Mosaics, Globally Integrated Courses & Global Scholars

CGSE Mosaics and Globally Integrated Courses

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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 current/upcoming Mosaics:

Not only has France's culinary culture long been celebrated around the globe, but it is also one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of food. Building on recent anti-food waste policies, France recently adopted an ambitious law to shape a system-wide transition towards a circular economy and encourage businesses, municipalities, and citizens to eliminate waste. This mosaic will examine these new policies in relation to cultural habits and agricultural practices to gain a comprehensive understanding of France’s food system and the extent to which it contributes to a sustainable world. Students can expect to spend 2-3 weeks in France in March 2025 traveling to different regions of the country reputed for their successful attempts at redefining French food culture through innovative policymaking, food production and waste management systems. 

Four Courses:  

  1. FDST 250/SUST 200 Introduction to Sustainable Food Production Systems (Jenn Halpin, Director of the College Farm) (Attributes: Environmental Studies Specialization; Sustainability) 
  2. FREN 225/FDST 250 Green Eggs and Jambon: Eating Sustainably in France (Adeline Soldin, French and Francophone Studies) 
  3. ECON 214 The Circular Economy in France: Food Systems and Policy (Anthony Underwood, Economics) 
  4. Independent Study in ECON, FDST, FREN, or another related field (Halpin, Soldin, or Underwood)

There will be an information session in spring 2024, but in the meantime, please feel free to contact Prof. Soldin (soldina@dickinson.edu) with questions and to express interest.  


The following is a list of some past Mosaics: 

  • Energy Pasts and Futures: Sustainability and the Energy Transition in Germany, Spring 2023
  • Managing Death and Dying in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Spring 2022
  • Rwanda Mosaic: After Genocide and Apartheid, Spring 2019
  • Cuba Mini Mosaic: The African Diaspora, May 2018
  • Climate Change and Human Security in Nepal, Fall 2017

Mosaics are being developed on a continuous basis. For more information, please visit the Mosaics program page.  


Globally Integrated Courses

Globally Integrated Courses link the study of a global theme or issue in a semester-long course with the opportunity to build on and deepen understanding of the issues through fieldwork or research at a global center or site. Globally Integrated Semesters include additional globally-themed workshops throughout the semester.

The following is a list of Globally Integrated Courses:

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

  • Sex and the City of Light: Early 20th Century Women of Paris, Spring 2023
  • Argentina GIS: Argentine Adventures through Contemporary Literature, Spring 2022
  • Brazil GIS: Brazilian Cultural and Social Issues, Spring 2022
  • France GIS: Sustainability in France, Spring 2022
  • Germany GIS: The Entrepreneurial Mindset, Spring 2022
  • Iceland GIS: Arctic Studies, Spring 2022
  • Food and Energy in Israel and the United States, Spring 2020
  • Sustainability in Italy: Environment, Culture and Food, Fall 2017

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. 

Past Global Scholar Programs include: 

  • Global Scholars US-Japan

Dickinson, in partnership with Akita International University and co-funded by a grant from the Japanese government, is undertook 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 was conducted in two structurally similar but geographically distinct regions: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Akita City, Japan.