Internationalizing General Education at the Introductory Level: The First-Year Seminar On Political Self-Determination and Web-Based Political Research
39 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2010
This presentation explores ways by which first-year students develop global awareness, discover the academic expectations of college life, build intellectual skills and confront moral issues that emerge from political conflict. Specifically, it describes the model of a first-year seminar, developed at Elizabethtown College, that deals with the topic of political self-determination, in which students prepare case studies of contemporary conflicts involving group claims for political independence, conduct comparative analysis, and present their research at an undergraduate research conference. Moreover, attention is given to how students can perform more effective research on global affairs through the Internet, and how Internet resources can enhance teaching of introductory courses in comparative politics and international relations.
Keywords: first-year seminar, global learning, Internet research, general education, political self-determination
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