Internationalising the curriculum resource kit
We all have a duty to give our graduates the best preparation possible for their future lives working and living in multicultural environments. This Resource Kit has been designed to assist you to think through the implications and possibilities of internationalising your own curricula.
The kit contains:
- questionnaires aimed to guide and stimulate thinking in relevant areas;
- ideas for internationalising curricula and pedagogy;
- articles to inform and stimulate discussion;
- case studies contributed by your colleagues at Brookes;
- current projects at Brookes;
- links to external resources;
- information on IoC related events; and
- information on development opportunities for staff.
To begin we require some common understanding of what IoC means, in particular:
- global perspectives, especially in one’s discipline area
- cross-cultural capability
- responsible citizenship
Global perspectives relate to knowledge of how your discipline is represented and understood within other cultures, to widening your frame of reference beyond the purely western or secular so that you and your students can engage in critical debate in your field. Cross-cultural competence begins with an awareness of our own culture and perspectives and the development of the confidence to question one’s own values and those of others responsibly and ethically. The underlying ethos of the project is the development of an understanding of being a global citizen and the necessity to engage with issues of equity and social justice, sustainability and the reduction of prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination.
(For a fuller discussion see What does internationalisation of the curriculum mean?)
If you have any comment on the Resource Kit or would like to contribute to it please contact Dr. Mary Deane via email@example.com
The idea of a Resource Kit seems to have come originally from Whalley (1997). The content has been contributed by Brookes staff and adapted from:
- Clifford, V. and Joseph, C. (2005). Report of the Internationalisation of the Curriculum Project , Melbourne, Higher Education Development Unit,Monash University;
- Leeds Metropolitan University (2007). Cross-cultural capability and global perspectives. Guidelines for curriculum review.
- University of South Australia (2002). Internationalisation of Curriculum Information Kit, Adelaide, Learning Connections, University of South Australia;
- Whalley, T. (1997) Best practice guidelines for internationalizing the curriculum, Burnaby, British Columbia, Open Learning Agency.