Internationalising the curriculum on campus - And abroad: Juxtaposing the lecture hall and study abroad

John P. Willerton, Mikhail Beznosov

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Curriculum internationalisation involves diverse pedagogical and programmatic efforts, and we focus on two complementary initiatives. 'The Politics of Happiness', a large lecture course designed to introduce students to the diversity of contemporary approaches to advancing human well-being and happiness, overviews the varied thinking and experience of nine polities. Using a 'hybrid, learner-centred delivery model' that relies on an iBook, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, 'The Politics of Happiness' brings cross-national comparative political experience to the localised lecture hall, providing contextual information, images, and ideas that transcend students' own national setting and life experience. This on-campus internationalising experience complements the 'Arizona in Yalta' study abroad programme, a 4-week academic experience that permits 1-2 dozen students to intensively engage the Slavic world in Yalta and the Crimea. In juxtaposing these two substantively interconnected initiatives, we argue for the value of an internationalised modern undergraduate curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Political Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Curriculum internationalisation
  • Politics of happiness
  • Study abroad

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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