Global Classrooms

Illinois Global Classrooms is a COIL initiative that supports 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'll connect with an international partner in a similar or complementary major to develop a virtual project, 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, LAS Global Classrooms will expand your global learning reach, allow you to see your major from multiple perspectives, and will help you challenge your assumptions.

Learn more about how the Global Classroom initiative brings scholars together and fosters transformative learning experiences in this article.

Fall 2023 Course Offerings

ABE 232: Context in International Interventions

Instructor: Ann-Perry Witmer, Senior Research Scientist

Partner: Tommy Pozo Vila, Universidad Privada Boliviana, Bolivia

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 Fall 2023 for Cultural Studies - Non-West, Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci.

ABE 498: Special Topics (Section JAG)

Instructor: Jorge Alberto Guzman Jaimes, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Partner: Navneet Kumar, University of Bonn, Germany, and Carlos Rogerio de Mello, Federal University of Lavras, Brazil

Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in agricultural and biological engineering intended to augment the existing curriculum.

CHEM 104: General Chemistry II (Honors) 

Instructor: Jose Andino Martinez, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry

Partner: Marlene Emparatriz Acosta Martinez, University of El Salvador

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 Fall 2023 for Nat Sci & Tech - Phys Sciences.

ECON 415: Environmental Economics

Instructor: Bryan Buckley, Director, Integrative Biology Merit Workshop Program

Partners: Cesar Aguilar, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru

Application of economic theory to topical issues such as pollution, climate change, and the environmental impacts of overpopulation. Both market-based and regulatory solutions to these problems are discussed.

IB 104: Animal Biology

Instructor: Lily Arias, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Economics

Partners: Liliana Harding, University of East Anglia, UK, and Isabel Rodriguez Tejedo, University of Navarra, Spain

Introductory zoological concepts with emphasis on the diversity and comparative anatomy of animals and the fundamentals of physiology, genetics, evolution, and behavior. Lecture and laboratory.

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

LAST 445-1 / QUEC 410: Beginning Quechua

Instructor: Carlos Molina-Vital, Instructor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Partners: Gavina Cordova and Luis Mujica, Universidad Nacional Jose Maria Arguedas, Peru

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 

Instructor: Ken Salo, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Partners: Ricardo Nascimento, UNILAB, Brazil and Greg Ruiters, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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 Fall 2023 for Cultural Studies - US Minority.

UP 260: Social Inequality and Planning

Instructor: Ken Salo, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Partners: Ricardo Nascimento, UNILAB, Brazil, and Greg Ruiters, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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 Fall 2023 for Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci.



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