Global Classrooms

Illinois Global Classrooms is a COIL initiative aimed at supporting students and instructors to structure Collaborative, Online, and 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 virtual project with concrete goals and deliverables, and you implement it in one of your existing courses. Projects vary in scope and duration, but typically last between six and eight weeks.

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, the College of LAS identified Global Classrooms as a priority to extend and expand our global learning reach, as well as to democratize 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 2023 Course Offerings


ABE 232: Context in International Interventions (3 credits) 

This multi-disciplinary course will examine a new approach to infrastructure engineering for alternately developed societies that seeks to counteract the disconnects and differing objectives among project stakeholders that result in lack of infrastructure sustainability and resiliency. Using a case study from Western Africa, the course will consider the impact of globalization, the attitudes of industrialized societies, and the role of place-based knowledge in designing and implementing infrastructure interventions for rural societies.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2023 for Cultural Studies - Non-West, Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci.

CHEM 104: General Chemistry II (3 credits, Honors) 

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.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2023 for Nat Sci & Tech - Phys Sciences.


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

Guided Course + Remote Internship. This course offers a unique exploration of child development, health perspectives, and challenges in South Africa, focusing on topics such as 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-being in communities already affected by socio-economic 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 lectures 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, education contribution, or support mechanism for their assigned agency. Additional arranged collaborative time with your internship team will be required. 

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.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2023 for Cultural Studies - US Minority.

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. The course uses comparative cases to explore successful intervention, both formal and informal, across multiple scales from the local to the global.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Spring 2023 for Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci.