Sequence 2: Global Awareness Courses
COL 150, 155, 250, 135, 230
One of the Colloquy's primary goals is to equip students with tools for analyzing the dynamic change that is taking place in the U.A.E., the region, and the world. At the same time that the Colloquy equips students to evaluate the processes of change, it also facilitates their understanding of the history of their own traditions though demonstrating that timeless values can be successfully integrated into new circumstances.
Global Awareness I (COL 150) studies two ancient civilizations. In Global Awareness II (155), students encounter five empires: Aztec, Mali, Kongo, Ottoman, and British. In Global Awareness III (250), students study the twentieth century and globalization. In every course students draw useful evidence from economic, social, political, literary, scientific, technological, and visual sources.
The Colloquy's Islamic Civilization program (COL 135 and 230) complements the three Global Awareness courses. It does so through the study of both the continuities characteristic of Islam, and the interactions between Islamic peoples and other civilizations. The courses move chronologically from the foundations of Islam to its practice in the modern world.
The program emphasizes the contributions that Islamic Civilization has made to human civilization in general, and the ways it has changed and adapted through time. At the same time Islam's core values have remained intact, its civilization has been enhanced through assimilating knowledge from the cultures of other peoples.