Chapter 13: Opportunities and Challenges of Ethical, Effective Global Learning

Nina Namaste and Amanda Sturgill

Quality study away needs to address a set of ethical imperatives including rejecting colonialist models in favor of seeking reciprocity, using high-quality research findings to maximize learning from both domestic and international off-campus experiences, and intentionally integrating both kinds of study away with the larger college and university experience.

Discussion Questions

  1. How have the three “master narratives” shaped how we construct, and conceptualize, study abroad experiences?
  2. In what ways does study abroad unwittingly support a colonialist perspective? What could be done to disrupt colonial legacies?
  3. How can study abroad be intentionally structured to be more inclusive, diverse, ethical, and reciprocal?