ERIC Number: ED237397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Humanities in a Global Perspective.
Waller, Robert A.
There is a need to incorporate a global perspective into humanities courses and curricula at the college level, to help students understand the international issues which confront all American citizens. This goal can be achieved by a combination of individual and institutional commitments. The key element is the faculty member's role. Humanities teachers should support the study of foreign languages. Current course content in the humanities should be re-examined to determine if it has an international dimension. The global perspective should be incorporated into existing units of instructional materials; courses should not be added. The curriculum should also include the study of non-western cultures. At the institutional level, statements of general education components for all colleges should bring attention to the global perspective issue. Support must be provided by the college administrators. For example, the dean might study the possibility of study abroad or student exchange programs. Humanists also need to foster international understanding in the surrounding community. The global perspectives concept may supply the cohesion so badly needed by college-level humanities courses. (RM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Area Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Higher Education, Humanities Instruction, Non Western Civilization, Public Affairs Education, School Role, Second Language Instruction, Student Exchange Programs, Study Abroad, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the South Carolina Humanities Scholars Forum (Spartanburg, SC, April 19, 1983).