Global online courses

In collaboration with our study abroad partners, several LAS units are offering online courses for students to explore various topics in an international context. What is unique about these courses is that students will develop a global mindset and learn through engaging with international experts and being exposed to new perspectives.

Spring 2021 course offerings

EURO 199: Smart Cities (3 Credits)

Smart Cities provides students with an introduction to how European cities are tackling the world's most pressing problems through innovative technology, design and policy. Through an exploration of four case study cities (Rome, Vienna, Granada and Paris), students will examine innovations in sustainability throughout food systems, artificial intelligence, big data, urban planning and health care. Students will apply the tools of cultural analysis to the design of smart cities and will take a comparative approach, comparing the four European cities to each other as well as to the US urban context. This course will feature opportunities to engage with numerous experts from the fields that are advancing Smart Cities projects across Europe and in the U.S.

EURO 199 is approved for social science general education credit.


CLCV 220: Athens Ancient and Modern (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the city of Athens and its monuments. Through virtual visits to major archaeological sites and museums, we will study closely the material remains as well as the historical and socio-political contexts in which they were created. Moreover, we will familiarize ourselves with the modern city and explore the ways in which it engages with its ancient past. For example, we will discuss modern architecture evoking ancient models, or public sculpture highlighting particular moments in Greek history. Finally, we will hold live discussions with contemporary artists, often juxtaposing their practices to those of their ancient counterparts and giving us an insight into art and daily life in this vibrant, multicultural city.


GER 102 (4 credits) & GER 211 (3 credits): Special Sections of German

GER 102 and GER 211 are special sections of German language courses featuring Illinois in Vienna lecturers, Kyle Schmude and Evita Nitsch. What is unique about this course is that students will learn German through experiencing Vienna virtually and interacting with Austrian students. If students are thinking about studying abroad in the future, this course would be a great opportunity for them to experience and learn about Austria before embarking on a semester, summer, or year-long program.  



ACE 499: Learning in Community (3 credits) 

This course is a problem-based service learning course emphasizing using student skills gained in other ACE, ECON, RHET, and other courses and applying them as a team to solving a real-world question or problem of a client organization, firm, or program. The Illinois students in the ACE 499 LC course will work in small teams (virtually) along with several Njala University students (Sierra Leone) to answer the question from their client. The course has been offered 5 times and each time the students deal with a different and new question. At the end of the course, the students will have completed a significant report together (which can be listed on the student’s resume as a product) and they will have made a group presentation to the client. Along the way the students will gain experience in cross-cultural teamwork and they will learn a lot about project management and the realities of agriculture, business, development and related fields.


HDFS 398: Child Health in South Africa (3 credits) 

This course offers a unique exploration of child development and health perspectives and challenges in South Africa. Topics will include family, cultural and societal contexts, child guidance, food security, HIV and tuberculosis care in childhood and adolescence, as well as the effect of COVID-19 on child well-being in communities already affected severely by socioeconomic and health disparities.  
Teams of students from Illinois will partner with peers from South Africa to design developmentally and contextually appropriate programming for selected pediatric and youth projects in the Cape Town area. Interactions with lecturers and experts from Illinois and South Africa, as well as agency supervisors will guide student teams in critical thinking, ethics, and cross-cultural collaboration as they develop a project, curriculum guide, educational contribution, or support mechanism for their assigned agency.