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ERIC Number: EJ922876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 109
ISSN: ISSN-1065-0741
Web-Based Exchange of Views Enhances "Global Studies"
Ahamer, Gilbert; Kumpfmuller, Karl A.; Hohenwarter, Michaela
Campus-Wide Information Systems, v28 n1 p16-40 2011
Purpose: The aim of this article is to present the development-oriented Master's curriculum "Global Studies" (GS) at the University of Graz, Austria, as an example of interdisciplinary academic training with the purpose of fostering inter-"cultural" understanding. It aims to show that scientific disciplines can be understood as "cultures of cognition" producing own views of realities. Design/methodology/approach: Based on a decade of previous experiences, the communication and assessment functions of e-learning platforms and e-journals are used to facilitate stepwise approximations among the various "cultures of understanding". Findings: Despite severe financial limitations, peer-oriented planning and lecturing efforts since 2004 have resulted in a bundle of electives and in a new Master's curriculum elaborated cooperatively by the faculties of the legal, economic, historic, cultural, natural and communication sciences at Karl-Franzens-University Graz. Both the bundle of electives and the Master's curriculum appear to offer a truly "m:n type" interdisciplinary and intercultural design which assumes various stakeholder-dependent perspectives of multi-faceted realities. Research limitations/implications: The wealth of interdisciplinary and intercultural thought and practice can be best "proceduralised" through dialogue-oriented educational technologies. Practical implications: In practical terms, hundreds of students may follow these web-enhanced curricula that are based on the materialised results of their founders' ethical systems. Originality/value: This is the first paper that outlines the Global Studies curriculum at Graz University. (Contains 2 tables and 11 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria