Collaborative Online International Learning

Engage with the world and make international connections while participating in a semester-long course on campus at Penn.

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses offer students the opportunity to participate in a variety of global experiences through virtual connections and exchange with international communities, experts, and peers.

Features and Facts:

  • Unique semester-long courses that take place at Penn while offering the opportunity to engage on a global scale through virtual experiences

  • Faculty developed global activities that may include collaborative projects with community members abroad, guest lectures and workshops delivered by international experts, and ongoing partnerships with peers.

  • COIL courses do not require a program fee and, for most courses, students are able to register just as they would a typical Penn course

Find the course list below and register through Penn InTouch during advance registration November 1-14. You are also invited to join our mailing list to receive reminders, updates on programs, and event invitations.

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Spring 2022 COIL Courses

Disability Rights and Oppression: Experiences within Global Deaf Communities (ASLD 079)
Jami Fisher, Linguistics, School of Arts and Sciences
This course explores the linguistic and social statuses of global Deaf communities to understand the specific experiences of Italian deaf people and their quest for national recognition of their sign language (LIS) and efforts toward parity with hearing people. Topics to be explored include the following: an overview of the cultural model of being deaf; the social and historical underpinnings of deaf people’s oppression and marginalization by hearing people; social construction of deafness as disability and Deaf-as-asset (Deaf-Gain); sign language as a human right; and language policy and practice as it relates to deaf people’s access to or restriction from learning a sign language as a first language. We will use first-hand accounts via text and film to elucidate a variety of global deaf perspectives. In Spring 2022, we will be collaborating with Gallaudet University, an all-Deaf university in Washington, D.C., using a COIL model involving joint classes and class discussions on common readings (facilitated by ASL-English interpreters) as well as collaborative, project-based learning. We will also have guest lectures and panel discussions featuring scholars and Deaf community members from Italy (also interpreted), elucidating the current status of LIS recognition as well as everyday lives of Italian Deaf community members.  This course will meet primarily meet face-to-face, but will also have some online instructional components. Students from all academic disciplines are welcome to take the course. No previous study of ASL is required.

Global Radiation History: Living in the Atomic Age 1945-Present (STSC 316)
M. Susan Lindee, History and Sociology of Science; School of Arts and Sciences
In this Collaborative Online International Learning Seminar,  students will engage with broad experiences of radiation risk since 1945, of Navajo uranium miners, scientists producing and testing nuclear weapons, physicians studying those exposed to radiation, Japanese survivors of the atomic bombings and of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and others.  We will read novels and poetry relating to the atomic bombings and other radiation incidents, consider the protracted and complex ethical debate about nuclear risk, meet with artists who have contributed to the public debate, participate in virtual meetings with survivors and scientists, museum professionals, activists, and others, and work together to come to understand the impact of the atomic bombs, the rise of nuclear energy, and the continuing legacies of radiation exposure and risk today. 

Comparative Health Systems – Nursing and Midwifery Response to Global Health Crises (NURS 535-005)
Sarah Kagan, Maria White, and Nina Juntereal; Penn Nursing
Please request a permit to register when filling out the application survey.
The major aim of this course is to compare the response of nursing and midwifery to global health crises transcontinental with collaborating partners from different countries. Virtual class experiences are designed to keep pace with changing responses to a specific global health crisis topic including novel pandemics (e.g., COVID-19) or long-established concerns (e.g., social isolation, social discrimination, or climate change). Students conduct fieldwork to enrich their understanding of how nurses are faced and dealing with a global health crisis. This course also aims to provide a forum for cultural exchange among students from the countries participating to share cultural activities and experiences in addition to discussing changes in nursing, midwifery, and health care.