Examples of Global Learning Initiatives

Examples of Global Learning Initiatives

On this page, you will find examples of some of the Global Learning Initiatives currently offered at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

ANT465H5S: Anthropology of Islam

Prof. Sarah Hillewaert is creating a unique and engaging online learning environment for students in the Anthropology of Islam class. Over the course of the semester, eight international guests will join students online to have informal conversations about the global themes covered in the course creating a unique virtual global learning environment for students. Conversations will include guest speakers like; Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt, CEO of Launchgood, the biggest Islamic crowdfunding platform will join the conversation on charity and ethics in Islam. Aman Ali, the award-winning American comedian and storyteller, will join students during the week on prayer, to talk about his 30 Mosques in 30 Days project. And Dr. amina wadud, famous for her work on feminism in Islam, will speak about gender and Islam. Click here for more information about this initiative.

BIO209H5S: Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology II

During the Winter Reading week, students will embark on a virtual journey to the Amazon jungle and cradle of the Incan Empire with Prof. Sanja Hinic-Frlog. They will explore the contrasts between Canadian and Peruvian healthcare systems and examine both western and traditional approaches to health with a focus on its geographic and social determinants and the impacts of COVID-19. Using an immersive virtual environment, they will be challenged to think critically about healthcare and service delivery in Peru’s unique cultural landscape. Click here for more information about this initiative.

EDS220H5S: Equity and Diversity in Education

Prof. Liz Coulson is curating an opportunity for students to explore education in Ecuador. Over the semester students will explore the education disparities in Ecuador and local initiatives that are working to overcome them. Through connections with private schools, international non-profit organizations, and Ecuadorian change-makers students will expand their understanding of education systems outside of Canada and learn about innovative approaches to improving access to education. Click here for more information about this initiative.

EDS388H5F: Experiential Learning Opportunity within the Community

Prof. Liz Coulson and the IEC have developed a global opportunity for students to explore education systems in Ecuador. This virtual internship will take place over the 2021 summer term.  Students taking this international internship option will explore education systems in Ecuador. Students will gain 100 hours of work experience teaching youth virtually in Colegio Menor Guayaquil, a bilingual private school that is part of Nord Anglia Education. Students will also have an opportunity to connect with their peers in the Education Sciences program at Universidad San Francisco de Quito to exchange ideas about their experience with local school systems in Canada and Ecuador. The aim of the international component of the course is to help you expand your understanding of education systems outside of Canada, gain experience within the classrooms, and build your intercultural fluency skills. Click here for more information about this initiative.

ENV311H5S: Environmental Issues in the Developing World

Prof. Barbara Murck is embedding connections and conversations with community leaders in Ecuador into Environmental Issues in the Developing World. In this course, students will examine ‘environment’ and ‘development’ as inseparable challenges. Students will consider global, regional, and local environmental problems from the perspectives of developing nations, and investigate the economic, social, and political roots of these problems. Students will be immersed in the Ecuadorian landscape from the Amazon to the Andes, to the Islands by connecting with local indigenous activists, managers of biodiversity conservation research facilities and tourism facilities, local producers of key commodities like chocolate and coffee, and more! Click here for more information about this initiative.