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Writing Intensive

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German & Russian Studies
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Term for Proposal

Fall 2017

Course Catalog Information

German (GERMAN)
Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies - Writing Intensive
This interdepartmental course serves as one of the core seminars for students pursuing the undergraduate Certificate in Digital Global Studies. The course focuses on the impact of technological change and globalization on cultures around the world from various interdisciplinary perspectives. The course is open to students in any discipline. Graded on A-F basis only.
Social Science
Lecture/Standard with Discussion
A-F Only
Sophomore standing or instructor's consent.
T_A_M 2810 - Course Not Found
PEA_ST 2810 - Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies
JOURN 3510 - Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies
DST 3510 - Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technology

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German & Russian Studies
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NTT Associate Professor
Yes, in the last five years

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Writing Intensive Course Information

This inter-departmental course focuses on the impact of technological change and globalization on cultures around the world from various interdisciplinary perspectives. Lectures and discussion sessions will address and evaluate the role of social, entrepreneurial, non-profit and for-profit organizations and their use of transformational technologies in a global setting as well as introduce students to the fundamental problems and concepts of today's global society. Emphasis is placed upon cultural diversity, life in an interconnected and precarious world, and the analysis of new media environments. One focus will be the examination of globalization as an economic and geographical process, generating huge social consequences, with rapid growth, population movements, political change and a vast gap between global wealth and poverty. At the same time, globalization presents new opportunities for groups and individuals (mostly in developing countries) who have never before found a viable place in the world economy. Furthermore, students who pursue the certificate of digital global studies will identify and discuss their experiential learning program for the "hands-on" experience (internships; study abroad; service learning). This is a required component of the certificate but not a requirement for this course. Goals of the course include providing students with: a focused study of various global issues; a critical eye towards the value of new media identifying global problems and mapping their connectedness or interdependence with another an analysis of global trends in communication and the intended and unintended uses of new technologies to create and control "culture."

Objectives of the course include: Students will gain new knowledge about the interaction between industrialized nations and the developing world as well as current affairs; Students will draw on their own resourcefulness and entrepreneurship to evaluate NGOs and execute experiments in use of new media; Students will gain critical thinking in analyzing and evaluating issues of globalization and digital technology; Students will develop knowledge of global and digital literacy.
increased the number of written homework assignments
Self paced?

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Large Enrollment Courses:
the class meets for lectures once a week, the second class meeting students are split into smaller discussion sections
the other adjuncts and I meet once a week to discuss grading and other issues; we have added a few more graded homework assignments and are grading participation in the discussion section; the weekly graded blogs are also a reflection of a student's engagement with the topics
I teach with 2-3 adjuncts who have a lot of teaching experience and we meet weekly to discuss the weekly plan

Writing Intensive Assignments

Paper 1
Paper #1 first version 10%; paper #1 final version 5% (8-10 pgs.; 2640-3300 words)
Description of first assignment: Globalization is most often connected to the economy. However, as students will have read in class, many other issues are part of the global linkages and ask for cooperation between many constituencies and across many cultures. Students will refer to our class readings and their additional research and explain why environmental and human rights issues are part of the discussion on globalization. Also they will explain how environmental issues and human rights are connected. I ask for concrete examples! The title of their paper should reflect their thesis and be connected to their concrete examples.
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Paper 2
Paper #2 first version 10%; paper #2 final version 5% project 10% (6-8 pages; 1980-2640 words). Description of second assignment: Role playing, case study/problem based.
“You have one year and want to give your time to a just cause. Pick a human rights organization that is based or works in your region (not in the US!).
Analyze the NGO carefully and critically.
Give your reasons for joining the organization.
In your exploration consider the following:
1. What are pressing concerns in the world, which influenced you when you decided to choose this NGO? What do you see yourself doing for the NGO? Do they take volunteers or interns?
2. Give an overview of the NGO's policies. To whom do they report (who are the board or council members), how do they manage their money, what is their budget, who are the donors, what causes do they support?
3. Do they have a clear mission and vision? Do they have an action plan; see for ex.
4. Is the NGO connected to other NGOs? Is there collaboration? Is there oversight? Do they have an exemplary model (another NGO or organization) they are striving to achieve?

This report needs to have clearly stated sources. You need --a report consisting of a ppt or prezi (10+ slides) and a written statement addressing pros and cons about the NGO and why you chose them
Length of assignment:

Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
Honors Students: Students taking the course for honors credit will present a TED-like talk on a given topic at the end of the semester accompanied with a ppt or short video. They will also report on a given topic and meet several times per semester separately with the instructor.

Additional Writing: Student have to write a blog post of at least 600 words every week as well as incorporate pictures and videos. After feedback from me they are allowed to revise and receive a higher grade. In my experience the posts are much better written and visually designed by the end of the semester.

Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Oral presentation by student, followed by feedback
Example of a Written assignment: Linda Polman The Crisis Caravan Ch. 1 Written assignment: write a 1-2 page reflection (typed, double-spaced) on the following questions: What are the principal concerns Linda Polman raises in her book? Why does she say "Aid organizations are businesses dressed up like Mother Teresa" (p. 177)? What do journalists, the public, governments have to do to make humanitarian aid successful?

Example of a blog entry: What is nationalism and how does it play out in your country and region? Why does Zakaria see danger in the rise of nationalism? Give examples of a conflict between nation-states vs. tribal, ethnic, religious groups in your region. Is inequality a problem in your region? What crucial role does inequality play? Where do you see the results of inequality in your region and how is it being addressed? Make sure you refer to at least two class readings and state your sources. Embed links to your source(s) if possible and make your entry visually interesting by adding a picture and/or video clip.
Students start writing blog posts in the first week; the first paper is due in the 8th week, revisions in week 10; second paper is due week 13 and revisions week 15. Blog posts are ongoing throughout the semester with the 8 highest scores counting towards the final grade.
a TA or adjunct will assist in keeping grades, commenting on blog posts and assigning points in consultation with me and lead a discussion session

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this is a interdisciplinary course with several cross-listed numbers.
German 3510 Journ 3510 DST 3510 TAM 2810 PeaSt 2810 MANGMT 4201
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:28:17 GMT): GERMAN 3510W, 01 with discussion sections have been added to the Fall 2017 Scheduled of Classes and cancelled GERMAN 3510, 01 with discussions for Fall
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