Global Understandings

Full Course Title: 
Global Understandings
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Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
128: TR 8:00 - 9:15 am
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
193: MWF 8:00 – 8:50 am
Fall 2016
Global Issues

This course will be linked with three universities located in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Thailand. The course will provide students with multiple perspectives on these cultures and with the opportunity to experience direct interaction with their peers at sister institutions.  This comparative study and engagement will allow students to move from an undifferentiated concept of the other to a sophisticated understanding of the many, many others who are different from them.

 The course is divided into three five-week modules, with each centering on a different country. Within those modules, ASU students will engage with students in other countries on topics that fall into four broadly-defined areas: college life and education, family life and cultural traditions, stereotypes and prejudices, and religion and the meaning of life. The course is designed so that topics become progressively more challenging inter-culturally as students gain familiarity with each other and with the PRC, ROC, Thailand, and the U.S.

 Our readings and course materials will be drawn from carefully selected readings in the umbrella field of communication across the cultural divide, and from our own fields of study. The pedagogical practices and assignments for the course will place an emphasis on engagement with ideas and people, individual and group reflection and opportunities for creative synthesis.


My name is Garner Dewey and I have been here at Appalachian since 2003 when I was hired as a faculty member in the Industrial Drafting and Design program (now Industrial Design). Prior to my arrival at App State, I was at the University of Georgia where I completed my PhD in Occupational Studies. The title of my main research project (dissertation) was: Effects of Work Experiences in the United States on Work Attitudes of Mexican Immigrants. One of my favorite and most enriching things that I have done here at App State is to lead numerous trips for students, faculty and staff abroad including multiple ones to my home country of Costa Rica. Since 2013 I have been serving as the QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) Director on Global Learning. I am married and have two sons who are at Hardin Park School here in Boone. My passions revolve around aspects related to my family, church, teaching, travel, 3D Modeling, photography and global learning. To see some of my photography work you may visit

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

QEP Global Learning