Mosaics, Globally Integrated Courses & Global Scholars

CGSE Mosaics and Globally Integrated Courses

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The CGSE is currently accepting applications for the following programs:

Global Mosaics

Global Mosaics are intensive, interdisciplinary  research programs designed around ethnographic fieldwork and immersion in domestic and global communities. Their objective is to encourage students to think reflectively about the diverse world in which they live as they engage in collaborative work with local, transnational, and international communities. Global Mosaics provide opportunities for students to apply what they are learning in the classroom, both theoretically and methodologically, to the world beyond, and to bring their experiences in the world back into the classroom.

The following is a list of ongoing/past Mosaics: 


Mosaics are being developed on a continuous basis.  For more information visit the Center for Community Studies.  

Globally Integrated Courses

Globally Integrated Courses link the serious study of a global theme or issue in a semester-long course with the opportunity to build on and deepen understanding of the issues at play through fieldwork or research at a global center or site.

The following is a list of past Globally-Integrated Courses:

Morocco: Religion and Culture (January 2013)

The Morocco mini-mosaic is designed to extend into the “field” the academic explorations undertaken by students in my Fall 2012 Ethnography of Jewish Experience course and/or my Spring 2013 Saints and Demons: Muslim and Jewish Popular Religion in the Middle East course. Though these two courses have different foci (as evidenced in the attached syllabi), the mini-Mosaic experience in Morocco would have a set of learning goals that serve students in both courses.

Cuba: Sustainability in the Context of Hispanic Cultures (January 2013)

This section of Spanish 231 will examine the concept of sustainability in the context of Hispanic cultures and will examine its social, economic, and environmental components. The class will begin with a two-week trip to Cuba to study food security and sustainable urban agriculture in La Havana. Upon return to campus for the spring semester students will develop projects related to their experience in Cuba and also continue with other sustainability case studies.

Mediterranean Migrations Program (Spring 2013)

This program connects three of Dickinson's global centers in Málaga, Spain, Rabat, Morocco, and Toulouse France.  The full semester mosaic of courses examines the movement of people across the Mediterranean region and how that movement affects communities.  More information can be found here.

Global Scholars 

The Global Scholars program is an initiative to promote student scholarship at our partner institutions abroad. This program allows select Dickinson students to join a faculty-led student research team to study issues of global significance while participating on a Dickinson study abroad program. 

The CGSE is currently accepting applications for the following program(s):

Dickinson, in partnership with Akita International University (AIU), and co-funded by a grant from the Japanese government, is undertaking an in-depth research project on perceptions of quality of life among older adults, particularly the relationship between perceived well-being and access to/utilization of health care services.  The research will be conducted in two structurally similar but geographically distinct regions, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States and Akita City, Japan. The program seeks five highly engaged Dickinson students with an interest in health care, elder care, health policy, and/or Japan to participate in an international and interdisciplinary research team in spring semester and summer 2015.  For more information, please contact the CGSE.  The deadline for this program is Friday, October 17, 2014.