About the Global Studies course block
The world is becoming increasingly interconnected through information technology, and the 21st-century workplace may need to facilitate communications with employees and clients across national borders. Understanding economics, culture, and history with a global perspective is a vital asset in professional and academic contexts. In the Global Studies course block, you learn how cultures and ideas spread over time and develop your understanding of contemporary issues through historical patterns of trade, territorial expansion, human migration, and global climate change. Courses focusing on key topics and theories in global studies are designed to develop your analytical vocabulary and critical thinking skills as you explore global practices within a broad frame from the past to the present.
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree courses in the Global Studies course block are offered on an accelerated (8-week) schedule.
All Penn LPS Online courses offer academic credit.*
*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.
The Global Studies course block prepares you to:
- Introduce key concepts and theories to contextual global studies
- Provide a broader understanding of global movements of people, goods, and ideas across regions and in different historical moments
- Learn a conceptual framework to enable you to make connections with courses in regional and area studies or cultural studies
- Think critically about global practices over time in different places
- Address the challenges of a global workforce and global leadership