We live today in a world undergoing rapid change. The rapid growth of technology has contributed to changes in production and to better living conditions in many parts of the world; it has also made communication easier and quicker. While it took the news of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo three days to reach Paris in the 19th century, today it would take less than three seconds on the Internet. The modern world is now a global village in which boundaries are shrinking and being redefined.


 We live in a globalized society and economy, a world of interconnections and interdependence between different parts of the world.  With globalization comes the need to be literate about other countries and the global issues faced by people living in these places.  As we transition to the twenty-first century, it is imperative that students' approach to the world be grounded in reason, respect, and responsibility. 

eason emphasizes an intellectual understanding of complex international and intercultural issues. 


espect emphasizes an appreciation of global diversity and tolerance toward other points of view. 


esponsibility emphasizes the fact that we are part of a global community in which our actions (whether cultural, environmental, economic, or political in nature) impact life in other regions of the globe.  This web site serves as a resource to help both students and teachers explore the many issues facing the world, and thus learn the three R's of living in a globalized age.



Funding provided by a Model Technology Infused Course Development grant from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. This WWW site is intended for use in conjunction with the IDST 2205: Global Issues in Society course at Georgia College & State University. This course is one of nine interdisciplinary courses in the core curriculum, and is the result of the collaboration of faculty from various schools and departments of GC & SU.

This web site is also the result of an interdisciplinary cooperative effort. Contributing faculty/staff include:

Dr. Deborah Vess, Director of the Grant Project, Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies; virtual tours , reference pages, content pages, and technical work.

Dr. Derek Alderman, Assistant Professor of Geography; maps and geography slide database.

Dr. Dan Good, Professor of Geography, Georgia Southern University; geography slide database.

Dr. Frank Lowney, Director of Instructional Technology Services; technical assistance.

Ms. Catherine Locks, graduate student in history and graduate assistant in Interdisciplinary Studies; technical assistance.

Ms.Peggy Hines, Coordinator, Distance Learning Career Masters in Public Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; consultant for the collaborative learning projects.

Special thanks to Dwight Call, Hedwig Fraunhofer, Eustace Palmer of GC&SU, our international students, and Dr. Greg Okoro of Georgia Perimeter College for their presentations on communication styles.

All rights to these materials are reserved as indicated to Dr. Vess or Dr. Alderman and to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Georgia College & State University.

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