Global education

The Maastricht Congress on Global Education explains that global education

“…is education that opens people´s eyes and minds to the realities of the globalized world and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and Human Rights for all”

I design and teach courses that help students and adult learners make connections between ‘academic knowledge’ and their roles and responsibilities as members of local and global communities. I seek to engage learners personally and professionally with the practical and ethical complexities of global challenges.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Foundations of Global Citizenship: HUMN 103 (hybrid, undergraduate, 2016)
    College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada

  • ISCI 360 and ISCI 361: Systems approaches to regional sustainability (undergraduate classroom-based and field course, 2012-2014)

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    UBC students on Fláajokull glacier, Iceland, 2012

Two connected courses for the UBC Integrated Sciences program, designed to offer a global education experience to science students. The introductory classroom-based course and associated field course apply ‘systems science’ approaches – encompassing geological, hydrological, ecological, atmospheric science, and energy systems – to the study of regional sustainability.

  • Introduction to Global Citizenship (undergraduate, 2010)

Designed for Japanese and Canadian students participating in the longstanding and successful UBC-Ritsumeikan University (Japan) Academic Exchange Program, this course is structured around the themes of ‘civil and sustainable society’.

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Teaching in a makeshift classroom, Xela, Guatemala, 2009

A full-term group study program combining credit-level coursework, experiencing life in the developing world, and service learning in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

  • Perspectives on Global Citizenship: SOCI 430B (undergraduate, 2005–2013 )

A highly interactive interdisciplinary online course that challenges students  to consider competing conceptions of “global citizenship” , and learn to recognize and develop informed perspectives relating to issues of key concern to the international community.

Launched by UBC in 2005 to offer volunteers and professionals the opportunity to learn more about key issues in international development, this Certificate Program was awarded the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) Program Excellence Award in 2009.

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