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PUB 300: Globalization and Community

Course Description

This course is for students enrolled in the College Unbound program. The course examines immigration, diaspora and human rights in the context of the student's community. A pre-arranged student project will continue into this course and developed through required readings, themes of globalization and diaspora, and community impact.


Enrollment in Charter Oak’s partnership program with College Unbound. Completion of Cornerstone Course. The College Unbound program is a competency-based program that is a hybrid of on-site cohort support/online course system.With that, course materials are delivered online, but students are frequently asked to engage with fellow students and their communities’ in-person.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Examine and demonstrate how their project has been affected by globalization, immigration, and diaspora;
  2. Access meaningful information related to their project (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic) connected to Global Studies in their own community;
  3. Integrate what they have learned into a Statement of Global Belonging;
  4. Develop Lifelong Learning competencies in accordance with the College Unbound rubric.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading



Project Development with Global Lens


Weekly Writings and Written Reflections


Statement of Global Belonging


Public Exhibition



Required Texts

  • Myles Horton & Paolo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking
  • Packer, "How Susie Bayer's T-Shirt..."; NPR Series, "World in a T-Shirt"
  • Universal Declaration on Human Rights
  • Tharoor, "Are Human Rights Universal"
  • Illich, "To Hell With Good Intentions"
  • Kennedy, "Special Message to Congress on the Peace Corps"
  • Aronson, "Introduction to Systems Thinking"

Course Schedule



Readings and Exercises




Connecting: Citizens of the City, Citizens of the World

  • Kristof, "DIY Foreign Aid Revolution"
  • Ghonim, "Inside the Egyptian Revolution"
  • "Dr. Farmer's Remedy"
  • Camila Vallejo, the World's Most Glamorous Revolutionary"
  • Myles Horton & Paolo Freire, We Make the World by Walking
  • Participate in Discussion Boards




  • Friedman, "It's Flat World After All"
  • Appiah, "The Case for Contamination"
  • Watson, "McDonald's in Hong Kong"
  • Fischer, "Flat World Lessons"
  • Keohane & Nye, "Globalization"
  • Sen, "How to Judge Globalism"
  • Stiglitz, "Making Globalization Work"
  • Croucher, Globalization & Belonging
  • Participate in Discussion Boards




  • Berry, "Conserving Communities"
  • Ohmae, "The End of the Nation State"
  • Esteva & Prakash, "From Global to Local"
  • Participate in Discussion Boards



Systems Thinking

  • Atkisson, "It's the System"
  • Meadows, "Places to Intervene in the System"
  • Aronson, "Introduction to Systems Thinking"
  • Quinn, "The New Renaissance"
  • Participate in Discussion Boards



Changing Systems

  • Packer, "How Susie Bayer's T-Shirt..."
  • NPR Series, "World in a T-Shirt"
  • Participate in Discussion Boards



Sharing Your Project

  • Plumpy'Nut Case Studies
  • Participate in Discussion Boards



Acting and Enacting

  • Alinsky, "Community Traditions" from Reveille for Radicals
  • Intro, Culture and Public Action
  • Participate in Discussion Boards



Bringing It All Together

  • Illich, "To Hell With Good Intentions"
  • Kennedy, "Special Message to Congress on the Peace Corps"
  • Participate in Discussion Boards
  • Public Exhibitions of Work - Post Recorded Presentation
  • Comment on Classmates' Presentation Videos

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