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Certificate in Global Service and Peace Corps Preparation (GLSPCPACRT)Department of International Studies

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Description

The Certificate in Global Service and Peace Corps Preparation creates a portfolio of knowledge and skills essential for careers in international development, government, the Foreign Service, NGOs, and the academic world. Additionally, the certificate prepares students to be competitive applicants to the Peace Corps.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 25 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Global Competence. One (1) course from the .
    • Examination of pressing health and environmental challenges around the world, such as deforestation, climate change and the spread of infectious diseases. Focuses on the interaction of health and environmental problems that cross national borders and require a multinational or global effort to solve. (3 credit hours.)
    • Focuses on the interaction between social, political, and economic forces and human development at global, national, and subnational scales; introduces theoretical perspectives on economic development and the function of markets. (3 credit hours.)
    • Focuses on human rights discourse and the role international law, treaties and conventions play in addressing these rights globally. Course is interdisciplinary in theory and method. (3 credit hours.)
    • Examines culture and governance on an international scale, considering how governments, markets, and international organizations deploy or use culture, and how people turn to cultural resources to resist attempts to govern them and/or to assert their own political aims. (3 credit hours.)
    • Examines concepts of nationalism and state ideology that shape the world's collective identities and contribute to conflicts nationally and internationally. (3 credit hours.)
    • Examines the development of the modern state and the role of international organizations in maintaining global security and promoting global governance. Addresses issues of political and cultural diplomacy and their effect in international disputes. (3 credit hours.)
    • Focuses on globalization as manifested in the shaping of intercultural communication, artistic expressions, collective identities and human rights discourses from comparative and international perspectives. (3 credit hours.)
    • Focuses on the non-medical determinants of health in communities and societies around the world, as well as on the most important health challenges the world faces. One of the main goals is to understand and evaluate the importance of local contexts and global processes in addressing health issues today, while also engaging in discussions about human rights, ethics, inequalities, and pragmatic and global solidarity. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Regional Expertise. One (1) course from the .
    • A historical introduction to Africa. Credit given for only one of AFRI-L 231 or HIST-H 227. (3 credit hours.)
    • An introduction to current social, economic, and political issues in Africa. (3 credit hours.)
    • Central Asia, Mongolia, and Tibet have a unique legacy in the world today: nomads, Silk Road, Islam, Buddhism, Russo-Chinese rivalry, Communism, and resistance. This course will provide a broad overview of trends and issues in this crossroads of cultures and civilizations through a combination of lectures, discussions, and guest presentations. (3 credit hours.)
    • Introduction to the Turkic and Iranian peoples of Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Introduces languages, literatures, and cultures; covers history, society, and economy with a focus on Islam and socio-political movements today. Includes guest lectures, films, museum visits, and musical and dance performances. (3 credit hours.)
    • Surveys East Asian popular culture by examining the evolution and contemporary forms of mass culture in the region. Students will study the structure and political, social, and cultural implications of transnational cultural flows between East Asia and the West. (3 credit hours.)
    • Explores the history of physical violence in China, Japan, and Korea, with a special emphasis on state-sanctioned conflict. Examines the forms that war and violence took in the lives and minds of the residents of East Asia before the nineteenth century. (3 credit hours.)
    • Introduction to issues relating to China's rise in the context of East Asia. Covers the regional implications of China's rise and the myriad drivers of China's domestic political, economic, and foreign policy trajectory in comparison to other East Asian nations. (3 credit hours.)
    • Basic cultural literacy in India Studies through critical reading/lectures from India Studies faculty/film/discussion to discover what makes India the world power it is today, and why we need to know more about it, from its bloody birth in Partition to her ancient history and back to contemporary India. (3 credit hours.)
    • Introduction to Latin America: geography, heritage, and process from pre-Columbian civilizations to colonies and nations. (3 credit hours.)
    • Introduction to pertinent problems of twentieth-century Latin America, such as industrialization, urbanization, revolution, and self-expression. (3 credit hours.)
    • Exploration of the multiple constructions of childhood across Southeast Asia, combining sociocultural and policy relevant perspectives.  Themes will include family dynamics and cultural transmission; the rights of children; and the life experiences of 'children in especially difficult circumstances,' including refugees, children of migrant workers, and those compelled to work. (3 credit hours.)
  3. Advanced Global Competence. One (1) course from the .
    • This course focuses on the intensive study and analysis of selected international problems and issues within an interdisciplinary format. Topics will vary but will cut across fields, regions, and periods. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
    • Advanced topics examining pressing health and environmental challenges around the world. Focuses on the interaction of health and environmental problems that cross national borders and require a multinational or global effort to solve. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Advanced topics examining the interaction between social, political, and economic forces and human development at global, national, and subnational scales; in-depth analysis of theoretical perspectives on economic development and the function of markets. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Advanced topics focusing on human rights discourse and the role international law, treaties and conventions play in addressing these rights globally. Topics are interdisciplinary in theory and method. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Advanced topics in the study of culture and governance. The focus is on relationships of power and authority, including how governments, markets, and international organizations deploy or use culture, and how people turn to cultural resources to resist attempts to govern them and/or to assert their own political aims. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Advanced topics examining concepts of nationalism and state ideology that shape the world's collective identities and contribute to conflicts nationally and internationally. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Advanced topics focusing on the development of the modern state and the role of international organizations in maintaining global security and promoting global governance. Addresses issues of political and cultural diplomacy and their effect in international disputes. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Examines issues of international scope through service learning projects. Content varies with instructor. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in INTL-I 435 and INTL-X 370. (3 credit hours.)
    • Interdisciplinary study of comparative environmental issues around the world. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Study of human rights through the arts. Exploration of artistic expressions in various sociopolitical contexts and the global trends from which they emerge. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Study of nationalism to explore how history, politics and culture conflict and converge in shaping multiple identities. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Study of emergence and use of postcolonial and postcommunist theories to analyze colonial and communist discourses as well as their political and cultural legacies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Exploration of war and peace with regard to their political, moral and legal consequences. Study of structures that adjudicate disputes and the role of international organizations in regulating war and initiating peace. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Examination of gender issues from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • In-depth study and analysis of an international problem, culminating in a research project. Topics vary. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Interdisciplinary study of issues of global development and political economy. Includes both analytical and methodological approaches. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Interdisciplinary study of comparative environmental justice issues around the world. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Study of global health policies and their relationships to social movements. Focuses on the effect of global governance institutions and NGOs on global health policy and action. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • Study and analysis of conflicts and conflict resolution around the world through selected case studies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 3 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
  4. Foreign Language. Two (2) foreign language courses at the 200-level or higher
  5. Internship. One (1) course from the .
    • (Must be related to one of the designated Peace Corps Prep work sectors) Provides academic structure to undergraduate students who wish to engage in a work experience through participation in internships domestically or internationally. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
  6. Electives.
    • Two (2) courses related to the certificate's goals and Peace Corps Work Sectors from any academic unit, selected from a suggested list of courses in consultation with the certificate coordinator.
    • At least one (1) of the above elective courses must be at the 300–499 level.
  7. Capstone. One (1) course from the .
    • P: Global Service and Peace Corps Prep student; and at least junior standing. Project or two workshops that captures the student's accumulated knowledge of global service. (1 credit hour.)
  8. Experiential Learning.
    • One (1) of the courses used to fulfill requirements 1–7 above must be officially designated a Service Learning course or be an approved experiential-learning course as determined by the certificate coordinator.
  9. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.