How to Participate in the Global Classroom
There are a number of ways of participating in the Global Classroom and
other aspects of the Mandala Projects. For teaching purposes, these options
range from full-credit to non-degree and class or individualized projects.
The degree of involvement in the various activities, and fees where they
apply, also differ.
The Global Classroom is an open class on the Web that contributes case
studies to a trade-related inventory and discusses them in a regular conference
format transmitted in virtual form. Thus, anyone is free to look in on
the class and visit the virtual conference. This framework of involvement
determines the type of relationships in the Global Classroom.
(1) American University Class Credit
This course is now being taught at American University: "Computer Applications
in International Relations Research" (SIS 33:513). The student can also
take Other Classes that Focus on Key Issues in Globalization
and Trade and use or produce case studies in their own classes or
other related activities in the Global Classroom. This course is also
offered as "Trade and Environment Research" (SIS 519) or "Trade and Trade
Policy", which the class emphasis shifting towards particular and general
(2) Non-American University Class Credit
A university or other academic institution can agree to allow students
to take such a course for credits at the institution of their choice.
These classes would be tailored from the general class format by region
and issue. It is sometimes preferred to work with a local instructor in
these situations, especially where groups of students are involved.
(3) Summer Internships
E-mail Professor Lee for more
information about working for him throughout the summer (at AU proper,
or via distance learning) to work on things like more ICE
& TED case studies, various help in the
SSRL lab, HTML coding, and the like. For more information, see here.
(4) Participant Fees
Payment of fees for specialized services, including videos, email broadcasts
and virtual conference hosting are also possible. Here are some services.
a. Videos: Broadcasts
on Key Issues in Globalization and Trade
b. Weekly Broadcast: Weekly email report on globalization issues and
c. ETOWN: a community of critical issues
Participation in the Global Clasroom is teacher and student-driven.
If there is a niche for you somewhere in these activities, please fill
(5) For More Information
The Global Classroom is part of the Mandala
Projects and produces an on-line inventories called the Trade
Environment Database & the Inventory
of Conflict & Environment
For more information contact Dr.