Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


We live, as the saying goes, in an increasingly connected world. This would appear to require that we open our own perspectives and practices (cultural, political, economic, linguistic, etc.) to those of our “others.” By thus opening ourselves, genuine intercultural exchange would become possible, and, by the same token, we would affirm our belonging to the world as a whole. In other words, we would learn to become citizens of the globe. And yet, it is arguable that decades of economic, political and social turmoil have both accompanied and impeded the emergence of a truly global citizenry. This course wants to ask what a genuinely global citizenry’s characteristics might be, what should be necessary for its formation, and what might stand in the way of its emergence. Because the course is conducted in French, it aims to introduce students to the language skills necessary to understand and discuss the above questions. Through in-class discussions, and by engaging with various media (linguistic and non-linguistic), students will make progress in their ability to think critically about what it means to be a global citizen while also improving their proficiency in French more generally.

Instructors:
Evan Foster
Location:
Morse A203
Schedule:
10:00am-11:50am on Friday at MRSE A203 (Jan 30, 2017 to May 19, 2017)
2:00pm-3:50pm on Tuesday, Thursday at MRSE A203 (Jan 30, 2017 to May 19, 2017)