What Is Curriculum Internationalization?
Internationalizing the curriculum entails infusing international, global, and intercultural perspectives into courses and programs. International content includes:
• The ways in which cultural and societal differences influence scientific understanding and application.
• The role that global issues, processes, international policies, and systems play in scientific research and application.
• The ways in which the same science is “done” differently in other countries.
Why does it matter?
Today more than ever scientists will be asked to work in multidisciplinary, international teams and understand how people in different parts of the world define problems and their solutions differently.
This is especially the case when grappling with the kinds of complex global problems—health care, food security, environmental sustainability—that transcend national and geographic boundaries.
In 2009, CALS IP received an award from the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates to support faculty and staff who wish to further “globalize the undergraduate experience in the sciences.”
Madison Initiative for Undergraduates Annual Report, July 1, 2013
What We Do:
- We award grants to instructors interested in designing and implementing innovative curricular projects (case studies, field study trips, syllabi redesigns) that introduce undergraduates to the international aspects of scientific fields.
- We develop and administer education abroad opportunities for science students.
- We provide support to instructors in the form of professional development workshops, appropriate assessment strategies, and by sharing online teaching resources.
Masarah Van Eyck, Director, Science Curriculum Internationalization