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The International Relations Global Studies Program (IRG) at UT began in 2009. It is an interdisciplinary major that draws students primarly from Government, Economics, Sociology, Area Studies and Languages. Since the 2nd semester of the program I have been working with the 3 lead instructors in IRG primarily through their Junior year Capstone program. I’ve provided library information sessions related to their Capstone thesis. I’ve found the students in these classes to be very motivated and knowledgable about their topics.
In searching the professional literature about topics related to global studies, I came across the concept of Global Literacy. In our RIOT discussions, we’ve talked about media literacy, visual literacy and of course, Information Literacy. I wondered if these ideas differed much from this concept of Global Literacy and I found this article that describes some ideas and concepts for librarian-faculty partnerships to develop skills for global citizenship.
This article looks critically at the concepts of lifelong learning, information literacy and global citizenships (terms that are used extensively throughout academia) and shows how they are interdependent by using theories of social capital. Essentially taking the desired competencies of Information Literacy and applying them to a larger global context.
This article describes, in great detail, a series of assignments designed to build these globally aware, communitarian competencies. Principally the assignments dealt with the examination of specific resource conflict from a varity of perspectives from interested parties and the way individuals and institutions influence or are affected by the conflict.
Some topics I’d like to discuss.
To the instructors who have worked on classes that dealt with international topics, have you approached these classes differently? Have you thought about this idea of global literacy?
When teaching students about evaluating information to determine authority, bias etc. do we need to think differently when discussing international topics?