Welcome to Global Studies! This course represents a shared and unifying academic experience for our entire shipboard community. It includes three main elements critical to our voyage: port exploration, intercultural communication, and ocean discovery. The first element provides specific historical, political, and cultural context for each of our ports of call. It will help us to be informed travelers and to appreciate the places and cultures we visit. The intercultural communication component will enhance our capacity to interact and engage positively with the people we encounter as well as to reflect meaningfully on our global experiences. Finally, while at sea, we will deepen our understanding of oceans and the ocean environment. Throughout the course, we will draw on the overarching theme of globalization to provide context for these elements and weave them together. As we travel around the world, we will enrich our understanding of oceans, lands, cultures, and the connections among them through lectures, presentations, panels, discussions, assignments, and activities. This course aims to enrich our awareness of international and global issues and forge positive global relations. Through this shared experience, we seek to foster a community of conscious and conscientious global citizens.
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