Use the Discussion board here for exploring the questions we posed on Monday, but collaboratively develop the criteria on this page for the Global Studies Project:

  • Involve the whole PC community (or at least those outside the Feinstein community are invited) - -The word "community" is used several times in these criteria thus far, but what does it mean?. Is" PC" a community? In what sense(s)? Does it include the "invisible people?" Alums (GST? All?) Parents? Class of '16? And "Feinstein community," refers to what community? Are we using the word community to simply refer to a group of people?
    • While in some cases I probably use the word "community" to refer to a group of people. In the case of the "whole PC" community, I would define community as a group of people who live, work, and learn together in a similar environment (i.e. the PC campus). Just by being associated with PC every day (by coming to school here or working here), I would consider someone a member of the PC community. Ideally, this community would involve alums and parents, but I hadn't thought about that until your question. I think of the "Feinstein community", as a sub-community of PC. So, the same criteria (as stated above) for being a community, but it more specifically includes PSP and GST majors/minors/instructors.
  • Interact with the greater Providence population - -See above, what does this mean?
    • In this sense, I was using the word to refer to the population of Providence. Admittedly, I'm realizing I over-use the word "community" just because I like the idea so much (which doesn't mean it applies to every group of people I assign it to).
  • Be sustainable! - -To what is this referring? How is the word being used? Like "community, we use this so often it has little meaning.
    • Sustainable means it will endure past this semester (see Magali's post about her "vision" on the discussion board). However, I'm now wondering what "will endure past this semester" means. Will our project continue to be actively worked on after this semester? Will the effects of what we work on continue to be felt? Or will the legacy just be known?
  • What is Global Studies without exploring activism? This is not international relations, but something much more in depth into our very beings and the way we interact with people of different cultures. - -this is a declaration, how is it a criterion for thr project (which begs the question: What is our understanding of criterion?)?
  • Bringing the scope of Global Studies outside the borders of PC insures that our ability to question everything in our unique "classroom" settings does not stop once we leave the security of our campus. - -Declaration? Is this a rationale for some criterion?
  • Be relatable to both the PC and abroad populations (?). - -Again the use of community. What does "relatable" mean here? Who is relating to whom, and how?
  • It's gotta start with a manageable group. Who are the ones who care the most and can bring the knowledge they have to others? We are. Maybe this is thinking too big, but it should not be contained within PC. - Again, how is this a criterion and what does it mean? It says it starts with something manageable (who is "us." The class? GST?) and then "us" brings knowledge to what others? How? What knowledge? And is this yet another statement of who should be involved?
  • We said that we wanted everyone in Global Studies, when they see our ideas, to be blown away. This is one reason we must think BIG, be audacious!
  • It should be done in stages (maybe first stage is to have GST go through the kind of self-awareness exercises we have been going through?). Stages would build on each other, throughout the. . . semester / year / three semesters / three years? Could involve ideas for further courses / internships / independent studies / conferences?
  • Ideas that were being thrown around suggest that we should think systemically about who is involved and impacted by the project: majors, other majors, faculty, community partners, global partners. . .potentially involving some service / trips abroad / leading to creation of programs / developing small, social businesses.