Global Classrooms

Illinois Global Classrooms is a COIL initiative aimed at supporting 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 2022 online course offerings

CHEM 104: General Chemistry II (3 credits) 

Lecture and discussions. Chemistry of materials, including organic and biological substances, chemical energetics and equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and electrochemistry

Please contact instructor Jose Andino Martinez for more information about the Global Classrooms section of this course.


HIST 355: Soviet Jewish History (3 credits) 

An examination of how Jewish life and culture contributed to the creation of the world's first socialist society. Makes use of primary sources, scholarly monographs, as well as memoirs and visual culture to introduce students to Soviet Jewish History, from the late imperial period to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Special topics to be examined include shtetl life, the breakup of the Pale of Settlement; the role of Jews in revolution and revolutionary culture; Soviet nationality policy; antisemitism; everyday life; the Jewish experience in World War II; the Holocaust; and mass emigration. A four to six week “virtual collaborative exchange” with students from a course at another university in Germany is also planned. The course will consist of a combination of in-person meetings as well as synchronous online meetings with online guests.

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.


LAST 445-1 / QUEC 410: Beginning Quechua (2-4 credits) 

Upon the consent of the Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, tutorials are available in special native Latin American languages not regularly offered by the University (ie. Quechua, Kagchikel Mayan). Tutorials at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels may be arranged. Students registering for unit credit for the first two terms must first present satisfactory evidence of knowledge of the language at the elementary level, either in the form of credit earned at another institution or by passing a proficiency examination.

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.

UP 260: Social Inequality and Planning (3 credits) 

How are inequalities produced and contested in an urban environment? This course examines this question by analyzing how the urban landscape shapes and is shaped by race, class, and gender inequalities. Uses comparative cases to explore successful intervention, both from formal and informal, across multiple scales from the local to the global.