Global Citizenship Seminars for Students
In an age of globalization which increasingly brings people in contact with other cultures as a result of changing social, political, and economic activities and technological advances, the need to understand international affairs, to recognize cultural values other than our own, and to understand world events from a variety of perspectives, has become increasingly critical. So has the need for people to think and act as global citizens in order to address some of the most pressing issues of global concern that are facing humanity in the 21st century.
The purpose of this program is to provide an intensive seven-day international experience that will allow participants to develop a better understanding of the processes and effects of globalization and to explore pressing issues of global concern from a variety of perspectives. Participants should leave with a better understanding of what it means to be a global citizen, why it is important, and how the core values of global citizenship can be incorporated into ones present and future actions. At the end of the Seminar it is intended that participants will have the desire, ability and empowerment to envision and affect positive change on their own campuses and in their local and global communities.
Because of the importance of the United States as a global actor and the Global Citizenship Alliance’s program venues in Europe, the seminar will pay special attention to the political, economic and cultural history of the trans-Atlantic relationship, its future dimensions, and the impact such changes may have on the rest of the world. At the same time, mindful of increasing global interconnectedness, the program will consider issues of particular concern to regions of the developing world. In this way, the seminar will address issues related to the relationship between the historical legacy of the latter part of the 20th century, global responsibility, humanitarian intervention, social justice, and sustainable development.
Knowing that we cannot discuss all of the important issues related to global citizenship or all of the topics of particular interest and concern to those participating in the program, ample time is available during plenary discussions, informal conversations, small group work, and other formats for participants to raise, discuss, and address topics that are not formally listed in the program. The international teaching faculty, faculty advisors from partner institutions, and the team of the Global Citizenship Alliance are available to engage in these conversations throughout the week.
One of the most distinctive characteristics of the GCA is its inclusiveness with regard to the types of partner institutions that it involves. They represent a true cross-section of US higher education with two-year, four-year and six-year institutions in roughly equal numbers.
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