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Social Responsibility as Academic Learning Course at the University

Ayseli Usluata

The globalizing world needs responsible young generations who will be agents of social development; so universities are faced with the need to design innovative educational approaches and include academic learning courses that encourage young students to develop awareness and critical thinking. The opportunities to share love, kindness and respect with the local people and all living beings and to exchange ideas, experiences, different perspectives and perceptions through interaction with the students of a university in a different country help to develop mutual learning.

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Social Responsibility Courses as Local and Global Academic Learning

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Academic Learning Courses offering social responsibility may contribute to the local community or the whole country or an international or global community; all are important activities that help students retain and improve their skills and provide opportunities to explore new options,

Two courses have opened two doors for the young students: one to the campus for the local community and one between the young American and Turkish students.

Through video conferencing, the “Global Classroom” course connects our students with the American students at UNL, and the “Social Responsibility project” course connects the students with the local people near the campus, helping the young university students grow as individuals by providing them with insights to other cultures and customs. The two courses allow students to “Break Down the Walls” between the countries and between the local community and the students on campus.

Communication connects the students with people from different cultures and with different customs, giving them insights into different beliefs, lifestyles, cultures and customs that help students grow as individuals, becoming more socially and internationally aware and active.

Social integration is the creation of relationships and understanding across different social as well as national groups.

The courses are designed to empower students to become more thoughtful and effective citizens and build a culture of solidarity that is supportive.

A new private university with liberal education principles can respond to the need to offer academic learning courses and a...

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