Global Learning at APU

11 Global Learning Objectives

Global Learning Objectives are essential attributes that the center believes are needed for students to achieve global competence. APU study-away students have the opportunity to develop in these areas through thoughtfully planned and implemented domestic and international programs.

  1. Local and Global Awareness: Demonstrating a personal knowledge of location(s) engaged (history, geography, groups, faith traditions, languages, resources, etc.) and articulating the interconnections between systems globally (social, economic, political, and environmental).
  2. Communication: Demonstrating the ability to communicate effectively with the host community (verbal, nonverbal, written, etiquette, etc.)
  3. Vocational Development: Developing knowledge and/or practical skills that are applicable in an academic discipline and/or career.
  4. Cultural Inquiry: Taking on a posture of listening and learning, recognizing implicit bias, and developing the ability to see things through the eyes of others.
  5. Self-Limitation: Humbly setting aside personal habits/preferences and operating physically within the community as if a local member.
  6. Interpersonal Engagement: Forming self-sustaining relationships with members of the host community across cultural, class, and religious differences through active dialogue and collaboration.
  7. Self-Awareness: Mindfulness of one’s social location; i.e., the connection between multiple categories such as gender, sexual orientation (attraction), race, ethnicity, nationality, level of education, relationship status, socioeconomic status, religion, immigration status, etc.
  8. Emotional Maturity: Developing a contextually appropriate range of affective qualities: emotional resilience, positivity, confidence, initiative, empathy, flexibility, perseverance, etc.
  9. Spiritual Formation: Developing personal faith/beliefs and knowledge of Christian and other faith traditions.
  10. Behavior Transformation: Consciously acting in a just, socially responsible, and concrete way in my daily life. For example, actions/choices in relationships, purchasing, diet, media, technology, social involvement, environmental impact, consumption habits, transportation use, vocational choices, etc.
  11. Perspective Transformation: Evaluating, developing, and expanding one’s mindset and worldview.
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