LA 478: Cultivating Citizenship in a Global World

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.

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 primary texts in Eastern and Western ethics in terms of the structure of arguments, the historical context of the works, and the students’ own values.
  2. Students can explain the concept of sustainability-including its economic, social and environmental aspects and can evaluate sustainability initiatives using contemporary ethical theory and ideas.
  3. Students can explain, in scholarly written form, how cultural contexts have produced humanity’s most significant global challenges, and how these contexts must also inform ethically motivated responses.
  4. Students produce a project on engaged global citizenship that links to their accumulated undergraduate learning and demonstrates understanding of diverse, contemporary ‘knowledges’ and cultures.