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Complete the following in 250 words Summarize the general and specific goals for this course. What personal outcomes do you expect by the end of the 12 weeks? ( please review the Syllabus attached and answer as if you had to take the course) In your own words, describe the challenges that are the subject of this course. Briefly explain how one of these challenges impacts your own life.Choose three of the elements of critical thinking discussed in the material from The Critical Thinking Community. (The elements are purposes, questions, points of view, information, inferences, concepts, implications, and assumptions.) Discuss each element you have chosen.…

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Syllabus for GLB-301
The study of global issues is more critical than ever now that we have truly become a “global village.” The
decisions that we make in the next few years—whether those decisions are made in Beijing, Brussels,
Brazil, or Buffalo—will determine the collective future of this village. Together we are confronted with
many pressing and often competing global challenges that demand thoughtful responses and solutions.
Population is growing at an alarming rate in some regions; environmental concerns are everywhere;
global resources appear to be dwindling; national security eludes many countries, especially as terrorism
has become an international phenomenon; and human rights are violated in a variety of ways. These
crises certainly represent significant problems facing our world today; at the same time, they provide
opportunities for us to bring about changes that will significantly increase the ongoing quality of life
around the world.
The purpose of this course is to educate and encourage the development of globally competent
citizens and leaders. The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes
to be engaged, responsible, and effective members of a globally interdependent society. Most important,
students will be asked to think deeply about their world (including its future, current issues, its impact on
their local area, and our personal responsibility as global citizens).
In examining the crises cited above, and other global issues currently facing humanity, this course will
attempt to achieve the following goals.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
Describe important global issues and their present and future impacts.
Describe the relationships between and among global issues.
Explain global issues in their geographic, historical, and cultural contexts.
Describe how one’s own culture and history affect one’s worldview and expectations.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Employ information related to global issues.
2. Evaluate the integrity of information about global issues.
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3. Think critically and ethically about global issues.
Upon completion of the course, students will be disposed to:
1. Be intellectually curious about global issues.
2. Value different cultural perspectives on global issues.
3. Take action based on ethical analysis and empathy.
In attempting to accomplish these objectives, we will incorporate a variety of learning activities, all of
which will be organized online. The Internet provides an invaluable source of information regarding global
issues, and you will be provided a rich repository of Web-based resources and guidance in searching for
additional resources. Students will also be encouraged to participate in additional outside learning
activities, such as attending presentations and using interactive technologies to understand global issues.
You will need the following materials to complete your coursework. Some course materials may be free,
open source, or available from other providers. You can access free or open-source materials by clicking
the links provided below or in the module details documents. To purchase course materials, please visit
the University’s textbook supplier.
Note: You will need both the e-book and digital access to articles in the New York Times.
Global Challenges by the American Democracy Project of the American Association of State Colleges
and Universities (AASCU). (Washington, DC: AASCU Sourcebooks).
ISBN: 9781402284168
E-ISBN: 9781402284168
The required textbook is available via a link in the Course Essentials section of GLB-301 in Moodle. To
access the PDF, click on “Course Textbook” located under the course Syllabus.
New York Times Digital Subscription
Global Issues and Society requires you to read a number of articles in the New York Times. The site allows access to 10 free articles per month, but requires a subscription after that point.
After you have reached your 10 article limit, you’ll be prompted to sign up for access for the remainder of
the course. Current pricing is 99 cents for the first four weeks and $5 a week thereafter. Thus your access
will cost you between $35 and $40 for the 12 weeks of the course.
If you are a home subscriber, you may link your account to for digital access free of
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Students are encouraged to participate actively in this class. Please engage in the online learning
activities in a timely manner. If you have ideas on how a certain topic might be presented and applied,
please express them; if you are aware of learning resources that are not being used, please suggest
them as well. If we work together, this can be a very interesting and rewarding class for all of us.
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Global Engagement scholars
have created the materials for this course as part of their effort to educate globally competent citizens.
Although the text is of value to anyone interested in increasing his or her knowledge of global challenges
facing the world today, it is designed for use in college settings. The goal of this book and of this course
is that the student will gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with become a globally
competent citizen.
This course uses the framework of the seven global challenges, seven challenges that will shape our
world by the year 2025:
world population growth
scarce global resources
advancing technology and its diffusion
the flow of information and knowledge
global economic integration
the nature and mode of conflict
the challenges of governance
Because of the diverse nature of the seven global challenges students will be exposed to multiple
academic fields of study. The objective of this interdisciplinary course is that students will develop both a
comprehensive understanding of some of the major global issues and a heightened appreciation for how
diverse topics are interrelated.
Global Issues and Society is a three-credit online course, consisting of nine modules. Modules include
topics, learning objectives, a study outline, and activities (forums, written assignments, and blogs).
Module titles are listed below.

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Population

Module 3: Resources
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Module 4: Technology

Module 5: Information

Module 6: Economic Integration

Module 7: Security

Module 8: Governance

Module 9: Global Citizenship
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete
written assignments, participate in the Global Village blog activity, and complete a final project. See below
for details.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
Promoting Originality
One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate
your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.
Discussion Forums
You are required to participate in nine graded discussion forums as well as an ungraded Introductions
Forum. The online discussions are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.
For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within
the General Information page of the course Web site.
Written Assignments
You are required to complete nine written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of
topics associated with the course modules.
For help regarding preparing and submitting assignment activities, see the Student Handbook located
within the General Information page of the course Web site.
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Global Village Activity
One way to gain a valuable perspective on the world is to examine how people in different countries are
affected by global issues and trends. Within your class, you will act as a particular member of a global
village that is representative of the seven billion people who live on Earth. Your mentor will assign you a
villager role, and you will use various Internet resources to investigate the characteristics of that villager
as well as how various issues affect your villager. Your findings will be posted within the Global Village
blog forum in each module. You will be able to read and comment on the postings of your classmates as
Consult the course Calendar for the due dates for these assignments, which have two parts: an original
posting and responses to your classmates. Except for the first posting, responses are due at the end of
the week when you made your original posting. For the first global village activity, you have until the end
of the following week (Week 2) to post.
Final Project
There is no midterm or final exam in this course. Instead, you will write a 2000- to 2500-word paper (with
a typical font and spacing this will be a paper of 8 to 10 pages) integrating your learning from this course
in four areas: your perspective as a global villager, your analysis of global issues, your views of global
citizenship, and some thoughts about what you have gained from this course.
Detailed information about this assignment is found in the final project area of the course site.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Online discussions (9)—18 percent
Written assignments (9)—36 percent
Global village blog forums (9)—22 percent
Final project—24 percent
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not
submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical
grades are as follows:
= 93–100
= 90–92
= 88–89
= 78–79
= 73–77
= 70–72
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= 83–87
= 80–82
= 60–69
= Below 60
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course)
or D or better (for a non-area of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course
work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and
that you have all the materials required for the course.

Take time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions
about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational
experience at Thomas Edison State University.

Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and
what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course,
you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.

If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting
responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
Study Tips
Consider the following study tips for success:

To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The
Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments
and posting discussions.

Check Announcements regularly for new course information.
To ensure success in all your academic endeavors and coursework at Thomas Edison State University,
familiarize yourself with all administrative and academic policies including those related to academic
integrity, course late submissions, course extensions, and grading policies.
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For more, see:

University-wide policies
Undergraduate course policies and regulations
Graduate academic policies
Nursing student policies
Academic code of conduct
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