Students earning the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate must complete a total of eight globally-focused courses from at least two different academic disciplines. These courses can be semester-long or year-long but must meet the following requirements in order to qualify as a globally-focused course. In order to qualify as a globally-focused course:
- The course must be rooted in the Four Domains of Global Competence and require that students
- Investigate the world
- Recognize their own perspectives and the perspectives of others
- Communicate ideas with diverse audiences
- Provide opportunities to take action to improve conditions in a manner consistent with the learning standards adopted by the State of Illinois.
- The course must address world issues, perspectives, concerns, or culture throughout the duration of the course in sufficient depth and breadth.
- Courses likely to have Global Focus. The following list of commonly-taught courses are likely to be designated as globally-focused:(1) World languages (2) International economics, international business, or global marketing (3) World history/non-U.S. history (4) World geography (4) Comparative cultures, comparative religions, comparative government (5) Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses with global application/perspective (6) International relations or foreign relations (7) Literature of another country, region, or culture (8) International agri-science or agriculture
- Breadth. Courses that employ a global focus or address global topics in some units but not others are not sufficient to be deemed globally-focused courses, nor are courses that survey global arts, foods, or music without at least ⅓ of class time being devoted to the investigation/research into global phenomena, and/or assessment of the global and cultural context from which the phenomena arise.
- Depth.Though high schools offer some or many of the courses listed above as “likely to be globally-focused”, the courses and subject areas listed above are not the only courses that may qualify as globally-focused. Other courses, such as those in family consumer science, the arts, mathematics, health, and agricultural science, may also qualify, provided that an appropriate depth of knowledge of, and inquiry about, global issues and diversity is incorporated. The examples identified in the following chart, though not exhaustive, are provided to give guidance to school districts and GSCs seeking to determine if a course investigates the world.
Table 1: Examples of Courses with Insufficient and Sufficient Depth
|Music, Drama, or Visual Arts
||Students create an artistic piece or performance inspired by another culture.
||Students interpret, create, and/or evaluate a global issue through an artistic medium.
|Foods or Culinary Arts
||Students prepare food from another part of the world or another culture.
||Students prepare food from another part of the world or another culture and consider the production and preparation of food in relation to local cultures, health, sustainability, etc.
||Students use datasets from another country or culture to illustrate a concept.
||Students evaluate and use appropriate mathematical tools to investigate a global issue OR derive additional information using mathematical methodologies.
||Students use examples of agricultural management, finance, marketing, and/or the foundations of crop and livestock production in a unit on the global marketplace.
||Students learn about agricultural management, finance, marketing, and the foundations of crop and livestock by comparing a variety of agricultural practices found around the world and examine the complex global interrelationships that exist among the global agricultural industry.
||Students learn about epidemics/disease, health care practices, and/or prevention measures through cases studies in other parts of the world.
||Students learn about global epidemics/disease, health care practices, and prevention measures through a comparative epidemiologic analysis incorporating diverse global contexts.
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