface between science and other disciplines (e.g., economics, history, ethics) in making policy and management decisions is a central theme of the course. Students consider the importance of advocacy, community leadership, multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural communication for establishing a more sustainable society. The laboratory introduces students to methods of experimental design and quantitative analysis. 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours laboratory per week. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II. 2015 CORE: Belief & Reason, Transform, Global Studies.

ED 287 Multicultural Foundations of Education:

This course will provide an examination of education, including philosophical, historical, and social foundations, teaching as a profession, diversity and multicultural issues in education, critical questions, and other innovations. All levels of schooling are explored, including elementary, middle school, and secondary education. 2015 CORE: Global Studies. FA, SP.

ED 322 Language & Literacy in the Global

This course explores the development of language as the foundation for literacy. It further examines how language and literacy are interrelated, and presents multiple perspectives on the definition of “literacy,” in developing nations and the industrialized world. Cultural, social, and political factors impacting literacy acquisition will be addressed as well as the role of schools as social systems. Strategies for promoting literacy in multiple contexts will be presented. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Transform, Global Studies. FA, SP.

EN 278 Global Literature Perspectives:

Through the lens of literature, this course explores the flows of people and their culture and labor across borders. Each text is examined in terms of its artistic and political dimensions with a focus on identity, gender politics, and historical revision. Rather than discrete nations and single cultures, the course concentrates on movement, hybridity, and multiplicity. In addition to physical movement, the course examines other possessions that move across the borders including information, language, traditions and beliefs, examining ways in which people remember, re-imagine and reshape their sense of self and community. Prerequisite: EN 111. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Acquire, Global Studies. FA, SP.

FI 437 International Finance:

A survey of major issues in international financial management and investments. Topics covered will include: exchange rate determination, spot and forward markets for foreign exchange, the financial management of multinational corporations, and managing the risks inherent in international business. Prerequisite: FI 330.

GG 101 World Geography:

An introductory survey of the major geographical regions of the world. Emphasis on the interaction between humans and their environment and on the contrasts between developed and less developed regions. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Acquire, Global Studies. FA, SP.

HI 201 Ancient History & Culture:

Using culture (i.e., the arts) as the central category of historical analysis, this course is a global history of human experience from ca. 3500 BCE to 1450 CE. In each major unit of the course, students will analyze cultural artifacts to excavate the significance of culture (i.e., the arts) as a reflection of and reaction to the development of power relations (i.e., political, economic, social, or gender hierarchies) and the impact of transnational forces (i.e., global networks of trade, war, ideas, or human migration) in diverse cultures and societies over time in world history. Meets the lower-division requirement for World history in the major. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II. 2015 CORE: Creativity & Culture, Acquire, Global Studies.

HI 202 Modern History & Culture:

Using culture (i.e., the arts) as the central category of historical analysis, this course is a global history of human experience from ca.1450 CE to the present. In each major unit of the course, students will analyze cultural artifacts to excavate the significance of culture (i.e., the arts) as a reflection of and reaction to the development of power relations (i.e., political, economic, social, or gender hierarchies) and the impact of transnational forces (i.e., global networks of trade, war, ideas, or human migration) in diverse cultures and societies over time in world history. Meets the lower-division requirement for World history in the major. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II. 2015 CORE: Creativity & Culture, Acquire, Global Studies.

HI 205 The Great War:

Using visits to the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City as a central focus, this course is a survey of the origins, experiences, historiographical controversies, and legacies of the First World War (1914-1918) in a global context. Meets the lowerdivision requirement for World history in the history major. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Transform, Global Studies.

IS 120 Being Together:

This interdisciplinary course will introduce the student to thinking about what it means to exist together with other human beings in the midst of a ‘global’ world, especially as that concept is navigated by means of gender, racial, class, and other differences. We will consider both the genesis of these categories and also how best to understand them, and we will do so largely by recognizing that they are influenced or determined by other categories, like, for example, power and desire. In this way, the course will consider both the most basic philosophical issues involved in existing with others (recognition, acknowledgment, and inter-subjectivity, as well as their failures) as well as the more specific ways in which we come to relate to and identify ourselves, and each other (gender, race, class, and others). We will conclude the course by exploring issues of justice in light of a global context and of our explorations throughout the semester. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Acquire, Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies.

IS 2XX Crossing Barriers/Bridging Cultures:

IS 201 Intercultural Communication and

This course is an interdisciplinary investigation into culture and education, specifically of the intersection of intercultural communication and the rights and privileges of education, embedded within a cultural immersion experience. Students will examine interpersonal communication, beginning with self and expanding to an intercultural stance, with a particular emphasis on new media and technology. Students will examine the values, beliefs and attitudes of diverse identifiable groups and also study the role that the members of the cultural power structure, specifically majorities, minorities, subcultures and co-cultures, contribute within the larger culture, and the role of and rights to education in those groups. The course will also explore how a culture is influenced by its space, including architecture, landscape, and issues of privacy, time and climate. Within the course students will also learn how nonverbal communication, social relationships, cultural differences and conflict resolution vary considerably from one culture and context to another. Students will be required to reflect, self-report and assess their own intercultural capabilities, through a critical comparative lens focusing on diverse cultures and systems of education. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Acquire, Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies.

IS 3XX Theory and Literature of Suffering

IS 311 Peace Studies:

This course provides an interdisciplinary (religious studies, communication, philosophy, sociology, history, and economics) approach to achieving peace on a personal, local, national and international level. The focus is on developing practical strategies for creating peace and living peacefully in a global society. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II & III. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Contribute, Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies.

IS 314 Environmental Issues:

This course examines issues involved with the relationships between human societies and their environments. The underlying subtext of this course is the interplay of meeting environmental needs while addressing human desires. Among the specific issues are those associated with human population size and organization, biodiversity, resources and their management, cross-cultural perspectives on the environment, and the role of economy and politics in environmental issues. Prerequisite: One natural and one behavioral/social science course. PRE-2015 CORE: Level III. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Transform, Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies.

IS 335 Plagues:

This course is a survey of plagues in western Europe since the postclassical era of world history using the disciplines of biology and history as interpretative guides. The biological origins, modern preventatives, contemporary efforts of disease control, and the social impact of plagues, such as the Black Death (bubonic plague) and AIDS, will be explored in detail. PRE-2015 CORE: Level III

IS 344 Music & Politics:

Musical works representative of folk, popular, and refined art idioms will provide subject matter for analysis and discussion of the following: conceptualizing the distinct nature of music from other art forms and human activities, the role of emotion in music and politics, the political use of music and the musical representation of politics and political action as well as the possibility of music affecting social and political relations. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II & III. 2015 CORE: Creativity & Culture, Contribute, Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies.

IS 355 Cross Cultural Exploration:

In keeping with Avila’s mission to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community, this travel course will examine interactions among people of diverse cultural, language, gender, class, and religious backgrounds in educational and community settings. Students will participate in cultural immersion experiences and service learning projects within another country in the world. They will investigate issues of poverty, educational access, health care access, discrimination and social justice from anthropological, development, educational, geographical, historical, psychological, sociological, religious, and economic perspectives. The course is intended to prompt students to examined and responsible action as citizens of the global community. PRE 2015 CORE: Level III. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Contribute, Interdisciplinary Studies, Civic Engagement, Global Studies.

IS 356 Global Health Concerns:

Global health is increasingly becoming a cross-cutting interdisciplinary field, integrating social, behavioral, and biological sciences. This course provides an opportunity to teach public health principles that illustrate global dependency as a contemporary and enduring real world issue. Core public health topics such as biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health; behavioral health; health policy and administration, maternal and child health ethics will be considered in the context of both American public health as well as global health. PRE-2015 CORE: Level III. 2015 CORE: Explorations of Nature, Contribute, Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies. SU

IS 358 Violence:

A multidisciplinary investigation into acts and relations of social and political violence. This investigation may focus within the following arenas: The social phenomena of violence and power; the extent of its moral justifiability, political legitimacy, and practical efficacy; the reality and responsibilities of perpetrators, victims, and others; and, the place that violence occupies within individual and national identities. An on-site travel component is required. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II & III.

IS 366 Food & Culture:

An introduction to the role of food in society society as a system of intercultural communication with an emphasis on advertising, packaging design, cultural identity, and food symbolism in film and art. Students critically analyze how humans use food, from how it is selected, obtained and distributed to who prepares it, serves it and eats it. As a universal human experience, food serves as a lens to better understand the diversity of the human experience. The course may sometimes be offered as a travel course, which would focus primarily on one individual country and culture. In its non-travel variation, students may visit various local foodrelated sites, i.e., restaurants, farmer’s markets, grocery stores, industrial food producers, or farms. PRE-2015 CORE: Level III. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Transform, Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies. IS 369 Reasoning, History, and Social Implications of Science.

IS 369 Reasoning, History, and Social Implications of Science:

To date, science is the process that has allowed us to reveal the best, most accurate information about the universe. This course provides education and training in scientific thought and reasoning and in the implications for social justice of the methods and discoveries of science. These outcomes will be approached through a connection to the history, culture, and contributions of science, partially gained by visiting locations where important advances in scientific thinking have occurred. The course includes a required travel component (either regional or international). Daily itineraries during travel will include science/history/art museums, church visits, university/city tours, unique city/area visits, lecture/ discussion, travel, and international meals. 2015 CORE: Belief & Reason, Transform, Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies.

KN 295 Motor Behavior:

The purpose of this course is to help participants learn the fundamental processes underlying the learning and performing of all kinds of movements. Participants discover how humans learn skilled actions and how the principles of motor performance and learning can be useful in teaching, coaching, rehabilitation, and the design of performer-friendly equipment and work environments. SP

KN 420 Stress Physiology:

This course examines the effects of chronic stress on various body systems and physiological functions. Attention is given to what it is that makes psychological stress so stressful, and its relevance to depression, anxiety, and addiction. The role of personality differences and influence of socioeconomic status on stress and health are also explored. Prerequisites: Two 300+ level courses in related discipline and 2.5 cumulative GPA. FA.

MU 121 Music: Fingerprints of Culture:

Survey of materials, forms, styles, and contexts to develop a broad understanding of Western classical music. Overview of Western musical styles from the Middle Ages through the 20th Century. This is a Communication Intensive course. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II. FA, SP, SU. NU 484: Population Based Health Concepts.

MK 411 International marketing:

A study of the special problems of businesses in analyzing the environment affecting selection, and development of international markets with respect to the firm’s resources and alternative foreign opportunities. Prerequisite: MK 310. FA.

NU 484 Population Based Health Concepts:

This specialty nursing theory course examines the concepts related to nursing care of aggregates, communities and populations. Pre-licensure prerequisites: NU 466, NU 470, NU 481 and NU 482. RN to BSN students must have advisor approval. SP.

PL/RS 221 Philosophy of Religion:

Classical and contemporary arguments for understanding the existence, nature, and reality of God. We will analyze and evaluate contemporary conceptions of divinity, humanity, and spirit as well as related issues in the philosophy of religion: evil, immortality, relationships between faith and reason, the nature of religious experience and conceptions of the religious subject. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II. 2015 CORE: Belief & Reason, Transform, Global Studies.

PL 338 Social & Political Philosophy:

This course is a critical examination of some major political and social questions, such as (but not limited to): What is the nature and scope of political authority? What (if any) legitimate forms does it take? Can the state be justified? What does it mean to be a political agent? What is the relationship between politics and religion, economics, race, and/or gender? This course challenges students to critically reflect upon our shared political freedoms and obligations, justifications of political authority, the social nature of identities, and our roles as political subjects. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Transform, Global Studies

PL/RS 379 Ethics After Auschwitz:

This course will center around what it means to ‘go on,’ to live, and to exist and act as an ethical agent in a world after Auschwitz,’ i.e., after a century of genocides and mass death. Throughout the course, we will focus on the ways in which 20th century thinkers assessed and responded to a century of mass murder, what they thought it revealed about humanity and society, and especially what it suggests or proposes about our future, as humans. 2015 CORE: Belief & Reason, Contribute, Global Studies.

PY 373 Diversity in the Workplace

RS 117 World Religions:

Both a historical and a critical look at human religious experience through a study of the world’s many religious traditions. Topics include the varieties of religious belief, including those beliefs regarding ideas of the holy and sacred, scriptures, myths, symbols, rituals, and morality. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II. 2015 CORE: Belief & Reason, Acquire, Global Studies.

RS 251 Islam:

Through formative, classical, and contemporary interpretations of Islamic history and religion, this course will analyze diverse Islamic understandings of fundamental doctrines of Islamic faith, the nature of religious experience, the nature of God, and the life and significance of Muhammad. PRE-2015 CORE: Level II. 2015 CORE: Belief & Reason, Transform, Global Studies.

SP 111 Spanish I:

Designed to introduce the student to the study of grammar and vocabulary, aural comprehension, oral ability, and the reading and writing of simple Spanish with the end goal of being able to communicate effectively with Spanish speakers and to understand/develop cultural empathy. This course will focus on language, as well as the many facets of several Hispanic cultures. It will help the student to develop all of his/her language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Because of the strong connection of language to culture and identity, some cultural nuances that he/she has never before considered will become apparent through language learning and practice with interaction and communication in a multicultural environment. This class will emphasize the learning of Spanish for real-world purposes through introductory grammar and basic vocabulary, writings, texts and skits. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Acquire, Global Studies.

SP 112 Spanish II:

Continued study of the grammar and vocabulary and development of aural comprehension, oral ability, and the reading and writing of simple Spanish learned in SP 111. It is designed to introduce the student to the Spanish language and the many facets of several Hispanic cultures, and to develop all his/her language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and has an end goal of effective communication and understanding and development of cultural empathy. Because of the strong connection of language to culture and identity, some cultural nuances that the student has never before considered will become apparent through language learning and practice by interaction and communication in a multicultural environment. This course will emphasize the learning of Spanish for real-world purposes through introductory grammar and basic vocabulary, writings, texts, presentations, and written communication with Spanish-speaking pen pals who are at the same or at a similar level of proficiency in English. Prerequisite: SP 111 or at least one year high school Spanish. 2015 CORE: Social Justice & Civic Life, Acquire, Global Studies.

WS/CO 383 Gendered Media:

A critical/cultural approach will provide a framework for understanding how gender, class, race, age and ethnicity influence the production, construction, and consumption of the media. The emphasis is on understanding gendered media from a global perspective, and empowering media consumers through both critical analysis and active creative production. 2015 CORE: Creativity & Culture, Transform, Global Studies.

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