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James Reinnoldt
B CUSP 107
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core I: Individuals and Society

Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on individuals, society. Offered: A.

Class description

This course will focus on the major challenges, opportunities and trends faced by businesses, governments, societies and individuals that need to co-exist in an increasingly globalized and interdependent environment. It will emphasize topics such as the history and future of globalization, the drivers, trends and implications of globalization for all sectors of modern societies, and the geo-political, trading and cross- cultural dimensions of globalization. Special emphasis will be placed on the awareness, empathy and communication skills necessary for effective cross-cultural communication and interaction in the increasingly diverse environments of UWB, Seattle, the USA, and beyond its borders.

Student learning goals

Understand the profound impact that globalization is having on countries, businesses, communities and cultures

See how businesses, NGOs and governments are working to address these impacts through the sharing of wealth, skills and knowledge.

Discover the increasing importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs as part of a organizationís global strategy.

Develop a deeper understanding of the players, topics, issues behind key global current events, and understand their increasing degree of global inter-connectivity.

Gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for different cultures, economies and societies and the many challenges they face in an increasingly globalized world.

Develop a set of skills necessary to communicate more effectively in an increasingly cross-cultural environment

General method of instruction

Lectures and in-class discussions will form the foundation of the course. Each class will examine current events and global trends and explore their connections to modern theories of globalization. There will be assignments, a class project and an exercise that simulates the workings of the United Nations Security Council.

Recommended preparation

A sincere curiosity about the many institutions, peoples, cultures, actors, trends and events that have an impact on the world in which we live.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be asked to research and explore the trends, issues and actors of globalization, and then either write about them or discuss them in small groups.

Participation: 30% Cases and Assignments:40% Mid-term and Final Exam: 30% (subject to change)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by James Reinnoldt
Date: 04/06/2012