FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY

 

THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE (CORE A)





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Texts

Books/DVDs to purchase for this course:
An Inconvenient Truth, DVD starring Al Gore.
Banker to the Poor by Muhammud Yunus.
An Enemy of the People adapted by Arthur Miller (New York: Viking Press, 1987).

All other readings are available on-line on the Global Challenge web site. You can think of this site as a kind of electronic textbook. You can log on to the site by pointing your web browser to http://webcampus.fdu.edu. Once you log in, you will see a list of all of your web-based courses, as well as important university announcements and information. All you have to do is click on "The Global Challenge" to access your section. You will need your unique username and password each time you log in.

 

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Meetings

Unlike most classes, the Global Challenge will usually "meet" on-line in the WebCampus learning environment, rather than in a face-to-face classroom. However, several face-to-face meetings of the Global Challenge also have been scheduled for traditional on-campus sections at the beginning, middle, and end of the semester. Additional face-to-face sessions may be scheduled by your instructor.  The times and locations for these meetings will be announced by your instructor on the first day of class and posted in WebCampus.

 

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Grading

Keep track of your grades by clicking on Course Tools (in the Tools box in the navigation bar on the left of your screen). Then look under My Grades.

Each student will write a 1000 word report on a country approved by your instructor. The report will be assigned on the first day of class and will be handed in during the last week of class for a total of 25 points.

Each of the five units of coursework in the Global Challenge will be awarded 35 points. These 35 points will be divided between written work and class participation.

Class participation: Class participation requires that you be present and prepared for face-to-face sessions, and that you participate energetically in on-line discussion forums. Both the quality and the quantity of participation are important. Your instructor will provide details on precisely how class participation will be evaluated and how points will be allocated.

Written Work: Students are expected to demonstrate capacities for critical thinking and information literacy in their written work. Your instructor will give you more specific information about each assignment and project, including topics, due dates, instructions, and how points will be allocated.

Final Grade: A maximum of 200 points are available for the entire course. At the end of the semester, all of a student's points will be tabulated and a final grade for the course will be assigned according to this formula:

186-200 points = A
178-185 points = A-
172-177 points = B+
160-171 points = B
150-159 points = B-
140-149 points = C+
130-139 points = C
120-129 points = C-
110-119 points = D
    0-109 points = F

 

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Policies

Time Commitment: You should get into the habit of logging onto the Global Challenge web site every day, and no less often than every other day, so that y9ou can keep up with threaded discussions and check for new announcements from your instructor. Generally, you should expect to spend about six hours each week on the Global Challenge.

Academic Integrity: Please refer to your student handbook:
Metropolitan Campus
College at Florham

Getting Help: There are many ways to get help with the Global Challenge. Visit the Student Centered Online Resources for Education.

 

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GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Unit One: Science and the Global Challenge

Most global issues, includsing those relating to health and the environment, have scientific dimensions. Indeed, many gobal problems can be solved by new technologies that have been made possible by scientific advances. During this unit, we will consider the strength of the scientific method for solving contemporary global problems.

Week One: Global Issues and the Scientific Method
Week Two: Application of the Scientific Method to Global Issues
Week Three: AIDS as a Global Issue.

Unit Two: Moral Reasoning and the Global Challenge

Thinking globally requires that we learn to think morally, or ethically, about our own actions and about the actions, policies, and institutions of the communities to which we belong. During this unit, you'll learn how to think morally about complex global issues.

Week Four: What Is Moral Reasoning
Week Five: Using Moral Reasoning
Week Six: Moral Reasoning and Global Issues

Unit Three: Global Economic and Health Issues

This unit examines economic aspects of globalization. In the first part of this unit we will study what the International Monetary Fund has to say about the dangers and prospects for a world undergoing globalization. In the second part we'll study criticisms of the way the IMF has managed its job. what impact do our economic values have on world health issuess.

Week Seven: Global Economics
Week Eight: International Monetary Fund
Week Nine: Economic Aspects of Global Health

Unit Four: Global Population and Environmental Issues

During this unit you will be presented with an overview of global environmental problems and will consider some of the ethical and cultural aspects of our environmental challenge. You will also learn to think about the world's population and its implications for the world's environment.

Week Ten: The World's Population
Week Eleven: How Population Affects Our Environment
Week Twelve: Global Environmental Issues

Unit Five: Global Conflict in the 21st Century

As the world moved from the late 20th century to the beginning of the 21st, several fundamental changes took place in the threats and reality of armed conflict that dominated the world's attention. Among these are the increased deadliness of terrorism and the new doctrine of pre-emptive war.

Week Thirteen: Global Conflict and the Events of 9-11
Week Fourteen: Global Conflict and Iraq
Week Fifteen: Global Challenges, Course Evaluations, Country Profile Due.

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