Global Citizenship

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
GLGC 1101
Global Citizenship
Global Learning Global Citizenship
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours

Lecture: 2 hours/week

Seminar: 2 hours/week


Hybrid: 2 hours/week in class; 2 hours/week online


Fully online

Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Methods of instruction will depend on the delivery mode: In-person, online, hybrid, or guided study. Methods may include:  

  • Lectures (in-person, video) 
  • Peer-led seminar 
  • Discussion groups (in-person or online)
  • Inquiry-based projects 
  • Guest speakers 
  • Small-group work 
  • Field experience 
  • Field observation  
  • Independent study 
  • Video or audio presentations 
Course Description
This course meets the Global Citizenship course requirement of the Global Competency Certificate. Students are introduced to global competencies and issues. Students will explore the worldviews of others, reflect on their own cultural experiences, and take multiple perspective while exploring issues related to sustainability and intercultural conflict and harmony. Depending on the specific course offering, students may engage in intercultural activities or take this course as part of a study-abroad experience.
Course Content

1. Key Concepts of Global Citizenship  

a. Globalization

    • Definitions 
    • Support and critiques 

b. Global Citizenship 

    •  Definitions 
    •  Competencies 
    •  Support and critiques  

2. Worldviews and Intercultural understanding

a. Key concepts and definitions: 

    • Worldviews and paradigms – definitions 
    • Culture and intercultural definitions and models for understanding 
    • Perspective-taking  
    • Unlearning and reframing experience 

 b. Cultural self-awareness  

    • Identifying our own cultural lenses and worldview  
    • Linking behavior and judgement to cultural lenses  
    • Challenging one’s worldview via perspective-taking and experience.  

c. Intercultural communication 

    • Basic frameworks for understanding intercultural communication differences (e.g. high context, low context, in-between, direct, indirect)
    • Identifying our own communication preferences 

 3.  Global Issues and Institutions: Knowledge to Action  

a. Introduction to select global issues

b. Critical perspectives on the role and purpose of international governmental and non governmental organizations (i.e. Foundations, UN, UNESCO, Red Cross, etc.) 

 c. Local/global relationship 

    • Identifying organizational positions 
    • Linking local action to global issues 

 d. Taking action 

    • Localizing global citizenship to your context 
    • Planning for action  
    • Critical perspectives (for example performative global citizenship; volunteerism and voluntourism; soft vs critical global citizenship)   

 4. Sustainability global citizenship 

a. Definitions 

b. Sustainability Frameworks: mainstream and critical (e.g. anthropological, Indigenous, UN sustainable development goals)  

c. Selected topics in sustainability 

    • Environmental 
    • Economic 
    • Social (cultural) 
    • Political 


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, sucessful students will be able to: 

  • Define global citizenship and global competencies. 
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of sustainable development concepts and models. 
  • Present a global issue from more than one perspective or worldview.  
  • Relate a global issue to specific local actions. 
  • Self-assess interpersonal and intercultural communication ability.  
  • Demonstrate critical thinking to support a position on a sustainability issue.  
Means of Assessment

The means of assessment for this course will align with the delivery mode and adhere to the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. Regardless of format, the assessment will include a minimum of three separate assessments and include: 

  • Understanding of global competencies 
  • Evidence of a critical thinking and perspective-taking 
  • A reflective element relating self, experience, and global competencies.  

The following is an example assessment format for this course: 

Reflection journal 


Seminar presentation 


Case study or research project 


Final Paper 


Discussion participation 





Textbook Materials

The instructor may choose a textbook such as:  

Sterri, A. B. (2014). Global Citizen-- Challenges and Responsibility in an Interconnected World. Brill | Sense. 

Hassan Bashir, & Phillip W. Gray. (2015). Deconstructing Global Citizenship: Political, Cultural, and Ethical Perspectives. Lexington Books. 

Or compile a reading list of relevant articles/materials for this course.  


Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:

  • No prerequisite courses

Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses