Category Archives: International study

Interdisciplinary Certificate Programs in Development and Health

Please let your students know of two exciting interdisciplinary certificate programs of study being offered by LAS Global Studies!


The Certificate in International Development Studies is ideal for students interested in poverty reduction, sustainability and international development careers with governments, think tanks, social enterprises and non-governmental organizations. The Certificate in Global Health (offered in collaboration with WGGP) is ideal for students with pre-health goals, aspirations to work community health or health policy with governments, non-governmental organizations and social enterprises. Each certificate requires the completion of 15 credit hours with specific core courses and elective course requirements and can be easily complemented with most major coursework.


Students can learn more, by attending our last information session for Fall 2015 on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 2pm. The information session will be held at Global Studies conference room at 703 S. Wright St., 3rd floor (next to cocomero frozen yogurt).


More information can be found at: and




Tanu Kohli, Ph.D.  | Lecturer and Academic Adviser | LAS Global Studies | University of Illinois | 703 S. Wright St., 3rd Floor, MC- 301 | Champaign, IL 61820 | Tel: (217) 333-0178 |





Portuguese Info session

Dear all,

Just a friendly reminder that Portuguese and Brazilian Studies will be having the first of two info sessions about our program tomorrow (Thursday) at 5:00 in FLB 1030.  Any students interested in careers in/with Latin America (in addition to area/cultural/language studies) should consider coming to learn more about what we do.


Glen S. Goodman, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Info Section

The Portuguese and Brazilian Studies program (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) will be holding the first of two info sections for its major and minor on Thursday of this week at 5pm in FLB 1030 (see attached flyer).  This session will be of interest for any student thinking about international business, agriculture, engineering, or Latin American affairs, in addition to area/cultural/language studies.  Remember, the U of I is a Title VI school and a FLAS for Portuguese is one of the ways to possibly fund both undergraduate and graduate work.  The Lemann Institute of Brazilian Studies also offers various opportunities for students with a Portuguese or Brazil focus.  The time has never been better to consider adding Portuguese and Brazilian Studies to students’ profiles.

Portuguese Info Section

Many thanks for your help spreading the word about this Thursday’s info session and our program in general.


Glen Goodman



Glen S. Goodman, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Informational Session ACES in Botswana: Wildlife Conservation & Communities, Summer Research tonight!

ACES in Botswana: Wildlife Conservation & Communities, Summer Research



Learn about our hands-on research experience through a 2-month summer course on Communities & Wildlife Conservation Research Field Training Studies in Botswana and earn NRES 285/ANSC 398 credit! We have teamed up with the only wildlife monitoring organizations in Africa, Wildlife Africa Conservation Team (Wildlife ACT), to provide students access to sustainable research and monitoring projects. Their mission is to save our planets’ endangered and threatened wildlife and wildlands from extinction and YOU have an to be part of this mission. The program is located in the Okavango Delta and Chobe Enclave Region of Botswana.

Info Session

Date: Monday, October 19

Location: Simms Room ACES Library

Time:  5:15 PM

Simon Morgan, Director of Wildlife Act in Botswana will be present as well as Jordana Meyer from Wildtrax.

Still time to apply for the summer program– November 1 prioritiy application deadline!


Global Studies Graduate Minor Info Sessions

The Center for Global Studies is hosting a Global Studies Graduate Minor information session on Monday, October 19th from 12-1 and Monday, October 26th from 3-4.  All sessions meet in 101 ISB.  Refreshments will be served.  Kindly post the flyer and forward the information to your graduate students.

Grad Minor Info Flyer 2015

Thank you.


Lynn Charters

Office Manager

Center for Global Studies

2015-2016 FLAS

SUSI–Global Secondary Educators

2015 CGS High School Summer Workshop


Extended Study Abroad Application Deadlines

It’s not too late to study abroad this winter break or spring! 


Study abroad application deadlines have been extended for the following Illinois Abroad faculty-led and semester programs:




Rehabilitation 199 to Hong Kong & Taiwan (Winter Break 2015-2016)

Deadline: September 25, 2015


Australia/Pacific Islands


Recreation, Sport & Tourism 199 FW to Fiji (Winter Break 2015-2016)

Deadline: September 30, 2015


University of Western Australia Exchange (Spring 2016)

Deadline: October 15, 2015


University of Adelaide Exchange, Australia (Spring 2016)

Deadline: October 15, 2015




Spanish Studies in Granada, Spain (Spring 2016)

Deadline: October 1, 2015


Verona Studies Program, Italy (Spring 2016)

Deadline: October 1, 2015


University of Birmingham Exchange, U.K. (Spring 2016)

Deadline: October 15, 2015


University of Liverpool Exchange, U.K. (Spring 2016)

Deadline: October 15, 2015


Lancaster University Exchange, U.K. (Spring 2016)

Deadline: October 15, 2015


Latin America


Anthropology 445 to Costa Rica (Winter Break 2015-2016)

Deadline: September 30, 2015


Instituto San Joaquín de Flores (Spring 2016)

Deadline: October 1, 2015


Illinois in Costa Rica: Environment & Society (Spring 2016)

Deadline: October 1, 2015


Middle East


Global Studies 298 to Jordan (Winter Break 2015-2016)

Deadline: September 25, 2015


Questions about study abroad? Visit the Illinois Abroad office during walk-in advising hours: M-F, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm in room 112 International Studies Building.  Program Assistants are available to discuss program details, the application process, and much more!




Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

112 International Studies Building, MC-480

910 South Fifth Street

Champaign, IL 61820, USA

P: (217) 333-6322 | F: (217) 244-0249


Global Studies courses have seats available

The following courses and sections still have great seats available for your students!


GLBL 220: Governance


GLBL 240: Global Health


GLBL 350: Poverty in a Global Context


We also have a few seats in GLBL 100 left, contact us for an override as we will soon be releasing them. This course now counts for the Social Science as well as Western/Comparative gen eds.


Also, these one-credit seminars still have some open seats. These courses are great for students to round out their schedule with an interesting course to get that pesky single credit or to simply explore in-depth a topic of interest to them. Course descriptions and other details can be found online in the campus course explorer.


GLBL 296

crn 54536: Transitional Justice in Post-conflict Societies (semester-long)

crn 58754: Politics of Belonging (1st half of the semester)

crn 62473: NGOs and Development (2nd half)

crn 61853: Water, Human Rights and Development (1st half)

crn 54535: Women and Pop Culture in the Middle East (2nd half)


Good luck with the new semester!



Timothy Wedig, Ph.D.

Associate Director, LAS Global Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

703 South Wright St., 3rd Floor, MC-301

Champaign, IL 61820-5710


t: (217) 333-0178

f: (217) 265-7555




The Telenovela — New Course in Brazilian Studies

The Portuguese and Brazilian Studies program would greatly appreciate your passing along information about an exciting new course on the Brazilian Telenovela (taught in English).  It would be of particular value for students interested in gender, sexuality, media, Latin America, anthropology, communications.  The professor is our new Assistant Professor of Portuguese, John Karam, so it promises to be a really exciting and worthwhile experience.

Here is the course description:

PORT 404 U3/G4: The Telenovela

MW 10:00-11:20


Telenovelas are prime-time television serial melodramas broadcast six days a week for up to ten months. Frequently compared to soap operas in North America, telenovelas (often called novelas) are common across Latin America and possess a striking cultural and political valence in Brazil specifically. Since the 1970s, they have been exported to hundreds of countries around the world as well. Using interdisciplinary insights from anthropology, communications, media and cultural studies, as well as sociology, this course explores how Brazilian telenovelas have reflected and shaped the class, race, gender, sexuality, nationalism, and modernity. The key point is to grasp the power relations portrayed in the telenovela and the ways that telenovela viewers reproduce, endure, and/or circumvent such hierarchies.



Glen S. Goodman, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Scandinavian and Arctic Studies Course Offerings – Fall 2015

Fall 2015:


SCAN 101 – Beginning Swedish I (Beginning Scandinavian I)

M T W Th, 11:00-11:50 AM, 4 credit hours

First course in the Scandinavian language sequence (usually Swedish). Instruction is by immersion, emphasis is on basic skills: reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension.


SCAN 103 – Intermediate Swedish I (Intermediate Scandinavian I)

M T W Th, 11:00-11:50 AM, 4 credit hours

Third course in the Scandinavian language sequence (usually Swedish). Emphasis is on conversational skills, discussion techniques and aural comprehension through the study of authentic texts, television and films, with emphasis on learning about contemporary issues in Sweden, including its relationship to the European Union. Instruction is by immersion. Prerequisite: SCAN 102 or consent of instructor.


SCAN 305 – Introduction to Old Norse I

T Th, 12:30-1:50 PM, 3 credit hours

Provides a solid proficiency in reading texts in Old Norse (Old Icelandic), the language of the Viking sagas and mythology.

Meets concurrently with SCAN 505 (graduate section – 4 credit hours); Same as MDVL 505.

Prerequisite: Any SCAN language course or knowledge or one other foreign language.


SCAN 215 – Madness, Myth and Murder

M W F, 3:00-3:50 PM, 3 credit hours

Focuses on the achievements of major Scandinavian writers of prose fiction, from 1850 to today. Explores topics of madness, myth, and murder in literature. All reading, discussion, and writing in English.

Same as CWL 215. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course.


SCAN 225 – Vikings to Volvos: Scandinavia

M W F, 10:00-10:50 AM, 3 credit hours

An introduction to the history, literature, and culture of Scandinavia and the Nordic region, from the Viking age until the modern era (700s-present). Includes discussion of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Svalbard, and Greenland.  All readings in English.

This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course, and Western Comparative Culture course. 


SCAN 240 – Arctic Narratives

T Th, 2:00-3:20 PM, 3 credit hours

Study of the Arctic, its peoples and cultures, as imagined in literature, art, history, media and film. This course makes cross-cultural comparisons with accounts by indigenous people and Scandinavian, American, and European visitors to or settlers in to the Arctic. This course includes emphasis on environmental, colonial, and social aspects from theoretical and historical perspectives.

Same as CWL 282 / EURO 240. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course and Western Comparative Culture course.


SCAN 251 – Viking Mythology

M W, 3:00-3:50 PM (Friday sessions at 10:00, 11:00, or 1:00), 3 credit hours

This course will explore the pre-Christian beliefs of the Germanic peoples of Northern Europe, primarily as reflected in medieval Icelandic prose and poetry in translation.

Same as CWL 251 / MDVL 251 / RLST 251. This course satisfies the Gen Ed Criteria for a Hist. & Philosophy Perspective, and Western Comparative Culture course.


SCAN 463 – Modern Scandinavian Drama

T Th, 3:30-4:50 PM, 3 credit hours (4 graduate credit hours)

Thematic and conceptual study of the Scandinavian dramatic tradition, from the late-nineteenth century classics of Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, to mid-century intermediality in works by Ingmar Bergman, and to hyperrealism, postmodernism, and digital performativity by contemporary playwrights. Interpretive contexts include text-image studies, performativity, socio-cultural aspects of the Nordic region, theatre and production history, and gender and sexuality studies.

Same as CWL 463 / THEA 483. Prerequisite: One college-level literature or theatre course, or consent of instructor.

Open seats in Spanish Courses

We’d like to invite you to share with students the following information. These Spanish still have available seats for FA 15.  (Although we have open seats in some other courses, the following are more geared towards sophomores and above.)

SPAN 208 3 hours. ORAL SPANISH Practice in speaking Spanish; to be taken concurrently with or subsequent to SPAN 204; meets four hours per week. Prerequisite: SPAN 141 or equivalent.

SPAN 228 3 hours. SPANISH COMPOSITION. Basic composition course; problems of written Spanish and principles of Spanish stylistic patterns; weekly written exercises. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in SPAN 204.

SPAN 232 SPANISH IN THE COMMUNITY. 3 hours. Through community-based learning, this course introduces students to Spanish-speaking communities in the Champaign-Urbana area, focuses on issues of particular interest to the local Hispanic community, helps develop contextualized oral proficiency and facilitates student civic engagement. Active student reflection is structured throughout the course. Meets two hours a week in class and two hours a week in community-based service work. In their interactions with community members and organizations students both learn from and contribute to the community. Prerequisite: SPAN 208 with at least a B or consent of instructor.

SPAN 320 SPANISH CULTURAL STUDIES II. 3 hours. Critical analysis of selected historical events, artistic production, debates, symbols and values representative of Spanish (Iberian) cultures in the modern and contemporary periods. Particular emphasis on the relationship between cultural practices and national identities, as well as on contextualized analysis of different types of cultural phenomena. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours, if topics vary. Prerequisite: SPAN 254.

SPAN 326 CULTURAL STUDIES AMERICAS II. 3 hours. Panoramic view of Latin American cultures since the end of the colonial period (roughly 1820) to the present. Examination of the major debates, authors and cultural issues that shaped those cultures or that were shaped by them. Specific themes may vary by semester, and may include the following: slavery, colonialism and neocolonialism, revolution, mestizaje, gender, the state, and modernization. Analysis will include diverse cultural phenomena, as well as consideration of cultural perspectives and practices. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours, if topics vary. Prerequisite: SPAN 254.

SPAN 395 E ADVANCED TOPICS LIT & CULT. ST. MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS, AND JEWS IN MEDIEVAL IBERIA. CWL 395, meets with SP 395 Course title: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Iberia Course description: This course will explore cultural relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews in medieval Iberia today’s Spain and Portugal. In order to understand the complex nature of interfaith life in medieval Iberia, we will study a diverse array of sources from Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, Castilian, and Catalan literature and historiography. All readings will be taught in English translation. At the end of the semester, we will briefly examine how the history of medieval Iberia has become a framework for understanding Muslim-Christian relations in contemporary Europe.

Beth Chasco
Undergraduate Spanish Advisor