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Global Studies

Jessica King
University Honors Program
Global Studies Rubric
• Possesses global literacy, including knowledge of
geography, history and similarities and differences
among cultures
• Recognizes the interdependence of world economies,
political systems and the environment
• Interacts with individuals from different cultures and
expresses a sensitivity towards, appreciation of and
respect for the complex range of experiences of
diverse peoples
• Participates in a global society and understands one’s
role as a global citizen
England:
The Printed Page
• Explored the history of
book design and
production through an
Honors Seminar
• Culminated in spring
break trip to London,
Oxford, and Woodstock
Participates in a global society and understands one’s
role as a global citizen
On July 7, 2005, less than four months after my return
from England, fifty-two people were killed and hundreds of
others injured when terrorists deployed bombs in the
underground subway system and on a bus in London… the
busses and subway cars that I had been on only months
before. I suddenly realized what it felt like to be connected
to the world and what was happening in it; I also began to
understand that I had previously felt somewhat
disconnected from events that happened outside of my
realm of experience, such as those happening
internationally… the world seemed utterly interconnected
as I had never felt that it was before…For me, this was a
tremendous lesson in what it means to be a citizen of the
world.
(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/5046346.stm)
Costa Rica: PURA VIDA
• 12-week experience in spring of 2005
• Affiliated with Cultural Experiences Abroad, with
help from UC International
• Home stay
• Toured all seven provinces
• Enrolled at Veritas University
▫ 4-hours per day of Spanish instruction
▫ Tropical Ecology, Latin American Culture
Possesses global literacy, including knowledge of
geography, history and similarities and differences
among cultures
• Lived in the culture for three months
▫ Knowledge gained from home stay, family, etc.
• Learned about history, government, tourism
▫ Legislative Assembly tour
▫ Courses from native professors
• Gave real-life application to Spanish courses and
UC-based learning about culture, people, society
Mexico: Yucatan Peninsula
• One-week study tour with the Department of
Geography
• Visited a colonial city, Mayan ruins, and
contemporary tourist attractions to gain exposure
to the varying landscapes of the country
Recognizes the interdependence of world
economies, political systems and the environment
• Post-hurricane Cancun
▫ Purposefully designed as tourist destination
Eradicated indigenous cultures in area
▫ Surrounding shantytowns
• Tour of maquiladora
▫ International exports
▫ Rise of border towns
Culmination
• Interacts with individuals from different cultures
and expresses a sensitivity towards, appreciation
of and respect for the complex range of
experiences of diverse peoples
▫ My experiences from 2005 still inform what I do on
a daily basis, how I see the world, and the ways in
which I explore new opportunities and new
encounters.
Getting Started
• UC International Programs
▫ http://www.uc.edu/global/
• Honors Travel Opportunities
▫ http://www.uc.edu/honors/academics/travel.html

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