B CUSP 131
Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.
Winter 2014. This unique course provides students with the opportunity to act locally and interact globally with university peers in India while learning social media and teamwork skills. With India’s dramatic growth and cultural changes, many predict it will soon join the US and China as one of the most dominant nations shaping the world’s economy and environment. You will be working with students from the Central University of Tibetan Studies, located near the Ganges River, the life-source for Indian people, and learning about the complex interplay between Indian and Tibetan cultures. You will be learning with students who study the teachings of the Dalai Lama and Mahatma Gandhi, and who are helping shape how the teachings of non-violence and self-understanding will impact how India deals with the environment, human rights, and economic development in the 21st century.
We begin with an introduction to each others’ country cultures and the impact of social media on recent social movements in both countries. Students will introduce themselves to each other, and learn together using live video Skype, Facebook and other interactive media means. Through a combination of role-playing and live interactions, students across countries will have hands-on experiences in using these forms of social media to work as a team, learn the basics for producing cause-oriented videos, and then your global team will produce a short video on an social issue of mutual concern Throughout the course, students will be engaging with their global peers to learn more about each other, developing skills in team work, and understanding how to communicate effectively across diverse cultures, using interactive media. The culminating project will be live team presentations directed at audiences in the participating countries.
Student learning goals
At the end of this course, students will be more able to do the following: 1. More effectively communicate among highly diverse cultures and individuals through understanding, identifying and practicing critical interpersonal skills
2. More effectively communicate among highly diverse cultures and individuals through understanding, identifying and practicing with key interactive media tools (live video, student-produced video, Face book)
3. More effectively problem-solve in teams, through an understanding of group dynamics,providing a foundation for effective team work and problem-solving workplace skills when working virtually with other staff in the workplace, particularly across international borders.
4. More effectively produce quality cause-oriented videos.
5. Achieve a deeper understanding of the current social, political, cultural trends and movements in the US and parts of Africa where Islam is most prevalent.
General method of instruction
Lecture with class discussion, some student-generated content presentations for peer learning, lots of in-class small group discussion and project-based learning through global team work.
Classes will generally be Monday and Wed, 8:45-10:45am, starting Jan 6th, 2014. On occasion, mutually agreeable Virtual meetings and exchanges will need to be arranged by team members to ensure effective global team work.
Technology Access: All students will need to be able to consistently access the internet to research and to view videos, engage on Skype, Face book and utilize other social media. If access is an issue for you as a student, you will be expected to talk with me within the first week to resolve. Unless access can be developed, the class will not be an appropriate choice for the student to participate.
Class assignments and grading
Schedule of course meetings, including exams and due dates for assignments: Classes will generally be Monday and Wed, 8:45-10:45am, starting Jan 6th, 2014. On occasion, mutually agreeable virtual meetings and exchanges among your global project team will need to be arranged by team members to ensure effective global team work.
Class participation Students are expected to participate actively in class, submitting assignments on time and listening attentively. No beepers, cell phones, or checking of email permitted during class. Blog Posts, Short PowerPoint presentations Students will contribute three commentaries or analyses over the quarter. This might be a lead blog post on your Team Face book site, a PowerPoint on best practices in a social media technique, or a work plan for your group. Students are responsible for planning and confirming your four pieces with the instructors. These are due End of January, End of February and the second to last week of class. Integrative Essay Students will write a 3-4 page essay analyzing the uses of social media for global change, with your specific recommendations on optimal environments and tactics. The paper is due March 10, 2014 Final Presentations Your small groups of 4-8 students will present the result of your work with your overseas partners during the final two sessions of class, linked by Skype with your overseas team members. March 10, 12.
Required Texts, media, and e-reserves: Social Change anytime, anywhere. By Allyson Kapin, Amy Sample Ward
Grading Criteria: Class participation and individual effort (20%) Three Writing/Presentation Assignments (30%) Integrative Paper (30%) Final Project Presentation and Documentation (20%)