Experiences in which students immerse themselves in cultures or environments other than their own and engage in appropriate opportunities for reflection
The aim of the Global
Awareness (GA) component of the Odyssey experience is to help students
understand and appreciate cultures or environments other than their own. Toward
that end, students are encouraged to engage in learning outside the classroom
that broadens their intellectual horizons and deepens their understanding of
the political, social, cultural, environmental, spiritual and economic issues
affecting the world today. Global Awareness opportunities are also designed to
promote personal growth and self-reliance as well as to provide new
perspectives about the student’s own culture or environment.
Any Global Awareness activity for which Odyssey credit is awarded must contain
both an immersion component and a reflection component. Exposure to the target
culture or environment shall be direct and substantial: one to two weeks of
continuous immersion should be viewed as a minimum. The reflection component
may include such things as guided small- and large-group discussions, papers,
journals, and oral presentations. The Director of International Programs can
assist in developing appropriate reflection activities.
Examples of experiential learning activities which might fulfill this category:
COURSES. Any course that incorporates
substantial travel to other cultures or environments as well as an appropriate
reflection component could be a candidate for GA coding.
INDIVIDUALIZED ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES. This category includes study abroad
experiences as well as internships that are completed in a foreign country.
Foreign students enrolled at Hendrix as well as American students studying
abroad may apply for Odyssey credit under this rubric. Optional individualized
GA experiences (modules) may also be attached to courses that by themselves do
not merit coding in this category.
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. This category includes projects completed outside the
context of any academic course. Examples
include participation in service-learning trips to other cultures, projects
which involve extensive student research on-site in a foreign environment, and
individual or group study trips to another culture or environment.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR GA PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
• A GA experience need not involve
travel to a foreign country. An unfamiliar culture or environment in the United
States can qualify. In your proposal
explain carefully how such an experience meets the GA criteria.
• Foreign students at Hendrix may apply
for GA credit for their experiences in the United States.
• All GA experiences require a