Internationalizing and Decolonizing the Curriculum Seminar

Are you intrigued by the opportunity to share curriculum and assignment ideas with colleagues from other disciplines who are also interested in internationalized teaching? Would you like to explore the meanings of and challenges to “internationalizing” and “decolonizing” our university?

Leask (2015) argues that an internationalized curriculum will: “Purposefully develop students’ international and intercultural perspectives” and “Move beyond traditional boundaries and dominant paradigms and prepare students to deal with uncertainty.” At the same time, internationalization can result in unintended outcomes, such as the hegemony of the English language or the perpetuation of harm and inequities. For this reason, the FCGS takes a decolonizing approach to internationalizing the curriculum. We invite faculty members whose courses and teaching are already internationalized in traditional ways to explore their course content, methods, and theoretical frameworks through the lens of this decolonizing approach, and we invite faculty members who have not yet explored internationalizing or decolonizing to join the conversation.

In the Internationalizing and Decolonizing the Curriculum Seminar, faculty come together to discuss their efforts, past, current, and future, to incorporate global perspectives and intercultural learning into their teaching. Faculty members discuss and reflect on internationalization and how it can be promoted in sustainable, antiracist, decolonizing ways. Guest speakers have included members of the Critical Internationalization Studies Network: The outcome for each faculty member is a new course, a new unit of a course, an existing course re-worked, or other project in which each faculty member demonstrably internationalizes and/or decolonizes their teaching or their department’s curriculum.

Seminar members receive a $500 stipend to support their participation.