Experiences in which students immerse themselves in cultures or environments other than their own and engage in appropriate opportunities for reflection
aim of the Global Awareness (GA) component of the Odyssey experience is to help
students understand and appreciate cultures or environments other than their
own. Toward that end, students are encouraged to engage in learning outside the
classroom that broadens their intellectual horizons and deepens their
understanding of the political, social, cultural, environmental, spiritual and
economic issues affecting the world today. Global Awareness opportunities are
also designed to promote personal growth and self-reliance as well as to
provide new perspectives about the student’s own culture or environment.
Global Awareness activity for which Odyssey credit is awarded must contain both
an immersion component and a reflection component. Exposure to the target
culture or environment shall be direct and substantial: one to two weeks of
continuous immersion should be viewed as a minimum. The reflection component
may include such things as guided small- and large-group discussions, papers,
journals, and oral presentations. The Director of International Programs can
assist in developing appropriate reflection activities.
of experiential learning activities which might fulfill this category:
Any course that incorporates substantial travel to other cultures or
environments as well as an appropriate reflection component could be a
candidate for GA coding.
ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES. This category includes study abroad experiences as well
as internships that are completed in a foreign country. Foreign students
enrolled at Hendrix as well as American students studying abroad may apply for
Odyssey credit under this rubric. Optional individualized GA experiences
(modules) may also be attached to courses that by themselves do not merit
coding in this category.
ACTIVITIES. This category includes projects completed outside the context of
any academic course. Examples include participation in service-learning trips to
other cultures, projects which involve extensive student research on-site in a
foreign environment, and individual or group study trips to another culture or
CONSIDERATIONS FOR GA PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
A GA experience
need not involve travel to a foreign country. An unfamiliar culture or
environment in the United States can qualify. In your proposal explain
carefully how such an experience meets the GA criteria.
at Hendrix may apply for GA credit for their experiences in the United States.
All GA experiences
require a reflection activity.