Global Courses are elective courses that incorporate an overseas field-immersion component. These courses are developed around multidisciplinary Conflict Resolution Studies (CRS) courses that provide a solid knowledge base for the learning experience. In addition, the overseas experience enhances students' cross-cultural skills and fosters sensitivity to, and appreciation and understanding of, diversity and global issues. These courses are part of the graduate curriculum of the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies (DCRS) at Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
Global courses are developed under a framework of Scholarship of Engagement. The framework includes four interconnected puzzle pieces: 1) the institutional context, which refers to the institution that houses the learning experience, in this case DCRS at NSU; 2) the academic field of study, here peace and CAR; 3) student learning needs; and 4) the learning approach, composed of teaching and learning theories, including mutual learning, transformational learning, and experiential and action learning. You can find more on the philosophy and theory behind the courses in Global Courses as Incubators for Scholarship of Engagement Activities.