Developing global awareness and cultural competency


Established in 2019, Illinois Global Institute is home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s area and global studies centers and thematic programs. These 11 centers and programs develop global awareness and cultural competency through a combination of faculty research and professional development, curricular internationalization, student-life activities, international experiences, and outreach and public engagement.  

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Politics and Institutions in Brazil

The course explores distinct theoretical and empirical challenges associated with the functioning of democracy and the political institutions in Brazil.


GLBL 499

Global Information Society

This course examines the historical and contemporary transformations associated with globalization from the perspective of information as a core element of sociotechnical and political economic processes.


GLBL 500

Global Society

Students will examine three propositions: (1) the existence of a global society; (2) the flaws of its principal, global institutions – the state, markets, and democracy; and (3) absent their reform, whether the global society is at risk.


LAST 170

Que Pasa in Latin America? Cultures, Histories and Politics South of the Rio Grande

Interdisciplinary introduction to the ways of life of Latin American peoples, their origins and current expressions; discusses social, economic issues, and domestic and international policies related to them in the context of other societies in developing countries.


LAST 210

Life in the Andes

An overview of contemporary Andean culture, as practiced by the people in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.


QUEC 410

Beginning Quechua I

Intensive course for beginner students of Quechua.


CWL 114

Global Consciousness and Literature

Exploration of the cultural and historical roots of globalization and the development of global consciousness from ancient Greece to the present, as reflected primarily in literature, but also with reference to historiography, cartography, religion, art, politics, economics, and popular culture.


SLAV 452

Kyiv: a Biography of a City

This course traces the historical, social, and artistic development of Kyiv as a city and as an idea from the medieval period to the present day. As we read a variety of literary works and watch several films in which Kyiv figures prominently, we will think about what makes up this city’s “text” and pay special attention to its frequently competing Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and Jewish versions. The course is conducted in English, and all the texts will be available in English translations.


REES 200

Introduction to Russia and Eurasia

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to key issues and themes that cross disciplines and are important for understanding the contemporary socio-politics of the region.


BCS 115

South Slavic Cultures

Exploration of South Slavic cultures in the historically rich and complex region sometimes referred to as "the Balkans," focusing particularly on those groups found within the successor states of the former Yugoslavia.


SLAV 452/CWL453

The Cinema of Poland

This class offers a close examination of the chief currents of modern Polish film including, but not limited to, the cinema of “the Polish School” of the late 1950s and 60s, works by experimental and avant-garde auteurs, satires and parodies of the late-socialist period, historical “large canvas” film, as well as more recent work that addresses the dramas, desires, and discontents of political transition and the aspirations and memory practices of post-communist society.


ACE 254

Economic Systems in Africa

This course examines the fundamentals of economic development in Africa. It will provide students the tools and concepts to think about development in a way that is consistent with economic theory, informed by empirical research, and practically connected to policy. We will discuss issues that the region faces related to economic growth, poverty, population, health, education, gender, agriculture, and climate change.