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Global Studies Mission
The Oakton Global Studies Mission Statement
Oakton Community College's Vision, Mission and Values states, in part, that the college encourages students to entertain and question ideas, think critically, solve problems, and engage with other cultures, with one another and with faculty. In addition, the college challenges students to be capable global citizens, guided by knowledge and ethical principles, who will shape the future.
The American Association of Community Colleges' Position Statement on International Education asserts that "to ensure the survival and well-being of our communities, it is imperative that community colleges develop a globally and multiculturally competent citizenry. Community colleges are strategically positioned and experienced to respond to this educational and economic development imperative by educating and training individuals to function successfully in a multicultural and advanced technological environment that crosses all boundaries of education, communications, language and business."
Toward these ends, the Global Studies Program at Oakton Community College strives to help establish and grow global competencies in our student body and faculty. Global competency exists when an individual is able to understand the interconnectedness of peoples and systems, to have a general knowledge of history and world events, to accept and cope with the existence of different cultural values and attitudes and, indeed, to celebrate the richness and benefits of this diversity.
Global Studies promotes and facilitates educational experiences leading to global competency, which was delineated by the American Council on International Intercultural Education (ACIIE):
Global interdependence: peoples, institutions, and nations are linked socially, culturally, economically, ecologically, and militarily.
Human resources, values, and culture: awareness and acknowledgement of the diversity and the unity of humans.
Global environment and natural resources: respect for the assets which enable humans to live and prosper and acknowledgement of the effects of human actions on the quality of the natural environment.
Global peace and conflict management: determining mechanisms for settling disputes, locally and globally, through peaceful means.
Change and alternate futures: the capacity to envision options for the human experience and to devise innovative methods for realizing preferred results
Global Studies Program Goals
In order to develop global competency in our students and faculty, the Global Studies Program will:
Promote and facilitate study abroad opportunities among Oakton students.
Promote and facilitate teaching / research / exchange / study abroad opportunities among Oakton faculty, administration and staff.
Create and facilitate the creation of short-term study abroad opportunities for Oakton students, faculty, administration and staff. Promote and facilitate the integration of international / intercultural / global content in the curriculum.
Provide and support international / intercultural / global programming for the college and surrounding community served by the college.
Host international guests / visiting faculty and facilitate faculty exchanges.
Partner with other programs, committees, and individuals on campus who are
working to grow and sustain a rich intercultural environment at Oakton that is built on a fundamental respect for the benefits of diversity;
working to grow and sustain a curricular and co-curricular focus on peace and conflict resolution based on the theory of non-violence;
working to grow and sustain an anti-racist movement on campus through community outreach, student programming and faculty professional development;
working to grow and sustain a curricular and co-curricular focus on women's studies and the respect and celebration of gender diversity;
and working to grow and sustain a curricular and co-curricular focus on environmental stewardship and sustainable development.
Work with the Global Studies Committee to establish measurable, attainable objectives to meet the above goals based on a five-year plan.
Global Studies Program-Level Learning Objectives
Students will identify and describe global economic and political systems and their interconnectedness.
Students will analyze and critique global systems using competing theories of development: modernization and dependency theories, for example.
Students will identify, locate and describe key aspects of world geography.
Students will describe, analyze and critique theories and strategies of environmental sustainability.
Students will describe, analyze and critique key events, themes and trends in world history and the history of globalization.
Students will describe, analyze and critique key works and ideas of world humanities and the arts within an intercultural context.
Students will develop in-depth knowledge of a specific area of the world beyond the U.S. ( Latin America , for example) or a specific global issue (sustainability, for example).
Students will examine the debates regarding the universality of culture, religion, and values.
Students will develop intercultural competency through role play, field trips, modern language learning, and/or international field study experiences.
Global Studies Committee
Eva de la Riva