The study of global perspectives provides opportunities for student inquiry into, and reflection on, key global issues from a personal, local, national and global perspective. Global Perspectives encourages awareness of global problems and offers opportunities to explore possible solutions through cooperation and collaboration. The course is not about getting everybody to think identically; rather it is aimed at opening young minds to the great complexity of the world and of human thought and opening hearts to the diversity of human experience and feeling.
Young people today, globally face unprecedented challenges in an interconnected and information-heavy world; in how they gain a sense of their own active place in the world and cope with changes that will impact the chances and choices of their lives and in subsequence, the world at large.
Students, through the course, have opportunities to acquire and apply a range of skills, including – gathering, synthesizing and communicating information – collaborating with others to achieve a common outcome – analyzing and evaluating planning, processes, and outcomes – before developing and justifying a line of reasoning. Students also explore stimulating topics that have global significance. They assess information critically and explore lines of reasoning and learn to collaborate with others from another culture, community or country, directing much of their own learning and developing independence of thought. The syllabus emphasizes the development and application of skills rather than the acquisition of knowledge. Thus, through the course, students develop transferable skills that will be useful for their academic careers as well as in being active global citizens of the future.
As a forward-thinking institution, we have introduced this subject for all students from the age of 3 years to 17 years. The subject focuses on transdisciplinary as well as interdisciplinary learning and lays the foundation for involvement with parents and the community. It also embeds well with International School Award where our students work with the children in another geography and understand different perspectives to the same issue, thus helping us create awareness on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and develop opportunities for service learning projects. In brief, Global Perspective is a mirror to learning at Legacy.