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Online Experiential Learning

Voices from the Global South
Engage, Listen, Dialogue

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Introducing CGEE Online Experiential Learning featuring voices from the global south. Take courses online and earn academic credit, taught by CGEE instructors from around the world. With our deep community connections and partnerships in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Namibia, South Africa, and Minneapolis through the Playwrights' Center, there is an online course for everyone! Both for university credit and non-credit options available for all courses.
 
Why take an online course with Augsburg CGEE?
*Engage deeply with topics through connections with people from around the world. Our courses feature both synchronous and asynchronous interviews with thematic experts and everyday peoples’ lived experiences with the topic at hand.
*Listen to voices often left out of academia. Our courses are designed to learn from communities and groups working for social change to inform thought and action for personal and societal transformation. Many of the people we listen to include those that are marginalized in their countries, such as: trans and lgbq+ individuals, Indigenous peoples, activists from minority political parties, and more.
*Dialogue with instructors and guest speakers. Students will have the opportunity to dialogue directly with the guests, instructors and each other.
You can use this page to browse courses by department/topic, or by region. Click on each department header below for a drop down of choices. Register for one, two, three, or four courses this fall! Email us at globaled@augsburg.edu for any questions.
Intercultural Communication (4 credits, COM 329)
In this online course, students will explore the ways that communication influences and is influenced by culture. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.
Mexican Cultures through Film (4 credits, credit give in either FLM 295 or FLM 495)
This course will present a wide range of Mexican films (with English subtitles) from the Mexican Golden Age of Cinema “Cine de Oro” to the contemporary documentary auteur revolution. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.
Cultural Conflict and Change in Latin America: The Central American Context (4 credits, WST 355, cross-listed as HIS 355)
This course provides a historical intro to issues of conflict and social change in Central America and reflects on our role as potential agents of change. Taught by program faculty in Nicaragua.

Decolonial Feminisms (4 credits, WST 481)
Explore theories and political processes that influenced the emergence of decolonial feminisms in Latin America and engage with speakers from Guatemala  and Nicaragua. Taught by program faculty in Nicaragua.​

(Im)Migration, Gender & Social Change (4 credits, WST 352, cross-listed in POL 357)
Explore current controversies in transnational migration, with a focus on Mexican-U.S. immigration. and the process of “othering" in this online course. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.

Queer History In Latin America (4 credits, WST 481, cross-listed in HIS 388)
This course will focus on Mexico and its struggles to achieve non-discrimination laws, same sex marriages and a transgender law, and will also touch upon other areas of LGBT activism and history in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, and Nicaragua. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.

Undocumented, Ecofeminist & Queer: Contemporary Latin American Liberation Theologies (4 credits, WST 324, cross-listed as Religion 344)
We will explore contemporary Latin American Liberation Theologies that speak out and organize for the liberation of undocumented, ecofeminist and queer people. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.
Cultural Conflict and Change in Latin America: The Central American Context (4 credits, HIS 355, cross-listed in WST 355)
This course provides a historical intro to issues of conflict and social change in Central America and reflects on our role as potential agents of change. Taught by program faculty in Nicaragua.

Queer History In Latin America (4 credits, HIS 388, cross-listed in WST 481)
This course will focus on Mexico and its struggles to achieve non-discrimination laws, same sex marriages and a transgender law, and will also touch upon other areas of LGBT activism and history in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, and Nicaragua. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.

Racism and Resistance in Southern Africa and the U.S. (4 credits, HIS 327)
Explore historical parallels of strategies of resistance, the successes and limitations of political victories over apartheid and racism, and the effects today. Taught by program faculty in Namibia.

The Crisis in Nicaragua: U.S. Destabilization or a Democratic Movement? (4 credits, HIS 156)
This online course aims to delve into understanding the two competing historical references in Nicaragua and their respective usefulness in understanding what is happening in the country today. Taught by program faculty in Nicaragua.
Playwriting (4 credits, PWC 300)
An online playwriting workshop taught from the perspective of a professional playwright affiliated with the Playwrights’ Center. Students will learn about playwriting fundamentals, trends in the field, and effective methods for sharing and receiving creative feedback.

Themes in Playwriting (4 credits, PWC 310)
An online playwriting workshop taught from the perspective of a professional playwright affiliated with the Playwrights’ Center. Students will learn about specific themes in playwriting, including adaptation, exploration of genre, integration of music, and various play structures.
Citizen Participation in a Globalized Economy (4 credits, POL 310)
Explore and analyze key political, social and economic factors in Central America today, with an emphasis on Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Taught by program faculty in Nicaragua.

(Im)Migration, Gender & Social Change (4 credits, POL 357, cross-listed in WST 352)
Explore current controversies in transnational migration, with a focus on Mexican-U.S. immigration. and the process of “othering" in this online course. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.

Political and Social Change in Namibia (4 credits, POL 353)
This online course will present an overview of the impacts of colonialism and apartheid on the political developments on the continent. Taught by program faculty in Namibia.

The Politics of Development in Southern Africa (4 credits, POL 354, cross-listed in INS 312)
This course explores the politics of development in relatively new nations emerging from colonialism and apartheid (Namibia & S. Africa). Taught by program faculty in Namibia.​
Latin American Liberation Theologies (RLN 336)
The purpose of this course is to develop a profound understanding of Latin American liberation theologies. These theologies began with the premise that God is a God of liberation who helps communities liberate themselves from political and economic oppression. Taught by program faculty in Costa Rica.

Undocumented, Ecofeminist & Queer: Contemporary Latin American Liberation Theologies (4 credits, RLN 344, cross-listed as WST 324)
We will explore contemporary Latin American Liberation Theologies that speak out and organize for the liberation of undocumented, ecofeminist and queer people. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.
Spanish Language (all courses)
Taught by program faculty in Mexico and Guatemala.

SPA 111 Beginning Spanish I
SPA 211 Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 212 Intermediate Spanish II
SPA 218 Spanish for Health Care Professionals
SPA 220 Business Spanish
SPA 225/325 Spanish for Heritage Speakers I, II
SPA 311 Conversation & Composition
SPA 316 Conversations in Cultural Context
SPA 334 Contemporary Mexican Literature
SPA 335 Contemporary Latin American Women
SPA 336 Guatemalan Civilizations & Cultures
SPA 337 Mexican Civilizations & Cultures
SPA 356 Latin American Literature
SPA 357 Central American Literature
SPA 411 Advanced Conversation & Composition
Citizen Participation in a Globalized Economy (4 credits, POL 310)
Explore and analyze key political, social and economic factors in Central America today, with an emphasis on Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Taught by program faculty in Nicaragua.

Cultural Conflict and Change in Latin America: The Central American Context (4 credits, WST 355, cross-listed as HIS 355)
This course provides a historical intro to issues of conflict and social change in Central America and reflects on our role as potential agents of change. Taught by program faculty in Nicaragua.

Decolonial Feminisms (4 credits, department and course number tbd)
Explore theories and political processes that influenced the emergence of decolonial feminism in Latin America and engage with speakers from Guatemala  and Nicaragua. Taught by program faculty in Nicaragua.

(Im)Migration, Gender & Social Change (4 credits, WST 352, cross-listed in POL 357)
Explore current controversies in transnational migration, with a focus on Mexican-U.S. immigration. and the process of “othering" in this online course. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.

Intercultural Communication (COM 329)
In this online course, students will explore the ways that communication influences and is influenced by culture. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.

Queer History In Latin America (4 credits, WST 481, cross-listed in HIS 388)
This course will focus on Mexico and its struggles to achieve non-discrimination laws, same sex marriages and a transgender law, and will also touch upon other areas of LGBT activism and history in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, and Nicaragua. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.

Latin American Liberation Theologies (RLN 336)
The purpose of this course is to develop a profound understanding of Latin American liberation theologies. These theologies began with the premise that God is a God of liberation who helps communities liberate themselves from political and economic oppression. Taught by program faculty in Costa Rica.

Mexican Cultures through Film (4 credits, credit give in either FLM 295 or FLM 495)
This course will present a wide range of Mexican films (with English subtitles) from the Mexican Golden Age of Cinema “Cine de Oro” to the contemporary documentary auteur revolution. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.

Spanish Language (multiple levels available)
Taught by program faculty in Mexico and Guatemala.

The Crisis in Nicaragua: U.S. Destabilization or a Democratic Movement? (4 credits, HIS 156)
This online course aims to delve into understanding the two competing historical references in Nicaragua and their respective usefulness in understanding what is happening in the country today. Taught by program faculty in Nicaragua.

Undocumented, Ecofeminist & Queer: Contemporary Latin American Liberation Theologies (4 credits, RLN 344, cross-listed as WST 324)
We will explore contemporary Latin American Liberation Theologies that speak out and organize for the liberation of undocumented, ecofeminist and queer people. Taught by program faculty in Mexico.
Political and Social Change in Namibia (4 credits, POL 353)
This online course will present an overview of the impacts of colonialism and apartheid on the political developments on the continent. Taught by program faculty in Namibia.

Racism and Resistance in Southern Africa and the U.S. (4 credits, HIS 327)
Explore historical parallels of strategies of resistance, the successes and limitations of political victories over apartheid and racism, and the effects today. Taught by program faculty in Namibia.

The Politics of Development in Southern Africa (4 credits, POL 354)
This course explores the politics of development in relatively new nations emerging from colonialism and apartheid (Namibia & S. Africa). Taught by program faculty in Namibia.