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Global Citizenship Requirement

 

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within the United States and/or an appreciation for the interconnectedness of cultural, ecological, economic, political, social and technological systems of the contemporary world. This prepares the student to make a responsible contribution to a rapidly changing global society. The student must take a minimum of three units in one of the following areas: American Cultures, Ecological Literacy, Global Studies, Service Learning or a Santa Monica College Study Abroad Experience.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP A.A. DEGREE REQUIREMENT

To fulfill the Global Citizenship requirement for the AA degree from Santa Monica College, students must successfully complete an approved 3-unit course. These courses fall into one of the following four categories:
 
1. American Cultures
An American Cultures course utilizes a comparative framework to explore how the American identity and experience have been shaped—and will continue to be shaped—by a diverse array of cultural influences and traditions. An

American Cultures course must compare and contrast at least three American cultures including Latino American, African American, Asian American, Native American and European American.
 
· Course utilizes a comparative framework to explore how the American identity and experience have been shaped—and will continue to be shaped—by a diverse array of cultural influences and traditions
· Course compares and contrasts at least three American cultures including Latino American, African American, Asian American, Native American and European American.
 
2. Ecological Literacy
Ecological literacy requires interdisciplinary understanding of both nature and humanity. This includes scientific

examination of the interactions between and within the systems and cycles of the atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere, which together provide the basis for life on Earth. Ecological literacy also includes awareness and understanding of the many continuing impacts that human beings have had on natural environments, at scales ranging from the local to the global, and how those impacts are linked to the sustainability of social, cultural, and political-economic systems.  Any course whose content focuses primarily on one or more of three areas (see below) will be considered for the Ecological Literacy category.
 
1. Conceptual foundations of our environmental attitudes, values and challenges from a variety of cultural perspectives.
2. Scientific understanding of Earth’s natural systems and cycles, emphasizing humanity’s role as the planet’s ecologically dominant species and how that affects the continuing viability of habitats for life on Earth.
3. Analysis of human activity and its impact on Earth’s natural environments, both local and global, and the shorter and longer-term implications for the planet’s livability and sustainability.
4. Analysis of environmental problems and solutions as they apply to the understanding and practical application of technologies aimed at curbing the adverse impact of human activity on the natural environment and/or improving the sustainable use of natural resources. 
 
3.  Global Studies
A course that fulfills this area will explore the factors that have shaped our global community and provide students with an understanding of their roles in relationship to other peoples and systems on a global level.  To be included in the Global Studies category a course must meet all three criteria (see below).
 
1. Course content is explored primarily through a global perspective and a comparative and/or analytical framework is used. At least two societies or cultures outside the United States and their global impact are explored.
2. Course material has contemporary significance. For example, a course would not only examine a period of history but the ways in which that period of history impacts the way we live in the world today.
3. Course content addresses at least two interconnected systems (such as cultural, ecological, economic, political, social and technological systems).
 
4. Service Learning
Service learning is an instructional method that fosters civic responsibility by integrating community service with academic instruction. A course must utilize service learning as a significant pedagogy in reaching the course objectives and student learning outcomes as expressed on the course outline of record. For additional information, please visit the Service Learning website.  In order for the pedagogy to be considered “significant”, a course must meet four criteria (see below).
 
1. The required hours of service must be at least 20 per semester.
2.  The academic rigor of the course must be supported by the use of service learning.
3.  Structured written and/or oral reflection activities must be ongoing, involve instructor feedback to students, and be structured in such a way to help achieve the course and/or assignment objectives.
4.  The service-learning component of the course must be integrated into the grading criteria for the course such that it contributes to at least 40% of the grade. (Please note: the hours completed are NOT part of the grade, the academic work resulting from the service learning hours contribute to at least 40% of the grade.
Courses which fulfill the Global Citizenship AA Degree Requirement (2011-2012)
 
Course No.
Course Name
ANTHROPOLOGY 2
Cultural Anthropology
ANTHROPOLOGY 14
Sex, Gender, and Culture
ANTHROPOLOGY 19
The Culture of Food
ANTHROPOLOGY 21
Peoples of Power in Latin America
ART HISTORY 11
(formerly Art 79)
Introduction to Global Visual Culture
ART HISTORY 72
American Art History
BIOLOGY 9
Environmental Biology
BUSINESS 51
Intercultural Communications
COMMUNICATION 10
Journalism, Gender, and Race
DANCE 2
Dance in American Culture
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 11
Child, Family & Community
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 18
Childhood: Culture and Personality
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 19
Teaching in a Diverse Society
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 60
Child Observation on Assessment
ECONOMICS 5
International Political Economy: Introduction to Global Studies (same as Global Studies 5, Political Science 5)
ENGLISH 9
Literature of California
 ENGLISH 10
Ethnic Literature of the US
 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 7
(Also Geography 7)
Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 20
Environmental Ethics (same as Philosophy 20)
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 40
Environmental Psychology (same as Psychology 40)
 FILM STUDIES 7
American Cinema: Crossing Cultures
GEOGRAPHY 7
Introduction to Environmental Studies
GEOGRAPHY 11
World Geography: Introduction to Global Studies (same as Global Studies 11)
GEOGRAPHY 14
Geography of California
GLOBAL STUDIES 5
Political Economics (same as Economics 5 and Political Science 5)
GLOBAL STUDIES 10
Global Issues
GLOBAL STUDIES 11
World Geography: Introduction to Global Studies (same as Geography 11)
HISTORY 10
Ethnicity & American Culture
MUSIC 33
Jazz in American Culture
MUSIC 36
History of Rock Music
MUSIC 37
Music in American Culture
NURSING 60
Multicultural Health and Healing Practices
NUTRITION 7
Food and Culture in America
PHILOSOPHY 20
Environmental Ethics (same as Environmental Studies 20)
POLITICAL SCIENCE 5
International Political Economy: Introduction to Global Studies (same as Economics 5 and Global Studies 5)
POLITICAL SCIENCE 21
Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Difference
POLITICAL SCIENCE 22
Environmental Politics and Policies
PSYCHOLOGY 18
Childhood: Culture and Personality
PSYCHOLOGY 40
Environmental Psychology (same as Environmental Studies 20)
RECYCLING & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 1
 
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE STUDY ABROAD
(if completed Spring 2008 or later) credit awarded through petition)
SOCIOLOGY 1S
Introduction to Sociology—Service Learning
SOCIOLOGY 2S
Social Problems—Service Learning
 SOCIOLOGY 34
Racial and Ethnic Relations in American Society
SPEECH 4
Oral Interpretation: Performing Literature Across Cultures
SPEECH 7
Intercultural Communication
 
 
To propose a course for fulfillment of the AA requirement, please download and complete the following document: