Global Classrooms

Illinois Global Classrooms is a COIL initiative aimed at supporting you students and instructors to structure collaborative international learning experiences, facilitated by technology, between students at the University of Illinois and students from international partner institutions. In this program, you connect with an international partner who teaches in a similar or complementary discipline to develop a project with concrete goals and deliverables and implement it in one of your existing courses. Projects vary in scope and duration, but typically last between six and eight weeks.

LAS in collaboration with the campus-wide study abroad community and with support from the European Union Center, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for Global Studies, have identified Global Classrooms as a priority to extending and expanding our global learning reach and democratizing access to global learning. In addition to strengthening faculty partnerships and research, diversifying pedagogical practices and deepening student learning, Global Classrooms has been shown to help students to see their own discipline from multiple perspectives and to interrogate their assumptions in new ways.

Fall 2021 online course offerings

IS 390: Consulting Info Professionals (3 credits) 

This course is designed to provide practical and hands-on training by simulating consulting projects. Students will develop proficiencies in problem-solving, team management, storytelling, and professional communications. As they learn the theories and practices of consulting engagements, students will have opportunities to discover how their knowledge in information sciences can be applied to various types of consulting services. The transferrable skills acquired in this class are applicable to other workplace settings.


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.  

UP 160: Race, Social Justice and Cities (3 credits) 

Study of the history and politics of American cities as sites of everyday struggles against systemic racialized exclusions rooted in patterns of residential segregation. Frame everyday racial encounters as surface symptoms of submerged and systematic forms of racism rooted in centuries of genocide, land theft, racial slavery and decades of Jim Crow segregation and neoliberal exclusions. Explore everyday racial conflicts in selected cities as expressions of historical struggles for social and spatial justice, across multiple scales. Focus on the governance of routine social practices ranging from policing, to education, to gentrification and memorialization in public places. Final student projects will focus on social struggles against systemic and everyday racisms in a self-selected city of their choice.