By Lee Trepanier, February 11, 2011 in Pedagogy and Teaching, Professional Development
We presented our paper today, "Statesmanship and Democracy in a Global and Comparative Context." In our paper we argue the difficulty of defining terms like "statesman," "democracy," and "globalization." We also point out the need to study statesmanship and how to implement such studies in the classroom. We concluded about the need for the "local" and the "national" when we internationalize the curriculum. The paper was received with some misunderstanding by a few, but we did receive some excellent feedback from some of our other colleagues.
The other presentation was about an assignment in class where the professor has the students design their own study abroad program. In addition to learning something about the other country, the student also learns certain administrative skills, such as how to process reimbursement bills and use Excel. Perhaps the most interesting issue that emerged from our conversation about this paper was how the world outside the U.S. and Western Europe is portrayed by the mass media, our government, and our textbooks as one of conflict rather than cooperation. Given this depiction of the world, why would a student want to travel abroad?