An intercultural Virtual Exchange course

Climate Movements Fall 2021

  • About the Course
  • What it's all about
  • Partnership Enquires
  • Course Manual
  • Weekly Resources
  • Assignments

In 2021 our 9-week flagship Virtual Exchange will focus on one of humanity’s biggest questions: climate change.

Participants from diverse backgrounds come together weekly to discuss the themes of the course under the guidance of experienced dialogue facilitators; they learn from expert academics and practitioners through an original audiovisual lecture series and engage in interactive assignments which bring their online experience to their offline realities.

Dates Oct 11 - Dec 10 2021

Duration 9 weeks

Language English

Application deadline Sep 27 2021

Weekly time investment

-> 160 hours in total (contact hours + assignments), equal to 6 ECTS
-> 2-4 hours weekly preparation and assignments
-> 2 hours online group sessions
-> Video-project assignment & optional further readings

What it's all about

The conversation about climate is a conversation about movement. Scientists point to the slow but steady upward movement of the planet’s temperature. Activists demand movement and change from governments and policymakers. Unprecedented global youth movements have emerged and shifted public discourse. New and more extreme climatic events are forcibly displacing people from their homes or livelihoods, and depleted natural resources threaten stability and peace. Still, beliefs and behaviours about climate are often unmoving.

From 11 October – 10 December youth from all over Europe and the Southern Mediterranean region will learn with, and from, each other through Virtual Exchange. Stimulated by video lectures and audio-visual materials, participants will exchange ideas and perspectives in their intercultural, online group sessions. With the guidance of certified dialogue facilitators, they will meet weekly to discuss the themes of the course and engage in interactive assignments building 21st-century skills and bringing their online experience to their offline realities. 

Participants develop transversal skills such as self-esteem, curiosity and cross-cultural communication skills.

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Partnership Enquires

Virtual Exchange (VE) delivers international experiences for students all over the world and has been steadily growing over the last two decades. Whilst the global Covid-19 pandemic has put international mobility programmes on hold, VE can offer students invaluable intercultural and international encounters.

We offer this VE course opportunity to universities at a small financial contribution which reflects the minimum budget to run this international VE, while offering you savings when investing with more students and or over multiple semesters. Our VE courses can be used to fulfil a component of a larger capacity-building project. The course can also be offered for students from only your network or alliance and is a perfect fit to serve internationalisation objectives and especially Internationalisation at Home agendas.

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“Virtual Exchange promotes innovative teaching practices by inviting staff to incorporate principles that prioritise experiential, student-led, skills-oriented learning over knowledge transfer.”
– Dr. Sophie Millner, Senior Partnerships Officer

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The Virtual Exchange Climate Movements follows the model of Virtual Exchange that was developed by the Sharing perspectives Foundation. The curriculum of the course builds upon the curriculum of the previously run Interactive Open Online Course “Cultural Encounters | The Big Climate Movement” that was implemented in the context of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project in 2020.

Course Manual

Here you find essential information about the curriculum, assignments and how to successfully complete this course.

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Weekly Resources

Review the weekly resources in preparation for your online session here.

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Weekly Preparation Assignment

Prior to your online group meeting each week, review the week’s resources and then respond to at least one material with a comment, observation or question.

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Weekly Reflection Journal

At the end of each online session, you are invited to write 1 paragraph that reflects and records your experience of the day’s session. You will be directed to fill in a short online form answering the themed question of the week. The submission will be acknowledged by the course team but will not be accessible to fellow participants.

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