LA 478: Cultivating Global Citizenship

A capstone seminar, ordinarily taken in the final year, emphasizing engaged global citizenship from an interdisciplinary perspective. Sources in ethics, economics, politics and environmental science offer diverse cultural perspectives on a sustainable future. Assignments integrate knowledge acquired through the major with the wider perspectives from liberal arts core courses, and include a self-directed project on ethics and policy recommendations. Must be fulfilled in residence.

Here is a wonderful example of an LA 478 course, taught by Sonia Kapur in the Spring of 2022.

Please Note: Each section of LA 478 varies, with each instructor’s own particular focus for the course.  To see the specific section description, go to the Class Schedule on the UNCA Home page, view the list of LA courses, and click on the particular section title of LA 478.001, LA 478.002, and so on.  A box will open, describing that particular section.


No credit given if credit received for HUM 414. Fall and Spring.

Prerequisites: 75 credit hours and HUM 324; LANG 120

Senior Capstone Courses

UNC Asheville offers two options for the Senior Capstone course: HUM 414 “Critical Perspectives on Contemporaneity” and LA 478: “Cultivating Citizenship in a Global World.” Please visit the Senior Capstone Course Comparison page to help you select a course that best harmonizes with your major and intellectual interests.

Course Objectives & Student Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives

To Cultivate

  1. An ethical sensibility in personal decision-making.
  2. Appreciation of ethical differences and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue with others.
  3. Understanding of global economic and political institutions.
  4. Awareness of personal and collective responsibilities.
  5. A sense of individual empowerment to be an ethical agent.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students analyze and interpret sources in diverse ethical frameworks in terms of the structure of arguments and the historical context of the works and can produce and defend a normative position.
  2. Students can explain the concept of sustainability, broadly construed—such as its economic, social, or environmental dimensions—and can evaluate sustainability initiatives using contemporary ethical theory and ideas.
  3. Students can explain how cultural contexts have produced significant global challenges and can integrate their accumulated learning to demonstrate understanding of diverse contemporary knowledges and cultures.