Resources Provided by the Project

Along with numerous links to other websites within the various curriculum modules themselves, there will be a master page of links compiled for a link on this page.

There will also be a list of Rutgers Faculty willing to speak in classrooms in New Jersey or in other classrooms worldwide via Distance Learning Labs.

The Project Coordinators for Global Citizen 2000 envision this website to be an exemplary resource for improving Global Literacy.

In pursuit of this goal, teachers may want to take advantage of the asynchronous course offered below:

Promoting Inter-Cultural Understanding:
Stereotypes, Prejudice and Beyond

In response to the requests from State of New Jersey teachers, the Global Citizen 2000 Project will offer a new asynchronous course entitled, "Promoting Inter-Cultural Understanding: Stereotypes, Prejudice and Beyond," co-taught by Dr. Eric Davis, Director of the Program in Middle Eastern Studies, and Dr. Jan Kubik, Director of the Center for European Studies, at Rutgers University. This course is designed to explore the impact of American perceptions of non-Western regions of the world on Western educators' ability to understand and teach global society. The course will include lectures by area study experts at Rutgers and other universities, visual resources, including art and photography, and a wide variety of contacts with teachers and students in other cultures. Each of the course's three core instructional units offers a set of lectures accompanied by visual materials, course related contacts, and assignments.

Unit I contains three sections. The first describes the dominant stereotypes that prevail in American culture about specific regions of the world. This section of the course includes stereotypes on Africa, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia and Eastern Europe. The second section is historical. Lectures explain how stereotypes about specific regions of the missionary activities and the organizing of world's fair expositions, e.g. the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, during the later 19th and early 20th centuries are studied for their impact on popular understanding of non-Western regions. The third section describes stereotypes that non-Americans hold of American society. This section of the course allows teachers to develop curricula enabling students to experience stereotypes from the "receiving end" thereby making them more sensitive to their potentially negative impact.

Unit II includes two sections. The first studies the negative impact of stereotypes and how stereotypical thinking has limited or even distorted conceptual frameworks in history and the social science making comprehensive understandings of non-Western societies and global culture more difficult to obtain. The second section offers case studies of how stereotypes can provide the basis for forcefully argued in Orientalism, the process of cultural denigration is almost always a critical prerequisite for the physical occupation of economic exploration of another society.

Unit III offers lecturs on strategies for transcending the negative impact of stereotypical thinking. This unit incorporates discussions of the core values of an emerging global civil society and international legal culture that has been developing since the end of World War II in response to the horrors of the Holocaust, the Stalinist Gulag, massive human in the Balkans and Rwanda, and the suppression of democracy activists in China, just to name some of the more egregious examples of recent forms of oppression during the later 20th century. This section of the course will include innovative pedagogies that have already been developed at the university and secondary school level designed to confront the central issues surrounding stereotypes and prejudice.

This course will be offered through the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University and can be taken for graduate or other forms of credit. For further information, please contact the director of the Global Citizen 2000 Project, Dr. Eric Davis, at (732)932-9322.


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