Why Global Communication?

2012 is the Year of Reading Globally for Winthrop University’s English Department. WRIT 510, Global Communication, is one of a series of courses designed to supplement our regular course offerings that already have a global component. But why this topic? Why global communication as a special topics course?

Several reasons:

  • Preparing students for success in a global society is the primary focus of Winthrop’s Vision of Distinction. This document emphasizes the “dizzying” rate of change students are experiencing, and the “Readiness Winthrop” initiative calls for the Winthrop community to devise new ways to prepare students for these changes.
  • Winthrop’s Quality Enhancement Plan or Global Learning Initiative wants to enhance global education for students and prepare them to be informed and effective global citizens.
  • NCTE’s Position Statement on 21st Century Literacies posits that the new century requires “multiple, dynamic, and malleable” literacies, a range of skills and abilities that involve technology, cross-cultural teamwork, global communication, information design, multi-media texts, and the management of simultaneous streams of information.
  • In addition to a knowledge of language and literature, the Core Goals for Undergraduate English majors at Winthrop require students to develop advanced communication and technological skills. The issue of globalization is increasingly important to student learning, emphasizing the need for a course that focuses on language and communication from a global perspective.
  • As a result, Global Communication will start with a brief history of communication before expanding to its components, such as the internet, news, and social media. We will read texts that offer insight into a myriad of issues regarding global communication: its history and theories, political and lawful issues, and global implications of the internet. Various written and multimodal assignments ask students to trace the origins of a word/phrase, analyze the discourse of an online community, and track a global event from multiple perspectives.

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