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.

Spring 2022 online course offerings

ABE 498: Global Engagement in Problems in the Critical Zone (3 credits)

This class offers students international experience developing analytical, computing, and cross-cultural skills to understand and solve water resource problems. Students will have a unique opportunity to engage with the USA, Brazilian and German partners to develop an international project related to soil & water resources, including ecosystem services and environmental and anthropogenic changing scenarios. The course will focus on linking fundamentals of hydrological processes with soil & water resources-related problems while fostering students to find potential solutions. Lectures will cover the critical zone, water pathways, groundwater recharge, interactions rainfall-forest, surface runoff generation, environmental modeling, interactions soils-plant-atmosphere, land-use scenarios, impacts of climate change, water footprint concepts, and remote sensing and GIS applications on water resource management. Furthermore, insights on nature-based solutions in water quality and quantity management are also planned to be presented in our Global Classroom framework.

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.

CMN 432: Gender Communication (3 credits) 

Study of interactive relationships between gender and communication in contemporary American society. Examines how gender identity and expression are influenced by race, ethnicity, culture, age, ability, class, faith and other social characteristics. Explores how communication in social contexts creates and perpetuates gender roles.

EURO 490: Inside the Life and Work of the European Parliament and Parliamentarians (3 credits) 

This proseminar offers a rare opportunity to examine the work of the European Parliament (EP) through a series of live, virtual meetings with former EP Members. A four to five week “virtual exchange” with students from a course at another university is also planned. The course will be of special interest to students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who study institutions and politics. The course will consist of a combination of four in-person meetings to facilitate discussion and interaction as well as synchronous online meetings to facilitate the participation of remote guests who are an important feature of the course. Students will prepare for meetings by reading topical materials about the EP as well as how social scientists study experts and their worlds. Discussions will explore the negotiation of issues such as human rights, the environment, public health, the economy, and foreign affairs in Europe. 

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.  

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 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.