Project 1: GLOBAL CONNECTIONS
Global Issues 3205 is resource-based (there is no required textbook) and the content of the course is by its design, global in scope. The Internet is a tremendous tool for students to supplement school based information with current, developing issues. The intent of this project is to identify global issues and track them as they develop on a daily basis. Relevancy and immediacy are the impetus for this project. Through tracking, students will gain a greater understanding of the dynamic and ongoing aspect of global issues.
To develop accession skills essential for information retrieval.
To gain a working knowledge of the Internet and its usefulness as a research tool.
To realize that global issues are dynamic and ongoing - it is history in the making.
To develop personal communication skills by participating in class discussions based on
This project has relevance to many courses. For example, current affairs section of World History 3201, Democracy, Geography, Economics.
Students will be required to write analysis of the issues they encounter while surfing the net.
The Internet is no longer a tool of the future. This project will make the Internet accessible to a cross section of the student population and will heighten and develop both computer literacy and Internet skills.
Students will establish links with news sites on the Net such as the CBC so as to enhance
Students will enhance their literacy skills by reading and
writing summaries of online news
Part of a student's evaluation will be based on oral reports (based on Internet
This project can be completed by using traditional means of communication - T.V., radio, newspapers, and magazines. However, the Internet has several advantages: T. V. and radio are passive forms of communication, newspapers and magazines are not always available, and most importantly this project allots in-class time to do the searching without distractions that would be common to traditional means of communication found at home. It is one thing to ask a student to follow news stories at home and another to actually get him/her to do so!