To complete the Global Studies Certificate, you must complete both the online modules of the Global Perspectives and at least 4 of the Friday seminars. The Seminars are recorded, so if you cannot attend the live sessions, you can still participate. Live sessions are more interactive and encouraged.

 

The Global Studies Institute (GSI) will include an online program for developing cultural competency, international perspectives, and critical and comparative thinking skills. This will be through 15 module program called "Global Perspectives Through The Narratives of Ireland" developed and implemented through the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland (ISAI). This program will be supplemented by a Global Workforce Seminar Series on Fridays in June and July.  

The 'Global Perspectives Through The Narratives of Ireland' program uses the history and culture of Ireland, past and present, as a platform for an intensive comparative study across the disciplines of history, literature, social justice, environment and sustainability, business, politics, social studies and leisure. The program consists of 16 modules.

The Global Workforce seminars are offered on Friday live via Zoom and include topics including:  
 
Working for an International Corporation 
Diplomacy and Area Studies 
Working Internationally in Allied Health/Nursing 
Study Abroad, Passports; Scholarships and Ways To Build your Global Work Skills 
Internationalize Your Major 
Perspectives on Working With Diverse Populations Within the U.S. and Abroad
 
The cost of the program is $50.00. Scholarships are available to Alabama Community College System (ACCS) and Peralta District Students. To apply for a scholarship, please email [email protected].business, politics, social studies, and leisure.


Stacye Fraser Thompson

is the Coordinator of International Student Services at Jefferson State Community College. She has done work in study abroad, immigration, and international enrollment for 25 years. She has a Masters in International Affairs and has taught International Relations, Russian Politics and Foreign Cultures. She is working on a Doctorate in Educational Studies for Diverse Populations focusing on community college internationalization and immigrant and refugee resources. She has been to 17 countries and works with Study Alabama to increase accessible global engagement opportunities for community college students.


 


Niamh Hamill Ph.D.

is the primary lecturer for this series of classes. Niamh is the Director of the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland and a lecturer in comparative Irish studies. She has a PhD in History from Drew University NJ and an M.A. in American Studies from University College Dublin.


Niamh is head of the academic department at ISAI and drafts the syllabi and curricula for visiting student groups. The syllabus for the Global Perspectives program was selected in consultation with academic colleagues across the U.S.A to maximise the development of cultural competency and critical thinking.

Guest Speakers

We have many interviews and chats with a range of experts, lecturers and guests who have first-hand knowledge and experience of our topics- this includes Dr. Paula Meehan, former Professor of Poetry Ireland (pictured), Professor Christine Kinealy, Quinnipiac University, Professor Liam Kennedy, Professor Diane Negra, UCD, Senator Eileen Flynn, Niall O'Dowd, Don Mullan, Úna-Minh Kavanagh, Femi Bankole, Ailbhe Smyth, Captain Bartley McFadden, John O'Connell, Rory Fallon, Conor Donnan, Syliva Rios& more. We also have site visits to many places of interest in Dublin, Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim & surrounds.

Learn about our shared narratives


Ireland's multifaceted history includes narratives of colonization, displacement, emigration, civil rights movements, conflict resolution, peace building and the challenge of building better in the 21st century. All of these events provide us with excellent material for comparative and critical thinking about ourselves, our community, and our past, present and future

Empathy, Cultural Competency and Knowledge


Each of the modules in this course are based on core values of empathy, cultural awareness, social justice and environmental responsibility. Students engage with each of the classes through creative assignments that will develop intercultural skills and global experiences. These are invaluable tools to take with on your future or current career path, but more importantly, make you a more informed and educated world citizen.

Global Learning - a small step to the world


You may not yet have had the opportunity to travel or study abroad, but we hope that this program will encourage you to consider it. The world is full of exciting and interesting places and people. Ireland is a tiny example of all that happens outside of your country, and it will provide you with a friendly introduction into things we have in common, and the differences in our cultures. This is the beginning of a beautiful adventure!

Syllabus


  Module 1. Introduction to the Global Perspectives Program
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  Module 2. 'We All Come From Somewhere' History and Identity
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  Module 3. 'Myth and Magic' - Folklore and Tradition.
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  Module 4. ‘ A Stranger in my own land’ Clearances and Colonization
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  Module 5. ‘A Modest Proposal’ Addressing Poverty and Migration
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  Module 6. ‘Mná na hÉireann- The Women of Ireland
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  Module 7. ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ – Civil Rights Campaigns in USA and Ireland
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  Module 8. ‘When Hope and History Rhyme’ – The Northern Ireland Peace Process
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  Module 9. ‘Taking Care of Business’ 21 Century Ireland in the Global Economy
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  Module 10. ‘The Lighting of a Fire’ - Ireland and Education
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  Module 11. ‘Gods Make their own Importance’ – Irish Literature
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  Module 12. 'What's the Craic?' Arts and Leisure in Modern Ireland
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  Module 13. ‘The meat of the buffalo’ Global Networks and International Allies.
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  Module 14. ‘Impossible, until it’s done.’ Advocacy and Activism
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  Module 15. ‘On the Road’ Educational and Cultural Travel
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  Final Module 'Professional Development for me'
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Course Fees

You may be eligible for a scholarship or funding- please check with your advisor to see if you qualify. If you do, you will receive a code which you will use after clicking on the 'Enroll Button' below.