The term "global perspective" may have a range of possible meanings. The starting position for discussion is that students should have not only a deep understanding of the wider significance of what they are studying, but also be able to participate effectively in an international environment. Study abroad schemes are an obvious example of provision designed to enhance such a capability.
A Global Connectedness Working Group is exploring the idea of global connectedness within the curriculum, based on reviews of existing practice at King’s and Warwick, reviews of practice from other national and international universities, and other sources of information. The group is also reviewing the progress and outcomes of commissioned projects undertaken at each university, and considering sustainable ways in which undergraduate students might engage in global connected activities within curriculum.
The working group includes staff and student representatives from both King’s and Warwick. They are –
Ms Dominique Borel
Professor Denise Lievesley
Mr Stuart Reid
Professor Celia Roberts
Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey
Dr Po Li Tan
Miss Natasha Wynarczyk
Working Group Papers
Documents prepared by the working group, including the minutes of meetings are available via this link. Access is restricted to project members and requires your username and password.
A series of small projects have been commissioned in support of the project. King’s invited members of the College to apply for small grants related to the curriculum characteristics and a number of these were awarded. Warwick commissioned one project for each curriculum characteristic. Documents relating to the projects are available here in a restricted access area. The projects are:
Creation of a VLE for language and Communication Skills in Arabic, French, German, Italian and Spanish
Project Lead: Ms Dominique Borel, Modern Language Centre, King’s College London
This project is designed to create a VLE for King’s students and staff providing appropriate and relevant quality language resources for self-access in five key languages.
The development of pre-sessional learning tools for postgraduate international students
Project Lead: Dr Kim Wolff, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
This project plans to provide learning support (including the development of intercultural awareness/sensitivity) through pre-sessional study tools, for international students arriving at King’s, especially those with English as a foreign language, to help them overcome the barriers they might face with regard to study.
The development of cultural awareness amongst healthcare professional students to improve their interactions with both each other and patients in the field
Project Lead: Dr Sue Jones, Department of Pharmacy, King’s College London
The purpose of this project is to assess the educational benefits of developing intercultural sensitivity and awareness to improve patient centred care in the first year MPharm undergraduate student population (diverse group) with a view to implement/expand to all healthcare related programmes.
Enhancing learning and teaching by sharing practice in Technology Mediated Learning
Project Lead: Dr Steve Warburton, School of Law, King’s College London
This project aims to share successful practice in the use of learning technologies across the university and to generate practical design solutions for TML that will enhance the student learning experience.
Using an intercultural competency framework to develop students’ ability to work and communicate across cultures
Project Lead: Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick
This project addresses one of the central questions within the King’s-Warwick theme of the globally-orientated curriculum: how best to support students in developing a ‘global perspective’ and the key qualities of ‘global citizenship’. The project builds on work undertaken at Warwick over the past 18 months in the field of intercultural competency. This work has been twofold: an intercultural competency framework developed as part of HEFCE’s Global People project and a derived set of intercultural competencies developed specifically for Warwick Students - the International Competencies Framework. The assumption underlying both of these previous projects is that developing ‘global people’ is a challenging task but one where definite progress can be made given the appropriate materials and support. Our aim in the current project is to identify ways of using an intercultural competency framework to help students to improve their ability to operate internationally. The main output of the project will be a set of recommendations to the Globally-oriented Curriculum Working Group on the uses of an intercultural competency framework in the development of students’ ability to work and communicate across cultures.
A summary report for the project can be accessed here