G.L.O.B.E. Consortium: Global Studies
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G.L.O.B.E. Consortium: Global Studies

A chance for students from four Boston-area schools to learn about the non-Western world around them.
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Published 4/2013
Price: Free
  • 9 hours on-demand video
  • 34 Articles
  • 21 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • Students will gain familiarity with major historical events, authors, texts, themes and traditions, both modern and classical, from several non-Western cultures.
  • Students will be able to draw stylistic and thematic parallels, and note differences, between literary works of the West (both canonical and non-canonical) and literary works of various nonwestern cultures.
  • Students will be able to understand concepts that arise in the literature we read, such as Postcolonialism and Non-Linear Narrative, both in the abstract and in the context of each culture.
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  • Attendance (miss no more than three course sessions) and active participation
  • Passing grades on the weekly quizzes
  • Passing grades on the three course papers
  • Passing grades on the three independent project presentations

There is no denying that we live in an interconnected, global world. The average American may wear clothing made in China and Indonesia, drive cars or use computers made in Japan and eat food grown in Mexico. Our customer service calls are more likely than not to be answered by someone in India, and the front pages of American newspapers often deal with events in Iraq and Afghanistan. We ourselves may come from a community of recent immigrants.

It is simply not possible to lead an isolationist life – but it is possible, unfortunately, to live in a global world without understanding it. Many Americans view the terrible attacks of 9-11 as a product of our failure to keep aware of and understand cultures not like our own. Lack of understanding can lead to war, misperception, ignorance and vulnerability.

But literature, cinema, music and cuisine all provide windows into the human experience. By studying them, we can not only understand others' experiences and worldviews better…but perhaps understand ourselves better as well.

This course will allow us to explore some key events and issues in the NonWestern world.

Who is the target audience?
  • High school students from the G.L.O.B.E. Consortium
  • Undergraduates
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Curriculum For This Course
67 Lectures
April 5th Orientation
3 Lectures 01:27:04
This is what we went over on the orientation day.
Introduction Powerpoint from April 5th Orientation Session
32 pages

All materials in this document should be considered a working draft, subject to revision at a later date.
Course expectations printout and draft syllabus
6 pages

This is the full video of our orientation session, for those who missed it (or who want to review it).
Orientation session video
Bonus Content
3 Lectures 00:01
Japanese Sister School retrospective

Turkmenistan Exchange Program promotional video

More material will be added with time.
Pre-course survey: Help shape how class will run!
1 Lecture 00:09
Follow this link to the survey
June 18th Orientation
2 Lectures 01:19:50
This is the powerpoint from the June 18th orientation, along with the "Hershey Kiss" lesson that we did in our groups.
Powerpoint from June 18th session incl. Hershey Kiss Dilemma lesson
28 pages

June 18th class video
Important info and Homework to complete before our Sept. 12 class session
2 Lectures 02:16
How to find the classroom

Homework: "Time for School" around the world
Class#1 - Sept 12
4 Lectures 01:56:26

Read Chapters 1-7 of Things Fall Apart. You can use the optional study guide for Things Fall Apart (you can refer to it when you take the quiz next week!)

Homework for class#2, Sept 19

Intro to Africa PPT from class
29 pages

Miranda's notes from class
5 pages

Sept 12th class video
Class#2 - Sept 19
3 Lectures 03:27
Homework for class#3, Sept 26

Guidelines for the project. PLEASE IGNORE THE DEADLINE SCHEDULE ON PAGE FOUR, IT IS OUT OF DATE. The first project fair will be November 7th.

Below, you can download many, many suggestions for books to read, along with some films, too, as well as a planning sheet for your group.

Independent project info
4 pages

Miranda's notes from class
Class#3 - Sept. 26
3 Lectures 03:01
Homework for class#4, 10/3

Religion in Africa PPT from today
17 pages

Miranda's notes from class
Class#5 - October 10
4 Lectures 00:33
Homework for class#6, 10/17

Africa/Colonialism PPT from class
21 pages

Miranda's notes from class
2 pages

3 pages
Class#6 - October 17
2 Lectures 05:10
Homework for class#7, Oct 24

Miranda's notes from class
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About the Instructor
Dr. Nurenberg
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 Dr. Nurenberg has been teaching high school English since 2000, with a special focus on World Literature.  He earned a BA in English from Brandeis University, an MA in English from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Lesley University.  His dissertation examined the effects of classroom climate on student achievement.

Dr. Nurenberg has visited over 30 countries around the world, most often to Japan.  He sits on the board of the Massachusetts-Hokkaido Society.  He has worked with the State Department and related NGOs on issues of international educational exchange.

His favorite animal is the wombat.

Miranda Morrison
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