Global Citizenship “Z” Competency

This course supports students’ development in the Global Citizenship (Z) competency in Compass, TLU’s General Education curriculum.

For GEC purposes, please note:

The FIRST language course, regardless of number or language (French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese or Spanish), fulfills the modern language foundation requirement.

The SECOND language course, regardless of number or language (French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek or Hebrew), fulfills the Cultural Perspectives and Religion distribution requirement AND the Global Citizenship competency.

  Global Citizenship (Z)

An educated global citizen understands the complexities of learning about cultures and communities and their values, needs and perspectives, given larger contexts. An educated global citizen understands the complexity of the relationships between individuals and cultures/communities and approaches such encounters with empathy, an open mind and respect for diversity. An educated global citizen is able to seize some of the transformative potential inherent in situations of shared diversity, intercultural contact and/or civic engagement.

Performance indicators for Z:

      1)      Understanding culture.

2)      Understanding cultural context.

3)      Understanding individual-culture/community contact.

  •  The first performance indicator is understood to include the development of a respectful and open-minded set of tools for the critical and reflective acquisition of non-reductive knowledge of cultures and communities, including their values, needs and perspectives.
  • The second performance indicator is understood to include the development of an understanding of not only the social, cultural, civic, historical and economic contexts of a culture and/or community, but the way those contexts shape and are shaped by encounters with the culture and/or community in question as well as other cultures, communities and segments of each.
  • The third performance indicator is understood as the development of awareness of the diversity of individuals who are a part of a culture or a community and the complexity of relationships between or among them, including the student’s own participation as a member, partner, servant, sojourner and/or volunteer. We believe that students will achieve some kind of transformative understanding of self through such study, encounters, and/or reflections.

Students will take at least three Z courses.