INTEGRATIVE INQUIRY FOR THE GLOBAL EXPLORER

4 CCI courses/16 credits outside the major disciplinary base and 1 experiential learning component (coded CCX)

The Integrative Inquiry requirement encourages you to engage with questions and acquire skills that enable you to communicate effectively and act responsibly in a world of diverse languages and cultures.

These courses will require you to engage in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary inquiry on problems related to aesthetic and creative expression, difference and cultural boundaries, and civic and ethical problems at both the local and global level.

FirstBridge (2 CCI courses/8 credits)

As a new student, you will fulfill two of your Integrative Inquiry course requirements by taking FirstBridge, a set of two courses from different disciplines focusing on enduring questions and compelling controversies.

Learning Outcomes

  • You will enhance your information literacy skills, acquiring an understanding of how information is produced and discovering how to evaluate, create and use it effectively and ethically. You will develop an awareness of the conversational nature of scholarship and be able to identify appropriate secondary sources to conduct effective research.
  • You will develop public speaking and presentation skills in order to participate effectively and appropriately both in academic discussion and as a community leader, in a professional and engaging manner that can convey complex information.
  • You will be able to appreciate place as a source of knowledge, to interrogate the multiple meanings of place and to develop a more informed and sensitive understanding of interactions between people and the physical environment.
  • You will learn to formulate questions that maximize learning potential and lead to productive individual and group research projects.
  • You will strengthen concrete skills and aptitudes needed to be successful at AUP and beyond, such as study skills and time management, developing appropriate classroom behavior and interpersonal skills and a mindset that leads to lifelong learning.
Two Integrative Inquiry courses (outside the major - 2 CCI courses/8 credits)

Courses designated as II will contribute to the achievement of at least two of the following learning outcomes:

(Note: A French course beyond FR1200 would fulfill one of these course requirements.)

Learning Outcomes

  • Local and Global Perspectives: You will enhance your intercultural understanding of languages, cultures and the histories of local societies, and the global issues to which these relate.
  • Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Expression: You will engage with artistic or creative objects (eg visual art, theatrical works, film) in different media and from a range of cultural traditions.
  •  Exploring and Engaging Difference: You will think critically about cultural and social difference. You will identify and understand power structures that determine hierarchies and inequalities relating to race, ethnicity, gender, nationhood, religion or class.
  • Civic and Ethical Engagement: You will demonstrate awareness of ethical considerations relating to specific societal problems, values or practices (whether historical or contemporary, global or local) and learn to articulate possible solutions to prominent challenges facing societies and institutions today so as to become an engaged actor across various levels of our interconnected world.
Experiential Learning (coded CCX)

Please note that the Experiential Learning component of AUP’s GLACC degree requirements will be fully introduced in Fall 2020.

During your time at AUP, you must complete at least one experiential learning opportunity. These experiences enhance your academic, personal and professional development, and could include:

  • a study trip in a course within or outside your major;
  • an internship;
  • contributions to student publications;
  • mentored research experience with faculty;
  • Study Abroad;
  • the Global Professional Skills (GPS) Program; or
  • other opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

  • You will enhance your understanding of the complexities and challenges of real-world concerns and your creative capacity to address them.
  • You will interpret intercultural experience from the perspectives of more than one worldview and demonstrate the ability to initiate and develop interaction with cultural difference.
  • You will be able to position yourself critically in relation to these concerns, considering the efficacy, consequences and ethical dimensions of your actions in a given place and context.
  • You will engage in the self-assessment, reflection and analysis of this experience, preparing you for future success, and will be able to articulate this to future educational and professional interlocutors.