LGU 200 – Introduction to Leadership and Global Understanding
This experiential course examines the various communities students are members of—the campus community, the city of Philadelphia, the greater Philadelphia area, the nation and the global community. In particular, students will explore the Philadelphia community, its history and the various groups that make it up. The Introduction to Leadership and Global Understanding will introduce the student to the rich diversity of cultural groups in the Philadelphia area. Using Philadelphia as a model, students will learn to see the “community” as multi-layered and will begin to ask important questions about the rights and obligations of citizenship within such a community.
LGU 400 – Studies in Leadership and Global Understanding: Capstone Course
Studies in Leadership and Global Understanding is a multidisciplinary capstone course whose primary purpose is to integrate travel study courses, designated electives, home and abroad projects, curricular and extracurricular experiences including service learning opportunities of the student as he or she has progressed through the minor. Whereas the introductory course focused on the campus and Philadelphia communities, the capstone course focuses on the bridges between these more immediate communities and the global community with which the student now has some direct experience.
COM 320: Communication and Culture
Students will learn how communication practices vary across cultures. Focus will be on intercultural, cross-cultural, and inter-ethnic communication.
ENG 438: World Literature: the non-Western Tradition
This course considers primarily 20th- and 21st-century readings in selected works from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim, emphasizing literature as a reflection of its cultural background.
REL 251: Peace, Justice and the Christian Tradition
This course explores fundamental principles that have influenced religious considerations the social imperative to work for peace and justice. Although the principal focus is on Western Christian thought and action other traditions, both religious and secular, may also be included. Particular subtopics that may be investigated include militarism, socioeconomic inequality, race, gender, class, sexuality, environmentalism, liberation theologies, and nonviolent struggle.
REL 353: Social Justice and Community Service
This course is designed for students who would like to become involved in community outreach activities or who have already demonstrated an ongoing commitment to such activities. This course will integrate community service with issues of justice from the perspective of theology. Its purpose is to provide not only analysis, but also a deeper appreciation and respect for the disadvantaged, and a more long-lasting commitment to enter into solidarity with them in their struggle for justice. Through readings, reflection, a community service project, and discussion, this course will allow students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the social, political, spiritual, and economic causes of injustice and how their service influences the cause of social justice.
Travel Study Courses
Travel study is the centerpiece of the LGU minor, allowing students to explore the relationships between their own world views and the views of global cultures. Travel study courses bring students face-to-face with the big questions: How can we contribute to cultivating a more tolerant world? How can we unlearn and combat the behaviors that lead to discrimination, bigotry, and hatred of others?
The LGU program’s travel study opportunities shapes people into “Third Culture Students” whose cultural narratives are defined by where they have been, what their present reality is, and where they hope to go in the future, carrying Lasallian culture and values throughout the world.
The LGU program’s international travel opportunities change every spring semester. These are the immersive cultural experiences students will participate in this year:
HON/LGU: Contesting Narratives: Versions of the Viet Nam War–Travel to Viet Nam
This course attempts to convey – through the use of fiction, nonfiction, memoir and film – the experience of the war as it was fought by Americans and Vietnamese. In Viet Nam we will visit sites of significance to war for both Americans and Vietnamese. We will investigate how the Vietnamese represent and memorialize what is called “the American war.”
SWK: Human Rights in Theory and Practice: Chile & Philadelphia–Travel to Chile
This course unites theory and practice as they relate to human rights in a glocal context through a careful study of the history and theories of human rights and looks at the specific examples of Chile and Philadelphia as case studies to understand all four generations of human rights. While in Chile, the group will meet with community leaders in the población (shantytown) of La Pincoya, in the capital of Santiago, to learn about local human rights initiatives. The group will also meet with family members of the detained and disappeared, representatives from non-governmental organizations doing human rights work, as well as travel to a Villa Grimaldi – a former clandestine torture center that is now a peace park.
ART: Irish Art and Rebellion–Travel to Ireland
Students will hike through ancient passage graves and Celtic monuments, view the stunning Medieval Book of Kells, delight in the art and poetry of the Irish Renaissance, and behold the haunting murals of the “Troubles” between Catholics and Protestants in Derry, Northern Ireland. Using the lens of visual culture, this course is set up to present a social, historical, and cultural appraisal of the conflicted relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland (UK) over a broad span of time (prehistoric – 20th century). It is one thing to read about these cultural conflicts in class, it is another thing to be able to stand in front the monuments, manuscripts, and murals that so powerfully express the triumphs and sorrows of an era.
REL: Tibetan Buddhism and the Politics of Liberation—Travel to India
This course will provide students with a historical understanding of the religious and political context in which Tibetan Buddhism is lived and practiced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and others in India today. In particular, it will investigate Tibetan Buddhist religious and political approaches to liberation in their traditional/historical and contemporary transnational contexts, including struggles for human rights, the equality of women, and the recognition of human and environmental interdependence.
BUS 371: Business in China–Travel to China
This business travel study course spends ten days in China in May and analyzes the business model and global interaction in China.
MKT 305: International Marketing—Travel to Germany and France
This course presents a managerial view of the marketing function from a global perspective. It also describes and explores the complexities, problems, and opportunities of world-wide marketing. The course also includes a travel component to Germany and France. BUS 204 is a prerequisite for this course.
NUR 411: Public Health Nursing—Travel to Mexico
This course travels to Mexico and emphasis is placed on planning to address health promotion, primary and secondary disease prevention, and protection goals for particular at-risk and high risk population groups. The course orients the student to health care needs and interests of families, aggregates, and communities as a whole, rather than solely focusing on needs and interests of individual clients. Health care strategies, population-level interventions, and community resources are identified. Neighborhood and community cohesiveness, as well as relevant political, economic, social, and health care action(s) are examined. Students explore and apply nursing strategies that strengthen individual, family, and communal well-being. Clinical practicum projects emphasize the processes of group work and program planning at the community level.